Davis-Price, LSU Stunning # 20, Turnover Prone, Florida, 49-42

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BATON ROUGE, Louisiana (AP) – LSU running back Tyrion Davis-Price and the Tiger’s offensive line seemingly got something right.

It could improve LSU’s outlook for the remainder of what has been an eventful season.

Davis-Price rushed for an LSU record of 287 yards and three touchdowns, and the smashed Tigers defense netted four interceptions in a 49-42 win over No.20 Florida on Saturday.

Freshman offensive coordinator Jake Peetz “has challenged us the past few weeks to go in and create a running game,” Davis-Price said, alluding to previous struggles that had ranked LSU 127th. national in regards to the precipitation this weekend. “The offensive line has broken its tail with extra work and I couldn’t be more proud of them. I love working for them.

“There were big holes for me to go through; they deserve all the credit in the world, ”he added.


The moving performance produced thunderous roars from a under-capacity Death Valley crowd who came with low expectations after unranked LSU (4-3, 2-2 Southeastern Conference) abandoned their previous two games against Auburn. and Kentucky, fueling speculation that coach Ed Orgeron’s hold on his work was tenuous at best.

“I won’t blink until the day I die; but our team didn’t bat an eyelid today, ”said Orgeron. “We are back to the wall, but we have taken a big step.”

After Damone Clark’s interception of Florida quarterback Anthony Richardson, Davis-Price literally and rightly missed the final at 1:59 against Florida (4-3, 2-3). He ran for two more first downs and broke the previous record of 285 rushing yards by Derrius Guice.

Max Johnson had 133 yards and three touchdowns, all to Jaray Jenkins. The last one came in fourth and goal with 3:30 to go.

The climactic game, filled with big plays, wild swing jumps and even a successful pass from Hail Mary by Florida at the end of the first half, was the latest chapter in a rivalry that produced high drama and unpredictable results.

“The one statistic that stands out to me the most is that we have a minus-4 turnover rate,” Florida coach Dan Mullen said. “We didn’t stop the race and made the stops we needed in the second half when we started to gain momentum. Anytime we got that kind of a solution to get us out of the hole, we just couldn’t take it. somehow not get the stop to overcome the bump.

Emory Jones threw two interceptions, including one returned by Dwight McGlothern for 37 yards for a touchdown on the Gators’ first series in the second half. Earlier, Jones’ deflected pass was intercepted by linebacker Micah Baskerville and returned 54 yards to Florida 28, setting up Johnson’s first scoring pass to Jenkins.

Richardson was intercepted by Ward in Florida’s opening game of the next series, leading to a 5-yard pass from Johnson to Jenkins to make it 21-6.

“I told the defense we have to play together,” Clark said. “It’s now or never.”

Florida appeared to regain momentum in the final play of the first half, when Jones landed a pass from Hail Mary at 42 yards that was caught by Justin Shorter between three Tigers defensive backs to reduce the lead. from LSU at 21-13.

But McGlothern provided a measure of redemption with his pick of six in the Q3 opening series. It was the first of four touchdowns scored in the space of 6:13, including Richardson’s 5-yard run, followed by his run for a 2-point conversion, Davis-Price’s 40-yard run and the Richardson’s 5-yard pass to Shorter.

Florida tied at 35 on Richardson’s 11-yard pass to Dameon Pierce with 3:45 left in the third.

After Davis-Price’s 25-yard run and Richardson’s 33-yard pass to Jacob Copeland, he was tied at 42.

Take it away

Florida: The Gators came in favored 11 1/2 points by FanDual SportsBook. But their turnovers and surprising inability to defend LSU’s running game not only led to their third loss, but also likely knocked them out of the Top 25 AP. Meanwhile, Richardson outscored Jones, leading to questions about who might start at QB in the future.

“We’re going to be looking at that, obviously,” Mullen said. “You saw good things from both quarters today, saw mistakes from both.”

LSU: After running for a season-record 147 yards in a loss to Kentucky on Oct. 9, LSU was still averaging just 83.3 yards per game rushing. The Tigers rushed for 321 yards against a Florida defense that allowed 108.5 rushing yards per game. The LSU defense also had their interceptions without their top two cornerbacks (Derek Stingley Jr. and Eli Ricks), as well as sacks from BJ Ojulari and Maason Smith.

FOLLOWING

Florida is taking the next weekend off before meeting Georgia in Jacksonville on October 30.

LSU visits Mississippi No.13 on October 23.

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