LSU wide receiver Odell Beckham (3) carries in front of Florida defensive back Loucheiz Purifoy (15) and Florida linebacker Darrin Kitchens (49) in the first half of an NCAA college football game in Baton Rouge, La., Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
Posted: Saturday, 12 October 2013 5:48PM
Tigers grind out victory over the Gators
Jeff Palermo Reporting
How it happened: For the first time this season LSU failed to score 30 or more points in a game, but the Tigers still put enough points on the board to improve their record 6-and-1. Jeremy Hill rushed for 121 yards on 19 carries and LSU’s defense did not allow a touchdown in a 17-6 win over Florida.
Defense: The Tigers got excellent play from their defensive line. Defensive tackle Anthony Johnson had a sack and a tackle for a loss. Defensive end Jermauria Rasco had four quarterback hurries, defensive tackle Ego Ferguson had six tackles and one pass break up and defensive end Danielle Hunter had seven tackles, one tackle for a loss and two pass break-ups.
Linebacker Lamin Barrow also had a big day, with 13 tackles, including a tackle for a loss and a pass break-up.
The Tigers defense did not have a turnover, but held Florida to 3.5 yards per play. LSU has also not allowed a touchdown in six consecutive quarters.
Offense: LSU’s passing game was not spectacular in this one. Quarterback Zach Mettenberger was a pedestrian 9-of-17 for 152 yards. He also had a crucial fumble in the 2nd quarter, as he dropped the ball as he was pulling away from the center. Jarvis Landry had four catches for 58 yards.
The Tigers relied on the ground game as Jeremy Hill had his 4th 100-yard rushing performance. Kenny Hilliard also chipped in with six carries for 28 yards.
Fullback JC Copeland and back-up quarterback Anthony Jennings had LSU’s two touchdowns, both one-yard runs in the 2nd quarter.
Up next: The Tigers will go back on the road this Saturday as they visit the Ole Miss Rebels at 6 PM.