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Sunday, 09 October 2011 04:28

LSU Slam Florida Gators, Now Face Vols, Want Alabama

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The injured, lightweight Gators couldn't physically match up with the Tigers and LSU beat down Florida 41-11 before 93.022 fans at Tiger Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

No. 1 LSU ran for two touchdowns and passed for two more and posted its largest margin of victory over No. 17 Florida in 40 years. The crowd was the third largest in LSU football history.

LSU (6-0, 3-0 SEC) beat its fourth ranked opponent and did it in style. The Tigers became eligible for the 12th straight season.

As the dejected Gators trudged off the field, Tigers fans chanted, "We want "Bama! We want Bama!" That highly anticipated game between two SEC heavyweights will be on Nov. 5 in Tuscaloosa Alabama.

The next opponents for the Tigers is Tennessee on Saturday in Knoxville at 2:30 p.m on CBS.

The Gators' starting and backup quarterbacks were injured and they started true freshman Jacoby Brissett, who had never before taken a college snap.

Defensively, the Tigers were again
quick to the ball and difficult to move against, holding the freshman-led Gators to 213 yards of total offense on only 48 plays.

 Quarterback Jarrett Lee started on another windy afternoon and completed 7-of-10 passes for 154 yards including a 46-yard bomb to Rueben Randle on LSU's first possession. Jordan Jefferson entered in the second quarter and played on four drives, all of which resulted in scores. Jefferson was 3-of-4  for 61 yards and a 2-yard jump pass like Tim Tebow used at Florida to tight end Mitch Joseph.

Randle led the Tigers with four catches for 127 yards and two touchdowns. Running back Spencer Ware led the Tigers power running attack, which totaled 238 yards on 49 attempts. Ware accounted for 109 yards on 24 carries and scored two touchdowns. Alfred Blue added 70 yards on 14 carries with a touchdown.

Randle had a huge afternoon," said Tigers coach Les Miles.

LSU had 453 yards of total offense and held the ball for 45:40 including more than 24 minutes in the second half.

The Gators' Brissett finished 8-of-14 for 94 yards and two interceptions. The Tigers held Gators sprinter/running backs Chris Rainey and Jeff Demps to 52 yards on 15 carries. Rainey gained all the yards.

'The game today was all about LSU," said Miles. Both quarterbacks can be better. We did some good things with both. Both played well."

"We've got to get better at the line of scrimmage," said Gators coach Will Muschamp. "We wore out as the game went on."

"We're just soft out there," said Rainey. "We've gotta get tougher as a team."

"When our defense goes on the field it makes it difficult for our opponent to drive the ball," said Miles.

Tigers punter Brad Wing had a 52-yard touchdown on a fake punt canceled for a new taunting penalty.

"Blame it on me being emotional," explained Wing. "We (punters) don't get many chances to run for touchdowns. I was guilty based on the new penalty."

The Gators were beaten in every facet of the game. The Gators could have started Drew Brees against LSU and it wouldn't have mattered. The Gators' 21 players other than the quarterback need to play better if the Gators want to rejoin the elite list.

by Ed Staton

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Ed Staton is a former sports writer for the Times Picayune and New Orleans States Item.  He also served as the New Orleans Saints Information Director.  He has won 43 media awards in writing, design and photography. | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.