By Jeff Palermo
It wasn't pretty, but it was a much needed victory for the LSU Tigers as they escaped Florida with a 17-16 victory over the Gators. The difference was a missed extra point by the usually reliable Eddy Pinerio.
LSU had a commanding 17-3 lead, after scoring on its first offensive drive in the 3rd quarter. Quarterback Danny Etling found fullback Tory Carter wide open in the end zone for a two-yard touchdown pass.
But Florida shifted the momentum in its direction with a bruising 9-play, 75-yard touchdown drive, capped off by Gators running back Lamical Perine's two-yard TD run. Perine found the end zone again late in the 3rd quarter, but Pinerio missed the extra point, which ended up being the difference in the game.
Devin White led the Tigers defense with 13 total tackles. Donte Jackson had nine tackles. Christian LaCouture had 9 tackles with a sack and a half.
The numbers on offense were not spectacular. Quarterback Danny Etling was 9-of-16 for 125 yards and a touchdown. Etling also rushed for 26 yards.
The Tigers leading rusher was Russell Gage who had 52 yards on six carries, including a 30-yard touchdown run to get the Tigers on the board.
Darrel Williams was the leading receiver, 3 catches for 29 yards. DJ Chark had one grab for 47 yards.
LSU played much of the game with three true freshmen on the offensive line, because of injuries to starting tackles Toby Weathersby and KJ Malone. Safety John Battle also left the game with a stinger.
LSU hosts Auburn next week, who rolled Ole Miss 44-23 to improve to 5-1 on the year.