Freshman tailback Dalton Hilliard scored three touchdowns, two on pass plays covering 41 and three yards, as Louisiana State upset fourth-ranked Florida, 24-13, in a Southeastern Conference game yesterday before 73,152 at Florida Field.
LSU (3-0, 1-0) scored on its first three possessions in taking a 17-3 lead. The Tigers led, 24-5, at halftime, then stopped several drives by Florida in the second half.
It was the second time in three years LSU came to Gainesville, Fla., and spoiled a 3-0 start by Florida. The loss also ended Florida's nine-game winning streak at home.
"The SEC title is not out of reach," said Florida Coach Charley Pell, whose team is 1-1 in the conference. "We will need some help, but you always need help. That's the history of the thing."
Alan Risher completed his first seven passes for 127 yards and moved ahead of Bert Jones as LSU's all-time passing yardage leader. He has 3,227 yards to 3,225 for Jones.
"I thought we would have to throw the ball a little more, but our offensive line was knocking people all over the field," said Risher, who finished with nine completions in 14 attempts for 148 yards. "We knew coming in we could move the ball on just about any defense. We got enough points in the first half and let the defense mop up."
Florida took a 3-0 lead on Jim Gainey's 28-yard field goal with four minutes gone, but did not score again until Wayne Peace passed five yards to Mike Mularkey with 1:51 left in the game.