FINAL: No. 5 LSU 42, No. 7 Florida 28

LSU running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire (22) carries on a 57-yard touchdown run in the first half Saturday against Florida in Baton Rouge, La. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

Live updates from the No. 7 Florida at No. 5 LSU college football game Saturday night at Tiger Stadium in Baton Rouge, La.:


LSU takes opening drive 49 yards in eight plays to a 44-yard field goal attempt miss by Cade York.

Gators go three-and-out on their first possession.

LSU running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire runs for 57 yards to the UF 9.  QB Joe Burrow passes to receiver Ja’Marr Chase for the 9-yard score at the 9:55 mark.

ESPN broadcast calling it a “high ankle injury” for UF pass rusher Jonathan Greenard.


UF QB Kyle Trask hits Tyrie Cleveland for 17 yards. Lamical Perine then breaks off a 17-yard run to the LSU 42. Trask passes for 11 yards to Perine. QB Emory Jones comes in to run for 12 to the LSU 19.

Trask teams with Trevon Grimes for a 5-yard scoring pass play to complete a 12-play, 75-yard drive at the 3:34 mark. The scoring drive took 6:31.

After a 3-and-out by LSU, Trask completes a pass to Kyle Pitts for 23 to the UF 40.

What went right: The Gators were able to respond after the Tigers struck quickly on their second drive of the quarter. Lamical Perine’s 17-yard run helped establish the run game early for the Gators, and the senior running back proved to be a factor in the pass game, too. Florida has shown up offensively with 111 yards against a highly touted defense, while the defense was able to force a three-and-out after the offense’s answer.

What went wrong: Florida’s first drive spanned just 56 seconds and resulted in a three-and-out, with the Gators burning their first timeout in the process. Then the Tigers scored quickly on a nine-yard touchdown to former UF commit Ja’Marr Chase, which marked the first first-quarter touchdown allowed by Florida’s defense this season. The Gators gave up 124 yards in the first quarter and altogether haven’t tackled well in space outside of senior linebacker David Reese.

Play of the quarter: Trevon Grimes’ reception on third down to get the Gators first-and-goal would have been his most important reception of the quarter, if it weren’t for his ensuing catch. The Fort Lauderdale native hauled in Kyle Trask’s five-yard pass to pull the Gators even with the Tigers. An important toss-and-catch at a pivotal point in the early going.

Trending: Trask scrambled on 3rd-and-9 but came up a yard short, and Florida punted.

— Graham Hall

Florida       7

LSU            7

Note: UF wins the coin toss and defers.


Burrow connects with Justin Jefferson for a seven-yard TD to cap an 82-yard drive in five plays, as LSU regains the lead at 14-7 with 12:44 remaining.

LSU is averaging 11.2 yards per play for 191 total yards.

Kyle Pitts on a wheel route for 28 yards from Trask.

Jones tosses a 1-yard scoring pass to Perine on fourth down to tie the game at 5:48. The score capped a 13-play, 75-yard drive in 6:56. Perine caught pass off a deflection.

Edwards-Helaire scores for LSU at 3:5 mark with a 39-yard run as Tigers go back up, 21-14. The drive went 75 yards on four plays. Edwards-Helaire has punished UF by rushing for 121 yards on just five carries.

Trask completes a 6-yard scoring pass to Van Jefferson with 4 seconds left to tie the game at 21-all to complete a 75-yard, 11-play drive that took 3:51.

UF has 246 yards of total offense, while LSU has 266.

What went right: The Gators kept responding to LSU’s scoring drives with impressive touchdown receptions of their own from Lamical Perine and Van Jefferson, respectively, and Jabari Zuniga made his return to action in the second quarter — although Florida’s defensive line once again lost a pass rusher early.

