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Florida vs. LSU: Tyler Murphy Hung out to Dry by Rest of Offense

Oct 12, 2013; Baton Rouge, LA, USA; Florida Gators quarterback Tyler Murphy (3) looks to throw against the LSU Tigers during the first quarter of their game at Tiger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports
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Allison BankoFeatured ColumnistOctober 12, 2013

Looks like University of Florida QB Tyler Murphy won't be pulling an Aaron Murray by treating his offensive line to Ben & Jerry's. 

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In Death Valley, Murphy and his offense had a terrible time in the Gators' 17-6 loss to the Tigers. Murphy was 15-of-27 while throwing for only 115 yards. He was sacked four times, didn't post a single touchdown and was running for his life most of the afternoon. 

Robbie Andreu, the Gainesville Sun:

At the half, Florida coach Will Muschamp told CBS Sports' Tracy Wolfson that he was pleased with his QB's performance, but added, "We need to play better around Tyler." 

Coming into the contest, UF knew LSU's offense would be unlike any unit the elite Gators defense had faced all season. Cam Cameron has done a phenomenal job of morphing QB Zach Mettenberger and the Tigers into an elite force on the field, lifting Mettenberger to a 190.1 pass efficiency rating. 

LSU's defense, however, had the stigma as a unit infamous for paving the Tigers' way to plenty of shootouts this season. This wasn't surprising due to some of the defense's key losses to the NFL draft. But Muschamp wasn't underestimating the group coming into Saturday. 

"They’re young but they’re extremely talented; they run well, they play physical, they’re going to be fundamentally sound and we expect a good LSU defense on Saturday that’s for sure," he told reporters during his press conference on Monday, via GatorZone.com

From the moment after the kickoff, it was evident the Gators didn't play to that. While Murphy continued to flex poise under pressure, he wasn't given the opportunity to succeed. His piss-poor protection and UF's lack of big playmakers on offense Saturday anchored the Gators into a painful loss. 

The guys on Florida's offensive line should be the ones offering up dessert to Murphy (as more of an apology rather than a thanks). Mochi, ready those sample cups. 

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