BATON ROUGE, La. —Spencer Ware rushed for 109 yards and two touchdowns, and Louisiana State University quickly opened up a double-digit lead that it never relinquished in a 41-11 victory over 17th-ranked Florida on Saturday.
“We showed everybody that we are capable of some special things against a really good Florida team,” said LSU defensive end Sam Montgomery, who had a sack. “I want more. I want a National Championship. I want to play the best ever.”
LSU (6-0, 3-0 Southeastern Conference) backup quarterback Jordan Jefferson added a touchdown toss on a jump pass to tight end Mitch Joseph early in the fourth quarter.
The play delighted the fans in Tiger Stadium, who likely remembered when former Florida star Tim Tebow pulled the same play on LSU back in 2006.
“It was not necessarily the first time it was run in football,” LSU coach Les Miles said, grinning as he credited offensive coordinator Greg Studrawa with the play call. “I really enjoyed it.”
LSU’s fast, fierce defense was too much for Jocoby Brissett, who became the first Florida freshman quarterback to take his first career snap as a starter, a move made because of injuries to senior John Brantley and freshman Jeff Driskel.
Brissett was intercepted twice on deep throws, once each by safety Brandon Taylor and cornerback Tyrann Mathieu.
“I thought he was solid … under the circumstances,” Florida coach Will Muschamp said. “He’s going to be a really good football player for us. We’ve got to play better around him in some spots and create some more situations in the run game.”
Florida (4-2, 2-2) rushed for 113 yards. It didn’t help that Jeff Demps, slowed by an apparent ankle injury, carried only twice for no yards. Chris Rainey carried 13 times for 52 yards.
LSU led 17-0 after its first three possessions in what became the sixth double-digit victory in as many games for the Tigers, who have trailed for only 6:33 all season.
The Tigers more than doubled the Gators in total yards, 453-213. LSU had 238 yards rushing alone, one week after No. 2 Alabama rushed for 226 yards against Florida in a 38-10 victory.
“We saw what Alabama was able to do to those guys,” LSU starting quarterback Jarrett Lee said. “That is something we definitely wanted to do to them today.”
“I wouldn’t say we are getting overpowered,” Gators defensive end Sharif Floyd said. “It’s blown coverages and mistakes by us as a whole. We have to get more focused.”
Alfred Blue added 70 yards on 14 carries and a late 2-yard TD run to cap the scoring for LSU and ensure Florida’s worst loss since the 1996 Fiesta Bowl, when the Gators fell to then-national champion Nebraska 62-24.