Third downs doom Gators in LSU loss

Posted October 09, 2017

Down the road, though, when the Tigers have to fight from behind or try to win a game in the closing minutes, there has to be some willingness to let the quarterback make plays with his arm.

The skinny: Redshirt freshman quarterback Feleipe Franks had two chances in the fourth quarter to drive the Gators into field-goal range and couldn't get it done.

LSU stayed with their game plan in the second half.

"We couldn't get the plays in so once we got the plays in we had to hurry up and rush", Perine said.

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Etling play-faked and found a wide-open Tory Carter in the end zone, a touchdown set up by a 44-yard Etling-to-Chark connection earlier in the drive. The Tigers opened the scoring with a 30-yard touchdown run by receiver Russell Gage late in the first quarter. Things didn't get better to start the second half, when LSU got the ball and swept Florida's defense 75 yards down the field for a score.

The skinny: Florida just lost at home to a LSU team killed by Mississippi State 37-7 and beaten by Troy.

"They came out successful and they physically took it to us pretty good", McElwain said.

This week has been tumultuous to say the least around the LSU program, with players-only meetings, and under-fire Athletic Director Joe Alleva holding a skull session with Orgeron and both coordinators.

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LSU (4-2, 1-1 Southeastern Conference) had led the No. 20 Gators 17-3 early in the third quarter and 10-3 at the half. Left tackle K.J. Malone went down with a knee strain, so true freshman Saahdiq Charles - LSU's back up right tackle who started the season as its starting right guard - moved to left tackle.

"It hurts. It really does", McElwain said. Gage had 52 yards on six carries. Pineiro's field goal extended the Gators' streak of not being shut out to 366 games, breaking the NCAA record set by MI from 1984-2014.

The LSU defense had five sacks, and sophomore linebacker Devin White had 13 tackles to lead a stellar effort. LSU WR Derrick Dillon was disqualified in the first quarter after being called for targeting.

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