GAINESVILLE, Fla. • Mike Gillislee ran for a career-high 146 yards and two touchdowns, bringing No. 10 Florida to life in the second half as the Gators beat fourth-ranked LSU 14-6 on Saturday.
Led by Gillislee and a dominant defense, Florida’s grind-it-out victory provided a signature win for coach Will Muschamp in his second season in Gainesville. It was the program’s first win against a ranked team since beating rival Georgia in 2010.
Linebacker Jon Bostic, safety Matt Elam and defensive end Lerentee McCray provided the big plays on defense. Gillislee once again carried the load on offense.
Together, they wore down the Tigers (5-1, 1-1) in the second half — no surprise since the Gators (5-0, 4-0) have been doing that all season. Florida, which trailed 6-0 at halftime, also came from behind to beat Texas A&M and Tennessee on the road last month.
This one was even more impressive.
The Gators harassed quarterback Zach Mettenberger, pretty much shut down running backs Spencer Ware, Kenny Hilliard and Michael Ford, and completely wore down LSU’s vaunted defense.
Mettenberger completed 11 of 25 passes for 161 yards with an interception.
Florida certainly will credit new strength coach Jeff Dillman and the team’s continually improving offensive line for the victory. Gillislee deserves props, too.
It was his third 100-yard game of the season, and it came against one of the league’s most feared fronts. Highly touted defensive ends Barkevious Mingo and Sam Montgomery were neutralized much of the day. Linebacker Kevin Minter had a career day. He finished with 16 tackles.
Minter had two of LSU’s five sacks in the first half to help the Tigers hold Florida to 47 yards at the break.