The Florida Gators managed to slow down the LSU Tigers’ offense in the first half, only allowing 14 points. The LSU defense stepped it up, holding the Gator offense to a mere three points. Below are the highlights and scoring plays from the first half.
On Florida’s first drive they ran the ball effectively, using a lot of clock in the process. The drive lasted for seven minutes and twenty-seven seconds. The drive stalled deep in LSU territory, and Florida kicked a 44 yard field goal. Florida has been having kicking troubles. They called on junior kicker Francisco Velez for his first kick of his colligate career. Velez made the 44 yarder easily.
Florida Gators 3 LSU Tigers 0
LSU responded with a quality drive of their own that ended in the end-zone. The Tigers rode the right arm of their star quarterback, as Zach Mettenberger carried the team down the field. On third and goal on the half yard line, Mettenberger handed the ball off to the big boy. J.C. Copeland powered his way through the crowed line for his third touchdown on the year.
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With 11:06 left in the second quarter, Mettenberger led the Tigers to the Florida 29, but the ball slipped out of his hand as he dropped back to pass. Leon Orr recovered the fumble for Florida.
LSU got the ball with 9:28 left in the second quarter and moved it effectively. The Tigers used four different ball carriers on the drive. Two different Florida penalties moved the sticks. On first a goal on the one yard line, back up quarterback Anthony Jennings found the end-zone on a quarterback sneak.
Florida Gators 3 LSU Tigers 14