Instant Analysis: Gators drop to 4-2
No. 17 Florida (4-2, 3-1 Southeastern Conference) came up short Saturday in Baton Rouge, falling 17-6 to No. 10 LSU (6-1, 3-1 SEC). Instant Analysis takes a quick look at the Gators' loss.
IT WAS OVER WHEN: After moving the ball 47 yards on seven plays down to the LSU seven-yard line early in the fourth quarter, Florida lost three yards on two plays and then turned a possible touchdown into an incompletion. On 3rd-and-Goal at the LSU 10, redshirt junior quarterback Tyler Murphy had a chance to throw a touchdown but was instead forced to throw incomplete as freshman running back Kelvin Taylor missed a block and allowed a defender unabated to the quarterback.
THIS STAT DOESN'T LIE: 4.3…which represents Murphy's average yards per completion. Though Florida threw the ball 10 more times than LSU did on the afternoon, Murphy only completed 15 total passes, most of them coming either behind the line of scrimmage or for short gains. The Tigers succeeded in stopping the Gators from gaining big chunk yardage while Murphy did his best to succeed in a no-win situation behind a porous offensive line.
HE STOLE THE SHOW: LSU offensive coordinator Cam Cameron got the best of Florida head coach Will Muschamp on Saturday. He attacked the Gators' penalty-prone cornerbacks, called well-designed run plays that attacked the injury-weakened interior of UF's defensive line and kept Florida off-balance throughout the contest. The Tigers gained 327 yards of total offense, a single-game season high allowed by the Gators defense.
OH, WHAT A PLAY: With Florida going three-and-out deep in LSU's territory midway through the fourth quarter, junior punter Kyle Christy gave the Gators a dash of hope by completing a 14-yard pass to redshirt junior linebacker Neiron Ball on a fake punt. UF was unable to capitalize, however, as some penalties, missed opportunities and incomplete passes caused them to turn the ball over on downs later in the drive.
THIS MATCH-UP PROVED KEY: LSU's offensive and defensive lines absolutely dominated Florida's, a stark contract from what happened in Gainesville, FL one year ago. Quarterback Zach Mettenberger was not sacked once all day, and running back Jeremy Hill picked up 121 yards on 19 carries, averaging 66 yards per touch. On the flip side, the Tigers sacked Murphy four times and rattled him with big hits on plenty of other occasions. LSU also held UF's rushers to 109 yards on 40 carries.