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Florida–LSU football rivalry
First contestedSeptember 25, 1937
LSU 19, Florida 0
Number of meetings65
Most recent meetingOctober 6, 2018
Florida 27, LSU 19
Next meetingOctober 12, 2019 in Baton Rouge, LA
All-time seriesFlorida leads, 33–29–3
Largest victoryFlorida, 58–3 (1993)
Longest win streakFlorida, 9 (1988–96)
Current streakFlorida, 1 (2018–present)

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The Florida–LSU football rivalry is an American college football rivalry between the Florida Gators football team of the University of Florida and LSU Tigers football team of Louisiana State University. Although both universities were founding members of the Southeastern Conference (SEC) in December 1932, the Gators and Tigers did not meet on the gridiron until 1937, and have been annual opponents only since 1971. When the SEC instituted divisional play in 1992, Florida was placed in the SEC Eastern Division and LSU in the Western Division, and Florida and LSU were selected as permanent cross-division rivals. The Gators and Tigers have combined to win five national championships and eleven SEC titles over the past two decades.

Game results

Florida leads the series 33–29–3. The longest winning streak in the series is held by Florida, with nine victories from 1988–96. LSU's longest winning streak is four, from 1977–80.

The road team in the series has been unusually successful in recent years. Since the 2001 game inclusive, the home team in the series has posted a record of 9–9. Florida and LSU have each won two national titles during that time period and have boasted impressive home records against other opponents.

Florida victoriesLSU victoriesTie games
No.DateLocationWinning teamLosing team
1 September 25, 1937 Baton Rouge, LA LSU 19 Florida 0
2 October 25, 1941 Baton Rouge, LA LSU 10 Florida 7
3 October 24, 1953 Gainesville, FL Tie21Tie21
4 October 23, 1954 Baton Rouge, LA LSU 20 #18 Florida 7
5 October 15, 1955 Gainesville, FL Florida 18 LSU 14
6 October 27, 1956 Baton Rouge, LA Florida 21 LSU 6
7 October 26, 1957 Gainesville, FL Florida 22 #10 LSU 14
8 October 25, 1958 Baton Rouge, LA #3 LSU 10 Florida 7
9 October 24, 1959 Gainesville, FL #1 LSU 9 Florida 0
10 October 22, 1960 Baton Rouge, LA Florida 13 LSU 10
11 October 28, 1961 Gainesville, FL #7 LSU 23 Florida 20
12 October 27, 1962 Baton Rouge, LA #6 LSU 23 Florida 13
13 October 26, 1963 Gainesville, FL LSU 14 Florida 0
14 December 5, 1964 Baton Rouge, LA Florida 20 #7 LSU 6
15 October 2, 1965 Gainesville, FL Florida 14 #5 LSU 7
16 October 22, 1966 Baton Rouge, LA #8 Florida 28 LSU 7
17 October 7, 1967 Gainesville, FL LSU 37 Florida 6
18 October 9, 1971 Baton Rouge, LA #16 LSU 48 Florida 7
19 October 25, 1972 Gainesville, FL Tie3Tie3
20 October 6, 1973 Baton Rouge, LA #10 LSU 24 Florida 3
21 October 5, 1974 Gainesville, FL #13 Florida 24 LSU 14
22 October 4, 1975 Baton Rouge, LA #20 Florida 34 LSU 6
23 October 2, 1976 Gainesville, FL #19 Florida 28 #11 LSU 23
24 October 1, 1977 Baton Rouge, LA LSU 36 #9 Florida 14
25 October 7, 1978 Gainesville, FL #11 LSU 34 Florida 21
26 October 6, 1979 Baton Rouge, LA #17 LSU 20 Florida 3
27 October 4, 1980 Gainesville, FL LSU 24 #19 Florida 7
28 October 3, 1981 Baton Rouge, LA Florida 24 LSU 10
29 October 2, 1982 Gainesville, FL LSU 24 #4 Florida 13
30 October 1, 1983 Baton Rouge, LA #12 Florida 31 #16 LSU 17
31 September 8, 1984 Gainesville, FL Tie21Tie21
32 October 5, 1985 Baton Rouge, LA #11 Florida 20 #8 LSU 0
33 October 4, 1986 Gainesville, FL #18 LSU 28 Florida 17
No.DateLocationWinning teamLosing team
34 October 3, 1987 Baton Rouge, LA #7 LSU 13 #19 Florida 10
35 October 1, 1988 Gainesville, FL #17 Florida 19 #14 LSU 6
36 October 7, 1989 Baton Rouge, LA Florida 16 LSU 13
37 October 6, 1990 Gainesville, FL #10 Florida 34 LSU 8
38 October 5, 1991 Baton Rouge, LA #13 Florida 16 LSU 0
39 October 10, 1992 Gainesville, FL #23 Florida 28 LSU 21
40 October 9, 1993 Baton Rouge, LA #5 Florida 58 LSU 3
41 October 8, 1994 Gainesville, FL #1 Florida 42 LSU 18
42 October 7, 1995 Baton Rouge, LA #3 Florida 28 #21 LSU 10
43 October 12, 1996 Gainesville, FL #1 Florida 56 #12 LSU 13
44 October 11, 1997 Baton Rouge, LA #14 LSU 28 #1 Florida 21
45 October 10, 1998 Gainesville, FL #6 Florida 22 #11 LSU 10
46 October 9, 1999 Baton Rouge, LA #8 Florida 31 LSU 10
47 October 7, 2000 Gainesville, FL #12 Florida 41 LSU 9
48 October 6, 2001 Baton Rouge, LA #2 Florida 44 #18 LSU 15
49 October 12, 2002 Gainesville, FL #18 LSU 36 #16 Florida 7
50 October 11, 2003 Baton Rouge, LA Florida 19 #6 LSU 7
51 October 9, 2004 Gainesville, FL #24 LSU 24 #12 Florida 21
52 October 15, 2005 Baton Rouge, LA #10 LSU 21 #11 Florida 17
53 October 7, 2006 Gainesville, FL #5 Florida 23 #9 LSU 10
54 October 6, 2007 Baton Rouge, LA #1 LSU 28 #9 Florida 24
55 October 11, 2008 Gainesville, FL #11 Florida 51 #4 LSU 21
56 October 10, 2009 Baton Rouge, LA #1 Florida 13 #4 LSU 3
57 October 9, 2010 Gainesville, FL #12 LSU 33 #14 Florida 29
58 October 8, 2011 Baton Rouge, LA #1 LSU 41 #17 Florida 11
59 October 6, 2012 Gainesville, FL #12 Florida 14 #3 LSU 6
60 October 12, 2013 Baton Rouge, LA #10 LSU 17 #17 Florida 6
61 October 11, 2014 Gainesville, FL LSU 30 Florida 27
62 October 17, 2015 Baton Rouge, LA #6 LSU 35 #8 Florida 28
63 November 19, 2016 Baton Rouge, LA* #21 Florida 16 #16 LSU 10
64 October 7, 2017 Gainesville, FL LSU 17 #21 Florida 16
65 October 6, 2018 Gainesville, FL #22 Florida 27 #5 LSU 19
Series: Florida leads 33–29–3
  • Game postponed and moved to Baton Rouge, due to Hurricane Matthew.

