A possible LSU trip to the Allstate Sugar Bowl went up in flames, thanks to numerous red zone miscues.
#16 LSU squandered four such trips in a 16-10 loss to #21 Florida Saturday at Tiger Stadium. The Tigers lost their fourth game of the season, second under interim head coach Ed Orgeron. The loss likely damaged Orgeron’s chances of turning his interim title to permanent.
On four trips inside the Florida 10 yard line, LSU scored three points.
Derrius Guice scored on a one yard run in the first quarter to give LSU a 7-0 lead. The Tigers led 7-3 in the second, and were threatening, but Guice fumbled on first and goal from the Florida 7 yard line.
The game turned on consecutive plays in the third quarter. LSU holder Josh Growden bobbled the snap on a field goal attempt, and threw incomplete in the end zone. On the next play, Florida quarterback Austin Appleby threw a 98 yard touchdown pass to Tyrie Cleveland to give the Gators a 10-7 lead.
LSU quarterback Danny Etling lamented the missed scoring chances.
Trailing 16-10, LSU drove from their 25 to the Florida 1. But on the final play of the game, Guice was stopped short of the goal line after taking a pitch from Etling.
"We didn't execute," said Orgeron. "The back went the wrong way."
LSU tailback Leonard Fournette got in a pre game scuffle with several Florida players. Fournette wasn't scheduled to play, but asked to after not warming up.
Fournette rushed 12 times for 40 yards.
LSU, 6-4, plays its final regular season game Thursday night at Texas A&M. Kickoff is 6:30 pm.