What went wrong: Gators pass rusher Jon Greenard appears out for the remainder of the game after suffering an undisclosed injury to his right ankle in the first quarter, and cameras captured Greenard emotional on the sideline as the quarter commenced. With the game tied, Trey Dean was whistled for defensive pass interference, and Burrow would soon hit Justin Jefferson for LSU’s first go-ahead touchdown. The Gators also struggled when it came to stopping the run. After Florida pulled even with the Tigers, the Tigers answered right back on Clyde Edwards-Helaire’s 39-yard run, which put him over the 100-yard mark.

Play of the quarter: Once again, it was Florida’s initial answer. Lamical Perine’s tip drill touchdown on Emory Jones’ six-inch throw pulled the Gators even with the Tigers, and stunned the roaring crowd in the process as halftime neared. While LSU would waste little time taking the lead back, the Gators have bent yet haven’t broken.

Trending: It’s all even at 21 in Death Valley after Van Jefferson’s snag pulled Florida level just before the midpoint.

Graham Hall

Florida       7    14

LSU            7    14


Trask hits Jefferson for a 2-yard TD pass to cap an eight-play, 75-yard drive to open the second half. The Gators’ first lead of the game came at 10:54 mark.

Edwards-Helaire scores on a 5-yard run to tie the game again, 28-28 at 7:12 mark.

Tyrion Davis-Price scores on a 33-yard touchdown run for LSU at the 3:15 mark.

Defensive end Jabari Zuniga out injured for Florida.


What went right: Florida came out of halftime and dialed up an eight-play, 75-yard scoring drive that featured four receptions by Van Jefferson. The Gators would have two more shots at six, but the Tigers defense proved to be the victor, and UF would finish the quarter with just minus-three yards after the initial scoring drive.

What went wrong: An injury to Jabari Zuniga’s ailing left ankle soon led to Ty Davis-Price’s 33-yard rushing touchdown, which gave the Tigers a 35-28 lead just minutes after Florida took its first lead of the night. LSU continues to torch the Gators on the ground; the Tigers head into the final quarter with 213 rushing yards to Florida’s four yards on the ground.

Play of the quarter: It’s Davis-Price’s dash, which reasserted the Tigers’ lead and nearly immediately regained Florida’s first taste of momentum.

Trending: The Tigers have the ball near their 40-yard line with an opportunity to take a double-digit lead over Florida. Can UF’s defense come up with a critical stop?

Graham Hall

Florida       7    14     7

LSU            7    14    14


Trask intercepted in the end zone to kill a possible UF scoring opportunity.

Chase scores on a 54-yard pass play from Burrow to give LSU a 42-28 lead at the 5:43 mark. Tigers go 80 yards on four plays.

Trask stuffed on fourth down inside the LSU 5.

UF sees its 10-game winning streak come to an end. The Gators are 6-1 overall, 3-1 in SEC. LSU is 6-0, 2-0.

What went right: Not much for the Gators; despite getting 139 yards in the final quarter, Florida came away with zero in the points column. Florida fought hard, and until the end, but it wasn’t enough to emerge victorious in one of the nation’s toughest environments to play in at night.

What went wrong: The Gators saw an opportunity to win a top-10 match-up on the road slip away with an untimely turnover and blown coverage several plays later.

Play of the quarter: Unfortunately for Florida fans, it’s Trask’s interception on 3rd-and-1. It was ultimately a 14-point swing as the Tigers took a 42-28 lead on Ja’Marr Chase’s wide-open 54-yard touchdown reception.

Graham Hall

No. 5 LSU 42, No. 7 Florida 28

Florida 7 14 7 0—28
LSU 7 14 14 7—42
First Quarter

LSU_Chase 9 pass from Burrow (York kick), 9:55

FLA_Grimes 5 pass from Trask (McPherson kick), 3:34

Second Quarter

LSU_J.Jefferson 7 pass from Burrow (York kick), 12:44

FLA_Perine 1 pass from E.Jones (McPherson kick), 5:48

LSU_Edwards-Helaire 39 run (York kick), 3:55

FLA_V.Jefferson 6 pass from Trask (McPherson kick), :04

Third Quarter

FLA_V.Jefferson 2 pass from Trask (McPherson kick), 10:54

LSU_Edwards-Helaire 5 run (York kick), 7:12

LSU_Davis-Price 33 run (York kick), 3:15

Fourth Quarter

LSU_Chase 54 pass from Burrow (York kick), 5:43

First downs 28 22
Rushes-yards 40-146 24-218
Passing 311 293
Comp-Att-Int 24-44-1 21-24-0
Return Yards 0 20
Punts-Avg. 4-42.75 2-40.5
Fumbles-Lost 0-0 0-0
Penalties-Yards 5-39 4-28
Time of Possession 38:19 20:56



