Florida 6, LSU 17: Final
The Tigers dominated the Florida offense and held on for a huge victory. To see a complete box score, check out NCAA.com.
Final Analysis for the Gators
Pass Offense: The air attack was atrocious, but it wasn't the fault of Tyler Murphy. The offensive line gave him no time to throw the entire game, and it came to a head in the waning moments of the last Gator drive. There was no deep threat, and LSU took advantage.
Run Offense: Bad. Kelvin Taylor had a good sequence in the third quarter, but there were no explosive plays from the Gators. The gaps on the inside of the line were sealed up by the Tigers, and Florida could not find open holes.
Pass Defense: Decent, but by no means dominant. Mettenberger barely threw the ball, but he was able to make a couple of key throws in the second that shifted momentum in the game.
Run Defense: Really bad. Hill could run wherever he wanted. The Gators did a poor job of sealing the outside, and the result was an onslaught of effective six-or-so-yard carries.
Special Teams: Velez was a great surprise, and the fake by Christy kept the Gators alive for a few extra minutes. The rest was forgettable.
Coaching: The fourth-down calls were good. The playbook could have been opened, but that was impossible with the poor pass protection.
1st-Half Analysis for the Gators
Pass Offense: Tyler Murphy hasn't had much time to stand in the pocket and look for a receiver. He's made a couple plays on the run, but he has also missed a couple of open throws. The Gators need to give him better protection.
Run Offense: The first drive was a promising start, but the Tigers have pretty much stuffed the Gators since. Mack Brown has been forced to pick his way through a mob of defenders instead of beating them one on one. The line needs to block better.
Pass Defense: Mettenberger hasn't been pressured. More importantly, the Gators secondary looks lost. Roberson has been jumpy and overaggressive, while Purifoy has been beaten by a couple of good routes.
Run Defense: The goal-line defense was excellent, but Jeremy Hill has been able to do what he wants at all other points of the field. Instead of forcing the Tiger runners to make moves, the Gators are the ones who are reacting to plays.
Special Teams: Tyler Murphy's pooch punt was excellent. The Velez field goal was a good sign as well. Everything else has been mediocre.
Coaching: Not much to complain about. The call for the field goal on the first drive was good. The team just won't execute.