Trickery, defense help No. 22 Florida edge No. 5 LSU 27-19

Gators improve to 5-1 on season

By MARK LONG, AP Sports Writer
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Florida's Lamical Perine runs for yardage during the game against the LSU Tigers at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium on Oct. 6, 2018 in Gainesville, Florida.

GAINESVILLE, Fla. - Lamical Perine scored twice on short runs, including one after a trick play in the fourth quarter, and No. 22 Florida beat fifth-ranked LSU 27-19 Saturday in another nail-biter in the series.

Brad Stewart's 25-yard interception return for a touchdown - the first pick Joe Burrow has thrown this season - essentially sealed the victory for the Gators (5-1, 3-1 Southeastern Conference).

Florida scored all its points after 2007 Heisman Trophy winner Tim Tebow became the sixth player to be inducted into the school's ring of honor.

With Tebow watching much of the game from the sideline, Florida looked a little like a championship contender.

Perine grinded out tough yards, Florida's defense was as good as it's been all season and the difference was another perfect play call by coach Dan Mullen.

A week after beating Mississippi State with a double pass, Feleipe Franks handed off to seldom-used tight end Lucas Krull, slipped around the right end mostly unnoticed and caught a 15-yard pass from Krull that set up Perine's second score.

The drive was huge for Florida, which had dropped six of the last eight in the series and two in a row in Gainesville. It immediately followed LSU's go-ahead drive that featured two long runs from Nick Brossettte.

Brossette ran for 79 yards on the drive, including a 2-yard plunge that put the Tigers (5-1, 2-1) up 19-14 with 8:48 to play.

Florida answered, but didn't put LSU away until Stewart's interception and then another one on fourth down on the ensuing possession.

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