Florida at LSU

No. 10 LSU clamps down on Gators, grinds out victory

CBSSports.com wire reports

BATON ROUGE, La. -- Les Miles insisted LSU's defense would rebound from worrying performances in recent weeks, and it looks as if he knew what he was talking about.

Jeremy Hill rushed for 121 yards and LSU's defense did the rest to give the 10th-ranked Tigers a 17-6 victory over No. 17 Florida on Saturday.

LSU, which came in averaging 45.5 points, had a much harder time finding the end zone against a Florida defense rated among the nation's best, but 1-yard touchdown runs by fullback J.C. Copeland and freshman reserve quarterback Anthony Jennings were enough for the Tigers (6-1, 3-1 Southeastern Conference).

After yielding 44 points in LSU's only loss of the season at Georgia two weeks ago, and 23 points in the first half at Mississippi State last week, the Tigers' defense kept an opponent out of the end zone for the first time this season.

Tyler Murphy passed for 115 yards for the Gators (4-2, 3-1), who led 3-0 early, but managed just one more field goal on the day.

Murphy was sacked four times by an LSU defense that finished with eight tackles for losses.

Florida made it a one possession game on Francisco Velez's second field goal, a 27-yarder that cut it to 14-6 with 12:11 to go.

The Tigers responded by handing off to Hill, who carried four times for 45 yards -- including a gain of 26 yards to the Florida 19 -- to set up Colby Delahoussaye's 31-yard field goal with 7:58 left.

Needing two scores, Florida started to gamble.

On fourth-and-5 from the Gators 30, punter Kyle Christy converted a fake, hitting Demarcus Robinson over the middle for a 15-yard gain. Murphy then converted a fourth-and-9 with a 15-yard pass to Ahmad Fulwood at the LSU 20.

That's when the Tigers' defense clamped down and sealed the game.

First came a sack on a blitz by cornerback Jalen Mills for a loss of 12 yards, which forced a desperate fourth-and-27. Another sack by linebacker Kendell Beckwith gave the ball back to the Tigers, who ran out the clock from there.

Florida entered the game giving up averages of only 217 yards and 12.2 points per game.

LSU gained 200 yards and scored 14 points in the first half.

After punting on their opening drive, the Tigers' next three series produced two touchdowns and could have resulted in a third score if Zach Mettenberger did not lose his handle on the ball without being hit for a lost fumble on the Florida 27.

Both scoring drives were helped by Florida penalties and gave LSU a 14-3 halftime lead.

Mettenberger finished with 152 yards through the air.

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Scoring Summary
FLAFrancisco Velez 44 yd FG
LSUJ.C. Copeland 1 yd run (Colby Delahoussaye kick)
LSUAnthony Jennings 1 yd run (Colby Delahoussaye kick)
FLAFrancisco Velez 27 yd FG
LSUColby Delahoussaye 31 yd FG
Team Stats
First Downs1721
Third Down Efficiency6-175-9
Fourth Down Efficiency3-40-0
Plays-Net Yards68-24056-327
Passing Yds129152
Kick Return Yds3348
Punt Return Yds-10
Time of Poss.34:1125:49
Individual Stats
FLA: Mack Brown 15-56, Kelvin Taylor 10-52, Matt Jones 4-17, Solomon Patton 1--1, Tyler Murphy 10--13
LSU: Jeremy Hill 19-121, Kenny Hilliard 6-28, J.C. Copeland 5-20, Terrence Magee 2-8, Anthony Jennings 2-4, Zach Mettenberger 2-1, Alfred Blue 1--2, Team 2--5
FLA: Tyler Murphy 15-27-115-0, Kyle Christy 1-1-14-0
LSU: Zach Mettenberger 9-17-152-0
FLA: Solomon Patton 3-32, Trey Burton 3-28, Demarcus Robinson 2-26, Ahmad Fulwood 2-19, Quinton Dunbar 2-9, Mack Brown 2-1, Neiron Ball 1-14, Valdez Showers 1-0
LSU: Jarvis Landry 4-58, Odell Beckham 2-47, Jeremy Hill 1-30, Terrence Magee 1-17, Kenny Hilliard 1-0
Florida1st SEC East6-29-4
LSU2nd SEC West5-38-4

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