But Florida's defense, as banged up as its been this year, rose to the occasion and won the SEC East with a fourth-down, goal-line stand with three seconds remaining to seal a 16-10 win in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
LSU got a lot of credit from fans and pundits alike for opening up its offense after the dismissal of Les Miles, but the play-calling in the game's final minute lacked creativity. Leonard Fournette sat on the sideline with a towel over his head while running back Derrius Guice was stuffed at the goal line on fourth down.
First and Goal at the Florida 7: LSU runs with Guice, 2 yards
Second and Goal at the Florida 5: LSU runs up the middle with Guice again, 4 yards
Third and Goal at the Florida 1: LSU runs up the middle with fullback J.D. Moore, no gain
Fourth and Goal at the Florida 1: LSU runs up the middle with Guice, no gain, fumble
The win gives Florida back-to-back SEC East title for the first time since 2008-09, and a Gators defense missing its top three tacklers some much needed confidence entering the Florida State game next week.