=== Strong defense leads LSU past Florida ===
 
 Baton  Rouge, LA  (SportsNetwork.com) - A solid defensive effort propelled the
 10th-ranked  LSU  Tigers to a  17-6 home  victory over the 17th-ranked Florida
 Gators.
 
 The  Tigers (6-1,  3-1 SEC) came into  Saturday's game allowing foes to put up
 24.7  ppg, while  yielding  367.0  yards of  total  offense.  The LSU  defense
 responded  on Saturday by limiting the Gators to just six points and 240 yards
 of total offense.
 
 Zach  Mettenberger completed  9-of-17 passes for 152 yards for the Tigers, who
 have won two in a row since a loss at Georgia on Sept. 28. Jeremy Hill carried
 the ball 19 times for 121 yards.
 
 "The  way we (play)  over here, we can win all types of games," Hill said. "We
 can  win shoot-outs, and we can win tough, physical running games. That's what
 kind of game it was today."
 
 Tyler  Murphy  connected on  15-of-27 passes  for 115  yards for Florida (4-2,
 3-1), which had a three-game winning streak snapped.
 
 "I  didn't  do a  good job  of getting rid  of the  ball quick enough," Murphy
 admitted.  "That is  something that I am  really going to have to evaluate and
 get better at."
 
 Florida's  first possession of  the game lasted 14 plays and took nearly 7 1/2
 minutes  off  the clock. The Gators  moved the ball  to the LSU 29 before Mack
 Brown  was  stopped short on  3rd-and-3. Francisco  Velez made a 44-yard field
 goal to make it 3-0 with 4 1/2 minutes left in the first quarter.
 
 The  Tigers came right back with a touchdown. Terrence Magee and Odell Beckham
 caught passes of 17 and 25 yards, respectively. A pair of penalties on Florida
 set  up  J.C. Copeland's  1-yard rushing  TD on  the first  play of the second
 stanza.
 
 LSU  was marching  down the  field on  its next  possession when  Mettenberger
 fumbled.
 
 After the Gators went three-and-out, the Tigers took over at their own 38-yard
 line.  LSU was  awarded a  fresh  set of  downs  when Florida  was called  for
 defensive  pass  interference on third down.  Beckham added a 22-yard catch on
 3rd-and-17  later  in  the  series.  Copeland's 10-yard  run  set  up  Anthony
 Jennings' 1-yard TD run, making it 14-3 with 5:14 left in the half.
 
 A scoreless third quarter featured four punts.
 
 Florida  was  faced with  a 4th-and-1 from  the LSU 14-yard  line in the early
 stages of the fourth stanza. The Tigers were called for a personal foul on the
 play, giving the Gators a first down. The visitors, however, had to settle for
 a 27-yard Velez field goal.
 
 The Tigers responded with three points of their own. Hill's 26-yard run helped
 set up Colby Delahoussaye's 31-yard field goal.
 
 Florida  used  a fake field  goal to keep its  next drive going. On 4th-and-5,
 Kyle  Christy completed  a  14-yard  pass to  Neiron  Ball. Demarcus  Robinson
 followed  with  consecutive catches to move  the ball to the LSU 30-yard line.
 Ahmad  Fulwood  kept the Gators  alive with a  15-yard catch on 4th-and-9. The
 visitors,  however, turned the ball over following two incomplete passes and a
 pair of sacks.
 
 The Tigers ran the final 3:51 off the clock.
 
 
                                   Game Notes
 
 Florida  leads  the all-time  series, 31-26-3  ... Florida  was held without a
 touchdown for the first time since Oct. 27, 2012, against Georgia ... LSU came
 into  Saturday's  game averaging 45.5 ppg  ... Florida running back Matt Jones
 carried the ball four times for 17 yards before leaving with a knee injury ...
 Brown  led the rushing attack for the Gators with 56 yards on 15 carries ... A
 crowd of 92,980 was announced on a hot, humid afternoon in Death Valley.
 
 
 10/12 21:05:10 ET