One week after giving up five touchdown passes in a 45-16 loss at Georgia, LSU made a surprising turnaround in last week's 24-21 comeback victory at Florida.
LSU coach Nick Saban is hoping the Tigers' performance is something they can build on as they use this week's open date to prepare for a five-game stretch run.
"I was really pleased with the way we disguised some things," Saban said. "(Middle linebacker) Lionel Turner did a real good job of checking us in and out of stuff in their no huddle. I was happy in that we weren't blitzing all the time, yet still affecting the quarterback. We played better coverage and got a rush with four guys on the line."
Georgia picked up LSU's blitzes and quarterback David Greene hurt the Tigers' man-to-man coverage several times, but Florida quarterback Chris Leak wasn't so fortunate. The Tigers blitzed less and sacked him only once, but they also harassed him consistently and he completed only 15 of 33 passes for 142 yards after entering the game having passed for more than 200 yards in his previous six games.
More important, after Florida intercepted LSU quarterback JaMarcus Russell twice in the first quarter to set up a 14-0 lead and a 21-7 halftime margin, the Tigers held the Gators scoreless in the second half.
"I think it's a real gutty performance by our defense," Saban said. "We didn't get the number of turnovers we'd like to get, but we certainly made some key stops."
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