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Instant Analysis: Another inexcusable loss

October 16, 2021
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No. 20 Florida went on the road to face an unranked LSU team, which was plagued with injury issues that resulted in 10 starters being sidelined. Despite some in-game heroics from Anthony Richardson, four turnovers and any semblance of a rush defense equated to the Gators suffering what amounts to a season-ending loss in Death Valley.

Here’s the Instant Analysis.

IT WAS OVER WHEN: With two minutes left in the fourth quarter, trailing 49-42, Anthony Richardson lobbed a late pass off his back foot, which resulted in the fourth interception thrown by Florida quarterbacks in the game.

THEY STOLE THE SHOW: It’s hard to not sound like a broken record about the game played by the LSU offensive line. The run blocking and protection they provided gave quarterback Max Johnson and running back Tyrion Davis-Price the time and space needed to make the Gator defense look and play unprepared.

Gator defensive coordinator Todd Grantham seemed outwitted by Tiger offensive coordinator Jake Peetz, as he seemingly dialed up nothing but runs in the second half. With Grantham on the ropes, Peetz would then deliver the knockout blow via a counter trap that looked like a hot knife cutting through butter today against the Gators’ run defense.

THESE STATS DON’T LIE: LSU Tyrion Davis-Price broke the LSU school rushing record with 252 yards, a record held by Leonard Fournette. It was also the most running yards Florida has given up to a single back, breaking the previous record held by Hershel Walker.

Davis-Price scored three times, averaging 7.6 yards per rush attempt on 33 carries, overwhelming the Gators.

He came into the game with a stat line totaling 287 yards on 67 carries and 2 touchdowns.

THIS MATCH-UP PROVED KEY: The veteran LSU offensive line was monstrous against Florida’s outmanned front seven. After giving up an early sack to Zach Carter, the Tiger O-line looked like men against boys.

OH, WHAT A PLAY: One of the lone positives was Gators’ receiver Justin Shorter’s career day of 113 yards and three touchdowns including a 42-yard Hail Mary from Emory Jones as time expired in the first half.

NEXT UP: The Gators get a bye week of rest in preparation to face currently undefeated, and  No.1 ranked, Georgia.  With a week of nothing but a mini-talking season to go, it will be interesting to see in how much of a hot seat Dan Mullen will be on throughout the week off leading up to UF-UGA week.

Instant Analysis: Another inexcusable loss

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