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Halftime: Florida 17, LSU 7

Joseph Goodman


So much for a low-scoring game…

BATON ROUGE — You know it’s an important game when Tim Tebow taunts his opponent’s student section. Tebow mimicked dialing a phone and then put his hand-turned phone up to his ear after he tossed the Gators’ second-quarter touchdown, a two-yard pass to Kestahn Moore.

(Who was he calling and what was said? My guess: Watson’s Towing and Recovery.)

It was a nice shoelace catch by Moore, who wasn’t expecting the pass. Tebow appeared to be rushing for the end zone when he changed his mind at the last possible moment and lobbed a short pass to Moore. Joey Ijjas’ extra point gave Florida 10-0 lead.

The 12-play, 77-yard scoring drive spanned seven minutes and three seconds. The drive was helped along by an LSU pass interference penalty on a third-and-five near midfield. A 27-yard catch by Percy Harvin, who carried the ball to the LSU 2, was the drive’s highlight.

LSU answered with its own sustained drive on the Tigers’ ensuing offensive possession. The 80-yard, 16-play sequence lasted seven minutes and 37 seconds and ended with a fourth-down, one-yard touchdown by sophomore back-up quarterback Ryan Perrilloux. The gutsy play call cut Florida’s lead to three.

Moore continued to have one of the best games of his career on the next series when he caught a 19-yard pass from Tebow on the series’ first play.

Tebow did the rest. The quarterback absorbed a personal foul from LSU linebacker Ali Highsmith (hitting Tebow out-of-bounds), which moved to drive to the LSU 21. Tebow needed three rushing plays (9, 2 and 9 yards) to reach the end zone. Ijjas’ kick made gave Florida  17-17 lead.

-LSU’s Colt David missed a 43-yard field goal with 28 seconds left in the half.



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