Florida running back Neal Anderson threw a 51-yard touchdown pass and broke the school's career rushing mark, leading the 11th-ranked Gators to a 20-0 Southeastern Conference victory over No. 8 Louisiana State last night in Baton Rouge, La.
Anderson took a handoff from quarterback Kerwin Bell and threw a pass to wide receiver Ray McDonald for Florida's first touchdown, in the first quarter. Jeff Dawson kicked a 27-yard field goal in the third quarter and a 25-yard field goal with just more than four minutes left in the game.
Fullback John L. Williams ran 29 yards for a touchdown later in the fourth quarter to cap the Gators' scoring.
Anderson ran for 124 yards, bringing his career total to 2,670.
Florida is 3-0-1 overall, 2-0 in the SEC. LSU is 2-1 overall and 0-1 in the conference.
Only LSU's defense kept it in the game, intercepting Bell three times, twice in the end zone. Bell still completed 13 of 24 passes for 154 yards.
Florida controlled the ball for nearly 34 1/2 minutes. The Gators allowed LSU inside the 50-yard line only twice.
LSU quarterback Jeff Wickersham was sacked seven times for total losses of more than 50 yards as the Florida defense overwhelmed the Tigers' offensive line. Wickersham completed 17 of 35 passes for 145 yards and was intercepted twice.
Florida shut down vaunted LSU running back Dalton Hilliard, who had been averaging more than 100 yards a game, limiting him to 35 yards on 16 carries. Overall, the Tigers were held to minus-10 yards rushing.
A crowd of 78,598, the fifth largest in Tiger Stadium history, watched as the Tigers were shut out for the first time since 1980, when Florida State beat LSU, 16-0.