LSU-Florida breakdown

How they scored

Score by quarters

LSU 3 3 0 0 —  6

Florida 0 0 7 7 — 14

First quarter

LSU: Drew Alleman 31 field goal at 10:48. DRIVE: 10 plays, 64 yards, 4:12. KEY PLAYS: Spencer Ware 20 pass from Zach Mettenberger gives LSU a first down at its 45. Personal foul penalty on UF’s Jon Bostic regains 15 yards LSU lost on personal foul on J.C. Copeland and helps move the ball to the UF 47. Nic Jacobs 13 pass from Mettenberger provides a first down at the 34. Kenny Hilliard 13 run yields a first down at the 21. On third-and-10 Neiron Ball and Jaylen Watkins stop Copeland for 7 yards on pass from Mettenberger, leading to the field goal. LSU 3, UF 0.

Second quarter

LSU: Alleman 22 field goal at 0:24, Drive: 4-3-1:38. KEY PLAYS: Barkevious Mingo recovers fumble by Jeff Driskel on UF 7 after Bennie Logan sacked Driskel. KEY PLAY: Terrence Magee can’t find a receiver on third-and-goal and is stopped for no gain. LSU 6, UF 0.

Third quarter

FLORIDA: Mike Gillislee 12 run at 5:15 (Caleb Sturgis kick). DRIVE: 8-85-3:44. KEY PLAYS: Jordan Reed 14 from Driskil gets the drive started. Omarious Hines 14 run and facemask penalty on LSU’s Ronald Martin gives UF a first down at the LSU 25. Hines 14 pass from Driskil preceded scoring run. UF 7, LSU 6.

Fourth quarter

UF: Gillislee 12 run at 13:18 (Sturgis kick). DRIVE: 11-77-5:55. KEY PLAYS: Gillislee rushes five times for 33 yards and UF picks up an extra 13 yards on one as Luke Muncie grabs Gillislee’s facemas. UF 14, LSU 6.

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FINAL SCORE: UF 14, LSU 6.

RECORDS: UF 5-0 (4-0 SEC). LSU 5-1, 1-1.

ATTENDANCE: 90,824.

Les East

Thumbs up

ä The LSU defense:

The Tigers held Florida to 14 points despite having two starting linebackers injured and allowing running back Mike Gillislee to allowing 146 yards and two touchdowns. This was arguably their most valiant effort of the season. They deserved a better fate.

ä LSU QB Zach Mettenberger:

Mettenberger was only 11 of 25 for 160 yards and threw one interception, but there were tiems when you could see what LSU coach Les Miles and the rest of the Tigers coaches see in him. He had stretches, especially on the opening drive, when he threw the clean, crisp, hard, decisive passes. He stood in the pocket and riffled a fourth-down pass. His 56-yard pass to Odell Beckham Jr. was a thing of beauty. There were times when he just needed more time to throw and better receivers to help him, but he is NOT the reason why LSU lost.

ä LSU LB Kevin Minter:

Minter, a 6-foot-2, 245-pound junior, had an All-America type game against the Gators. He had 20 tackles, including 17 solos. He also had three tackles for a 17-yard loss and two sacks, which totalled 16 yards. Let’s see ... a good athlete plus an incredible game on a national stage in front of millions could equal millions in the back account when the National Football League comes calling.

Thumbs DOWN

ä LSU Receivers:

We get the point, LSU doesn’t keep game stats on drops. How about fumbles? How about mental lapses? This is one group of the LSU football team that is not championship ready and hasn’t been since the start of the season. They don’t have any game changers. They don’t have any surehanded threats. Mettenberger deserves better.

ä LSU Penalties:

The Tigers had eight penalties for 83 yards. Sure, we know that LSU coach Les Miles is working on “correcting” the problems, but hasn’t he been doing that for weeks? This team needs some discipline.

ä CBS color analyst Gary Danielson :

We can see the first Tyrann Mathieu reference. LSU is playing on a national stage for the first time this season, and there could have been some viewers who didn’t know that Mathieu was dismissed from the team. But one Mathieu reference was enough. We get the point. LSU would be better this season if Mathieu would have behaved himself and decided to stay on the team, but it’s old news.

