LSU Tigers quarterback Joe Burrow (9) celebrates with head coach Ed Orgeron during the fourth quarter against the Florida Gators at Tiger Stadium.

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Lots of good, not much bad, ugly in LSU’s win over Florida

WWL Newsroom
October 14, 2019 - 3:47 pm
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by: Tim Zimmer

It was a battle for four quarters Saturday night as the LSU Tigers went back and forth with the Florida Gators.  LSU faced its first adversity of the season as they were down 28-21 early in the 3rd quarter.

The Tigers battled back scoring 21 straight points to put the game away in the 4th quarter against the Gators. Joe Burrow continued his Heisman campaign tour finishing the game with 293 yards and three touchdowns.

While LSU did come away with the victory there was some good, bad and ugly play from the Tigers.
 
Good:
The LSU offense was phenomenal all night and responded every time the team needed life. The Tigers only held onto the football for 21 minutes, while still finishing with 511 total yards.

If there was any question about who the lead back was, Clyde Edwards Helaire answered that call. His 39 yard touchdown was the highlight of the night for him. He finished the game with 134 rushing on 13 carries. The entire LSU offensive line was able to not only open holes for the running game, but keep Joe Burrow clean in the pocket. 

Both Burrow and Coach Ed Orgeron complimented the offensive line play after the game and said they were a huge reason for LSU’s 511 yards of offense.
 
Bad:
The LSU defense will have to take this spot tonight, but overall they played a clean game. Florida’s offense converted 9 of their 17 3rd downs, but the majority of their success came in the 1st half.

The Gators committed their first turnover of the game with under 8 minutes left in the 4th quarter. The Tigers defense had multiple opportunities throughout the game to take the ball away, but couldn’t...that kept the Gators in the ballgame.

Kyle Trask was able to take advantage of the mismatch between Kyle Pitts and LSU’s LB/DBs. Pitts was the only pass catcher to finish over 100 yards for the Gators. Trask threw for over 300 yards and three touchdowns. The Tigers play in the 4th quarter takes the sting away a bit considering freshman Derek Stingley Jr’s interception sealed the win for LSU.

Ugly:
There’s not too much to complain about overall in a win, but LSU will need to create more of a pass rush, especially when they face the likes of Alabama. Marcel Brooks and K’Lavon Chaisson were the only Tigers to record sacks in the game.

The return of Glen Logan and Rashard Lawrence was huge for the Tigers especially limiting the run. The Gators were able to run all game against LSU in their past two wins...Saturday night, that wasn’t the case.
 
LSU will face the Mississippi State Bulldogs next week in their third SEC matchup of the season. While there is no such thing as a sure win in the SEC, LSU should take care of business before they have another ranked matchup against the Auburn Tigers.

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