SEC Country is looking back at the top 10 plays of Florida’s season.
Here is No. 3:
The LSU Tigers drove into the red zone twice against Florida in the first half. Their opening possession resulted in a touchdown, but the second ended on first-and-goal with a forced fumble by Gators defensive tackle Caleb Brantley. On LSU’s first series of the third quarter, the offense once again drove inside the 10-yard line. On first-and-goal from the 9, running back Leonard Fournette gained 6 yards. The next three defensive plays, however, would change the course of the game — and Florida’s season.
On second-and-goal, Tigers quarterback Danny Etling faked a handoff and then rolled to his right to throw the ball to Fournette. But as Fournette left the backfield, Gators defensive end Jordan Sherit made contact with him and threw off the timing of his route. This forced Etling to scramble toward the sideline and make a run for the pylon. As Etling approached the goal line, true-freshman linebacker Vosean Joseph closed in on Etling and laid him out at the 1-yard line with a jarring hit.
On the ensuing play, Brantley tackled Fournette in the backfield for a 1-yard loss to force fourth down. The Tigers sent out their kicker to attempt a field goal, but the snap was botched and they turned the ball over on downs. Instead of going up 14-3, LSU found itself trailing 10-7 after the Gators scored on their next possession. After Florida’s 16-10 win, Gators coach Jim McElwain said Joseph’s touchdown-saving tackle at the goal line might have been the play of the game.