LSU and Florida are in a defensive struggle in the swamp with the Tigers leading 6-0 at the half thanks largely to a miscue from the Gators at the end of the half.
The Tigers opened the game with a steady 64-yard drive to set up a 31-yard Drew Alleman field goal. From there, though, there wasn't a lot of movement from either team.
Both teams traded five straight punts before a Jaylen Watkins interception off of LSU QB Zach Mettenberger set up Florida nicely to finally get on the board. Kevin Minter clearly had different plans, though, as the junior linebacker sacked Jeff Driskel on both 2nd and 3rd down to end the Gators rally before it could ever begin.
Florida had another chance later in the second when Driskel put together a 46-yard drive but once again their momentum was killed when WR Frankie Hammond coughed up the ball on LSU's 22-yard line.
The Gators would continue their theme of shooting themselves in the foot when DT Bennie Logan forced a fumble off a sack of Driskel deep in Florida territory. The Gators had a opportunity to recover but lineman James Wilson muffed the recovery and deflected the ball even closer to the endzone for LSU.
But the Florida defense ultimately stood strong on their own seven yard line after WR Terrence Magee couldn't find a receiver out of a designed jump pass:
With the Tigers being held to just field goals, the Gators considered themselves lucky, taking a knee to end the half. The Gators will get the ball coming out of the locker room to begin act two.