The Florida Gators (4-2, 1-1) lost a SEC showdown to LSU (4-2, 1-1) on Saturday afternoon in Gainesville.
LSU struck first in this one when Russell Gage ran in a 30-yard touchdown late in the first quarter to give the Tigers a 7-0 lead. Eddy Pineiro hit a 25-yard chip shot field goal with 4:01 to go in the second to cut the lead to 7-3, but LSU answered with a score of their own to make it 10-3 LSU going into halftime.
LSU made it a 17-3 lead over Florida early in the third quarter when a long drive ended in a 2-yard Tory Carter touchdown grab. Florida attempted to mount a rally, first when Lamical Perine ran in a 2-yard touchdown with 7:39 to go in the third period to make it 17-10. It appeared the Gators had tied the game with 1:45 to go in the third quarter when Perine scored again on a short run - however, Eddy Pineiro missed the PAT to leave the Gators trailing 17-16. From there Florida was unable to score throughout the fourth quarter, and would wind up falling to the Tigers by the final of 17-16.
Feleipe Franks went 10-for-16 with just 108 yards passing for the Gators, getting his first start of the season in place of injured Gators quarterback Luke Del Rio. Malik Davis led all rushers with 90 yards on the ground for Florida, while Lamical Perine had 70 yards rushing and two scores for Florida. Danny Etling went 9-for-16 with 125 yards and one passing touchdown playing quarterback for LSU.
The Gators remain at home next week when they play host to Texas A&M. Hear the game on the radio in Tampa Bay on 620 WDAE & 95.3 FM.