VICTORY IN THE SWAMP! Defense Keys Huge Win, 17-16

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VICTORY IN THE SWAMP! Defense Keys Huge Win, 17-16

The Tigers came out of Ben Hill Griffin Stadium with a 17-16 victory over Florida. It was his fourth consecutive game with double-digit tackles. That's gone now. The Gators face losable games against Texas A&M, Georgia, South Carolina and Florida State.

A missed extra point by Eddie Piniero, a 17-3 start, and stout defense were enough to see the Tigers (4-2, 1-1 SEC) bounce back from last week's historic loss against Troy, taking a 17-16 win over No. 21 Florida (3-2, 3-1 SEC) on Saturday.

Still, LSU opened the scoring on a Russell Gage 30-yard scamper to the left.

LSU stayed with their game plan in the second half. The Gators eventually held, forcing a punt. LSU WR Derrick Dillon was disqualified in the first quarter after being called for targeting. And of those 216 yards, 132 came on sweeps and end-around plays.

Florida threatened in the second quarter, but was only able to get three points out of an 11-play, 70-yard drive at the 4:01 mark. Of LSU's first five drives, four went for nine plays or more. The Tigers took a 10-3 lead into the lockerroom. Reese and defensive end Jabari Zuniga sacked LSU quarterback Danny Etling once each. The score was Carter's first career touchdown on just his third career reception. Franks started the first three games of the season, but was benched in two of those. Right tackle Toby Weathersby battled heat-related headaches, forcing true freshman Austin Deculus to fill in beside true freshman right guard Ed Ingram.

Florida scored two third quarter touchdowns on runs by tailback Lamical Perine. LSU made their 17-16 lead stand.

The backfield rushing duo of Derrius Guice and Darrel Williams combined for 29 carries and 85 yards, frequently subbing for each other after Orgeron said Thursday each would be limited due to recent injuries.

The teams traded punts until late in the fourth quarter. The Gators (3-2, 3-1 SEC), lacking explosive playmakers in the passing game, methodically tried to get something going, but ended up failing on fourth-and-3 at its own 25, giving the ball back to LSU on downs.

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