Sources: 2011 Florida Gators Football Media Guide,[1] 2011 LSU Football Media Guide,[2] and College Football Data Warehouse.[3]

Notable games

1937: First meeting

The first game in the series was a 19–0 victory for LSU at Tiger Stadium on September 25, 1937. It was the opening game of the season and played in front of a crowd of 15,000.[4] LSU was the defending SEC champion, while Florida was coming off a 4–6 season in 1936. Both teams were coached by men who were later inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame: Bernie Moore for LSU and Josh Cody for Florida. Tigers sophomore quarterback Young Bussey provided most of the team's offense, scoring two touchdowns and kicking the only successful extra point.[5][6] One of LSU's three pass completions in the game was a 40-yard strike from Bussey to future Hall of Fame end Ken Kavanaugh that put them at the Florida 2-yard line. Two other pass attempts were intercepted by Florida's Walter "Tiger" Mayberry, a star on both offense and defense. LSU out-gained Florida in rushing yards 273–51, passing yards 73–0 (Florida attempted only one pass in the game, which fell incomplete), and converted 18 first downs to Florida's 3.[7]

1960: Wristband robbery

The Tigers were favored in 1960 in Baton Rouge. On the first play from scrimmage, Florida quarterback Larry Libertore ran for a 66-yard touchdown. Throughout the rest of the first half, Florida's offense stalled and LSU quarterback Jimmy Field effectively moved the ball, using plays from his wristband. But in the second quarter, with LSU up 10–7, the Gators sent a nine-man blitz against Field. He never saw it coming, and a sea of Gators piled on top of him. When he came out of the mass of bodies, his play-calling wristband was gone.[8] The Gators then held Field to just 12 yards passing in the second half, with a lone first down. The Gators came back to win 13–10, Billy Cash kicking two field goals, and after the game a Gator coach gave the wristband to an official, saying one of his players had found it on the field.[9]

