LSU may have problems managing the clock, going back to last season when wasted seconds cost the Tigers a possible win at Ole Miss and continuing this season when the Tigers nearly let the clock run out before getting a second chance against Tennessee.
But you've got to give the Tigers credit for spunk.
The Tigers ran a fake field goal late in the game at Florida
with holder Derek Helton flipping the ball to kicker Josh Jasper, who ran for a
5-yard gain on fourth-and-3 to extend what would turn out to be the game's
decisive drive in LSU's 33-29 victory over the Gators.
Quarterback Jarrett Lee capped the march with a 3-yard
touchdown pass to wide receiver Terrence Tolliver with six seconds remaining.
Both plays had to stand up to a booth review -- the fake
field goal to confirm the pitch, which bounced, as not being a forward pass,
and the touchdown pass to confirm Tolliver was in bounds and not juggling the
ball as he fell across the sideline.
"There was no question in my mind that this football
team was going to go out and play like this," coach Les Miles said of his
Tigers. "I felt like we may have been the best team, and I think we did
some really good things."
The Tigers outrushed the Gators 161-89 and had 385 yards of
total offense to Florida's meager 243. The Gators had only 12 first downs, and
three of those were by penalty.
The win improved LSU's overall record to 6-0, its best start
since the 2007 national championship team also won its first six games before
losing at Kentucky.
The Tigers are 4-0 in the Southeastern Conference West Division but will get a break from SEC play for its next encounter. The Tigers are back home to host McNeese State before going to Auburn.
--LSU's two-quarterback system proved effective. Jordan Jefferson rushed for 42 yards on 11 carries, scoring two touchdowns, and was 7-for-12 passing for 100 yards with one interception. Jarrett Lee had no rushing yards but was 9-of-11 passing for 124 yards and two touchdowns, the last with just six seconds remaining in the game.
--PK Josh Jasper continues to be Mr. Reliable. The senior booted field goals of 45 and 39 yards at Florida to make him 12 of 14 on the season. He is 31 of 36 on his career.
--CB Morris Claiborne registered his third interception of the season, a team high.
GAME BALL GOES TO: WR Terrence Toliver -- Toliver came into the game with 14 catches for only 148 yards and was looking for his first touchdown reception. He got two TDs among his game-high six receptions that were good for 111 yards, including the decisive one with just six seconds remaining. He just managed to stay in bounds and secure the ball with his over-the-shoulder catch in the end zone before falling across the sideline.
KEEP AN EYE ON: RB Michael Ford -- The redshirt freshman made his third appearance of the season and had a 26-yard run to kick-start LSU's first touchdown drive. He lost a yard on his other carry.
QUOTE TO NOTE: "It wasn't the greatest of pitches, but I was able to make a play on it and pick up the first down." -- PK Josh Jasper, on the fake field goal that he converted into a first down on LSU's final drive for the decisive touchdown against Florida.
STRATEGY AND PERSONNEL
LOOKING GOOD: The Tigers rushed for 161 yards against the Gators, TB Stevan Ridley leading the way with 83 yards on 28 carries. Both QBs Jordan Jefferson and Jarrett Lee were efficient in their passing, combining to go 16-for-23 for 224 yards with only one interception. LB Kelvin Sheppard led the Tigers with eight tackles, two of them for 8 yards in losses. He had one sack. The Tigers held the Gators to just 89 yards rushing and registered three sacks.
STILL NEEDS WORK: WR Russell Shepard had a quiet night. He lost 6 yards on one run and went for no gain on another. He had three receptions, but they were good for only 11 yards. WR Reuben Randle had only one catch, albeit for a 29-yard gain.
--Sophomore DE Chancey Aghayere got the start in place of the injured Sam Montgomery and was credited with four tackles against Florida.
--Sophomore DE Lavar Edwards got his second start and was in on three tackles, including an assist on a sack.
--Junior RG T-Bob Hebert moved from center to start at guard in place of Josh Williford.