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LSU Defeats Florida in a Game That Lived up to the Hype

Florida couldn’t come up with enough big plays as Death Valley claims another top-10 victim. 

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Florida did everything it was supposed to Saturday night. They controlled the ball down with long, sustaining drives, eating up 38 minutes of clock along the way. They converted on third down, moving the chains 9 out of 17 times and converting on 4th down once. They even stopped LSU on third down, holding them to just one third down conversion. The problem is, they couldn’t stop LSU.

The Tigers only had the ball for 48 plays last night, they scored 42 points. Joe Burrow threw the ball for 293 and LSU rushed for another 218 yards on just 24 carries. They only had one negative yardage play on offense all night. Florida took away the deep passing game, allowing Burrow to carve them up with short and intermediate passes. Burrow still got them with a 55 yard strike to Ja’Marr Chase to put LSU up two scores.

On the other side of the ball, Kyle Trask played a hell of a game. He threw for 310 yards and 3 touchdowns. He had one poor decision, forcing the ball on 3rd and 1 and throwing a pick in the end zone. He also didn’t get much help in the run game, they averaged a measly 3.7 yards a rush. Ultimately, this game came down to LSU’s defense making a few more stops than Florida.

LSU’s offense has proven it is for real. They moved all over a great Florida defense. They are going to look forward, improve and play a reeling Mississippi State team on the road next week. Florida hopes to lick its wounds, recover and travel to South Carolina, who just upset Georgia.