Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

GONE IN 6 SECONDS; Late Score after Fake Field Goal Beats UF

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

GONE IN 6 SECONDS; Late Score after Fake Field Goal Beats UF

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Byline: MICHAEL DIROCCO

GAINESVILLE - Les Miles gambled again and it paid off with another LSU victory over Florida.

Miles called a fake field goal with less than a minute remaining, converted the first down, and the Tigers went on to score a touchdown with six seconds to play to give LSU a 33-29 Southeastern Conference victory in front of 90,721 at Florida Field.

With Florida leading 29-26, LSU's Josh Jasper lined up for what would have been a 53-yard field goal. But holder Derek Helton took the snap and flipped the ball over his head. It bounced once and Jasper grabbed it and ran for 5 yards to give LSU a first down at the UF 31-yard line.

Jarrett Lee hit Terrence Toliver for 28 yards on the next play, and after a spike and an incompletion, Lee hit Toliver for a 3-yard touchdown pass in the corner of the end zone.

That score gave 14th-ranked Florida (4-2, 2-2 SEC) back-to-back losses for the first time since losing to Auburn and LSU in 2007. It also kept LSU (6-0, 3-0) unbeaten and put the Tigers atop the league's Western Division because of Alabama's loss at South Carolina earlier in the day.

Had Helton's flip of the football on the fake punt bounced left or right, the Gators would have left the field with a victory. Instead, it bounced straight into the hands of Jasper.

"Next question," Florida coach Urban Meyer responded when asked about the lucky bounce.

That was a more civil response than Miles' when he was asked about the perception that he's lucky.

"I couldn't give a rat's ---," the LSU coach said.

After a lengthy review, during which Meyer was pretty emphatic that it was actually a forward pass and not a lateral - which would have made it an incompletion and Florida would have taken over and been able to run out the clock - the ruling was upheld.

"I thought I saw a forward pass," Meyer said. "I kept screaming upstairs, 'What was it?' Someone said it was a forward pass.''

Instead, LSU's comeback ruined what would have been an impressive game-winning drive for Florida. The Gators drove 80 yards in 10 plays - including a 51-yard catch-and-run by Carl Moore - and scored a touchdown on Mike Gillislee's 5-yard run with 3:21 to play.

But Miles - who beat Tennessee last week despite mismanaging the clock at the end of the game - continued his good fortune against the Gators.

"Obviously the offense didn't hold up their end of the bargain,'' Meyer said.

Florida's special teams made a big play in the fourth quarter that gave the Gators a boost of momentum.

LSU took a 26-14 lead on Jordan Jefferson's 3-yard touchdown run with 14:17 remaining in the game. That lead seemed pretty safe with the way UF's offense was struggling, but the Gators needed only 17 seconds to get back into the game.

Andre Debose took the ensuing kickoff and went 88 yards untouched for a touchdown - the first score of his career - and pulled Florida to within five points with 14:00 to play. …

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