The Swamp played role in win

Florida's Matt Elam does a little dance during the first half against LSU at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium in Gainesville, Fla., Saturday, October 6, 2012. (Doug Finger/ Staff Photographer)

The Gainesville Sun
Published: Saturday, October 6, 2012 at 8:39 p.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, October 6, 2012 at 8:39 p.m.

Best back-to-back plays by one player

LSU linebacker Kevin Minter took away a scoring chance for the Gators in the second half almost single-handedly. After a Jaylen Watkins interception and a five-yard Mike Gillislee run gave UF second-and-five on the LSU 33, Minter jumped the snap and tackled Florida quarterback Jeff Driskel for a seven-yard loss. On the next play, he blitzed from the right and sacked Driskel for a loss of nine. Florida ended up punting away a real scoring chance.

Worst attempt at recovering a fumble

When Jeff Driskel coughed one up on a sack late in the second half, it appeared Florida would be OK because offensive guard James Wilson was right there to jump on it. But when he did, the ball acted like a greased pig and squirted right through his arms. “My arm got stuck underneath me,” Wilson said. “It was embarrassing.” Barkevious Mingo of LSU took advantage and recovered the loose ball at the Florida 7-yard line. Florida’s defense limited the Tigers to only a field goal and a 6-0 halftime lead.

Best comeback

Hey, didn’t you used to be The Swamp? The old lady hasn’t been this noisy in a long time, especially for such a sustained period of time. After two games where you could hear golf applause, the sellout crowd was standing on its collective head throughout this game. “It was alive,” said Will Muschamp. “Our fans deserved this.”

Best player for the losing team

The game Kevin Minter had would be considered one of the best in SEC history if he had played for the winning team. The linebacker seemed to make every tackle (in reality he made only 20, one short of the school’s single-game record), had two sacks, three tackles for losses and forced a fumble that LSU recovered.

Play of the game

Florida had just driven for the go-ahead touchdown early in the third quarter, and the Gator defense was hungry for blood. But on third-and-7 from the LSU 21, Tigers wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. put a double move on the Gators’ zone defense and was wide open. Zach Mettenberger laid the ball in there beautifully, and the Tigers had a momentum-changing play. But at the end of the play, the ball was ripped out by UF’s Matt Elam. “Our guys in the booth knew it was a fumble,” Muschamp said. “They told me to tell the ref to hold on.” Turns out it was, and Florida got the ball. “I wasn’t trying to do that,” Elam said. “It was just instinct.”

Stat of the game

We all know Florida’s defense was dominant, holding LSU to 200 yards. Of those 200 yards, 117 came on the first drive of the game and the one big play of the second half. After that first drive (which ended in a field goal), LSU ran 24 straight offensive plays without getting a first down. When one came, it was because of a penalty.

What’s up with that?

Ok, we had the play where the official said LSU was flagged for 12 men on the field and then took it away because the Tigers didn’t. Except upon review it turned out they did. But one call that really helped Florida came early in the fourth quarter after a Mike Gillislee 4-yard run. Tight end Clay Burton kept blocking and was casually tossed aside by LSU linebacker Luke Muncie. Burton must watch a lot of soccer because he sold it, flailing his arms wildly. And sure enough, Muncie was flagged for a personal foul.

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