The dominating LSU tigers defense we’ve grown accustomed to over the years has been largely absent for much of the season as the Zach Mettenberger-led offense stole all the headlines en route to a 5-1 start. However it was the defense that won the game vs. the Florida Gators and played their best game of the season in the Tiger’s 17-6 win at Tiger Stadium.
LSU held Florida to 239 total yards of offense on 68 plays for an average of 3.5 yards per play as quarterback Tyler Murphy was harassed by the resurgent LSU pass rush that has been absent for the bulk of the season. He finished 15/27 for the day for 116 yards and no receiver had more than three receptions or 32 yards.
The Florida running game couldn’t get much going after Matt Jones left with an injury after the first quarter as the duo of Mack Brown and Kelvin Taylor combined for 107 yards on 25 carries.
LSU didn’t force any turnovers and they allowed Florida to convert on three fourth down attempts so there is still room for improvement, but in holding Florida to only two field goals it proves this much-maligned defense is capable of dominating performances like they showed today.
With the defense playing as it did today the rest of the season coupled with this top-10 offense it makes for a scary draw for the Texas A&M Aggies and Alabama Crimson Tide who will see LSU in November.
With LSU answering the biggest question they’ve had all season, the Tigers look like the most complete team in the SEC.