College football: Florida hands LSU first loss


Todd Politz
LSU Director of Digital Media

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — In a back-and-forth game in The Swamp, the Florida Gators scored with eight minutes remaining and held off the LSU Tigers, 27-19, on Saturday.

LSU (5-1, 2-1 SEC) suffered its first defeat of the 2018 season while facing three ranked teams away from Tiger Stadium in its first six games. Florida improved to 5-1 overall and 4-1 in SEC play.

LSU dropped from No. 5 in the AP Top 25 to No. 13 on Sunday. Florida jumped from No. 22 to No. 14.

“Put it on me,” LSU coach Ed Orgeron said. “It’s always going to be my fault. Give them the credit when we win. When we lose, it’s always my fault. I’m the boss. I’ve got to get them better, and that’s it.”

LSU linebacker Devin White, a former North Webster star, didn’t see it the same way.

“It’s not on him, because he’s not out there playing,” said White, who finished with 9 tackles, including 1.5 for loss. “We had a great game plan. It’s on us, because we didn’t execute it. I’ll never let Coach put it on him when we’re the ones out there playing. They spend countless hours putting everything together. All we have to do is go out there and execute it.”

With 11:14 remaining, LSU took a 19-14 lead after running back Nick Brossette’s second touchdown of the game. However, the Tigers two-point attempt was batted away and Florida answered with a nine-play, 75-yard drive to take earn a 20-19 lead.

Florida earned the final margin with 1:45 to play when Burrow threw his first interception in 160 pass attempts as a Tiger. Florida’s Brad Stewart Jr. returned it 25 yards for a touchdown.

Brossette netting 95 rushing yards on 15 carries, while Clyde Edwards-Helaire added 55 yards on 13 carries.

Burrow was 19-of-34 passing for 192 yards. He was sacked five times for minus-30 yards, but finished with 22 net rushing yards. Derrick Dillon had a team-high four catches for 42 yards, while Justin Jefferson added three catches for 51 yards.

In a statistically-even contest, Florida outgained LSU, 391-372. LSU had three turnovers while Florida had one.

LSU returns home to start a three-game homestand, beginning Saturday with a 2:30 p.m. CT kickoff against No. 2 Georgia. The game will be televised by CBS and broadcast on the LSU Sports Radio Network beginning at 12:30 p.m.