Aside from a few big plays on offense, the Gators were largely ineffective once again with Jeff Driskel under center. The redshirt junior quarterback threw two interceptions and lost a fumble. Unfortunately for Driskel, those turnovers were costly, especially his late interception which led to LSU’s game-winning field goal. Matt Jones was MIA, thanks to a knee injury and Kelvin Taylor saw just two carries all game. If it hadn’t been for Driskel’s 72-yard pass to Demarcus Robinson in the fourth quarter, the stats would look even worse.


Once again, breakdowns in the secondary come back to bite the Gators. This time, it came on a 3rd and 20. LSU converts the third down on a bomb to Travin Dural after Brian Poole and Keanu Neal fail to cover Dural’s streak route down the sideline. Anthony Jennings found Dural wide open and LSU used that big conversion to get a go-ahead touchdown later in the drive. For the most part, Florida also struggled with LSU’s run game as true freshman Leonard Fournette bowled over the Gators all game for 140 yards and two touchdowns. All in all, also allowing 30 points to LSU’s offense just isn’t acceptable, especially with a quarterback as inconsistent as Anthony Jennings.


Easily the best area for the Gators against LSU was the special teams unit. Wide receiver Andre Debose single-handedly kept Florida in the game with a punt return for a touchdown and another big punt return late in the game. Kicker Frankie Velez drilled his only attempt of the game and punter Kyle Christy had an average game punting the football. Still, the main storyline was Debose, who’s punt return for a touchdown gave him five career returns for a touchdown. He is now tied for third in career returns in SEC history.


While several of the mistakes from Florida came on drops or poor decisions by Driskel, the coaching staff still needs to shoulder a lot of the blame. When you look at the game for the Gators, they had three opportunities to punch the ball in for a go-ahead touchdown in the final minutes of the fourth quarter. Westbrook did drop an easy touchdown catch on third down, but the reality of not scoring a touchdown from two yards out doesn’t reflect well on the Gators’ coaching staff, especially when a running back like Kelvin Taylor is sitting on the bench for no apparent reason.


Was it an entertaining game? Absolutely. However, last night’s loss is one of the worst home loss for the Gators in quite some times. Once again, it was the same ‘ole story for the Gators, who failed to capitalize on several opportunities and also shot themselves in the foot again with allowing big passing plays because of communication breakdowns. Still, the Gators technically do control their own destiny in the SEC East, but there’s no question a win would have alleviated some of the pressure off of Muschamp. Now, the Gators will need to go virtually undefeated in their remaining SEC games to achieve their goal of winning the SEC East.