Missed extra point haunts Gators in 17-16 loss to LSU

College Football Week 6 Predictions: LSU vs. Florida 10/7/17

The postgame refrain sounded awfully familiar: How did the Gators do it this time?

Saturday, Florida was neither lucky nor good.

LSU: The Tigers clearly figured out some things offensively, with coordinator Matt Canada drawing up plenty of solid plays.

Facing fourth-and-three against an offense that had gashed them on the ground for an entire half and nursing a one-point lead thanks to a first-time missed PAT by a reliable kicker, the Tigers waited for the snap. "(LSU) physically took it to us pretty good.

But Eddy Pineiro's extrapoint attempt was yanked wide left and the Tigers kept the slip, precarious lead with 1:46 to play in the third quarter.

I am not great at math, and the Tigers have not been great. You might not be able to prepare for a trick play or a for a different quarterback than expected or inclement weather, but you know to prepare for the inevitable.

Think about that for a second: Florida, located in some of the most prime real estate of all when it comes to recruiting, hasn't managed to average even 400 yards of offense in an era in which schools routinely average 450-plus. You could run across just about any type of person there, ' he said. "We're not going to blame anybody".

The Gators looked to tie it up on their next possession, when Perine plowed in again from a yard out on third down and goal.

Florida, which rushed for 194 yards and passed for 108, never seemed to pose a big-play threat against the Tigers' defense. LSU received votes for the USA Today and Associated Press polls on Sunday, but did not get in. Perine scored from one yard out and Pineiro's kick failed to keep Florida from tying the score, 17-16.

But a smoother, swifter operation was not too much to expect from an offense now in Year 3. And the Tigers weathered two third-quarter touchdown drives that devoured 151 yards by clamping down and limiting the Gators to 24 yards on 13 plays.

LSU made strides and got the end result it badly needed with the win. Florida cornerback Duke Dawson appeared to have an interception, but a wrestling match ensued for the ball and Chark came up with it.