1. What we learned
LSU can move the ball against one of the top defenses in the college game. Florida came in allowing less than 300 yards per game and never allowing more than 27 points in any of its first six games. The Tigers eclipsed both those marks with a record-tying 28-point second quarter, finishing the first half with 304 total yards. LSU went pretty conservative in the second half, but the Tigers showed they could throw the ball at least for two quarters against a salty secondary, as Brandon Harris was 13 of 19 for 202 yards and two touchdowns to Malachi Dupre.
2. Trending now
LSU’s special teams. The Tigers appeared to solve their problems allowing big returns on kickoffs, but major problems cropped up elsewhere. Tre’Davious White mistakenly tried to field a punt on a hop, setting up Florida’s first touchdown with a muff, then Antonio Callaway returned a third-quarter punt 72 yards right up the gut of LSU’s coverage team. Coupled with South Carolina’s kickoff return last week, it’s the first time since 1999 the Tigers have surrendered both in the same season. Changes have to be made.
3. Final thoughts
What can you say but that this was a classic LSU/Les Miles kind of victory: big plays, huge gaffes, defensive heroics in the end and some major trickery, as Miles called for the Tigers to fake a field goal to kicker Trent Domingue for the game-winning touchdown? With Texas A&M losing to Alabama, LSU is now the only unbeaten team in the SEC, set on a collision course again at Alabama for SEC West supremacy on Nov. 7. If they win that one, the Tigers and Gators could meet again in the SEC title game.