FLORIDA FOOTBALL & RECRUITING COVERAGE
Game Week Must See
- WCC: Florida-LSU Game Thread
- Weekend Visitor Preview: Seven Top 100 prospects due in
- Where are they Now: Ingram looks to deliver a championship to hometown
- Mullen, Johnson working on Top 100 quarterback Morris
- Florida positioning itself to be a finalist for Top 100 target
- Inside the Gators: Mock Signing Class 9.0
- Florida in daily contact with five-star athlete
- Florida late-season NFL Draft preview (Part I)
- Florida late-season NFL Draft preview (Part II)
- On the Mark: Is the recruiting tide turning for Florida at IMG Academy
- Parental Perspective: Gamble rewards mom’s bravery
- Where are they Now: Shane Matthews talks Florida Football
- 30 Game Report Card: Mullen on par with Spurrier, coming up short of Meyer
The SEC earned praise last week when it announced that it wouldn’t follow the ACC’s lead and cancel the final games of the regular season for the two teams in the conference championship game.
The No. 6 Gators are probably wishing the SEC hadn’t made that decision right now. LSU (4-5) took advantage of a plethora of UF mistakes and stunned the Gators 37-34 on Saturday night in the Swamp.
Here is our Instant Analysis.
It Was Over When: After Evan McPherson tied the game at 34 with 2:51 left, UF’s defense appeared to force a three-and-out. However, cornerback Marco Wilson was penalized 15 yards for taking an LSU player’s shoe off and throwing it. The Tigers took advantage when Cade York made a 57-yard field goal with 23 seconds left to give them the lead. McPherson missed a 51-yard attempt on the final play of the game.
He Stole the Show: Kadarius Toney saved the best game of his career for his final game in the Swamp. He caught nine passes for a career-high 182 yards and rushed for 56 yards. He made several more extremely impressive jukes in the open field that left you wondering if he even has ligaments in his knees.
Oh, What A Play: With the Gators facing first down at LSU’s 15-yard line trailing 14-7 early in the second quarter, Kyle Trask rolled to his right. Finding nobody open, he lofted a pass toward the sideline in the direction of Kadarius Toney. The ball deflected off of Toney’s hand, ricocheted off of Tigers defensive back Dwight McGlothern and high into the air.
Meanwhile, Tigers defensive back Jay Ward was on his knees with his hands out of bounds. Ward located the ball, reestablished himself in bounds, and made the interception. The play was reviewed, but the call stood, with McGlothern coming within inches of touching the ball while out of bounds.
It was perhaps the most improbable interception in college football this season. It was that kind of night for the Gators for most of the game.
This Stat Mattered Most: UF turned it over three times, which led to 13 LSU points. LSU didn’t turn it over. That allowed the Tigers to pull out the narrow victory despite most of the other stats favoring Florida.
This Matchup Proved Key: Despite being without their top two receivers and their starting tight end, the Tigers’ receivers got the best of Florida’s defensive backs. Eight different receivers caught passes, with Kayshon Boutte catching five passes for 108 yards and a score. Their production, along with UF’s turnovers, was the key to the game.
Up Next: Florida (8-2) must somehow regroup and try to be competitive against No. 1 Alabama (10-0) in the SEC Championship Game next Saturday at 8 p.m. The Crimson Tide has won its last six games by at least 29 points.