The LSU defense was absolutely sensational against Florida. The defense shut the Gators down to just 6 points, 19 points less than their season average. The No. 10 LSU Tigers defeated the No. 17 Florida Gators 17 to 6 in Baton Rouge. It was a defensive showdown and the Tigers came out on top. For first half recaps and highlights click here.
The LSU offense didn’t play up to their standards. It was the first game this season that LSU finished with under 400 yards of total offense. The Tigers finished with 327 yards. Mettenberger threw for over 300 yards in his previous two games, but was held to 152 yards against Florida.
Jeremy Hill was one of the few offensive players that played well. Hill kept up his normal production, rushing for 121 yards. He picked up several physical yards during the game, fighting through tackles. He also had a reception that he took for 30 yards, pushing his total yards on the game to 151.
The Tigers’ offense struggled against one of the best defenses in the country, but it was the LSU defense that stepped it up.
Tyler Murphy has been highly praised since replacing Jeff Driskel, in the Tennessee game. However, the LSU defense completely shut him down. Murphy completed 15 of his 27 passes for 115 yards, only 4.26 yards an attempt. Even more impressive, the LSU defense held Murphy to -13 yards on 10 carries.
Mack Brown was the top running back yardage wise for the Gators, and he was held to 56 yards. It took him 15 carries to do so, as he averaged 3.7 a carry.
LSU only allowed 240 yards, 129 passing and 111 rushing. They swarmed to the ball. An army of white jerseys were present to meet any ball carrier.
The LSU defense has been highly ridiculed since they were mauled by the Georgia defense. For the last six quarters, the defense has looked like those of years past. In that time span they have shut down their opponents to just nine points. Is the Tiger defense back? We will learn more next week as the Tigers travel to Oxford to take on the Ole Miss Rebels.