RUSHING_Florida, Perine 17-65, E.Jones 9-36, Trask 10-21, Hammond 1-11, Swain 1-8, M.Davis 2-5. LSU, Edwards-Helaire 13-134, Burrow 6-43, Davis-Price 3-40, Emery 1-2, (Team) 1-(minus 1).

PASSING_Florida, E.Jones 1-3-0-1, Perine 0-1-0-0, Trask 23-39-1-310, (Team) 0-1-0-0. LSU, Burrow 21-24-0-293.

RECEIVING_Florida, V.Jefferson 8-73, Pitts 5-108, Grimes 3-30, Swain 2-39, Copeland 2-25, Perine 2-12, Cleveland 1-17, Hammond 1-7. LSU, J.Jefferson 10-123, Chase 7-127, Moss 3-38, Sullivan 1-5.



  1. Why the hell was Mullen running the ball at the end? All he was doing there was burning downs and clock. And that option play had no chance, even if he pitched to Perine. The line hasn’t run blocked all year, they didn’t run block tonight, and they’re not going to start run blocking next week or the week after that. I knew the lack of a running game would catch up with the Gators eventually. Such a good effort for nothing.

  2. Wasn’t the rung game that killed the gators; “D” defense was lost when the heart and soul on defense left the field during the first series. Running jones in and out ain’t help trask’s confidence much either. Bad coaching was prime reason for loss. Still lead the div though.

  3. Too many injuries on defense this season, both DE’s went down, and LSU ran all over our guys. Florida failed to score in the red zone twice. Story of the game. Proud that the offense put up more passing yards than LSU. Played their hearts out. Feel bad for them that the D couldn’t batten things down. But the race for the SEC East is still wide open. The Gators need to get the injured players back sooner than later because there’s only so many next men up.

  4. Good morning from Scotland. Well, I just got up (very early here) to see the score. It was on in the middle of the night here, so I couldn’t watch it live. I usually don’t check the score and watch the game when I get up, but I’m taking a trip with my son today and couldn’t resist checking it before we leave. I’m disappointed, especially that our defense didn’t at least keep them in the 30s. But, upon reading the analysis by quarter it sounds like it was a hard fought game and that we were in it until the fourth quarter. I’m proud of my Gators. Sounds like we had some key defensive injuries that hurt us, but it also sounds like LSU is the real deal. Again, I’m disappointed, but at least happy we hung in there for most of the game. I heard one commentator make a comment about two good teams battling it out. And UGA lost, so at least that is good news. Lets just hope we can pull it back together to face the rest of the season. We still have some tough games ahead, and UGA certainly looks beatable now. That should still be a big game with two good one loss teams with everything on the line. Go Gators!

  5. The holding penalty on Forsythe was the turning point of the game. Wiped out a huge gain and put the Gators into first and 20.. Defense did not make any adjustments. No pass rush and soft coverage, which Joe Burrow took apart.

  6. I’m still dizzy from the roller coaster ride. I’m proud of our effort but a little deflated with the outcome. I’ll tell you what, lsu knew they were in a tough game.
    I was surprised to see Emory in there but I like it. I think it throws the defense off and he certainly held his own. It will only pay dividends in the future. I don’t think it hurt Kyle’s confidense at all. It gave him a little breather from a preasure cooker of a game.
    Disapointed in the defense, man we got lit up. We really missed Greenard and Zuniga. I still see good things ahead. South Carolina looms ahead and they definately can’t be taken lightly.