Originally posted on In The Neutral Zone  |  Last updated 10/14/13
This past weekend the LSU Tigers prevailed 17-6 in Baton Rouge over the Florida Gators, a low-scoring defensive slugfest which has traditionally characterized the heavyweight Southeastern Conference football matchups. Prior to Saturday’s game, the Tigers had largely deviated from that familiar formula which LSU fans had become so accustomed to under coach Les Miles. The LSU defense had previously exhibited a tremendous susceptibility to surrendering major plays of chunk yardage throughout the first six games of the season. But the Tigers appeared to have significantly shored up their deficiencies on defense, employing a much more aggressive style predicated on disrupting the Gators in their offensive backfield. Most noticeable on Saturday was the remarkably improved play of LSU’s front four. The Tigers consistently pushed the pocket with their relentless pressure off the edge applied by ends Jermauria Rasco and Danielle Hunter. Florida QB Tyler Murphy was constantly under duress, never truly comfortable in the pocket all game. Offensively LSU utilized a gameplan familiar to fans who have followed the program throughout the course of the Miles era. The approach differed greatly from that of the first six games of the season, as the Tigers mainly relied upon their powerful running game headed by Jeremy Hill; QB Zach Mettenberger and the receivers conversely took a backseat to the rushing attack for most of the afternoon. This is not to say, however, that the passing game was completely absent against Florida. When called upon, Mettenberger and receivers Odell Beckham and Jarvis Landry connected on enough timely occasions to maintain drives and to keep the Gators’ stingy defense honest. The gameplan turned out to be very effective, as LSU greatly shortened the game and generally refrained from costly turnovers; the Tigers were justifiably satisfied to turn the game over to Hill and to the team’s especially unyielding defense. The LSU Tigers flipped the script in their triumph over the Florida Gators. The previously high-flying passing attack of the Tigers was largely relegated to spectator in the team’s victory. Whether or not LSU’s marked improvement defensively was an aberration or a sign of what is yet to come will be discovered next weekend, when the Tigers trek to Oxford to battle the high-octane offensive attack of the Ole Miss Rebels in Vaught-Hemingway Stadium. No views yet
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