Gainesville: The University of Florida is sitting at the top of the SEC after leaving Ben Hill Griffin Stadium at Florida field on Saturday.
The Gators took down LSU 14-6 after a run heavy, defensive slugfest with Les Miles’ Tigers.
In the first half, the Gators couldn’t even get into field-goal range for Caleb Sturgis to tack points onto the board.
It was their defense that kept them in the game after LSU led 6-0 at half time, only giving up two field goals. One of those field goals followed a Jeff Driskel fumble that put LSU in the redzone prior to halftime.
After senior linebacker Jon Bostic helped shut down a jump pass on the goal line, the Gators saw momentum shift their way.
Senior tailback Mike Gillislee proved to be a workhorse when healthy. Gillislee put up 146 yards on 34 carries. He torched LSU for two touchdowns in the second half.
At one point in the third quarter, the Gators ran 25 consecutive rushing plays, literally taking it to the LSU defensive line.
From the way the crowd was reacting to Driskel repeatedly holding onto the ball too long, one wouldn’t know that he completed 66.7 percent of his passes. That could be because the pass protection only allowed for him to throw 12 times.
Driskel was sacked five times on the day.
In the second half, the Gator defense remained strong. Junior defensive tackle Shariff Floyd was instrumental in holding LSU, a run-based offense, to 42 rushing yards for the entire game.
Coach Will Muschamp and his team (5-0) are undefeated in SEC games so far this season. The Gators will now head to Nashville to take on Vanderbilt.
The real test for the Gators will come on Oct. 20 when they host South Carolina and former head coach Steve Spurrier. The lastest AP Poll has the Gators at No. 4 and South Carolina is at No. 3.
The result of that match-up could possibly determine the SEC Championship game and the National Championship game.