Heavy hearts coming into Death Valley today with many of the Tigers’ starting lineup out against Florida.
Kayshon Boutte, Eli Ricks, Ali Gaye, Andre Anthony, Myles Brennan, John Emery have all been ruled out for the season. Derek Stingley is out indefinitely. Major Burns, and Joseph Evans are out for the game against Florida.
The Tigers will need to dig deep in the depth chart and rely heavily on backups and newly signed freshman talent. The “next man up” mantra that Ed Orgeron has preached since becoming the head coach for the Tigers.
LSU 3-3 comes into the game spinning from a beat down in Lexington 42-21. A game where running back, Ty Davis –Price had nearly 150 yards on the ground and two touchdowns. While the Gators look to improve to 5-2
Florida won the toss and would defer to the second half. The Tigers seemed to come out flat, five plays for 18 yards. They would punt to the Gators, and three plays later would get the ball back. However both teams would exchange punts.
The Gators would strike first on a Dameon Pierce rush off the left side from the seven yard line. Tiger defensive lineman Neil Farrell got some extra push on the point after and was able to block the kick, giving the Gators a small lead. UF 6 – LSU 0
Tigers get the ball back, Ty Davis-Price (TDP) on his first carry of the series goes for 10 yards. They call his number again, seven yards this time. Johnson hits Jaray Jenkins for 16 on 3rd and 15, moving the chains. Two plays later TDP carries again for 12 yards. Then with the ball on the UF 23, a carry of five. 2nd and 5 for the Tigers. Next play TDP carries for 18 and a touchdown. PAT is good. Just like last week, the defense is learning the hard way that they don’t want to tackle TDP. LSU 7 – UF 6
The Gators punted back to LSU to begin the second quarter. LSU had two straight passes go for negative yardage. A screen to running back Josh Williams, and a bubble screen to Malik Nabers. On third down the Tigers looked like they were going to run away with the game when Max Johnson connected with Brian Thomas for a 71 yard touchdown pass that however, was nullified by a Cam Wire holding penalty. LSU would be forced to punt.
Florida would get the ball at their own 30. Quarterback Emory Jones would throw short to his running back Pierce, he’d keep the ball and get the first down with his feet. It was when he looked to go deep to Trent Whittemore that he was intercepted by Micah Baskerville.
Baskerville returned the interception to the Florida 28 and the Tiger offense wasted no time getting into the end zone. Max Johnson threw a laser to Jaray Jenkins to put the Tigers up a score. PAT was good. LSU 14 – UF 6
Florida Head Coach Dan Mullen pulled his starting quarterback for Anthony Richardson after the Baskerville interception. Richardson’s first pass was intercepted by Jay Ward. Ward returned the interception to the Florida 21. Four plays later, Johnson and Jenkins hook up again for the score. This time from five yards out. LSU 21 – UF 6
Florida looked like it was done, it looked like LSU was going to run away with the game near the end of the second quarter. TDP had nearly 100 yards rushing and a touchdown already in the first half alone. Max Johnson hit Brian Thomas on a 50 yard reception that was negated by an illegal receiver down field. This stopped the clock and allowed Florida the opportunity to get the ball back before halftime. Jones would pick up a first down then spike the ball with 14 seconds left on the clock. He’d complete to Justin Shorter down to the LSU 42 with five second left in the half, and Florida would call a timeout. With five seconds left Jones would toss a Hail Mary up to Shorter in the end zone with three other LSU defenders around him and another Florida receiver, Shorter would bring down the catch and touchdown. PAT is good LSU 21 – UF 13
Florida came out looking to add to that score going in at the half. However, LSU DB Dwight McGlothern had other plans. The DB intercepted Jones at the UF 37 and returned it for the score. The PAT by York was good. LSU 28 – UF 13
Mullen has been juggling his quarterbacks in and out throughout the game. This time it’s Richardson. Richardson took the carry up the middle and was in for the score. The Gators 2 point attempt would be Richardson again, calling his own number for the score. LSU 28 – UF 21
LSU would get the ball, Johnson to Thomas for 11. Johnson to Nabers for 24. Ball at the Florida 40 and TDP busts 40 yard touchdown run. PAT is good. The Florida defense does not want to tackle this young man once he gets a full head of steam. LSU 35 – UF 21
You can see the competitive nature of quarterback Anthony Richardson, he is almost willing his team back into this game. Completes to Gamble for a big gain of 38 yards. He finds his running back leaking out of the backfield on a third down completion. Then again on third and short Richardson finds Shorter for the score from five yards out. LSU 35 – UF 28
The Tigers would go 3 and out on their next possession and give the Gators a chance to tie the game, again Richardson rose to the occasion finding Pierce for an 11 touchdown pass. PAT was good. LSU 35 – UF 35
LSU had the ball and gave it to the man with the hot hand, TDP. Of their next 10 plays Ty Davis-Price carried the ball eight times. The last one being a 25 yard touchdown. PAT was good. Tigers back on top. LSU 42 – UF 35
The crowd gathered in Tiger Stadium may not have been at capacity, but you could not tell when Florida took the field their next possession. Richardson was sacked for a loss of three by BJ Ojulari and Neil Farrell. Florida would switch quarterbacks between Jones and Richardson again. Jones would come in for three plays, then Richardson would come in for the final couple of plays. On 3rd and 10 Richardson hit Copeland on a 33 yard streak to again knot the game up. LSU 42 – UF 42
Ty Davis-Price went back to work and slowly amassed the single game rushing record for LSU compiling 287 yards on the ground against a very good Florida front seven. Davis-Price also had three scores on the day for the Tigers. So when on 4th and goal from the 1 everyone in the stadium assumed he would be getting the ball. Even the Florida defense, however, Max Johnson pulled the ball for a play action naked bootleg and tossed it to a wide open Jaray Jenkins, who had been brought in motion across the formation before the play had begun. LSU 49 – UF 42
Florida struggling to get back in the ball, Anthony Richardson was flushed from the pocket. He had a desperation heave to Rick Wells but did not see Damone Clark in coverage. The LSU linebacker picked the ball off with ease and laid down, no return.
Ty Davis Price had three straight carries of five, twenty, and ten yards. Max Johnson would then go under center for the best formation in all of football. Victory Formation.
Final Score: LSU 49 – UF 42