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Saturday October 11, 2003Football Takes Down No. 6 LSU, 19-7

Baton Rouge, La.

The Florida defense held the LSU offense scoreless, while Chris Leak threw for 229 yards and two touchdowns as the Gators defeated No. 6 LSU, 19-7, before a crowd of 92,077 on Saturday at Tiger Stadium.

After allowing the Tigers (5-1 overall, 2-1 SEC) to score on an 80-yard punt return by Skyler Green early in the first quarter, the Gators (4-3, 2-2) shut down the LSU offense, allowing the Tigers just 287 yards of total offense on the afternoon.

Ciatrick Fason rushed for 92 yards on just seven carries and also hauled in a 35-yard touchdown pass in leading Florida to the victory.

After the Tigers jumped on the scoreboard first, the Gators answered when Ran Carthon capped a 13-play, 80-yard drive with a 22-yard touchdown reception from Leak to tie the game at 7-7 with 6:51 left in the first quarter. The touchdown was the first the LSU defense had allowed in the first half all season, while the number of plays and the length of the drive were season bests for Florida.

The Gators took the lead when Matt Leach booted a 29-yard field goal through the uprights with 3:17 left in the first to put the Gators on top 10-7.

Florida added three more points when Leach connected on a 50-yard field goal – the longest of his career -- with 5:37 left in the second to give the Gators a 13-7 lead. The field goal was the sixth longest on the road in Gator history.

The Gators added an insurance touchdown when Fason scored on a 35-yard pass from Leak with 5:21 remaining in the third quarter to cap the scoring in the game and give Florida a 19-7 advantage.

The Tigers had chances to get back into the game, but the Florida defense forced three turnovers, including a pair of interceptions from LSU quarterback Matt Mauck. After the Tigers had driven into Florida territory late in the fourth quarter, Johnny Lamar forced a fumble from LSU’s Devery Henderson with 2:20 left in the game. The Gators then ran out the clock to seal the victory.

Florida returns to the field on Oct. 18 when the Gators travel to Fayetteville to take on Arkansas. The game is scheduled for a 3:30 kickoff and will be broadcast on CBS.

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