SEC Digital Network
BATON ROUGE, La. – No. 17 Florida was at Death Valley on Saturday afternoon to face off with No. 11 LSU, and the Gators were sent home with a 17-6 loss by the Tigers. LSU (6-1, 3-1 Southeastern Conference) turned in a stellar performance on the defensive side of the ball, holding Florida to just 3.3 yards per play and keeping the Gators out of the end zone.
The Gators (4-2, 3-1 SEC) started the scoring in the first quarter with a 44-yard field goal from Francisco Velez, which LSU answered in the second quarter with a nine-play, 70-yard drive that ended with a J.C. Copeland touchdown run from one yard out. Anthony Jennings added another short touchdown run before the half to put LSU up by 11.
After exchanging field goals, the Gators found themselves in Tigers territory late in the fourth quarter but were unable to come away with any points thanks to a pair of sacks on quarterback Tyler Murphy on third down and then again on fourth down.
LSU limited Florida to less than 240 yards of offense on the day and Murphy was held to just 4.3 yards per attempt on 27 passes. Mettenberger only attempted 17 passes for the Tigers but averaged over eight yards per attempt.
Running back Jeremy Hill went for over 100 yards on the ground for the Tigers.
Passing – Zach Mettenberger, 9-for-17, 152 yards
Rushing – Jeremy Hill, 19 car, 121 yards
Receiving – Jarvis Landry, 4 rec, 58 yards
Passing – Tyler Murphy, 15-for-27, 115 yards
Rushing – Mack Brown, 15 car, 56 yards
Receiving – Solomon Patton, 3 rec, 32 yards
• This was the 60th meeting between Florida and LSU. The Gators hold a 31-26-3 advantage in the series.
• LSU had scored over 30 points in its first six games of the season before managing 17 against Florida this week.
• LSU quarterback Zach Mettenberger had thrown for over 300 yards in back-to-back games coming in, but didn’t get near that mark against UF.
• Florida has now held 13 straight SEC opponents under 20 points.