GAINESVILLE, Fl. – After being unable to move at all against LSU in the opening half, the Gators dominated the Tigers in the second half of a 14-6 win in Gainesville.
The loss is LSU’s first of the year and snapped an 18-game regular season win streak. Florida is now 5-0.
"I think our team is sick, sick with the knowledge that we could have done better," said LSU coach Les Miles after the game. "If you look at the stats, there can't be too much that this offense wants to say we did well today."
The Tigers led 6-0 at halftime and held the Gators mostly in check with four drives ending in negative yardage and a total of 32 offensive yards in the first half.
However, in the second half the Gators found something in the running game. After the first drive ended with a punt, the next two went 85 and 77 yards for touchdowns, with most of the yards coming on the ground.
LSU, meanwhile, struggled to gain yards and its biggest play, a 56-yard pass from Zach Mettenberger to Odell Beckham, ended with a fumble that the Gators recovered deep in Florida territory at the 23, wasting a golden opportunity.
LSU’s anemic offense ended the game with 203 total yards – only 42 on the ground.
Mettenberger, plagued by some drops and Beckham’s fumble, hit on only 11 of 25 passes for 161 yards and one interception. LSU’s 42 yards on the ground came on 25 carries, less than two yards per try.
"There''s no excuse, we have to execute better offensively and that starts with me," said Mettenberger.
Things don’t get easier as the Tigers host South Carolina next Saturday.