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#DBU? Both secondaries schooled Saturday night

BATON ROUGE, La. -- During the offseason, the secondaries of Florida and LSU traded Twitter barbs laying claim to the real Defensive Back University -- or #DBU. 

Both schools need to have their accreditations checked after Saturday night in Death Valley. 

In No. 6 LSU's thrilling 35-28 win, both secondaries were schooled by miscommunications, blown assignments and poor tackling. Neither team had a clue how to stop a wheel route, either. 

Tigers quarterback Brandon Harris threw for 200 yards for just the second time in his career, completing 13-of-19 passes for two touchdowns.

He connected on a pair of bombs to Malachi Dupree (52-yard flea flicker, 50-yard touchdown) on misplays by safety Marcus Maye and All-American cornerback Vernon Hargreaves III and found Travin Duval for a nine-yard touchdown on a terrific fade pattern. 

LSU entered the game as the nation's worst passing team, but Harris answered the critics with a standout performance. His elusiveness and ability to keep plays alive really hurt UF. 

"It's nothing but motivation to me," he said. 

"I play with a chip on my shoulder. I say this real humbly: This team knows how talented we are passing the ball. Everybody knows what I can do throwing the football."

They certainly do now. 

Meanwhile, Treon Harris answered his own critics, as No. 8 Florida’s backup quarterback threw for 271 yards and two touchdowns in place of the suspended Will Grier. It was hardly a flawless performance (he finished the game missing 10 of his final 12 throws), but the sophomore kept UF's upset hopes alive with big plays throughout the game. 

He found tight end Jake McGee wide open for two scores on breakdowns by LSU defensive backs, and connected with playmakers Antonio Callaway (48-yarder), DeAndre Goolsby (30-yarder) and Demarcus Robinson (38-yarder) for explosive gains. 

"I thought he did a good job," McGee said.

"It's a tough test. First transition game. ... I thought it was something he handled well." 

Both secondaries tout some of the nation’s best players (Hargreaves III and Jalen Tabor; LSU’s Jalen Mills and Jamal Adams) but Saturday was not a night they'll want to remember. 

"It was frustrating," Maye said.

"We got the quarterback out of the pocket and they got us one the scramble plays."


Miles is now 46-4 in night games in Death Valley. … Gators five-star freshman Martez Ivey made his first-career start at left guard. … UF kicker Jorge Powell, a Belen Jesuit Prep alum, was injured on a kickoff return in the first quarter and did not return. … LSU faced a deficit after the first quarter for the first time all season. … Gators freshman tailback Jordan Scarlett (St. Thomas Aquinas) recorded his first carry in five weeks, gaining 11 yards on a pivotal fourth-and-1. … Florida is now 12-of-14 on fourth downs this season. … The Tigers face a backup quarterback for fourth-straight week (previously: Syracuse, EMU and South Carolina).

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