A dominant performance from LSU's offense and defense allowed the 18th-ranked Tigers to take a 36-7 win from No. 16 Florida at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium.<br><br>It was the first win for LSU at "The Swamp" in Gainesville since 1986 and the first for head coach Nick Saban, whose defense held the Gators to a season-low 237 yards while the offense posted 26 unanswered points in the second half.

"We wanted to be the snake in The Swamp," said Saban. "I guess that's what we were."


Quarterback Matt Mauck threw two touchdown passes to Devery Henderson in the third quarter to build upon a 13-7 halftime lead. In addition, Mauck ran for 67 yards on a series of single-wing plays that helped sustain LSU drives.


On the flip side, Florida quarterback Rex Grossman struggled against the Tigers a year after setting a school record against LSU at Tiger Stadium. Grossman threw four interceptions for the second week in a row, with LSU cornerback Corey Webster nabbing three of them. Webster returned the second of his thefts 45 yards for a touchdown to give LSU a 10-0 lead in at the end of the first quarter.


"It was important for us to get off to a good start," said Saban. "We got a couple of turnovers that led to points for us."


Florida's only score came in the second quarter on a 16-yard touchdown Grossman pass to Taylor Jacobs that cut LSU's lead to 13-7. Grossman's longest pass play of the game would be an 18-yarder and he would finish the night 18-of-43 for 163 yards.


LSU improved its record to 5-1 and 2-0 in the Southeastern Conference, tying them with Ole Miss (5-1, 2-0) for the Western Division lead. Florida is now 4-3 with a 2-2 record in league games.


After forcing the Gators to punt on their opening possession of the third quarter, LSU scored on its first four possessions on the second half. The Tigers went ahead 20-7 after a 12-play, 80-yard drive that took over six minutes off the clock. The scoring play was a 13-yard bubble screen pass from Mauck to Henderson on third down.


"The 80-yard scoring drive that got us to 20 points was uplifting to our team," said Saban. "I think it was the turning points. We were in control of the game after that."


Mauck and Henderson hooked up again after the Gators were forced to punt to LSU again. Domanick Davis returned the ball to the Tigers' 25, and Mauck's first play was a pass to Henderson in the front left corner of the end zone for the score. The Tigers led 26-7 after a failed two-point conversion attempt.


Mauck finished the game 13-of-20 for 153 yards and left in the fourth quarter with an ankle injury that was not considered serious.


"Matt Mauck played his best game as a quarterback," said Saban. "I hope fans remember that he is still a young guy who is still learning."


At the end of the third quarter, LSU faced a fourth-and-12 at the Florida 35 and decided to set up for another Corbello field goal to start the fourth quarter. But instead of kicking the ball, a fake was called for holder Blain Bech who raced untouched for a 42-yard score.


Corbello provided his third field goal of the night, a 20-yarder from the left hash, after Marcus Spears got in the way of a Grossman pass and returned it to the Florida 8. The Gators would get two more possessions but had to punt away the first and lost the second on Grossman's fourth interception, Webster's third.


LSU finished the game with 402 yards of offense, with 249 coming on the ground. Davis led all rushers with 84 yards on 14 carries and added another 76 on returns.


Earnest Graham had 38 of for Florida's net 74 yards rushing against LSU's defense, statistically the best in the nation.


"This defensive team has played pretty consistent," said Saban. "They did a good job of disguising coverage and checking out of plays. They checked out on the interception we scored on. They're playing smart. playing together and playing tough."

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