FACTS & FACTORS: LSU-Florida

Here we point out the storylines of Saturday's epic LSU-Florida game in Tiger Stadium

LSU-Florida: Facts & Factors

 

Quote of the Game:

 

"They're going to be there, and that's our goal – to get there. You know you work hard. We still control our destiny. You've just got to go out there and win."

 

- Florida quarterback Tim Tebow

 

 

Turning Point:

 

LSU couldn't catch a break throughout the first half of play.

Brandon LaFell dropped two passes that would have extended drives and a blown coverage early in the third quarter resulted in another Florida touchdown, giving the Gators a 24-14 advantage. Things began looking up for LSU as Florida tailback Kestahn Moore fumbled a ball near midfield. But the Tigers couldn't capitalize. Colt David missed a 37-yard field goal, and things looked grim.

But on Florida's next possession, quarterback Tim Tebow threw a pass behind Cornelius Ingram, hitting the back of his helmet. The ball bounded into the air and into the awaiting arms of Kirston Pittman at the Gator 27.

 

 

It was over when:

 

LSU took possession trailing 24-21 with just over nine minutes left in the game. The Tigers put together a 15-play, 60-yard drive in which LSU was forced to convert two fourth-down situations.

Jacob Hester, though, put the game away with a 3-yard dive with 1:09 left in regulation, setting off a raucous celebration.

 

 

Stat of the Game:

 

5 – LSU was five of five on fourth-down conversions, including two on the final drive of the game. Two other conversions came in goal to-go situations and LSU scored both times.

 

 

By the Numbers:

 

16 – Total tackles by Craig Steltz. The senior safety from Kenner had 13 solo stops and, for the second time this season, should be the SEC Defensive Player of the Week.

 

247 – Rushing yards gained by LSU. Coming into the game, the Florida defense was holding opponents to a mere 63.4 yards per game on the ground, which ranked sixth nationally. Hester led the charge with 106 yards on 23 carries. The Tigers rushed for 111 yards in the fourth quarter.

 

80 – Offensive plays ran by the Tigers. LSU ran 22 more offensive plays than Florida (58) and averaged 4.9 yards per play, gaining a total of 391 yards.

 

2 – Penalties committed by Florida, one of which was an intentional grounding call that went against Tebow on the game's final possession. LSU was flagged seven times for 61 yards.

 

8 – Red zone opportunities for both teams combined with LSU having five and Florida three. The Gators scored two touchdowns and a field goal, while LSU scored four touchdowns.

 

 

 

Three Points:

 

1. MORE STREAKS - The Tigers won their ninth consecutive SEC home game and eighth straight SEC game overall ... LSU recorded its sixth straight win over a Top 25 team. LSU is bowl eligible for the eighth straight season with the six wins. Tonight's attendance of 92,910 is the largest crowd in Tiger Stadium history.

 

2. POINT TIGERS - LSU has outscored its opponents 233-56 over the last 23 quarters, including the 24-14 score today. LSU has outscored it opponents 174-17 in the first quarter in the 18 home games under head coach Les Miles. Florida joined South Carolina and Alabama as the only teams to score on the Tigers in the first quarter during that stretch.

 

3. BYRD ON A WIRE - Matt Flynn tossed his fourth touchdown of the season and the 14th of his career on a 4-yard pass to wide receiver Demetrius Byrd with 10:15 left in the fourth quarter. Byrd pulled down his second touchdown pass of the season and his career on the 4-yard pass from Flynn.


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