Florida pays tribute to Tom Petty during game against LSU

Florida pays tribute to Tom Petty during game against LSU

The LSU Football team showed resilience as the Tigers held on for a 17-16 victory over No. 21 Florida on Saturday afternoon in Ben Hill Griffin Stadium.

LSU is now 3-2 and coming off an embarrassing loss to Troy at home last week in a game that featured the Tigers as 21-point favorites.

Gardner's critique came after the Gators surrendered six first downs on the Tigers' 14 third-down opportunities, a surprising problem considering UF's opponents had converted just 16 of 57 tries (28.1 percent) on third down through four games this season.

The lack of pace led coaches to replace Franks with Luke Del Rio at Kentucky, where the offense sped up and scored two touchdowns during a fourth-quarter comeback.

The Gators wedged out of trouble, but a critical false start penalty on Florida's Jawaan Taylor on second-and-6 made it extra tough.

The Gators (3-2, 1-1) answered, getting the first of consecutive TD runs by Lamical Perine.

After last week's sluggish performance against Troy, there was plenty of soul searching and meetings between Canada and coach Ed Orgeron about the direction of the offense.

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It's a deflating loss for the Gators, their first of the season in SEC play. The game was postponed due to Hurricane Matthew and was eventually moved to Baton Rouge. "Like Coach Orgeron says, 'Next man up, '" Moreau said.

As one Florida writer friend told me after the game, "Two bad teams playing for the Belk Bowl".

But there's certainly no need for LSU to apologize for it.

It appeared that the Tigers' losing ways were going to continue in the third quarter against the Gators. In Saturday's easy win over Ole Miss, Johnson rushed for 204 yards and three touchdowns on 28 carries, averaging a healthy 7.3 yards per rush.

"That drive in the first half gave us a little wiggle room", Orgeron said. LSU's three longest runs were by wide receivers Russell Gage and Derrick Dillon (30 yards) and quarterback Danny Etling (15 yards).

Unfortunately, the Gators and quarterback Feleipe Franks (10 of 16, 108 yards) couldn't even get Pineiro back into field-goal range to attempt a game-winning kick. LSU's defense threw a fourth quarter shutout for the win with White at his old position. "Guys are hurting in that locker room, and they should hurt".

LSU finished with 216 yards on the ground, with Derrius Guice returning from injury to rush for 50 yards. The Tigers also were without nose tackle Ed Alexander for several games.