The LSU Tigers were defeated by the Florida Gators, 14-6, on Oct. 6. The Tigers saw their 18-game regular season winning streak snapped with the loss.
LSU Offense Stagnant
The LSU offense has looked bad for weeks now and against the best team the Tigers played so far, it cost them. The Tigers did not have the option to run the ball much enough once they fell behind but struggled on their attempts, finishing with 42 yards on 25 carries. Quarterback Zach Mettenberger was let down by receiver drops and a crucial fumble after a big catch. Mettenberger finished 11-of-25 passing for 158 yards and an interception. The Gators' defense sacked Mettenberger four times and deserved plenty of credit for completely shutting down the LSU rushing game. The Gators held the LSU offense to five non-penalty first downs and just 1-of-13 on third downs in the game.
LSU Defense Worn Down In Second Half
Florida finished with 58 rushing attempts for 176 yards and two touchdowns after their 24 carries in the first half went for just 16 yards. Mike Gillislee had 146 yards and both of the touchdowns on 34 carries. After racking up five sacks on Florida quarterback Jeff Driskel in the first half, the Tigers defense did not get to Driskel in the second half. The LSU defense also forced two fumbles in the first half, one of which set up a field goal that gave the Tigers a 6-0 halftime lead. Driskel only attempted four passes in the second half while the rushing attack ground up the Tigers. The point of separation between the teams came in the third quarter when cramps claimed LSU linebacker Kevin Minter and Florida took advantage by scoring a rushing touchdown to cap an 8-play, 85-yard drive. Minter's impact for the Tigers can't be understated. Minter returned to the game after the score and finished with 20 tackles (17 solo), 2.0 sacks, 3.0 tackles for loss and a forced fumble.
LSU did not play sharp against Florida and has been dealing with injury issues and the loss of personnel since the start of the season. Whether those losses, especially on the offensive line, have caught up with the Tigers remains to be seen. LSU and its depth is going to be tested again next week when it hosts No. 6 South Carolina.
As an LSU fan, I wish the loss didn't happen but the Tigers needed something to wake them from their slumber. The problem with the idea of the loss potentially providing a wake up call is that the injuries are unaffected by it.
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