Rapid Reaction: LSU steals one in the Swamp on Delahoussaye's 50-yarder
A few quick thoughts from Gainesville on Saturday where LSU left the Swamp with a 30-27 in the final seconds:
What it means: LSU’s still very much alive in its quest for a fifth consecutive 10-win season after refusing to lose in the final minutes. The lead exchanged hands four times in the second half (three in the fourth quarter).
What I liked: The Tigers showed tenacity on both sides of the ball, an element that’s escaped this team during their last two SEC games. Leonard Fournette had the breakout game we’ve all been waiting for after rushing for a career-high 140 yards on 27 carries. He scored two touchdowns and absorbed several big-time hits to lead the Tigers.
What I didn’t like: Too often protection crumbled around Anthony Jennings forcing the sophomore quarterback to scramble out of the pocket and be virtually ineffective throughout. LSU’s secondary, against a shaken Jeff Driskel, let Demarcus Robinson get loose over the top for a 73-yard gain in the final three minutes. Rashard Robinson forced Florida’s top receiver out of play inside the 5 and the Gators kicked the game-tying field goal three plays later.
Who’s the man: Rickey Jefferson set up LSU’s game-winning field goal with a crucial interception on a tipped pass in the final minute, returning it 23 yards to Florida’s 36-yard line.
Key play: Colby Delahoussaye’s 50-yard field goal that sneaked just inside the right with three seconds left in the game.
What’s next: LSU hosts Kentucky next week with a chance to even its SEC record at 2-2 and leap back into the Top 25 with a victory over an Eastern Division contender.