LSU focused on stopping Florida's rushing attack

Amos Morale III
October 10, 2019 - 10:38 am

LSU is set to host a Florida team, Saturday at 7 p.m. in Tiger Stadium, that comes in with one of the nation’s best defenses, having allowed just six touchdowns through six games.

The No. 7 Gators also have a quarterback, Kyle Trask, who’s completed 72.2 percent of his passes which ranks ninth in college football. 

LSU head coach Ed Orgeron is well aware of the challenges this Dan Mullen coached squad presents, but Orgeron said the matchup he’s keyed in on the most is limiting Florida’s running backs.  

“Florida has run the ball on us the last two years, very, very well,” he said. “We have to stop the run. I think that's my biggest concern, right now, is stopping the run.”

The Gators rushed for 215 yards in their 27-19 win against LSU last season.

“You can kind of tell everybody’s got a sour taste in their mouths after what happened last year,” LSU defensive lineman Breiden Fehoko said. “We let up a lot of rushing yards last year and that’s something we take pride in. Especially this week, because we don’t want history to repeat itself.”

Florida’s top back Lamichel Perine finished last year’s game with 85 yards and two touchdowns while averaging 5 yards per carry. 

Perine is averaging 4.7 yards per carry this season and has rushed for 327 yards and four touchdowns. He shown that he’s able to break big plays, however, as he broke loose for an 88-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter to help seal the Gators' win against then seventh-ranked Auburn. 

“He’s physical, he’s tough and they have a good scheme and he breaks tackles at the line of scrimmage and he’s hard to tackle in space,” Orgeron said.

The Tigers coach said his team is going to have to control the line of scrimmage and tackle well in order to contain Florida rushing attack. LSU’s players say they are up too the challenge. 

“We already know that when Florida comes to town, every time, it’s a run-game type of game,” LSU linebacker Patrick Queen said. “So we just know that we’ve got to come in focused and stop their runs. “We felt like that’s a test that we can uphold. I feel like we can knock that out the ball park.”

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