Bounce back big: Tigers edge Florida at the Swamp

Bounce back big: Tigers edge Florida at the Swamp

I think both of these teams have major concerns heading into this game. "It was a tough week".

Yet no one seemed to be in a hurry during the final minutes of Saturday's 17-16 loss LSU. "No one blinked", said LSU coach Ed Orgeron, whose team's loss to Troy last weekend marked the program's first defeat against a nonconference foe at "Death Valley" since the 2000 season. Their O/U is now 2-8-2 in their last 12 games at home, 7-18-1 in their last 26 conference games, and 0-3-1 in their last 4 games at home against a team with a winning record on the road. "This team made a decision on Monday that they were going to win this football game".

LSU responded on the next drive as Connor Culp split the uprights for a 38-yard field goal with 25 seconds left in the half. Carter is also the first true freshman to score a touchdown this season.

Florida scored two third quarter touchdowns on runs by tailback Lamical Perine. Danny Etling threw for 125 yards and a touchdown on 9 of 16 passing, while Russell Gage led LSU's ground attack with 6 carries for 52 yards and a touchdown.

Individually, linebackers Deshaun Davis and Tre' Williams have 29 tackles each; corner Carlton Davis has eight pass breakups; and buck Jeff Holland leads the team with six tackles for loss, four sacks and 10 quarterback hurries.

The last time LSU went on the road and held an SEC opponent without a first-half touchdown was September 12, 2015 at Mississippi State. An already intense rivalry became even more so, when the two schools squabbled publicly over when and where to play the 2016 game. Florida won last year's contest 16-10 in Baton Rouge securing their spot in the SEC championship and the SEC East crown. Also, Florida coach Jim McElwain has said leading receiver Tyrie Cleveland (right ankle sprain) will not play.

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First responders also showed up to the Holzer household Sunday afternoon to catch a few minutes of the game with David and Jeanne. He finished 19 of 29 for 221 yards and three touchdowns, adding another game-winning drive to his untarnishable legacy.

When Orgeron took over as interim head coach a season ago, he pulled out a rope and had the players pull on different sides of the rope. As is customary and tradition for LSU for every game over several decades, at the end of the 3rd quarter Tiger Band always plays Pregame/Touchdown for LSU.

Moreau said the next day the players received texts to meet in the team room at 5:30 to confirm what was reported.

"It hurts and they should hurt", McElwain said.

"Good feeling", Orgeron said.

The task will be more hard in the second half of a heavily backloaded schedule.

The Auburn Tigers are seeking their 5th straight win.