LSU RB Derrius Guice Trolls Florida Coach Jim McElwain on Twitter

Posted October 09, 2017

There was no energy on the sideline.

"At no time was it the intentions of Tiger Band to disrespect or interrupt a tribute of someone we consider a musical icon and apologize to anyone thinking this was the case", the band's statement said. And just like that, Florida's young secondary let LSU take the lead on one of the Tigers' more predictable play calls.

Florida's running attack got the Gators back in the game.

It was an appropriate song for the end of the third quarter when the Gainesville-based Gators were trailing by one point.

Pineiro had made the first 46 extra points of his career.

LSU (4-2, 1-1 SEC) looked nothing like it did the previous week.

A week after getting embarrassed at home in a 24-21 loss to Troy, LSU had to prove it made more than minuscule improvements ahead of its trip to Florida.

Last week, LSU coach Ed Orgeron told his offensive coordinator to limit pre-snap motion, the calling card of Matt Canada's offense.

Alleva "wanted to know what was going on, what we could do better", said Orgeron, who's in his first season after serving as interim coach in 2016.

Etling connected on a 47-yard strike to Chark on the third play of the second half, and then flipped a 2-yard TD pass to Tory Carter to stretch the Tigers' lead to 17-3. The drive was aided by D.J. Chark's 47-yard catch, a 50-50 ball he and cornerback Duke Dawson both came down with.

It's year three of the Jim McElwain era, and Florida still is struggling to find ways to make plays, specifically at the QB position. Gators quarterback Feleipe Franks completed 10 of 16 passes for 108 yards without a touchdown. The fifth, a LaCouture sack -the third of four Tiger first-half sacks - held Florida to a 25-yard Eddy Pineiro field goal after an 11-play, 70-yard drive with 4:01 left in the first half.

West Virginia vs. TCU: All the pickers selected TCU, with Herbstreit saying the game will be a challenge but the Horned Frogs would win a tough one.

"It hurts and they should hurt", McElwain said. "That's life in the SEC".