Florida’s 10 best wins of past 10 seasons: No. 4, Swamp does in LSU

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Florida defensive back Brad Stewart Jr. runs back an interception in the fourth quarter of the 2018 game at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. Florida defeated LSU, 27-19. [Doug Engle/Staff photographer]

The decade was a wild one, interesting to be sure with so many ups and downs and four different head coaches for the Florida football team. We continue the countdown of the 10 best wins of the decade from 2010-19:

No. 4

2018: Florida 27, LSU 19.

Where: Steve Spurrier-Florida Field at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. 

Rankings: Florida came in ranked 22nd. LSU was No. 5.

The set-up: It was a wild day in The Swamp, as Tim Tebow became the sixth player to be inducted into the Ring of Honor. But this was a huge game for coach Dan Mullen in his first year coming off the win at Mississippi State the previous week and taking on an undefeated LSU team that had won in The Swamp the year before. 

What happened: LSU scored on its first possession and from that point, it was game on. Florida fought back to take a halftime lead, then made the biggest drive of the game to take a 20-19 lead late. The biggest play was a throwback pass by tight end Lucas Krull to Feleipe Franks to set up a La’Mical Perine TD run. LSU punted, but held and got the ball back. On third-and-4, LSU quarterback Joe Burrow (heard of him?) threw his first interception of the season and Brad Stewart returned it 25 yards for a score with 1:45 to play as the crowd went nuts. Burrow ended the day with a desperation pass that was picked off by Donovan Stiner. 

Telling stat: Obviously, LSU and Burrow got a lot better on offense in 2019. But in this game, the Tigers were able to convert only 4-of-17 third down attempts which allowed UF to overcome 11 penalties for 115 yards.

Quote sheet

“I was born a Gator. I played as a Gator. I will die as a Gator.” — Tim Tebow.

“That last drive they had was a devastating drive. We just couldn’t make a play.” — LSU coach Ed Orgeron.

“We had to rattle (Burrow). We knew he was going to crack in the clutch because we sent the heat.” — Brad Stewart.