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The Gators and LSU squared off on Saturday at Tiger Stadium.

Saturday October 12, 2013The Quick Slant: Instant Analysis from UF's 17-6 loss at LSU

The Gators and LSU squared off on Saturday at Tiger Stadium.

Scott Carter
By SCOTT CARTER Senior Writer

BATON ROUGE, La. -- The Gators outmuscled LSU in a big home win last season.

The No. 10-ranked Tigers showed their muscle Saturday in a 17-6 win over Florida in front of an announced crowd of 92,980 at Tiger Stadium.

LSU's defensive line pressured Gators quarterback Tyler Murphy consistently and the Tigers' offensive line did its job in a physical SEC game.


WHAT IT MEANS: The Gators had an opportunity to gain sole possession of first place in the SEC East with a victory. Instead, Florida dropped into a three-way tie for second behind Missouri, which improved to 2-0 in the conference Saturday with a road win at Georgia. Florida, Georgia and South Carolina are now all 3-1 and tied for second in the SEC East.

IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Freshman running back Kelvin Taylor, who had only six carries all season coming into the game, finished with a career-high 52 yards on 10 carries.

STAGGERING STATISTIC: Florida owned time of possesion as usual -- Florida had the ball 34 minutes, 11 seconds to LSU's 25:49 -- but this time it didn't matter as LSU cashed in on more drives than Florida. The Gators made only two trips inside the red zone, coming away with only three points.

SUBPLOT: Florida lost starting running back Matt Jones early in the game due to a left leg injury. Jones watched the second half from the sidelines as Taylor took over at tailback. Meanwhile, LSU rushed for 175 yards on the day, including 19 carries for 121 yards from Jeremy Hill.

UP NEXT: The Gators (4-2, 3-1 in SEC) hit the road again for a big conference showdown at undefeated Missouri (6-0, 2-0). Not many expected the Tigers to be leading the SEC East at midseason but that's exactly where they are after Saturday's win over Georgia. However, Missouri lost starting quarterback James Franklin due to a shoulder injury.


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