One of the biggest rivalries in the entire SEC was ready to have a new chapter written on Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013, as the LSU Tigers faced off against the Florida Gators in Baton Rouge, LA. LSU came in 10th ranked and all that has been talked about is the explosive offense, but many forget that the Tigers pride themselves on their strong defense.
When all was said and done, the Tigers showed their defensive strength and the running game of the past four years for a 17-6 victory over the Gators.
Many expected this to be a high-scoring affair between two big-time offenses, but that wasn't the case at all. Les Miles, Cam Cameron, and the LSU Tigers decided to return to their strong defense and pound-the-ground ways.
At the end of the first quarter, it was just 3-0 in favor of the Florida Gators, That was thanks to a 44-yard field goal from Francisco Velez. Through 15 minutes, Florida had a mere 60 yards on offense while LSU had less than 90.
Through the second quarter, the game belonged to the Tigers.
LSU was driving at the end of the first quarter and scored on the first play of the second with a one-yard touchdown from J.C. Copeland. Almost 10 minutes later, Anthony Jennings scored his first career touchdown on a one-yard quarterback sneak.
The third quarter came and went with the score being the same as it was at the half, 14-3.
Velez hit a 27-yard field goal early in the fourth to close within eight points. LSU had a great stand within their own 10-yard line to keep the 17th-ranked Gators out of the end zone.
The Tigers answered with a great drive of their own that was led by running back Jeremy Hill and quarterback Zach Mettenberger. About four and a half minutes were taken off the clock before Colby Delahoussaye hit a 31-yard field goal to put LSU up 17-6 with less than eight minutes remaining.
Florida would need two scores and they showed it on their next possession as they converted two fourth down plays, one of which was a fake punt. On their third fourth down attempt, Tyler Murphy fumbled the ball and turned the ball over to LSU.
From there, it was up to Hill and other LSU running backs to hold onto the ball and run out the clock. That's exactly what they did.