Sunday October 13, 2002Gators Fall To Tigers, 36-7
LSU Quarterback Matt Mauck passed for two touchdowns and led a balanced offensive attack, as the Tigers shocked the Florida Gators, 36-7, before 85,252 fans at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium.
The Tigers jumped out to a 13-0 lead in the first quarter with the first 10 points set up by a pair of interceptions by receiver turned cornerback Corey Webster.
With the Gators on the move in the first quarter, Webster came up with the first of his three interceptions on the evening, setting up a 37-yard John Corbello field goal to put the Tigers up 3-0. On the ensuing drive, Webster took advantage of a miscommunication between Gator quarterback Rex Grossman and receiver Taylor Jacobs and picked off his second pass of the game, this time taking it back 45 yards for the touchdown and a 10-0 lead.
A 45-yard field goal by Corbello upped the Tiger lead before Grossman hit Jacobs with an 16-yard scoring strike to cut the lead to 13-7 at the half.
With the game within striking distance, the Gators received the opening kick for the second half. Unable to solve LSU's defense, which entered the game ranked No. 1 in the nation, the Gators' third quarter struggles continued.
LSU came up with a pair of touchdown passes from Mauck to Devery Henderson to assume a 26-7 lead heading into the fourth quarter. For the game, Mauck was an efficient 13-of-20 passing for 153 yards, while also rushing for 67 yards.
The back-breaker came on the first play of the fourth quarter when the Tigers faked a 52-yard field goal and holder Blain Bech ran untouched for a 35-yard touchdown. Corbello added a 20-yard field goal to close out the scoring.