Last year, Florida's defense was carved up by LSU's running game. This time, it was the Gators who did the carving, and Mike Gillislee held the knife.
The senior running back had one of his best outings as a Gator, carrying the ball a career-high 34 times and had 146 yards with two touchdowns in Florida's 14-6 win over LSU inside the Swamp. However, what might have been the most impressive stat of the day when it came to Gillislee's outing was the fact that he didn't have any negative yardage. None. Against one of the nation's best defenses, Gillislee avoided being stopped behind the line of scrimmage.
His 146 rushing yards was the most LSU had given up since Arkansas’ Knile Davis ran for 152 yards on Nov. 27, 2010. Gillislee's 34 carries is tied for the third most in school history.
Gillislee showed great speed on his touchdown runs, as he darted right past defenders after finding a small hole up front on his first 12-yard score and sprinted to the ride side of the end zone with Tigers trailing him on his second 12-yard score.
Both of Gillislee's touchdowns came in the second half, and so did 22 of his carries and 112 of his yards.
With Florida's passing game being relatively nonexistent for most of the game, the coaches put the game on Gillislee's shoulders, and he more than delivered for Florida. LSU knew the Gators were going to run the ball, but Gillislee kept pounding and muscling out the tough yards. Eventually, he just wore down LSU's vaunted defensive front.