Saturday, October 8, 2011
Top-ranked Tigers roll over Gators
The LSU Tigers staked their claim to the No. 1 ranking in the AP poll for another week with a convincing 41-11 win over the Florida Gators on Saturday afternoon in Baton Rouge.
The Tigers could be atop the AP rankings for the third straight week when they are announced on Sunday, something they haven’t done since a 14-week stretch spanning the 1958-59 seasons.
The Tigers have dominated their opponents in their first six games, four of which have been versus ranked teams, as they have won each game by double digits. This is the first time in school history the Tigers have started a season with six consecutive wins, all by at least 10 points.
This is the second straight win over the Gators for the Tigers, and LSU has now put up at least 30 points in consecutive games against the Gators for the first time since 1977-78.
The 41 points are the second-most LSU has scored against Florida, and the 30-point margin is the third-worst loss Florida has suffered against LSU.
Florida fell to 3-9 all-time and 0-3 in road games against the AP No. 1 team. Two of those three road losses have now been against LSU, with other coming in the Tigers’ 2007 National Championship season.
Florida has lost consecutive games by double digits for the first time since 1992, and has lost back-to-back games by at least 28 points for the first time in more than 40 years. In the 1971 season they lost 40-7 at Auburn and 49-7 against Georgia.
Around the CFB Nation
• Virginia Tech won a wild game in Blacksburg, rallying for a 38-35 win over Miami as Logan Thomas rushed for the winning score with less than a minute remaining. Thomas also completed 23-of-25 passes (92 percent), the highest completion percentage by a FBS quarterback this season (min. 25 attempts).
Miami fell to 2-6 against Virginia Tech since both teams jumped from the Big East to the ACC together. Miami also dropped to 0-2 in conference games, which could be trouble for the ‘Canes. No ACC team has started 0-2 in ACC play and gone on to win the ACC title.
• Sixth-ranked Oklahoma State routed Kansas, 70-28, matching their most points scored in the modern era. They also scored 70 points in a win against Southern Illinois in 1973.
• Kansas State snaps a five-game losing streak to Missouri with its 24-17 win and is 5-0 for the first time since 2000. Kansas State held the Missouri offense to 326 yards after the Tigers had averaged nearly 600 yards per game in their previous three contests.
• Georgia Tech allowed Maryland to score the final 13 points of the game but held on for the 21-16 win. The Yellow Jackets have started the season with six straight wins for the first time since 1966.
• South Carolina defeated Kentucky 54-3, earning their largest win over an SEC opponent since joining the conference in 1992. Steve Spurrier improved to 18-1 all-time vs. the Wildcats, his most wins vs any opponent.