The sophomore kicker atoned for a missed extra point earlier in the game, and the LSU defense came up huge to set up Les Miles’ 100th win as head coach of the Tigers.
Rickey Jefferson intercepted Jeff Driskel with less than one minute in the game. Driskel’s pass into traffic over the middle resulted in the ball popping up and into the hands of Jefferson, who returned it to the Florida 36.
The Tigers ran one play, and spiked the ball with eight seconds left. Delahoussaye nailed the 50-yarder from the right hash, and the Tigers covered the ensuing kickoff to seal the win.
That was quite the ending for a game that featured some late fireworks.
The two teams went back and forth in the final 6:10 of the game after LSU went down 24-20. An 11-yard touch down pass from Driskel to Demarcus Robinson put the Gators ahead by four.
LSU responded on the next drive though.Anthony Jennings converted a 3rd-and-25 with a 41-yard pass to Travin Dural. Two plays later, Jennings found Dural again, as the receiver came down with a one-handed grab while being interfered with by the defender.
That put the Tigers ahead 27-24, but the Gators weren’t done.
Florida’s next play went 73 yards from Driskel to Robinson, putting the Gators two yards from the end zone. But Florida couldn’t punch it in, including a dropped pass in the end zone on third down. The Gators had to settle for the game-tying field goal.
Florida did get the ball back once more, but that drive resulted in the interception that set up LSU’s game-winning field goal.
The Tigers went down early in the game as Florida capitalized on a special teams opportunity. The Gators forced a punt on LSU’s first offensive possession, and Andre Debose made his first big strike against the Tigers. He returned the punt 62 yards to give Florida an early 7-0 lead.
LSU would even it two possessions later though, thanks in large part to the defense. Kwon Alexander forced a Driskel fumble to set up the Tigers 28 yards from the goalline. Leonard Fournette carried it twice to reach the end zone, going 12 yards for the score.
Florida would score on each of its next two possessions to take a 10-point lead.
Following the Fournette touchdown, Florida marched 75 yards on the ensuing drive for a touchdown. Debose kicked it off with a 35-yard jet sweep, and seven plays later, Driskel ran in from nine yards out to reach the end zone.
The Gators returned to the LSU red zone on their next drive, but the LSU defense stood strong and forced Florida to settle for a field goal that made it 17-7.
The Tigers would cut the lead to only three before halftime, courtesy of a long drive on the ground. LSU ran the ball 11 straight times on a 75-yard touchdown drive, capped off by a one-yard Kenny Hilliard run.
The LSU defense rode momentum from forcing that field goal. Tre’Davious White came up with an interception on the next defensive series, and LSU went into halftime with a 17-14 deficit.
The Tigers then held the Gators to only 16 yards of total offense in the third quarter, while LSU took its first lead of the game.
On its second offensive series of the second half, LSU went 65 yards on 13 plays, helped out by a pair of defensive penalties on third downs. Fournette capped it all off, soaring over the pile for a two-yard touchdown.
But that lead wouldn’t last long. Two LSU offensive possessions later, the Tigers settled for a three-and-out, and Debose went to work again. He returned the ensuing punt 53 yards to the LSU nine-yard line.
Two plays later Driskel found Robinson for an 11-yard score that put Florida ahead 24-20, setting up that crazy ending with 6:10 to go in the game.