#5 LSU Beats #7 Florida 42-28 To Remain Undefeated, Moves Up to #2 In The AP Poll
By: Tony Thomas
October 13, 2019
The #5 LSU Tigers remained undefeated going up against the toughest defense they have faced all season, beating the #7 Florida Gators 42-28 in Death Valley on Saturday night.
The Gators came into the game with one of the best defenses in the country, ranked in the top ten in scoring defense (9 points per game), total defense (276 yards per game), sacks (26 through 6 games) and tackles for loss (50 through 6 games), and ranked #1 in interceptions with 12. They were also ranked #20 in pass defense (183 yards per game) and #15 in rushing defense (93 yards per game).
Well, that lasted all of about 3 hours as the Tigers racked up 512 yards of total offense.
QB Joe Burrow was 21 of 24 passing for 293 yards and 3 touchdowns and zero interceptions, completing 87% of his passes.
The offensive line played near-perfect football, allowing zero sacks and only 1 tackle for loss.
LSU also had zero turnovers.
RB Clyde Edwards-Helaire averaged 10 yards a carry as he rushed for 134 yards on 13 carries and 2 TDs, one of which was a 39-yard scoring run. RB Tyrion Davis-Price also added a rushing touchdown on a 33-yard run. On the night, the Tigers rushed for a total of 219 yards.
WR Justin Jefferson caught 10 balls for 123 yards and a touchdown and WR Ja’marr Chase had 7 catches for 127 yards and 2 TDs, including one that went for 54 yards.
On offense, the Gators gained 457 total yards. QB Kyle Trask was 23 of 39 for 310 yards and 3 TDs and 1 interception, and the Gator rushing attack was held to a total of 146 yards for the game and no touchdowns on the ground.
WR/TE Kyle Pitts had 5 receptions for 108 yards. WR Van Jefferson had 2 TDs, and WR Trevon Grimes added a touchdown. RB Lamical Perrine also added a touchdown through the air.
The Tiger defense was a “bend but don’t break” unit and they made plays when they needed to. The Gators were 9 of 17 on 3rd down conversions and were held to a single touchdown in the second half, and scoreless in the 4th quarter. The Tigers sacked Trask twice and made 5 tackles for loss.
DB Derek Stingley intercepted a pass in the endzone in the 4th quarter that killed a scoring drive for Florida.
LSU improves to 6-0 and moves up three spots to #2 in the AP Poll behind Alabama.
LSU travels to Starkville to take on Mississippi State next week. Florida falls to 6-1 and is on the road at South Carolina next week.
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