1964: Hurricane delay I

During the buildup to the 1964 game in Baton Rouge, LSU was a Sugar Bowl favorite. Florida, though unranked, was led by an up-and-coming young player (and future Heisman Trophy winner) named Steve Spurrier. Then, after being delayed several weeks to the season finale due to Hurricane Hilda, the game ended up being anti-climactic with the Gators rolling to a 20–6 win over the No. 7 Tigers.[10] Particularly noteworthy is the fact that it was Spurrier's first win over LSU – the first of a long win streak that he would have over the Tigers as a player and head coach.

1989: College football's first "overtime" game

This game was jokingly referred to as an "overtime" game in Steve Harvey's nationally syndicated "Bottom Ten" column. After LSU hit a field goal to tie it at 13 with 1:19 left, Florida drove from their 20 to LSU's 27. Emmitt Smith was tackled at the LSU 24 inbounds with 18 seconds left. Florida scrambled to get back to the line of scrimmage to snap the ball, which they did with 3 seconds left. Kyle Morris managed to throw it out of bounds with 1 second left, but the clock still ran out, almost exactly like what happened at the end of the 2009 Big 12 Championship Game between #3 Texas and #22 Nebraska. Fireworks were set off over Tiger Stadium in celebration for holding off a late Gator comeback, even though it was right as Florida was sending its special teams unit onto the field. The second was added back to the clock, allowing Arden Czyzewski to attempt, and hit, a 41-yard field goal as time expired to win it 16–13.[9] The unexpected setback sent LSU into a losing streak and its first losing season since they went 4–7 as well in 1983. The manner in which LSU lost the game helped push them into the top spot of that week's Bottom Ten.

1997: LSU's revenge

The previous season, the Gators won the national championship and thrashed LSU 56–13, and they came into the game favored. But it was LSU who jumped out to a big early lead, scoring two touchdowns in the first 8 minutes on runs by Herb Tyler and Tommy Banks. The Gators came right back with two touchdown runs by Fred Taylor, each of which capped off an 80-yard drive.

Then, Doug Johnson threw an ill-advised pass, and Cedric Donaldson picked it off and returned it for a touchdown to give LSU a 21–14 lead. The Gators' frustration mounted when another Johnson pass was picked off, this time by Mark Roman, and when Herb Tyler scored another touchdown to give LSU a 28–14 lead with 11:40 to go, the Gators appeared to be in big trouble.

Undaunted, Johnson responded with a 13-play, 78-yard drive that ended with Fred Taylor getting into the end zone to make it 28–21. LSU did nothing with their next possession, and Doug Johnson began moving the ball downfield again. He then faced a rush on a third and two and threw up a Hail Mary which was intercepted by Raion Hill. The Tigers held on for the 28–21 upset.[11] Kevin Faulk appeared on the next week's cover of Sports Illustrated.

2003: LSU's only loss

The beleaguered Gators, under second year coach Ron Zook, took on #6 LSU and Nick Saban with freshman Chris Leak making his third start at quarterback for Florida.

The Gators were off to their worst start since 1979, with a 3–3 record to begin the year. The previous week, Florida lost to Ole Miss at home and Coach Ron Zook was already on the hot seat. However, Florida's freshman quarterback Chris Leak would help the Gators turn their season around. Leak shrugged off six sacks, the Tiger Stadium noise and a pressing defense to lead the Gators to a 19–7 victory over LSU with two separate touchdown passes to running backs Ran Carthon and Ciatrick Fason out of the backfield. Florida also got a massive game out of their defense, including cornerback Keiwan Ratliff, who had two interceptions and shut LSU down.[12] This shocking loss in Death Valley would be the Tigers' only defeat of the season, as Nick Saban would go on to win his first BCS National Championship and his only title with LSU.

2006: Tebow's series debut

The 9th ranked Tigers visited the 5th ranked Gators favored by a point and a half. Early in the first quarter, JaMarcus Russell connected with Jacob Hester for a touchdown.