Pierce W. Huff

HOT TOPICS

THE LSU OFFENSIVE LINE

ä The Tigers continued to search for the right offensive line combination against Florida on Saturday. Alex Hurst, who started the season at right tackle, was moved to left tackle. Freshman Vadal Alexander, who played at Buford (Ga.) High School, started at right tackle. The result? Inconsistency. LSU did not have a running back with more than 25 yards. Tigers quarterback Zack Mettenberger only passed for 160. As presently consistuted, this offensive line isn’t playing well enough to get LSU through the second half of its season.

LSU QB
ZACH METTENBERGER

ä Mettenberger only completed 11 of 25 passes for 160 yards and threw one interception, but there were stretches in the game where he played some of his best ball of the season. He started strong with two straight completions and led the Tigers to a field goal in their opening drive. He also threw a pretty 56-yard pass to receiver Odell Beckham Jr., who had a big play going until he fumbled the ball.

THE LSU DEFENSE

ä How many times can a person say this sentence about his favorite college football team: “We allowed a guy to rush for 146 yards and two touchdowns, and we only allowed 14 points.” Florida running back Mike Gillislee had that type of game against LSU on Saturday, but the defense did its part by keeping the Gators within striking distance. It held Florida to two touchdowns and came up with big play after big play despite injuries.

Tweet talk

“Muschamp talking to Miles now at midfield. Wonder if Will asks him what trick play he’s going to run today? #Gators”

@HaysCarlyon. Hays Carlyon is the Florida beat writer for the Florida Times-Union.

“Reminds me of the scene in ‘My Cousin Vinny’ when Pesci says to opposing lawyer, ‘I should would like to get a look at your files.’

Carlyon

“Best LSU first name? Choices: Ego, Tharold, Kwon, Kavahra, Jerqwinick, Barkevious, Trai, Lamin, Jermauria, La’el, Vadal, Kadron, A’Trey-U.”

@PBPjasonlieser. Jason Lieser is the Florida beat writer for The Palm Beach Post.

“@s_hotard #Gators fans are always late getting into the stadium. That’s what happens when the student section has assigned seats.”

@McCallAdvocate. Advocate sportswriter Mike McCall sent the tweet in a message to Advocate sportswriter Scott Hotard.

“If Mettenberger doesn’t cut back on the turnovers #LSU has NO chance of competing for the BCS title.”

@LesEast. Les East is a sportswriter for The Advocate.

“I’m sorry I can’t hold it in anymore… Dworaczyk should be out there”

@TBob53. T-Bob Hebert, former LSU player.

“Apparently the officials at the #LSU-Florida game have determined that the infield fly rule was properly applied on the last play.”

@LesEast

Pierce W. Huff

BY THE NUMBERS

0 Points Florida has allowed in the fourth quarter in five games

1 Third-down conversions for the Tigers on Saturday in 13 attempts

1 Touchdowns LSU has scored in its first two SEC games (at Auburn, at Florida)

2 0 Tackles by LSU linebacker Kevin Minter (previous career high was 11)

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What we learned

LSU’s offense is woeful. The Tigers are having trouble pass blocking and their receivers aren’t catching the ball, which is resulting in plummeting confidence for quarterback Zach Mettenberger. These problems are conspiring to allow teams to focus on blockading LSU’s running game, which Florida did Saturday (42 net yards on 25 carries).

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Consider LSU’s offense in its last eight games. Five games with 38 points or more, but also no first downs in the first half of the 2011 SEC Championship Game against Georgia. No points in the BCS title game against Alabama. Ten points at Auburn and only two field goals at Florida. Next Saturday, LSU faces another tough defense in South Carolina.

Final thoughts

LSU has some serious offensive issues to address before the Tigers can even be considered a contender in the SEC West or for a January bowl berth. In two SEC games, LSU has scored one touchdown. Les Miles must consider some significant adjustments on offense, though what the Tigers can do to change is hard to figure.

Scott Rabalais