The Gators cut the LSU lead to one with 1:45 left in the third.
"We couldn't get the plays in so once we got the plays in we had to hurry up and rush", Perine said.
Another true freshman scored the second LSU touchdown, when tight end/F-back Tory Carter caught a third-and-goal pass from the 2, which was set up by a 47-yard pass from Etling to senior wideout D.J. Chark.
When the Tigers were at Florida's 30-yard line looking to break a 0-0 tie, receiver Russell Gage took a handoff and ran around the left side of Florida's defensive line. The Gators marched 75 yards on seven plays after Lamical Perine punched in from two yards out for a 17-10 score.
Franks could not jumpstart the offense on the final drive and misfired on a fourth-down pass attempt that sealed the win for LSU.
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LSU possessed the ball for more than 33 minutes, and rushed for 216 yards.
"They're just trying to set the Gators up, right?" coach Jim McElwain said. The game was eventually played in Baton Rouge later in the season, with both teams buying out their nonconference opponents for that week. "This team made a decision on Monday that they were going to win this football game". At one point in the third quarter, LSU was 6-of-10 on third-down conversions. Gage had 52 yards on six carries.
At Florida's Homecoming on Saturday, that pre-snap action was back in style. The ground game is stellar, but until the passing game shows a pulse, it might not be enough for UF.
LSU WR Derrick Dillon was ejected at the 5:43 mark for targeting and missed the remainder of the game. And just like that, Florida's young secondary let LSU take the lead on one of the Tigers' more predictable play calls.
LSU's commitment to running the ball helped solved a lot of issues this week - namely cutting back on turnovers - and helped the Tigers manage a game they couldn't afford to lose control of.