Top-ranked LSU prepares for Tennessee

Michael Tortorich
The Oct. 13 Tigers Roar page

BATON ROUGE – The top-ranked LSU?Tigers posted their largest margin of victory in 40 years over the Florida Gators when they took a 41-11 win Saturday in Tiger Stadium.

LSU (6-0, 3-0 SEC) defeated its fourth ranked opponent of the year, as Florida came in ranked No. 17.

The Tigers became bowl eligible for the 12th-straight season in front of the third-largest crowd in stadium history, 93,022.

“The feel of the stadium was electric,” LSU head coach Les Miles said. “Our guys played to it and enjoyed it. It was a satisfying afternoon.”

The next opponent for the Tigers is Tennessee on Oct. 15 in Knoxville. Kickoff is 2:30 p.m. on CBS.

Also of note, LSU’s Oct. 22 home game against Auburn was selected by CBS for national television and will kickoff at 2:30 p.m., the Southeastern Conference announced on Monday morning.

In Saturday’s game, LSU quarterback Jarrett Lee started on another windy afternoon and completed 7-of-10 passes for 154 yards including a 46-yard pass to Rueben Randle on the Tigers’ first possession.

Fellow quarterback Jordan Jefferson entered in the second quarter and played in four drives, all of which resulted in scores. The senior was 3-of-4 passing for 61 yards and threw a 2-yard jump pass touchdown to tight end Mitch Joseph. It was the first-career touchdown for the fifth-year senior.

The play served as one of the more memorable scores for former Florida quarterback Tim Tebow, who executed it against LSU in the 2006 season at The Swamp.

LSU running back Spencer Ware led a ground attack that totaled 238 yards. Ware finished with 109 on 24 carries, while Alfred Blue added 70 on 14 tries with a touchdown.

Florida (4-2, 2-2 SEC) was forced to play without quarterbacks Jeff Brantley and Jeff Driskel. The Gators utilized three quarterbacks and operated out of the Wildcat formation with running back Jeff Demps. Florida netted just 113 yards.

Freshman starting quarterback Jacoby Brissett had a lone shining moment when he connected with Andre Dubose on a 65-yard touchdown pass.

“Any time you beat Florida, you’re going to be happy. We felt like we owed them something,”?said LSU guard Will Blackwell. “Back in 2008, they beat us by 30 at their place, and we talked about that all week long. We wanted to repay that, and fortunately we got them by 30, so call it even, I guess.”

LSU wide receiver Rueben Randle catches a 46-yard touchdown pass from Jarrett Lee.