Florida vs. LSU: Live Game Grades and Analysis for the Tigers

Matthew SeukunianCorrespondent IOctober 12, 2013

Oct 5, 2013; Starkville, MS, USA; LSU Tigers quarterback Zach Mettenberger (8) prepares for a handoff during the game against the Mississippi State Bulldogs at Davis Wade Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Spruce Derden-USA TODAY Sports
Spruce Derden-USA TODAY Sports

Final: Florida 6, LSU 17

The LSU Tigers did their thing this afternoon, shutting down the Florida Gators. 

LSU played a nearly perfect game offensively and defensively en route to a big 17-6 win.

Postgame Analysis

Pass Offense: Zach Mettenberger did what he had to do this afternoon, and he did it well. Mettenberger completed nine passes for 152 yards and did not turn the ball over.

Run Offense: The Tigers ran the ball 37 times for 180 yards. Jeremy Hill, notably, had 121 of those yards, though J.C. Copeland and Anthony Jennings are the two Tigers who found the end zone.

Pass Defense: The Tigers stepped up big time this week, holding the Gators to 130 yards in the air. The Gators quarterbacks averaged 4.6 yards per pass. While the Tigers had looked suspect over the past several weeks, that was not the case this afternoon.

Run Defense: As good as LSU's pass defense was, the run defense was better. The Tigers held Florida to 109 yards rushing on 40 carries, good for 2.7 yards a carry. A dominating performance for 60 minutes.

Special Teams: Colby Delahoussaye did his thing, again, nailing a field goal in addition to hitting his two extra points.

Coaching: Les Miles essentially coached a perfect game. He had his defense ready to go and kept it focused throughout. Offensively he had a good game plan for his quarterback, and executed it.

Oct 12, 2013; Baton Rouge, LA, USA; LSU Tigers quarterback Anthony Jennings (10) celebrates after scoring a touchdown against the Florida Gators during the second quarter of a game at Tiger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports
Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sport

1st-Half Analysis

Pass Offense: Despite not putting up big numbers, Mettenberger did his job yet again. The LSU quarterback completed six of nine passes for 105 yards. Nice to see LSU ripping off big yardage through the air.

Run Offense: The LSU running game continued its torrid pace, carrying the ball for 95 first-half yards and two touchdowns. Jeremy Hill was the standout, taking his 11 carries 56 yards.

Pass Defense: Tyler Murphy went 4-of-9 through the air for only 42 yards. LSU did well in all phases of defense in the first half, not allowing Murphy to get anything going in rhythm.

Run Defense: Despite Florida having an offense that doesn’t jump off the screen, the Gators are still able to make plays, which makes the LSU first half that much more impressive. Florida rushed for only 52 yards, on 19 carries.

Special Teams: Colby Delahoussaye made both of his extra-point conversions, something not always guaranteed in college. Odell Beckham also had 48 yards of kick-return yards.

Coaching: Les Miles did his thing in the first half. He had his team revved up and ready to play from the get-go. He did a surprisingly good job managing the game and the clock.


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