Ga­tors use whole bag of tricks

Baltimore Sun Sunday - - NEWS -

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Lam­i­cal Per­ine scored twice on short runs, in­clud­ing one af­ter a trick play in the fourth quar­ter, and No. 22 Flor­ida beat No. 5 LSU 27-19 Sat­ur­day in an­other nail-biter in the se­ries.

Brad Stew­art’s 25-yard in­ter­cep­tion re­turn for a touch­down — the first pick Joe Bur­row has thrown this sea­son — sealed the vic­tory for the Ga­tors (5-1, 3-1 SEC).

Flor­ida scored all its points af­ter 2007 Heis­man Tro­phy win­ner Tim Te­bow be­came the sixth player to be in­ducted into the school’s ring of honor.

“I didn’t want him to let him down,” said Flor­ida coach Dan Mullen, Te­bow’s of­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor for two na­tional cham­pi­onships. “I know it’s a night he’ll never for­get . ... Win­ning that game was kind of like a lit­tle cherry on top.”

With Te­bow watch­ing much of the game from the side­line, Flor­ida looked a lit­tle like a cham­pi­onship con­tender.

Per­ine grinded out tough yards, Flor­ida’s de­fense was as good as it’s been all sea­son and the dif­fer­ence was an­other per­fect play call by Mullen.

A week af­ter beat­ing Mis­sis­sippi State with a dou­ble pass, Feleipe Franks handed off to sel­dom-used tight end Lu­cas Krull, slipped around the right end mostly un­no­ticed and caught a 15-yard pass from Krull that set up Per­ine’s sec­ond score.

The drive was huge for Flor­ida, which had dropped six of eight in the se­ries.

“That last drive they had was a dev­as­tat­ing drive,” LSU coach Ed Org­eron said. “We just couldn't make a play.”


Sam Eh­linger smiles as he scores the first of his three rush­ing touch­downs for Texas.

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