‘‘It was a hustle play,’’ Elam said. ‘‘It was all instinct. It was great effort that paid off.’’
Florida was so dominant that it could have posted a second consecutive shutout at home. But two seemingly silly plays helped LSU get points.
Bostic, who was a key cog in stuffing LSU’s run, was flagged for unsportsmanlike conduct on the game’s opening drive. Instead of facing third-and-17, LSU got 15 yards and an automatic first down. It set up Drew Alleman’s 31-yard field goal.
Alleman added a 21-yarder just before halftime as LSU capitalized on Jeff Driskel’s fumble. Driskel, who completed 8 of 12 passes for 61 yards, held the ball too long and then fumbled while trying to scramble away from Bennie Logan. Guard James Wilson had a shot at the loose ball but whiffed.
Mingo eventually came up with it, setting LSU’s offense up at the 7-yard line.
Florida’s defense made a stand, though, and forced the chip shot.
‘‘That was typical 1980 SEC right there today,’’ Muschamp said. ‘‘It was a physical, physical match. ... That’s the difference between playing in this league and these other leagues you watch on TV. I know you guys like all these points being scored, but the quarterback won’t make it through the season in our league.’’