However, Florida's freshman quarterback Tim Tebow would help the Gators turn the tide. While the Gators' starting QB was senior Chris Leak, coach Urban Meyer had been rotating Tebow, a highly touted recruit, into the huddle for a few series every game. Tebow made the most of his opportunities against LSU, accounting for three touchdowns, including his first career passing touchdown on "the jump pass" to tight end Tate Casey.[13] The Gators won 23–10 and went on to win the BCS National Championship.

2007: 5-for-5 on 4th down

The 9th-ranked Gators traveled to Baton Rouge to take on the top-ranked Tigers. Early on, it appeared that Florida was heading for a big win when they raced out to a 10–0 lead. The two teams then traded scores, scoring two touchdowns each to make it 24–14 late in the third quarter.[14]

LSU rallied behind Matt Flynn to score a touchdown to cut it to 24–21. Then they stopped Tebow and got the ball back with just a few minutes left. They faced a fourth and two in their own territory, and got the first down. Not even a minute later, they faced another fourth and two and again converted.

From the Florida 12-yard line, once again, the Tigers faced a fourth and 1. But rather than kick the game-tying field goal, Les Miles ordered a dive play. And for the fifth time in the game, the Tigers converted. Soon after, LSU took the lead when running back Jacob Hester bulled across the end zone with 1:09 left and LSU hung on, 28–24.[15] The Tigers, though they would finish the season with two losses, went on to win the BCS National Championship.

2010: The fake field goal

In a back-and-forth game, LSU pulled ahead 26–14 early in the 4th quarter. But Andre Debose answered with a kickoff return for a touchdown, and following a defensive stand by the Gators, Florida got the ball with 7 minutes left and trailing 26–21. A long drive ended when running back Mike Gillislee ran into the end zone with three minutes left. Quarterback John Brantley completed the two-point conversion to Omarious Hines to increase the Gator lead to 29–26 with just under 3 minutes left.

LSU's Jarrett Lee then led a drive that found LSU at the Gator 36-yard line with 34 seconds to go. LSU coach Les Miles ordered a 53-yard field goal attempt by Josh Jasper. Holder Derek Helton blindly pitched the ball over his head on a fake field goal. It hit the ground, but took a perfect bounce right into the arms of Jasper, who picked it up and crossed the first down line.

Lee then threw a 28-yard pass to Terrence Toliver to the Florida 3-yard line with 18 seconds left. After spiking the ball, then an incomplete pass, Lee tossed the game winner to Toliver with 6 seconds left; LSU won 33–29.[16][17]

2016: Hurricane delay II

This game was originally scheduled to be played in Gainesville on October 8, but due to Hurricane Matthew, the game was canceled. After much deliberation between Florida Athletic Director Jeremy Foley, LSU Athletic Director Joe Alleva and SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey, both schools agreed to play the game on November 19 in Baton Rouge, with Florida hosting the 2017 (originally scheduled to play in Baton Rouge) and 2018 matchups in Gainesville.

The first half was a defensive battle, with LSU leading 7–3. The Tigers drove the ball inside the Florida 5-yard line to start the second half but came away with zero points after a fumbled snap on a short field goal attempt resulted in a desperation throw by the holder that fell incomplete in the endzone. The Gators immediately took advantage of that LSU miscue by scoring a 98-yard touchdown pass on first down from graduate transfer quarterback Austin Appleby to freshman receiver Tyrie Cleveland, who shook off an LSU defender while speeding to the endzone to take a 10–7 lead. After an exchange of punts, LSU scored a field goal to tie the game at 10. Florida then made a pair of field goals to take a 16–10 lead, the second field goal being set up by an LSU lost fumble on a kickoff return.

After driving down the field with less than a minute left, LSU had first-and-goal at UF's 6–yard line with :38 left. The Tigers picked up 5 yards on the first two plays, both handoffs to running back Derrius Guice but were stuffed at the 1-yard line on third-and-goal on a full back handoff. With its final timeout, LSU stopped the clock with :03 remaining in the game. On the final play of the game, LSU lined up in the goal-line formation. From the snap, the play looked broken, with transfer quarterback Danny Etling spinning to the right on what appeared to be a handoff. However, running back Derrius Guice was late off of the snap, forcing Etling to pitch the ball backwards to the 6-yard line. Guice attempted to find a hole, starting to run right but cutting back left and diving through the air from the two yard line, but was met by Gators defensive back Marcell Harris and defensive linemen Cece Jefferson and Jordan Sherit, who wrapped up his legs, stopping him at the goal line. While coming down, Guice fumbled the ball but it was recovered by Gators cornerback Quincy Wilson at the half yard line. Florida players and staff stormed the field in celebration after pulling off what would be considered the biggest upset of its season. Linebacker Rayshad Jackson and wide receiver Antonio Callaway celebrated by running through the end zone with a Florida Gators flag in hand. Florida head coach Jim McElwain became the first coach in conference history to lead his team to the conference championship game in his first two seasons.[18]

