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Lynette Rowe
October 9, 2017

Florida entered its homecoming matchup with LSU on a three-game win streak because of its ability to execute on critical plays on both sides of the ball. Orgeron got involved with the offense during the 24-21 loss to Troy and wanted to simplify Canada's scheme by reducing pre-snap motions.

Gators defensive tackle Khairi Clark said defending sweeps was the responsibility of players along the edge of the defense and said UF's coaching staff made the issue a point of emphasis when the team was down 10-3 in the locker room at halftime. Quieting the critics, even if it's for a week, has to be sweet relief.

Florida held LSU without a third-down conversion in the fourth quarter, though an offsides penalty by UF junior Taven Bryan on third-and-3 early in the fourth quarter allowed the Tigers to bleed some additional time off the clock.

LSU's Danny Etling was 9-of-16 passes for 125 yards, while the quarterback ran nine times for 26 yards. But then the taste returned, and thanks to a missed extra point, the No. 21 Gators (3-2, 3-1 Southeastern Conference) fell to LSU (4-2, 3-1 SEC) 17-16 in The Swamp.

On fourth-and-3 from the 25, Franks again looked for Powell, but had his pass knocked down by LSU linebacker Devin White, sealing a painful defeat.

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Offensive balance on the ground; an identity established? That trio accounted for 105 of LSU's 216 rushing yards, while Derrius Guice and Darrell Williams pounded and grinded for a combined 85 on traditional plays.

Also, Desmond Howard and Kirk Herbstreit of ESPN's Game Day pregame show each correctly picked the Tigers to win. For LSU, for Orgeron and for Tigers fans everywhere.

LSU opened the second half with a nine-play, 75-yard scoring drive, capped by Etling's touchdown pass to Carter. He did run the ball more than usual, which added a dimension that helped.

Sometimes better to be lucky ...

LSU won the toss and deferred to the second half. But Piniero missed the extra point, leaving Florida down 17-16 with four minutes to play in the third quarter.

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