Florida Gators at LSU Tigers: Tebow and Spikes Silence Death Valley

James WalkerAnalyst IIOctober 10, 2009

BATON ROUGE, LA - OCTOBER 10:  Patrick Peterson #7 of the Louisiana State University Tigers tackles quarterback Tim Tebow #15 of the Florida Gators at Tiger Stadium on October 10, 2009 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

It may have been ugly, but it was a defensive battle as the Florida Gators defeated the LSU Tigers 13-3 in Baton Rouge.

Let's first analyze the offensive performance of both teams.  The Gators relied heavily on the run.  The LSU defense struggled to contain Emmanuel Moody, Chris Rainey, and Jeff Demps all night.  LSU's offense, on the other hand, could do very little against stout Florida defense.

Florida's offense put a total of 328 yards on LSU, whereas LSU could only muster 174 yards.  Out of the 328 yards Florida produced, 198 of those yards were on the ground.  The Gators averaged 4.0 yards/carry while LSU only averaged 2.3/carry.

However, the Gators did their best to keep things interesting.  First, there was the fourth and two they went for and missed.  Then a missed chip-shot field goal certainly kept the game compelling, and Tebow's interception in the fourth quarter definitely made Florida fans stay in their seats.  But it was Florida's defense that kept the Gators in the game.

In an earlier article, I reminded everyone to keep an eye on Brandon Spikes, and my prognostication came true.  With 2.5 sacks and 12 tackles (three for losses), Spikes led the Gators defense throughout the night.

Steve Addazio purposely kept it boring throughout the first half allowing Tebow to acclimate to the game.  The Florida running game was superb throughout even without much production from Tebow.

A boring and ugly game it was, but one could argue it was a classic SEC defensive battle.  I for one am happy it's over, and onto Homecoming with Arkansas coming to town.