SEC Country is looking back at the top 10 plays of Florida’s season.
Here is No. 1:
In a matchup that involved controversy, insults and a pre-game scuffle, it’s only right that the Florida-LSU rivalry this season came down to the last play. Gators kicker Eddy Pineiro broke a 10-10 tie in the fourth quarter with two field goals, the second coming with 3:18 remaining. On the final possession, the Tigers drove inside the 10-yard line for the fifth time in the game. But on their last three trips to the red zone, they came away with only a field goal. LSU needed a touchdown to win the game.
After an 11-play, 73-yard drive, the Tigers had two downs to gain 1 yard. On third-and-goal, fullback J.D. Moore was stuffed for no gain and LSU had to call timeout with 3 seconds left. On the final play, running back Derrius Guice received a pitch and initially ran to the right. But defensive end Jordan Sherit was unblocked on the weak side, so Guice reversed his field and tried to jump over the pile of linemen. As he launched himself into the air, Sherit and safety Marcell Harris both grabbed Guice by his legs and brought him down short of the end zone. He fumbled before hitting the ground, but the ball was recovered by LSU at the 1-yard line.
— Gators Football (@GatorsFB) Nov. 19, 2016
It was a dramatic play and win for the Gators, who upset LSU on the road to capture their second consecutive SEC East championship. Florida coach Jim McElwain became the first coach in league history to take his team to the conference title game in his first two years. With that final goal-line stand, Florida’s defense held the Tigers to just 3 points on their last four trips inside the 10-yard line. And the Gators did that without their top three tacklers, all of whom had been injured in the two weeks prior.