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No. 6 LSU tops No. 8 Florida, becomes SEC’s lone unbeaten

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Even when he has big play offensive talent like Leonard Fournette and Malachi Dupre in his employ, you just know, in a big night game on his personal buffet line known as Tiger Stadium, Les Miles was going to pull it out with a trick play. With the game knotted at 28-28 and 10:40 showing on the clock, LSU lined up for what appeared to be a 30-yard field goal on a 4th-and-13. But instead of placing the pigskin on its end, holder Brad Kragthorpe cocked and fired to kicker Trent Domingue, who bobbled and eventually caught the ball, then outran the Florida defense for what proved to be a game-winning 16-yard touchdown run, pushing No. 6 LSU past No. 8 Florida, 35-28 Saturday night in Baton Rouge.

The win pushed LSU to 7-0 (4-0 SEC) on the season, and, coupled with Texas A&M’s loss to Alabama earlier in the day, left the Bayou Bengals standing as the SEC’s final undefeated team.

Domingue’s touchdown was LSU’s only points of the second half, fending off a rally that saw Florida fight back from a 28-14 halftime deficit and nearly tie the game again at 35-35.

LSU earned that halftime edge through big plays on the ground from Fournette and multiple connections from Brandon Harris to Dupree. Fournette carried 15 times for 100 yards and touchdowns from six and two yards out, and Harris found Dupree four times for 115 yards and two scores, including a 50-yarder with just 15 seconds left before the half.

Florida battled back with a two-yard Kelvin Taylor plunge, capping a 10-play, 66-yard drive that consumed more than five minutes, and a 72-yard punt return by Antonio Calloway with 1:04 remaining in the third quarter.

Florida opened the scoring on a four-yard pass from Treon Harris, earning his first of many starts in place of suspended signal caller Will Grier, to tight end Jake McGee on fourth-and-goal from the four at the 10:13 mark of the third quarter. Harris also hit McGee for a 19-yard score to pull the Gators within 21-14 with 1:35 left in the first half.

Florida had an opportunity to tie the game with seven minutes remaining as Harris initially nailed Calloway with what appeared to be a 35-yard touchdown pass, but Calloway was unable to hang on after a hit from an LSU defender. That dropped proved to be Florida’s final chance.

For the game, Harris completed 17-of-32 throws for 271 yards and two touchdowns with no interceptions while also adding 20 rushing yards.

Fournette continued his Heisman campaign by piling up 180 yards and two touchdowns on 31 carries to go with one reception for 15 yards. Brandon Harris played perhaps his best game of the year in completing 13-of-19 passes for 202 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions

LSU out-rushed Florida 221-55 on the night, pushing Miles’s mark to 61-0 at LSU while rushing for at least 100 yards while holding his opponent below the century mark.

LSU hosts Western Kentucky next week and then takes the following weekend off before an all-important trip to Alabama on Nov. 7. Florida, meanwhile, still controls its own destiny in the SEC East, and will take next week off before a trip to Jacksonville to face Georgia on Oct. 31. A win there all but wraps up a trip to Atlanta for Jim McElwain‘s Gators where, perhaps, they’ll get another shot at these Tigers.

Fournette charges No. 6 LSU to halftime lead over No. 8 Florida

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Leonard Fournette is doing Leonard Fournette things, both supposedly limited quarterbacks are making big plays in the passing game, and No. 6 LSU holds a 28-14 lead over No. 8 Florida at the break in Baton Rouge.

After LSU punt returner Tre’Davious White put the ball on the Les Miles buffet line that is the Tiger Stadium turf at his own 13, Florida punched in an early touchdown on a five-yard Treon Harris run at the 10:13 mark of the first quarter.

That score held through the first quarter, but LSU (and, specifically, Fournette) dominated the second frame. Fournette posted touchdown runs from two and six yards out, sandwiching a nine-yard strike from Brandon Harris to Malachi Dupree, pushing the Bayou Bengals from a 7-0 deficit to a 21-7 lead with 2:25 before the half.

Harris responded, though, moving the Gators 80 yards in four plays and 44 seconds, highlighted by a 12-yard run, a 48-yard strike to Antonio Calloway and a 19-yard scoring toss to Jake McGee. For the half, Harris, playing for the suspended Will Grier, hit 9-of-11 throws for 115 yards and two touchdowns while leading the Gators on the ground with 19 yards on eight carries.

Not content to take a 21-14 lead into the locker room, LSU moved 75 yards in five plays to push the lead back to 14. Fittingly, the drive used the same three players that created the Tigers’ first three touchdowns. Fournette rushed for gains of five and 14 and a loss of three, and Harris nailed Dupree for a five-yard connection and a 50-yard scoring bomb to push the score to 28-14 with 15 seconds remaining.

Fournette rushed 15 times for 100 yards and two touchdowns, Harris hit 10-of-12 throws for 189 yards and two touchdowns, and Dupre totaled four grabs for 115 yards and those two scores.

LSU will receive to open the second half.

 

Flu-stricken Will Grier has 4 TDs and Gators up 25-0 on Ole Miss

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A week after a thrilling come-from-behind victory over Tennessee, the No. 25 Florida Gators are once again proving it may be difficult for teams to come into The Swamp and leave with a  win. No. 3 Ole Miss is having a real tough time getting the offense going after being held scoreless in the first half. Florida leads the Rebels 25-0 at the break.

It was unknown if he was going to play this week due to the flu but Florida quarterback Will Grier has played very well, completing nine of 12 pass attempts for 161 yards and three touchdowns in the first half for the Gators. The first was a 36-yard pass to Demarcus Robinson in the first quarter.

Ole Miss fumbled away the ensuing possession two plays later, and Grier once again connected for a touchdown pass, this time a much shorter pass to tight end Jake McGee for a quick 13-0 lead after a misses extra point attempt. Grier’s third pass was a 77-yard pass to Robinson. Late in the half Grier orchestrated a wonderful touchdown drive with little time to work, masterfully using the sidelines to his advantage with his receivers. Antonio Callaway caught a pass over the middle and got some good blocking as he found room to get in to the end zone for one last forts-half score. Grier is no the first Florida quarterback to toss four first-half touchdowns since Chris Leak did so in 2005.

We’ll see if Ole Miss can find itself on offense, but it might be safe to say Florida’s defense is still one of the best in the SEC. Picking up court touchdowns against this defense will be no easy task, even for Ole Miss.