Florida plans in-game tribute to late local legend Tom Petty

Florida plans in-game tribute to late local legend Tom Petty

Florida plans in-game tribute to late local legend Tom Petty

"Tie goes to the runner, I guess", Florida Coach Jim McElwain said.

The LSU Football team showed resilience as the Tigers held on for a 17-16 victory over No. 21 Florida on Saturday afternoon in Ben Hill Griffin Stadium.

"This one is a tough one to swallow". "It hurts. It really does". "We just have to get better, going forward with that".

But the most critical play in Saturday's game came not on offense or defense, but on special teams. Lamical Perine capped back-to-back scoring drives with short touchdown runs, but the Gators botched a potential tying extra point and trailed 17-16 heading into the fourth quarter.

On came Pineiro, a crowd favorite because of his big leg and bright smile. The Gators didn't seem prepared for that kind of adjustment at all.

Instead, what appeared to be a bad snap threw off Pineiro's timing and he yanked his kick to the left. He had made 46 in a row before that. Offensively, the Gators were 2-of-9 on third-down conversions and 0-of-1 on fourth down. At its own 24-yard line, Florida elected to punt.

LSU (4-2, 1-1 SEC) earned the victory on the defensive side in the fourth quarter, as linebacker Devin White batted down a fourth-down pass in Florida territory that secured the victory.

Kadarius Toney came into the game and rushed for four yards.

After the clock struck zero, Louisiana State players sprinted toward an end zone and started doing the "Gator Chomp". Franks completed a pass to receiver Freddie Swain for a gain of eight before missing on a pass intended for receiver Brandon Powell.

"The sense of urgency, it was pretty obvious we didn't have it there", McElwain said.

The win prevented LSU from dropping to 0-2 in SEC play and holding a.500 record at the midway point of the season.

There was more motion and plays that benefited from that movement, particularly jet sweeps by Derrick Dillon and Russell Gage for 30 yards each - Gage's yielding a touchdown - plus three other carries by DJ Chark. Carter's catch was the first touchdown scored by a true freshman at LSU in the 2017 season.

The Tigers sacked Felipe Franks five times, as the Florida freshman quarterback finished 10-of-16 passing for 108 yards. Josh Hammond and Brandon Powell were the leading pass-catchers with 29 yards each yards.

Given the team's tumultuous week, this was hardly taunting.

Gaineswille, Florida is where Petty was born.

"We tried to get it situated, but obviously it wasn't handled the right way", Clark said.

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