Florida seemed to be on the verge of another collapse against LSU. After building a 16-10 lead on the Tigers in the fourth quarter with a pair of field goals, the Gators conceded a long drive as the period waned, with the Tigers hitting on a fourth-and-10 pass for their first fourth-down conversion of the year, and working to first-and-goal with more than a minute left.
But three plays later, the Tigers still hadn’t crossed the goal line.
And they never would.
Derrius Guice, LSU’s featured back on a day when erstwhile Heisman candidate and future first-round pick Leonard Fournette had just a cameo, went up to go over the Florida line, but got submarined at the point of attack, and failed to reach the ball over the line for the critical game-tying touchdown.
And after a replay review failed to find another angle kinder to the Tigers, the call on the field stood.
This time, Florida didn’t collapse against LSU.
This time, the Gators stood tall, steel in their spines.