Bounce back big: Tigers edge Florida at the Swamp

Jonathan Hernandez
October 9, 2017

The Gators lost 17-16 on a missed extra point and mustered just 300 yards of offense and 108 passing yards.

On one fourth-quarter drive, Florida redshirt freshman quarterback Feleipe Franks found sophomore receiver Freddie Swain on a crossing pattern on third-and-three, but Swain failed to turn upfield and came up a yard shot.

LSU responded to the negativity on Saturday with its biggest win of the young season.

"At no time was it the intentions of Tiger Band to disrespect or interrupt a tribute of someone we consider a musical icon and apologize to anyone thinking this was the case", the band's statement said.

Connor Culp booted a 38 yard field goal in the second quarter, and Danny Etling threw a 2 yard touchdown pass to tight end/F back Tory Carter early in the third quarter. The SEC eventually forced both schools to work out a date, and the game was played in Baton Rouge.

Alleva "wanted to know what was going on, what we could do better", said Orgeron, who's in his first season after serving as interim coach in 2016.

The Gators managed 302 total yards and ran the ball well (194 yards), but drives were sporadic at best, the damage done by 2-for-9 third-down efficiency and five LSU sacks.

The Tigers took the lead with 1:22 remaining in the opening quarter, as Russell Gage took an end-around 30 yards to paydirt to give LSU a 7-0 lead following an 11-play, 86-yard drive. Wide receiver Kadarius Toney managed 52 yards on six carries out of the wildcat.

Florida threated the LSU redzone but had to settle for a 25-yard field goal.

David Reese and Chauncey Gardner led the club in tackles with 12 each. Pineiro's field goal extended the Gators' streak of not being shut out to 366 games, breaking the NCAA record set by MI from 1984-2014. That's gone now. The Gators face losable games against Texas A&M, Georgia, South Carolina and Florida State. LSU WR Derrick Dillon was disqualified in the first quarter after being called for targeting.

LSU hosts Auburn next Saturday at Tiger Stadium.

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