Da Boot Sports
By: Terrill J. Weil
BATON ROUGE, LA: The Tigers played their most complete game of the season, beating #20 Florida 49-42 on a beautiful, cool day in Tiger Stadium. Led by junior running back Ty Davis-Price who set a single game rushing record with 287 yards rushing, LSU was able to score a season high 49 points, as someone finally found the switch for the ground game and flipped it on.
The defense faced a tough challenge against a Dan Mullen coached Gators offense, giving up 42 points, but recorded 5 TFL, 2 sacks, and intercepted 4 passes returning one 37 yards for a touchdown. It was a much needed win for a team looking to turn their season around.
The Gators would draw first blood on a nice 6 play, 59 yard drive ending with Dameon Pierce taking it in from seven yards out. Neil Farrell was able to get his hands up to block the extra point. 6-0 Gators with 7:55 to go in the 1st quarter.
LSU would begin a drive from their own ten yard line with 4:38 left in the quarter and slowly move the ball down the field with a nice mix of run and passing plays. Ty Davis-Price was a work-horse on the drive, running with a punishing style, as he finished off the 13 play, 90 yard drive with an 18 yard touchdown run. Davis-Price rushed the ball six times for 52 yards on the drive. With Cade York's PAT, LSU would take a 7-6 lead with 14:29 to go in the half.
The Gators began the next drive hoping to answer the score, moving into LSU territory. On 3rd and seven from the Tigers 38, Emory Jones would throw down the near sidelines. The ball would be tipped into the air and land in Micah Baskerville's hands, who returned the ball 54 yards to the Florida 28 yard line.
Max Johnson wasted little time. On 1st and 10 from the 28, he would find Jaray Jenkins across the middle for a 28
yard touchdown. With the PAT, the Tigers increased their lead to 14-6 with 8:31 left on the clock.
Anthony Richardson would enter the game at quarterback for Florida on the next possession and on his first snap he would be intercepted by Jay Ward at the Florida 47 yard line. Ward returned the ball 26 yards to the Gators 21, setting up the LSU offense with a 1st and 10 deep in Florida territory.
It took LSU four plays to increase their lead as Max Johnson would roll to his left and hit Jaray Jenkins in the end zone for a five yard touchdown. 21-6 Tigers with 6:51 to go in the first half.
After being out-played the entire 2nd quarter, Florida would take the momentum into the locker room as Emory Jones threw a 42 yard Hail Mary pass into the end zone on the final play of the half and had it answered by Justin Shorter.
LSU would lead 21-13 at the break.
Florida received the 2nd half kickoff and faced 3rd and 9 from their own 26 yard line. Emory Jones fired a pass that was intercepted by Dwight McGlothern who returned it 37 yards for a touchdown. 28-13 LSU with 14:12 to go in the 3rd.
It looked like the Tigers had Florida going three-and-out on the next possession, but a unsportsmanlike penalty called on Cordale Flott on 3rd down would give the Gators new life. With Anthony Richardson back in the game at quarterback for Florida, they would take advantage of the foolish LSU mistake. Richardson would end the drive with a five yard touchdown run, while also running for a successful 2 point conversion to cut the LSU lead to 28-21 with 11:01 to go in the quarter.
The Tigers offense would finally get on the field in the second half and they would electrify the fans with a 3 play, 75 yard drive that would only take :53 seconds. On first down, Johnson would hit Brian Thomas Jr. for an 11 yard gain. Next Johnson would find Malik Nabers for a 24 yard gain down to the Florida 40 yard line. On the next snap, Ty Davis-Price would run untouched up the middle, sprinting his way into the end zone for the score. 35-21 Tigers.
The Gators would pull even with LSU after scoring on back to back possessions. Richardson would find Shorter in the end zone for the score from 5 yards out, to end a 6 play, 75 yard drive. 35-28 with 7:59 left in the quarter. Then after a quick three-and-out by the Tigers, Richardson would lead the Gators on a 6 play 65 yard drive that evened things up at 35-35, after he hit Pierce for a 11 yard touchdown pass.
After allowing Florida to even up the score, the Tigers would start their next possession from the 25 with 3:45 left on the clock and continue the drive into the 4th quarter. Ty Davis-Price who had a monster ballgame, would score on a 25 yard touchdown run to put LSU back up, 42-35 with 14:27 to go in the contest.
The Gators refused to go away and would answer by scoring their fourth straight touchdown, going 75 yards in 13 plays, with Richardson hitting Jacob Copeland down the far sidelines for a 33 yard touchdown to once again tie things up. 42-42 with 9:14 left.
With the score knotted up, the Tigers would start their next possession from their own 32, riding the Davis-Price express for a 10 play, 68 yard scoring drive that ended with Max Johnson finding Jaray Jenkins on a swing pass for a 1 yard touchdown to regain the lead 49-42. Davis-Price rushed for 48 yards on the drive with Josh Williams adding a 24 yard burst.
With 3:30 left to go in the game, Florida would begin their final drive at their own 25 yard line. Facing 2nd and 10 from their own 37, Anthony Richardson would throw deep down the near sidelines, but Damone Clark would make a huge interception at the LSU 30 yard line to slam the door shut.
Ty Davis-Price would grind out the final 1:59 for a huge LSU victory.
*Max Johnson who finally had the aid of a running game, had a solid performance finishing 14-24 for 133 yards passing and
*Ty Davis-Price has been a man on a mission the last two weeks. He put the offense on his back and carried it to victory, breaking a single game rushing record with 287 yards on 36 carries and 3 rushing touchdowns.
*The receivers played well together as a group once again. Jaray Jenkins led the team with 4 catches for 50 yards and 3 touchdowns. Makil Nabers added 36 yards on 3 grabs, while Brian Thomas Jr. contributed 24 yards on 2 catches.
*The defense was led once again by Damone Clark who had 11 tackles, and an interception. BJ Ojulari finished with 9 tackles and a sack. Micah Baskerville and Cameron Lewis each had 9 tackles. Dwight McGlothern made a huge play with a 37 yard interception return for a touchdown.
Next up the Tigers will head to Oxford on Saturday, Oct. 23rd to take on the Ole Miss Rebels. Kickoff is set for 2:30pm and will be televised on CBS.
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