LSU jumped to a 7-0 lead on a 30-yard jet sweep by receiver Russell Gage at the 1:22 mark of the first quarter to cap an 11-play, 86-yard drive at Florida Field on Saturday.
LSU receiver Derrick Dillon was ejected for a targeting penalty on a high block on UF cornerback CJ Henderson.
LSU 7 0 0 0 —
UF 0 0 0 0 —
UF lost the gunner on its punt team, redshirt senior Garrett Stephens to a knee injury. He was carted off the field.
Eddy Pineiro put UF on the scoreboard with a 25-yard field goal at the 4:01 mark and capped an 11-play, 70-yard drive.
Highlights of the Gators’ scoring drive were an 18-yard pass from QB Feleipe Franks to Brandon Powell on a third-and-15 play and runs of 18 yards by Lamichal Perine and 25 yards by Malik Davis that put the ball at the LSU 7.
The Gators broke an NCAA record by scoring in their 366th consecutive game, snapping the mark held by Michigan (1984-2014). Florida hasn’t been shut out since a 16-0 home loss to Auburn on Oct. 29, 1988.
The Tigers regained the seven-point lead on Connor Culp’s 38-yard field goal with 25 seconds remaining in the half. It capped a nine-play, 54-yard drive.
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UF 0 3 0 0 —
LSU came out roaring with the second-half kickoff, going 75 yards on nine plays for the score, a two-yard pass from QB Danny Etling to fullback Tory Carter, who was open in the end zone. The key play was a 47-yard pass from Etling to Chark.
The Gators answered with a long drive of their own, also a 75-yarder on nine plays, capped by Perine’s 2-yard run with 7:39 remaining in the period. Perine had a 22-yard run in the drive and then a 15-yard personal foul penalty was added when he was tackled out of bounds for a first down at the LSU 16.
After a LSU punt, Florida drove 76 yards in nine plays and scored on a 1-yard run by Perine with 1:45 left in the quarter, but Pineiro missed the point-after kick to make it LSU 17-16. It was Pineiro’s first miss in 46 attempts, but the hold by Johnny Townsend didn’t look clean.
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UF 0 3 13 0 —
The fans singing “I Won’t Back Down,” as a tribute to Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Tom Petty, who died Monday at the age of 66. Petty, a Gainesville native, once worked at UF before making it big after moving to California with his band.
LSU 7 3 7 0 — 17
UF 0 3 13 0 — 16