Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 10/7/12

The No. 10 Florida Gators finally gave Will Muschamp a signature win against Les Miles and No. 4 LSU in what was an absolute slugfest at The Swamp.  

While LSU's confidence must have taken a hit, they are still very much in the National Title discussion if they can survive a brutal upcoming schedule. The Gators, on the other hand, solidified themselves as a top five team and most certainly threw their name in the BCS title discussion.

What else can be learned from this game?  

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly:

The Good

Defense, defense, defense.

Florida Head Coach Will Muschamp said it best in the post game press conference, "That was typical 1980 SEC right there today."  

Indeed it was, Coach.  Both defenses showed out Saturday night, and it certainly was impressive, as the offenses gained only 118 yards and committed three turnovers in the first half.

The second half, however, was controlled by Florida's defensive front, shutting the Tigers down completely.  The Gators allowed 129 yards in the second half, 56 coming on a long pass which Matt Elam stripped from Odell Beckham, returning the ball to the Gators.

The Bad

LSU's endurance in the trenches.

Touted as one of the deepest and most dominant units in college football, LSU defensive front looked tired for much of the second half, allowing Florida to run the ball 24 straight times to end the game.  Florida guard Jon Halapio remarked, "I was looking dead in [LSU Defensive Tackle Josh Downs'] eyes, and he was dead tired. You want to look for those things in a football game."

The Ugly

LSU offensive line, albeit battling injuries, was even worse.  They failed to protect Mettenberger, allowing four sacks and countless hurries, and also failed to open running lanes for LSU's trio of running backs.  Florida defensive lineman Dominque Easley echoed Jon Halapio, saying, "Them boys was huffing and puffing. I was looking in people's eyes and they were scared."

James Wilson's fumble recovery fail.

With around two and a half minutes remaining in the second quarter, Driskel took the snap out of the shotgun and moved forward in the pocket only to be wrapped up by LSU's Bennie Logan, forcing the fumble.  James Wilson was the first on the scene, but instead of corralling the ball, he did an embarrassing legs over head belly flop, whiffing the ball and allowing LSU to recover.

 

 



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