GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Mike Gillislee ran for a career-high 146 yards and two touchdowns, bringing No. 10 Florida to life in the second half as the Gators beat fourth-ranked LSU, 14-6, yesterday.
Led by Gillislee and a dominant defense, Florida's grind-it-out victory provided a signature win for coach Will Muschamp in his second season in Gainesville. It was the program's first win against a ranked team since beating rival Georgia in 2010.
Linebacker Jon Bostic, safety Matt Elam and defensive end Lerentee McCray provided the big plays on defense. Together, they wore down the Tigers (5-1, 1-1) in the second half -- no surprise since the Gators (5-0, 4-0) have been doing that all season. Florida, which trailed 6-0 at halftime, also came from behind to beat Texas A&M and Tennessee on the road last month.
This one was even more impressive.
The Gators harassed quarterback Zach Mettenberger, pretty much shut down running backs Spencer Ware, Kenny Hilliard and Michael Ford, and completely wore down LSU's defense.
Mettenberger completed 11 of 25 passes for 161 yards, with an interception.
Linebacker Kevin Minter had a career day, finishing with 16 tackles. He had two of LSU's five sacks in the first half, helping the Tigers hold Florida to 47 yards at the break. But after intermission the Gators went to a heavy package featuring two extra offensive linemen.
Florida scored on consecutive drives by running on 17 of 18 plays. Gillislee ended both of them with 12-yard touchdown runs, one in the third quarter and another early in the fourth.
Maybe the play of the game came between those game-changing scores. Elam stripped Odell Beckham Jr. following a 56-yard reception on third down. Initially, the closest official ruled Beckham was down when the ball came out. Replays, though, clearly showed the ball coming out before his knee hit the ground. The play was reversed, and Florida seized the momentum. -- AP