No. 1 Florida Gators take down No. 4 LSU Tigers 13-3 on the road in Death Valley

By Adam Silverstein
October 11, 2009

Senior quarterback Tim Tebow took the field for the No. 1 Florida Gators two weeks after suffering a concussion and wore down Southeastern Conference-rival No. 4 LSU Tigers 13-3 Saturday night in Baton Rouge, LA. While Tebow was able to start for the Gators, it was the Florida defense that stole the show in Death Valley, holding the Tigers to three points and only 162 total yards.

The largest crowd in Tiger Stadium history at 93,129 was no match for a passionate Florida team, which sacked LSU quarterback Jordan Jefferson five times and compiled 327 total yards on offense. The Gators (5-0, 3-0) won their 15th straight game while snapping LSU’s (5-1, 3-1) 32-game winning streak at home during Saturday night games.

Florida ran the ball 48 times in the contest, with Tebow grabbing 38 yards on 17 carries and running back Jeff Demps leading the attack, touching the ball 16 times for 86 yards. RB Emmanuel Moody also contributed on the ground, earning 42 yards on six rushes. Through the air, Tebow completed 11 of 16 passes for 134 yards and one touchdown. He also through an inexplicable interception late in the game. Wide receiver Riley Cooper caught the sole touchdown of the game while tight end Aaron Hernandez led the receivers with six receptions for 70 yards.

On special teams, kicker Caleb Sturgis was shaky at best, missing a 25-yard field goal while also kicking a concerning extra point and 32-yarder that both ended up good. Kick returner Brandon James was held silent by punts directed out of bounds and one kickoff that went through the back of the end zone.

LSU’s offense never really got going with running back Charles Scott only touching the ball 13 times for 53 yards. Jefferson was pressured all night long as Florida collapsed the pocket and blitzed from all angles. Gators middle linebacker Brandon Spikes finished with 11 tackles and 2.5 sacks on the evening, and cornerback Joe Haden grabbed an interception at the end of the first half.

The Gators return to Gainesville, FL, next weekend for their homecoming game against the Arkansas Razorbacks on Saturday, Oct. 17 at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. Game time has not been set, though CBS plans to air it either at 3:30 p.m. or as its night game.


  1. ReptilesRule says:

    Was very proud of how tough our guys played, particularly our Defense (which won that game), our O Line and of course Tim. But my question, other than Hernandez and Coop, where the hell did our recievers go?? Deonte has been hurt but still made a couple of plays so I’m not pointing at him, but where is David Nelson, Frankie and T.J. ??? Are they even on scholarship anymore??????????

  2. For all intents and purposes, Brandon James is the No. 3 WR on the team this year (actually No. 4 if you count Aaron Hernandez as a receiving option). Therefore, unless they were going in a four-WR set you are not going to see David Nelson. Frankie and T.J. are still young and will play next year.

  3. Gatorfan33 says:

    The defense was lights out, Tebow was played very conservative in the first half and if our passing game doesn’t improve we will stand no chance at all against Bama who I think we will be playing again in the SEC champ. game.

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