LSU 21, Florida 17
Coaches Les Miles and Urban Meyer showed more emotion than they had all season.
Exactly why, however, is a surprise.
Joseph Addai ran for a career-high 156 yards and a touchdown, JaMarcus Russell had two touchdown passes and the 10th-ranked Tigers ended a three-game home losing streak to No. 11 Florida with a 21-17 victory Saturday in front of a record crowd of 92,402 at Tiger Stadium.
Rather than be overjoyed, Miles was livid because of the Tigers' 5 turnovers, 11 penalties and 5 sacks.
Meyer, meanwhile, was fighting back tears at the other end of Tiger Stadium.
"I liked the passion," Meyer said after pausing several times to compose himself. "If there's a little thing you can take out of this, I think we toughened up a little bit."
LSU felt the same way.
The Tigers led 14-0 in the first quarter, but Florida scored 17 straight points to move ahead in the third. The momentum swing was reminiscent of LSU's last home game, when it squandered a 21-point lead against Tennessee and lost, 30-27, in overtime.
The Tigers (4-1, 3-1 Southeastern Conference) didn't let it happen again.
They put together a 12-play, 75-yard drive -- converting on fourth down and getting a big play on third and nine -- to move back in front for good with 12 minutes 35 seconds to play. Addai ran seven times on the drive, including a three-yarder for the go-ahead score.
The Gators blew several chances to open up a big lead. Of LSU's turnovers, four of them were in its own territory. The Gators scored on three of the five turnovers.
"We just didn't take advantage of our opportunities," Florida quarterback Chris Leak said. "We made too many mistakes. Guys played their hearts out. We just didn't make enough plays."