Halftime analysis: LSU 6, Florida 0

October, 6, 2012
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GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- If you want pretty, maybe you should stop watching LSU.

In a defensive slugfest at the Swamp, LSU took a 6-0 lead over Florida to halftime, thanks to a Drew Alleman's field goals of 31 and 22 yards.

It's a game with more combined quarterback sacks (7) than points. It's college football's counterbalance to last week's West Virginia-Baylor game.

Stat of the half: 0, the number of first downs by LSU after its first possession.

Crippled by offensive line injuries and smothered by a much-improved Florida defense, LSU could nothing going on offense, with 17 yards after its first possession and 81 in the half. The Tigers' first possession was a nice, 10-play, 64-yard drive for the 31-yard field goal. After that, LSU was stuck in neutral.

Player of the half: LSU LB Kevin Minter had back-to-back sacks, then stripped Frankie Hammond, a fumble recovered by Kwon Alexander, killing UF's best first-half drive.

Minter had his back-to-back sacks of Jeff Driskel unblocked early in the second quarter.

What's working for LSU: The defensive line for LSU continued to apply pressure to Driskel with five first-half sacks, one forcing a field goal, the other setting up a field goal

The line had three of the five sacks. The other two were aided by UF's preoccupation with blocking the front four.

UF had 47 first-half yards, including a 50-yard drive. Aside from that, the Gators were going backwards. Driskel was sacked just before halftime by Bennie Logan. It was recovered by Barkevious Mingo to set up Alleman's second field goal.

What's not working for LSU: Not much on offense. Quarterback Zach Mettenberger has been sacked three times and the Tigers have struggled to get much going on the running game. After an initial 10-play, 64-yard drive for a field goal, LSU went six straight possessions without a first down.

The offense finished the half with two freshmen, Vadal Alexander and Trai Turner, playing on the right side of the offensive line after an injury knocked starting right guard Josh Williford out for the game.

Gary Laney | email

Reporter, GeauxTigerNation

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