Top 5 games of Florida-LSU football rivalry – SECcountry.com
GAINESVILLE, Fla. — When Florida and LSU face off, the two teams usually make for a great football game.
The permanent cross-divison opponents had a thrilling matchup last year, with the No. 6 Tigers scoring on a fake field goal in the fourth quarter to beat the No. 8 Gators, 35-28.
UF coach Jim McElwain is embracing his return to Death Valley this Saturday when his 21st-ranked Gators take on No. 16 LSU.
“There’s going to be rough moments,” McElwain said. “I don’t know how they could call my mother names. My mother is 95 years old, she’s awesome. She’s one of the most loving, caring people in the world.
“And they they’re going to say everything they can about my mother. That’s what it’s all about. It will be fun.”
Here are the top five games of the Florida-LSU rivalry.
1997: No. 1 Florida at No. 14 LSU
Florida came in with a nine-game winning streak over LSU and had beaten them 56-13 the year before. UF was the defending national champions and a heavy favorite to beat the Tigers, but they jumped out to a two-touchdown lead and held on for a 28-21 win. Gators quarterback Doug Johnson was intercepted four times and did not throw a touchdown pass, snapping Florida’s NCAA-record streak of 62 straight games with at least one score through the air. It was Steve Spurrier’s only loss to LSU with the Gators.
2003: Florida at No. 6 LSU
In Ron Zook’s first season at Florida, the Tigers beat UF convincingly (36-7) and won their first game in The Swamp since 1986. Florida was 3-3 going into the 2003 game and had lost two of its last three games. But after falling behind 7-0 in the first quarter at LSU, the Gators found their groove and scored 19 unanswered points to give Zook his first big