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LSU vs. Florida 2017 final score: Tigers get back to winning ways, knock off Gators

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It’s the Fighting Tigers who win this rivalry game.

NCAA Football: Louisiana State at Florida Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

The LSU Tigers are back in the win column. Their 17-16 victory over the Florida Gators serves as the rebound following last week’s defeat at the hands of the Troy Trojans.

The Tigers won thanks to a brilliant effort on the ground. Six rushers combined for 216 yards against the Gators defense on Saturday afternoon. While LSU had no 100-yard rushers, they did have six of at least 20, five of at least 25, four of at least 30, three with at least 35 and two with 50 or more. Russell Gage amassed 52 yards on six attempts with a touchdown to boot.

Florida’s run game wasn’t too far behind with 194 yards on the ground on 38 carries. Lamical Perine found the end zone twice in The Swamp, but it wasn’t enough for UF to get the W. LSU allowed no passing touchdowns to be thrown against them, as Feleipe Franks could only muster 108 yards through the air in general. Danny Etling didn’t fare much better, throwing for 125 yards, but did throw a touchdown to Tory Carter.

Five sacks from the LSU defense may have paid dividends. Christian LaCouture had a game high 1.5 sacks, as the freshman had his breakthrough game against the Gators. Devin White, Greg Gilmore, Glen Logan and Donnie Alexander also recorded at least 0.5 sack in Saturday’s ballgame. Only two were mustered up by their counterparts.

This result certainly has plenty of implications. Florida is no longer unbeaten in SEC play as a result. And, because of that, Georgia now usurps the lead in the East Division. The Bulldogs won earlier Saturday over Vanderbilt and have sole possession of first place now. LSU meanwhile moves to 1-1 in SEC play and still has a bit of a mountain to climb in the West Division.

We’ll see these teams again next week, as Florida plays host to the Texas A&M Aggies. Meanwhile, will host the Auburn Tigers in a huge SEC West encounter.