Quarter breakdown: UF offense bottled up

Florida Gators quarterback Tyler Murphy (3) sits on the ground while LSU Tigers defensive tackle Ego Ferguson (9) and defensive end Jermauria Rasco (59) celebrate a sack during the second half at Tiger Stadium on Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013 in Baton Rouge, La. LSU defeated Florida 17-6. (Matt Stamey/Staff photographer)

The Gainesville Sun
Published: Saturday, October 12, 2013 at 8:19 p.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, October 12, 2013 at 8:19 p.m.

First quarter

Play of the quarter: On a first down play from the Florida 48, Zach Mettenberger looked deep, but when Florida had the fly pattern covered he went outside to receiver Odell Beckham Jr. And when Loucheiz Purifoy whiffed on the tackle, Beckham turned it into a 25-yard gain. Add in a roughing-the-passer penalty on Darious Cummings, and the Tigers were set up on the Florida 11-yard line.

Stat of the quarter: While LSU was shut out in the quarter, the Tigers were having little trouble moving the ball. They had six first downs and were knocking on the door of the end zone when the quarter ended.

Trending: Both teams had plenty of receivers running open well down the field, but neither quarterback was able to find them. Mettenberger overthrew one ball, and Tyler Murphy didn’t see a wide-open Trey Burton on another.

Scoring: Florida scored the only points of the quarter when Will Muschamp chose not to try a fourth-and-1 and instead sent in Frankie Velez, a walk-on kicker from Ocala Trinity Catholic, to try his first career field goal. Velez nailed the 44-yarder and Florida led 3-0.

Second quarter

Play of the quarter: An LSU drive appeared to have stalled because of a botched trick play and a nice tackle behind the line by Michael Taylor. But on third-and-17, Mettenberger found Beckham open over the middle on a simple in pattern. The 22-yard gain was good for a first down and set up the Tigers for their second touchdown of the game.

Stat of the quarter: Florida managed only 34 yards of offense on 15 plays against a defense that has struggled this year. Fortunately for the Gators, the Tigers missed a pair of chances at interceptions. During Florida’s first two possessions of the second quarter, it managed minus-4 yards on six plays.

Trending: The Tigers came into this game wanting to establish the run despite all the hype about the passing game and did a good job of it. LSU ran for 55 yards in the second quarter on 14 carries. Florida was allowing only 65 rushing yards a game, but LSU had 95 at the half.

Scoring: On the first play of the quarter, LSU fullback J.C. Copeland plunged in from the 1-yard line to give the Tigers a 7-3 lead. LSU right guard Trai Turner appeared to jump early on the play, and Muschamp gave the officials an earful about the no-call. Back-up quarterback Anthony Jennings scored on a 1-yard quarterback sneak with 5:14 to play to make it 14-3.

Third quarter

Play of the quarter: While it didn’t lead to any points, the fourth-down play Florida made could have been a disaster. Facing fourth-and-1 at the UF 48, Muschamp chose to go for it. After a timeout, the Gators ran an option play to the right and it was there. Mack Brown picked up eight yards for the first down. Had Florida not made it, LSU would have been set up on Florida’s side of the field with an 11-point lead.

Stat of the quarter: At one point, Tyler Murphy completed three straight passes for a grand total of one yard. Two of the passes were for zero yards. Murphy had one stretch where he was 6-of-7 for 23 yards. The offensive line was not giving him time for much else.

Trending: After giving up a 30-yard pass completion on LSU’s first play of the quarter, Florida’s defense finally showed up for the rest of the quarter. LSU only ran seven plays in the quarter and the six after that big play to Jeremy Hill went for only 14 yards.

Scoring: Neither team scored in the quarter.

Fourth quarter

Play of the quarter: Florida still had a chance late in the fourth quarter, but on third-and-15 from the LSU 25, Murphy was able to elude one rusher but not two. Cornerback Jalen Mills, coming on a blitz, sacked Murphy for a 12-yard loss, and one play later the game was effectively over when Murphy was sacked again and fumbled.

Stat of the quarter: Florida converted a pair of fourth downs on one drive, including one on a fake punt when Kyle Christy threw a perfect pass to Neiron Ball. Florida’s finished the game converting 3-of-4 fourth-down plays.

Trending: In the last three games against LSU, Florida has scored a total of 31 points. The 14 points were enough last year and usually LSU is a salty defensive bunch. But this LSU defense was struggling coming into the game.

Scoring: Velez made it 2-for-2 with a 27-yard field goal after Florida overcame a holding penalty to drive 41 yards. LSU countered with a 61-yard drive that ended in a 31-yard field goal by Colby Delahoussaye to make it 17-6 which ended up being the final score.

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