First half: The offense had its struggles, running only 11 plays on its first three possessions. But some hard running by Lamical Perine and a beautiful pass from Feleipe Franks to Josh Hammond allowed the Gators to score a pair of touchdowns.
Second half: The pick that Franks threw early in the second half could have been devastating. But when the Gators had to have a scoring drive after falling behind, they were able to muster one together.
For the game: Florida nearly cracked 400 yards against an elite defensive team and rushed for 215, which is a recipe for winning a game like this. Franks had an uneven performance, but showed he can catch the ball. So he has that going for him.
First half: LSU was able to hit eight plays of 10 yards or more and the first drive hardly looked like the Florida defense its fans saw in Starkville. But the defense did settle down and created the only turnover of the first half.
Second half: The defense was asked to be on the field a lot and the one LSU touchdown drive was stunning. But overall, this defense was the difference in the game.
For the game: LSU ran 75 plays and had 13 plays of 10 yards or more. But after the initial drive, the defense created points and kept giving the offense opportunities.
Special teams B
First half: Freddie Swain looked like he was this close to breaking one on several occasions. After a mediocre first punt, Tommy Townsend was solid the rest of the half.
Second half: Townsend seemed to struggle kicking into the wind, but in the fourth quarter he was booming his punts. The coverage teams played well for almost the entire game and had to cover a lot of punts.
For the game: Townsend had to punt nine times in the game and most of them were good, as he finished with a net punting average if 41.1 yards a kick. Evan McPherson was steady again with four touchbacks.
It was funny in the parking lot before the game. There was such a difference of opinion. Some Gator fans didn’t think UF had a chance. Others were confident. Others had no idea. What they saw was a team that has come a long way. Who saw this coming four weeks ago?