See also


  1. 2011 Florida Gators Football Media Guide Archived April 2, 2012, at the Wayback Machine, University Athletic Association, Gainesville, Florida, pp. 116–125 (2011). Retrieved November 23, 2011.
  2. 2011 LSU Football Media Guide, LSU Athletic Department, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, pp. 153–163 (2011). Retrieved November 23, 2011.
  3. College Football Data Warehouse, Florida vs Louisiana State. Retrieved November 23, 2011.
  4. "L.S.U. 19; Florida 0". The Monitor. Associated Press: p. 6. September 26, 1937. Retrieved October 7, 2017.
  5. Walker, Norman (September 26, 1937). "15,000 Fans See Tigers Beat 'Gators". The Shreveport Times. Associated Press: p. 25. Retrieved October 8, 2017.
  6. "LSU's Gridiron Team This Fall Is Versatile". The Corpus Christi Caller-Times. Associated Press: p. 12. September 28, 1937. Retrieved October 7, 2017.
  7. Walker, Norman (September 26, 1937). "Bengal Seconds Put Punch into State's Attack". Monroe Morning World. Associated Press: pp. 8, 10. Retrieved October 7, 2017 – via
  8. Nash, Bruce; Zullo, Allan (1 September 1990). "Football Hall of Shame 2". Simon and Schuster.
  9. 9.0 9.1 "The Five Greatest Games in Florida vs. LSU Rivalry History". Athlon Sports.
  10. Dooley, Robbie Andreu/Pat. "No. 75 FLORIDA 20, LSU 6
    When: Dec. 5, 1964"
  11. Press, From Associated (12 October 1997). "In No. 1 Upset of the Day, LSU Beats Florida, 28-21".
  12. "Leak leads Gators to upset No. 6 LSU". ESPN.
  13. Zaccardi, Nick. "Tebow jumper nets first career touchdown pass". Alligator. Retrieved 4 October 2013.
  14. Gomila, Billy (12 August 2014). "Best Games of the Miles Era: #1 LSU vs. Florida".
  15. "Florida vs LSU (Oct 06, 2007)".
  16. "LSU vs Florida (Oct 9, 2010)".
  17. Rabalais, Scott. "Big step to Tigers' 1958 title, 2010 fake field goal and other memorable LSU vs. Florida games".
  18. "The Quick Slant: Gators 16, LSU 10".

Further reading

  • Carlson, Norm, University of Florida Football Vault: The History of the Florida Gators, Whitman Publishing, LLC, Atlanta, Georgia (2007). ISBN 0-7948-2298-3.
  • Golenbock, Peter, Go Gators! An Oral History of Florida's Pursuit of Gridiron Glory, Legends Publishing, LLC, St. Petersburg, Florida (2002). ISBN 0-9650782-1-3.
  • Hairston, Jack, Tales from the Gator Swamp: A Collection of the Greatest Gator Stories Ever Told, Sports Publishing, LLC, Champaign, Illinois (2002). ISBN 1-58261-514-4.
  • McCarthy, Kevin M., Fightin' Gators: A History of University of Florida Football, Arcadia Publishing, Mount Pleasant, South Carolina (2000). ISBN 978-0-7385-0559-6.
  • McEwen, Tom, The Gators: A Story of Florida Football, The Strode Publishers, Huntsville, Alabama (1974). ISBN 0-87397-025-X.
  • Mulé, Marty (2013). Game of My Life LSU Tigers: Memorable Stories of Tigers Football. Skyhorse Publishing. ISBN 1613215738.
  • Nash, Noel, ed., The Gainesville Sun Presents The Greatest Moments in Florida Gators Football, Sports Publishing, Inc., Champaign, Illinois (1998). ISBN 1-57167-196-X.
  • Scott, Richard (2008). SEC Football: 75 Years of Pride and Passion. MBI Publishing Company. ISBN 1616731338.
  • Vincent, Herb (2008). LSU Football Vault: The History of the Fighting Tigers. Whitman Publishing. ISBN 0-7948-2428-5.