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In a game that not all that long ago would have been billed as a defensive slugfest, the other side of the ball took the spotlight Saturday night as No. 6 LSU beat No. 7 Florida in a shootout at Tiger Stadium.
Both offenses put on a show, but the Tigers made just enough plays in the second half to get the victory, none bigger than Derek Stingley Jr.’s end zone interception of Gators QB Kyle Trask with 7:26 to go.
That play, with LSU sitting on a 35-28 lead, halted Florida and LSU went on to add a 54-yard dagger TD on a Joe Burrow to Ja’Marr Chase connection with 5:43 to go on the ensuing possession.
LSU promised a new-look offense in 2019 and had delivered through the first six weeks, but Saturday marked the Tigers’ biggest test and they passed with flying colors.
Burrow was nearly perfect, going 21-for-24 for 293 yards and three touchdowns. Clyde Edwards-Helaire led the way with 134 rushing yards and two scores, part of a 218-yard night for the Tigers on the ground.
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The first half was thrilling, with Florida answering an LSU touchdown with a score of its own three separate times. Van Jefferson sent the game into halftime tied at 21 with a touchdown grab with four seconds remaining.
That throw gave Trask his second touchdown of the game. He had 141 yards in the first half. Counterpart Burrow was lights-out early, hitting the intermission 10-for-11 passing for 121 yards and two scores.
Both teams had over 100 rushing yards at the break and over 245 yards overall.
Florida came out after halftime and marched down the field to take its first lead, 28-21 on another Jefferson catch. LSU immediately responded with a drive of its own to knot the game again at 28.
LSU was then finally able to force its first stop since it was 7-7, and turned the good field position back into the lead on Tyrion Davis-Price’s 33-yard scamper.
Trask finished with 310 passing yards on 39 attempts and had three TDs, but his interception was too much to overcome.