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Rushing217.0 (32nd)116.0 (37th)
Passing184.0 (105th)152.0 (24th)

Tigers report: Strategy and personnel

Strategy and personnel · Inside slant

After struggling to slow Auburn and Georgia's passing attacks, LSU stayed with its man-to-man defense, despite the absence of senior CB Corey Webster, and gave Florida QB Chris Leak fits throughout the game. Leak completed only 15 of 33 passes for 142 yards and the Gators failed to score in the second half.

The Tigers can't expect to overcome three interceptions and eight penalties every week, no matter how resilient they are.

Sophomore RBs Alley Broussard and Justin Vincent have shared most of the carries this season, but against Florida it was junior Joseph Addai who came through with a big game. He led the Tigers with 93 yards on 10 carries, including 71 yards in the second half. He ran for 34 yards on three carries on the game-winning drive and scored the game-winning touchdown on a 10-yard reception with 27 seconds left. ...

The coaching staff wasn't afraid to make lineup changes before and during the game. Rudy Niswanger had been the starter at right guard but started at right tackle, while Brian Johnson made his first career start at right guard and Nate Livings opened the game on the bench. In the second quarter, Livings moved in at right tackle and Niswanger moved back to guard.

At wide receiver, true freshman Early Doucet made his first career start. Sophomore Keith Zinger started at tight end and his first catch of the season set up LSU's first touchdown.

On the defensive line, juco transfer Claude Wroten moved from tackle to end, replacing Melvin Oliver. At strongside linebacker, Ken Hollis became the third player to start this season, partly because E.J. Kuale was suspended for the Florida game for his involvement in an off-campus fight on Thursday. At cornerback, senior Ronnie Prude replaced senior Corey Webster, who sat out because of a knee injury.

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