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LSU's Defense Powers Past Florida, 17-6 in Death Valley


BATON ROUGE - LSU defense reappeared as the Tigers held Florida to 240 yards of total offense and led LSU to a 17-6 victory.

LSU became bowl eligible for the 14th-straight season by building a 14-3 halftime lead and then stopping the Gators nearly every time it entered Tiger territory. For the first time since 1979, LSU held Florida out of the endzone. 



#10/11 LSU vs. #17 Florida Post Game Notes:

1. LSU’s game captains were 90 Anthony Johnson, 82 James Wright, 8 Zach Mettenberger, 25 Kwon Alexander. 

2. Florida won the toss and deferred to the second half. LSU received the opening kickoff.

3. The attendance of 92,980 was the ninth-largest in Tiger Stadium history and the largest this season.

4. With the sixth victory of the season LSU is bowl eligible for the 14th straight year dating back to 2000.

5. LSU held Florida without a touchdown. It is the first time the Tigers have kept an opponent out of the endzone since Sept. 8, 2012 when LSU beat Washington 41-3.

6. Today marks the first time LSU has prevented Florida from scoring a touchdown since Oct. 6, 1979 when the 17th-ranked Tigers beat Florida 20-3 in Tiger Stadium. 

7. It is the first time Florida has not scored a touchdown in its last 10 games when the Gators lost 17-9 against Georgia in Jacksonville, Fla. 

8. LSU head coach Les Miles is now 5-4 against Florida during his LSU tenure. 

9. Les Miles holds the most wins over Florida by any head coach since 2005 (Miles’ first season at LSU). Miles has five wins, followed by Nick Saban and Mark Richt with three each. 

10. LSU finished with 8.0 tackles for a loss and 4.0 sacks, and both totals are season highs and the most since the 2012 Chick-fil-A Bowl against Clemson.

11. QB Zach Mettenberger improved to 16-4 as a starter. He finished 9-of-17 for 152 yards with no touchdowns or interceptions.
a. Mettenberger passed Alan Risher (1980-82) for seventh place in LSU history in career passing yards. With 152 yards against Florida, Mettenberger increased his career total to 4,591 yards, surpassing Risher’s 4,585. 

12. WR Odell Beckham Jr. continued his streak of consecutive games with at least one reception 21 straight games after he finished with two
catches for 47 yards. He has also caught at least one pass in 32 of 34 career games played.
13. RB Jeremy Hill rushed for 121 yards on 19 carries, marking his fourth game this season with at least 100 rushing yards and the eighth time
in his career (four in 2012).
a. Hill is tied for fourth in LSU history with eight career 100-yard rushing games. He joins Charles Scott (2006-09) and Harvey Williams (1986-90) who each did it eight times. 

14. PK Colby Delahoussaye remained perfect from field goal range in his career, booting a 31-yarder with 7:58 left in the fourth quarter. He is now 8-of-8 for his career and 34-of-34 on PATs.
a. Delahoussaye broke the LSU record for most consecutive field goals made to start a career. He previously was tied with David Browndyke who made his first seven attempts to open his career in 1986. 


15. FB J.C. Copeland plunged into the endzone from one yard out for his third rushing touchdown of the season and seventh of his career with 14:56 to go in the second quarter.

16. QB Anthony Jennings recorded his first career touchdown on a 1-yard run with 5:14 left in the second quarter. 

17. LB Lamin Barrow finished with a career-best 13 tackles (including 1.0 TFL), eclipsing his previous best of 12 tackles against Clemson and South Carolina last season.

18. DE Danielle Hunter did not have a pass breakup in his career entering the game, but he recorded two against Florida. 

19. S Corey Thompson set a career high with seven total tackles. It is his second straight game setting a career high as he had six last week at Mississippi State. 

20. CB Tre’Davious White tied his career high with seven total tackles. He also did it versus Auburn. 

21. S Craig Loston tied his career high with nine tackles, matching the total he had last year at Texas A&M. 

22. Entering today’s game CB Jalen Mills had not had a tackle for a loss. He finished the game against Florida with 1.5 tackles for a loss, including his first career sack.



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