LSU 17, Florida 6: Tigers brown out Gators' offense in Baton Rouge

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Losing the line of scrimmage left Florida without answers for LSU in Death Valley.

Florida 14, LSU 6 got a sequel: It happened on Saturday in Tiger Stadium, and it was LSU 17, Florida 6.

One year after being ground to a pulp in Gainesville by a dominant Florida defense and an indomitable Florida running LSU, the Tigers flipped the script on the Gators, using the same blueprint to win a game that was scarcely as close as its score in Baton Rouge.

Florida's inability to run (111 yards, but on 40 carries) or stop LSU's Jeremy Hill (121 yards, most by a player against Florida's defense this year) plagued it throughout, as LSU responded to an early Florida field goal with two touchdowns in the second quarter and never lost control of the game from there. Tyler Murphy, facing an LSU pass rush that steamed up the middle at him on snap after snap, had the worst game of his young career, completing just 15 of 27 passes for 115 yards.

And, really, there wasn't much else to this one. Florida helped LSU with eight penalties for 72 yards, including a pair that extended the Tigers' second touchdown drive, but those penalties weren't the difference; Florida lost battles on both lines of scrimmage all day, and consequently lost a game that became a war of attrition.

Florida falls to 4-2 overall, and 3-1 in SEC play, but the Gators still control their own destiny in the SEC East, and can wrest control of the division from undefeated Missouri next Saturday in Columbia.

But that won't make this loss, as dismal as last year's LSU loss in Gainesville must have been, feel any better.

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Andy Hutchins is Alligator Army's managing editor. Follow Alligator Army on Twitter and Facebook.

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