LSU proved that they are the number one team in the nation. But, they didn’t prove it in a blowout, they proved it by sticking to their game plan and capitalizing on the few mistakes Florida made.
Florida was near flawless in the first half. They were facing an LSU defense that was giving up an average of under 175 total yards per game and yielding under 7 points per game. Florida managed 197 total yards in just the first half and led the Tigers 17-7.
The second half continued in much the same fashion. Florida led 24-14 going into the 4th quarter, after a defensive breakdown led to a wide open Percy Harvin 37-yard touchdown. But LSU never panicked and continued to run the ball. In the 4th quarter LSU ran the ball 17 times and passed it just 5 times. LSU converted on three fourth downs, including a 4th and 3 touchdown pass to cut the lead to 24-21, and a 4th and 1 from Florida’s 7-yardline instead of going for the game-tying field goal. LSU’s defense created these opportunities, intercepting Tim Tebow early in the 4th quarter. The interception led to a 4-yard touchdown pass to Demetrius Byrd. On Florida’s ensuing possession, LSU’s defense forced their first 3 and out of the day. LSU marched down the field eating up over 8 minutes on a 15-play drive that resulted in the game-winning touchdown on a 2-yard run by Jacob Hester.
LSU’s defense never looked dominating, but they were playing against a Florida offense that was averaging over 40 points per game. The defense had their problems with Tim Tebow (who wouldn’t) but they made plays in the 4th quarter when it counted most. LSU simply stuck to their game plan and took care of business and now there are no doubts they are the number one team in the nation.