No. 3 Florida 28, No. 21 LSU 10
BATON ROUGE, LA (AP) _ Fred Taylor ran for touchdowns on his only two carries and No. 3 Florida shook off a slow start to beat No. 21 LSU 28-10 on Saturday.
Florida’s misfiring fun-and-gun offense, averaging 544 yards and 44 points a game, was held to 28 points for the second striaght week, but it was enough for the Gators (5-0, 4-0 SEC) to remain the only undefeated team in the Southeastern Conference.
Florida, which had just 321 yards total offense, did most of its damage with three rushing touchdowns in a span of 5:05 to build a 21-0 lead early in the second quarter.
LSU (3-2-1, 2-1-1), which hadn’t lost since the season opener at Texas A&M, lost to Florida for the eight straight time.
After running just seven plays on its first two drives, Florida drove 94 plays in 16 plays for Elijah Williams’ 5-yard TD run with 16 seconds left in the first quarter. Williams had seven carries for 30 yards and two catches for 28 yards on the drive.
Taylor scored on runs of 4 and 3 yards. On the second TD, with 11:11 left in the first half, Taylor went around the left end untouched after LSU stacked the middle.
LSU got all of its points in the last 70 seconds of the first half. Jamie Howard threw a 3-yard TD pass to Anthony McFarland and Andre Lafleur kicked a 28-yard field goal after one of three first-half interceptions thrown by Danny Wuerffel.
Wuerffel, who completed just 18 of 35 passes for 240 yards, threw a 21-yard TD pass to Reidel Anthony after Jacquez Green blocked an LSU punt with 2:04 left in the third quarter.
Howard completed 17 of 45 passes for 215 yards and had two intercepted. He left the game with an injured right arm after being sacked with 11:32 left in the game. The extent of the injury wasn’t known, but his throwing arm was in a sling on the sideline.
LSU failed to capitalize on several early chances, and fell behind 14-0.
Clarence Lenton intercepted Wuerffel’s pass on the fifth play of the game. The Tigers drove to the Gators 3, but Lafleur was wide right on a 22-yard field goal attempt, the first miss of his career inside 30 yards.
On the next Florida drive, Wuerffel was sacked by Allen Stansberry for a 14-yard loss to the 6 on third down. LSU took over at the Florida 36 after a short punt, but punted it back after three incomplete passes.
After Williams scored, LSU got the ball at the 50 after the kickoff out of bounds and a personal foul penalty. Three plays later, Howard’s pass was intercepted by Fred Weary, who stepped in front of Sheddrick Wilson and ran 56 yards along the right side before being run down by the intended receiver at the 8.
The first of two interceptions by Weary set up Taylor’s 4-yard TD.
LSU finally got on the board when McFarland, a 302-pound freshman defensive tackle, lined up in the backfield and caught a pass from Howard with 1:10 left.
Florida appeared headed for another score after Wuerffel was forced out of the pocket and picked up 19 yards to the LSU 41. Instead, James Gillyard stepped in front of Taylor for an interception on the next play and returned it 31 yards to set up Lafleur’s 28-yard field goal.
The Gators almost got the score back after Ike Hilliard fielded the squibb kick and found an opening along the right side. He raced 67 yards to the LSU 11 before being driven out of bounds by Derrick Beavers as time ran out.