Well, ESPN analyst Kirk Herbstreit was right on point with his picks once again. During the college gameday show they were talking about the LSU vs Florida game, and Herbstreit said it was going to come down to a late game turnover. And that’s exactly what happened.
The game wasn’t as sloppy as I projected, especially how the Gators have been performing lately. Florida came out the gates strong, going on top 7-0 after a 62 yard punt return by Andre Debose, but too many missed opportunities came back to haunt Florida in the end.
With the final minutes ticking down in the 4th, Florida had a chance to get back on top. But Driskel’s third down pass to Tevin Westbrook in the end zone that was WIDE OPEN, left the Gators to kick a 18 yard field goal to tie the game up, 27-27. We all fault Westbrook for dropping such an open pass, but being wide open like that can be troubling sometimes.
The Gators had one more opportunity after the defense came up big, forcing LSU to punt with just about a minute to go. But sad to say, Jeff Driskel’s pass to Latroy Pittman was intercepted, which lead to the Tigers game winning 50 yard field goal with only 3 seconds left.
“Had our opportunities — countless,” Muschamp said.
It was a tough game to watch. Especially 8 rows up from the field. I know Florida has some serious struggles and areas to improve, but the way we played throughout this entire game I honestly thought they were capable of turning things around from here on out. The Gators shot themselves in the foot and had plenty of chances to win this ball game. But this is where the young team has to get together, watch film and just move on to the next one.
Hopefully by the Missouri game true freshman quarterback Treon Harris will be set and ready to play. Driskel is a good kid and all but by god we’re trying to win football games. Driskel, who was the top quarterback recruit coming out of high school, hasn’t proved that. Lets just take the rest of the season and experiment a little bit. Yes, we want to win ball games but we also need to play around with the roster and work on some kinks.
Looking at stats from the game, Driskel completed 14 of 25 throws for 183 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions. Driskel also carried the ball 21 times for 71 yards. Demarcus Robinson caught the ball 5 times for 104 yards and one touchdown while Brandon Powell added 66 yards on 6 receptions.
On the other side of the ball, LSU ran the ball down Florida’s throat the entire game. Leonard Fournette was all over the field and couldn’t be stopped. Fournette carried the ball 27 times for 140 yards and two touchdowns. Anthony Jennings completed 10 of 21 passes for 110 yards for the Tigers.
The Gators host the (4-2,2-1) Missouri Tigers next Saturday on homecoming. Kick off is set at 7pm est.
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