BATON ROUGE, La. -- Saturday's top-10 matchup between No. 6 LSU and No. 8 Florida was everything we've come to expect from one of the SEC's top cross-division rivalries. It's in exactly these situations where LSU coach Les Miles usually has a trick or two up his sleeve.
LSU (6-0, 4-0 SEC) got 180 rushing yards and two touchdowns from Leonard Fournette, two touchdown passes between Brandon Harris and Malachi Dupre, and now stands alone as the SEC's only unbeaten team.
Let's recap the Tigers' win:
What the win means for LSU: No question about it, this one was massive. Although coverage busts and another special-teams mishap -- this time a game-tying 72-yard punt return for a touchdown by Florida's Antonio Callaway in the third quarter -- allowed Florida to get back into the game, LSU still managed to hold on and stay undefeated. Credit Kevin Steele's defense for getting a series of late stops when Florida had earlier been able to pick apart the Tigers' defense.
What the loss means for Florida: Even with a loss, Florida (6-1, 4-1) still looks like the odds-on favorite to win the SEC East. With backup quarterback Treon Harris (17-for-32, 271 yards, two touchdowns) turning in a solid outing, the Gators clawed their way back into this game and easily could have pulled the upset. It wasn't until Harris' last-gasp toss downfield fell incomplete that LSU locked up the win before a noisy home crowd at Tiger Stadium.
Top play: LSU took a 35-28 lead in the fourth quarter when Miles went full Mad Hatter. The Tigers lined up for a 33-yard field goal, but the kicker, Domingue, instead ran wide and took a lateral toss from holder Brad Kragthorpe for a 16-yard touchdown run.
Player of the game: Say what you will about Fournette, and we can say plenty about arguably the best player in college football, but Tigers defensive end Lewis Neal deserves mention here. Neal turned in the best performance of his career, notching three sacks, 10 tackles and 3.5 tackles for loss.
How the game was won: Although Florida tied the game in the second half, LSU's massive second quarter is what made the difference in the outcome. The Tigers outscored Florida 28-7 in the period -- with Fournette running for two touchdowns and Dupre catching a pair -- and outgained the Gators 233 yards to 79.