Photos: LSU battles Florida _lowres

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- LSUcoach Les Miles gathers the offense on the sideline, just before a fourth-and-goal from the 1-yard line, which Kenny Hilliard converted for a touchdown in the first half Saturday in Gainesville, Fla.

1. What we learned

The LSU Tigers are an imperfect team — OK, this you already knew — but it has heart. And skill. And a heaping helping of luck. Saturday’s 30-27 victory over Florida was a game that both teams should have lost but one the Tigers turned to their advantage by a razor’s edge — and some generously timed Jeff Driskel turnovers. A tipped pass intercepted by Rickey Jefferson set up Colby Delahoussaye’s game-winning, career-long 50-yard field goal that cleared the crossbar with :03 remaining. Maybe this is why they should play every year.

2. Trending now

Leonard Fournette. The LSU freshman running back seemed to struggle at times through the first half of the season trying to climb a Mount Everest of expectations from 2014’s No. 1 recruit in the nation. He looked like he graduated from tentative youngster to a star against a pretty fair Florida defense, running up a personal-best 140 yards and two touchdowns on 27 carries. His first score, a steamrolling 12-yard run right over Florida defensive back Marcus Maye will be the stuff of quite a few highlight reels this week.

3. Final thoughts

This was probably a game that should have ended in a tie considering how many times the Tigers and Gators tried to win it and lose it. Ultimately, the old axiom proved true: The team that turns the ball over is usually in a heap of trouble. LSU had zero turnovers while Driskel threw two interceptions and fumbled to set up the Tigers’ first score. It was sheer, utter madness, the kind of game that LSU has made its stock footage under Les Miles. It wasn’t great college football, but great theater.