2021 Florida Football Postgame Notes
LSU 49, No. 20 Florida 42
October 16, 2021
Tiger Stadium – Baton Rouge, La.
Gators and Tigers Combine for Most Points in History of UF-LSU Rivalry
• With a final score of 49-42, Florida and LSU combined for 91 total points in today’s game – the most in the history of the rivalry.
• 942 yards were totaled between the two teams – the fourth-highest combined total in this rivalry in the last 25 years.
o 2001 (1,055), 2020 (1,027), 2019 (968)
• There were 48 total first downs (UF 26, LSU 22) and 145 total plays (UF 75, LSU 69). • Florida also finished with zero penalties for the first time in program history (against any opponent). o This comes after having 15 penalties in the team’s most-recent road game at Kentucky in Week 5.
• With 138 rushing yards today, Florida’s 1,780 rush yards is the team’s most through seven games since 2009 (1,808) and second-most dating back through 1990.
o Florida’s 1,780 rush yards is the program’s sixth most through seven games since 1965. • Florida’s 488 total yards vs. LSU brought the Gators’ season total to 3,512, which represents the program’s second-highest mark through seven games in the last 20 seasons, trailing only the 2020 campaign (3,656).
o This is the second time in the last 20 years and fifth time since 1965 that Florida has totaled 3,500 yards through seven games.
• Florida amassed 400-plus total yards for the 16th time in its last 17 games including 29 of the last 36 contests.
o Today’s game is the 31st time Florida amassed 400-plus total yards in Mullen’s 45 games as head coach – six more than the program’s total of 25 400-yard outings from the 88 games comprising the 2011-17 seasons.
o Florida has now totaled 400-plus yards in 13 of its last 14 SEC matchups.
• This is the 21st time Florida has reached 300 passing yards under Mullen (45 games), surpassing its total from the 168 games comprising its 2005-17 seasons.
o Florida’s 350 passing yards is the team’s most in a game this season.
o This is Florida’s second 300-yard passing game of 2021 and second overall since the 2020 SEC Championship game vs. Alabama on Dec. 19, 2020 (418 yards).
• Florida scored 40 points for the 18th time under Mullen and for the fourth time in seven games this season, which is six more 40-point games than the Gators accumulated from the 2010-17 seasons combined (101 games played).
o UF had 12 40-point outings in 101 games from 2010-17.
• The Gators scored 30-plus points for the 31st time in 45 games under Mullen, including scoring 30- plus in 18 of the team’s last 21 games.
• With his eight-yard carry in the second quarter, Emory Jones became just the second Gators quarterback to rush for 1,000 yards in his career.
o 2,947–Tim Tebow, 2006-09
o 1,008-EMORY JONES, 2018-21
o 786–Larry Libertore, 1960-62
o 655–Terry LeCount, 1975-77
o 644–Jeff Driskel, 2011-14
• Jones currently ranks fifth-all time for single-season rushing yards by a quarterback at Florida. o 910–Tim Tebow, 2009
o 895–Tim Tebow, 2007
o 673–Tim Tebow, 2008
o 628–Terry LeCount, 1977
o 494—EMORY JONES, 2001
o 469–Tim Tebow, 2006
• Running back Dameon Pierce moved into a tie for first in the SEC with nine rushing touchdowns with his two-touchdown game.
o Pierce has totaled nine rushing touchdowns on just 46 rush attempts.
o Pierce recorded his fourth multi-rushing touchdown game of the season and second in as many games.
• With his 22–yard completion to quarterback Emory Jones in the first quarter, Trent Whittemore became the first Florida wide receiver to complete multiple passes in the same season since Trey Burton in 2012.
• For Emory Jones, the 22-yard reception was the second longest by a Florida quarterback in the last 25 years and longest in the last 18 years, trailing only Chris Leak (2003: 30 yards).
o Transfer wide receiver/quarterback Josh Grady caught a 25-yard pass in 2015, but was a dual-position player who saw limited action for the Gators.
• Emory Jones became the second Gators quarterback and fourth Gators player (any position) to record a pass of 40-plus yards and a reception of 20-plus yards in the same game in the last 25 years, joining WR Jabar Gaffney (2001), QB Chris Leak (2003) and WR Travis McGriff (1998). o This is the first time a Gator has accomplished this feat in 18 years.
o Jones is the fourth FBS quarterback fifth FBS player to accomplish the feat this season. o Jones also became the fifth Gators player in the last 25 years to record a reception of 20- plus yards and complete a pass of 20-plus yards in the same game.
• Quarterback Anthony Richardson threw three touchdown passes for the first time in his career and set a career high with four total touchdowns (one rushing).
o Richardson also set career highs in passing yards (167), completions (10) and pass attempts (19).
• Wide receiver Justin Shorter set single-game career highs in receiving touchdowns (two), receptions (six) and receiving yards (113).
• Entering the game ranked tied-for-second in the SEC and tied-for-10th nationally with 20 sacks, the Gators recorded one sack at LSU to bring their season total to 21.
o Florida’s 142 sacks since Mullen’s debut 2018 season rank first in the SEC and third nationally – trailing only Clemson (156) and Pittsburgh (147).
o Florida ranked tied-for-14th in the FBS and second in the SEC with 34 sacks last season. • Zachary Carter entered today’s game ranking first in the SEC and tied for-ninth in the FBS with 5.5 sacks, and he added to that total with 0.5 more sacks vs. LSU to bring his season total to six. o Carter also entered with 8.0 tackles for loss which ranked second in the SEC and tied-for eighth in the FBS, a total he added to as well with 0.5 TFLs to bring his total to 8.5.
• Ty’ron Hopper set a new career high in tackles for loss before the end of the first half, registering 1.5 TFLs in the first-two quarters of play while finishing with six tackles (four solo).
• LSU’s Tyrion Davis-Price became the first 200-yard rusher against the Gators since the 2010 season.
Florida Special Teams
• Jeremy Crawshaw punted four times for an average of 43.5 yards, including a long punt of 57 yards and three punts inside the 20-yard line.
• Emory Jones (from Trent Whittemore): 22-yard reception, first quarter
• Justin Shorter (from Emory Jones): 24-yard reception, second quarter
• Justin Shorter (from Jones): 42-yard touchdown reception, second quarter
• Dameon Pierce (from Anthony Richardson): 27-yard reception, third quarter
• Kemore Gamble (from Richardson): 38-yard reception, third quarter
• Jacob Copeland: 19-yard rush, third quarter
• Anthony Richardson: 25-yard rush, third quarter
• Jacob Copeland (from Richardson): 20-yard reception, third quarter
• Justin Shorter (from Jones): 18-yard reception, fourth quarter
• Nay’Quan Wright: 11-yard rush, fourth quarter
• Jacob Copeland (from Richardson): 33-yard touchdown reception, fourth quarter
• Today’s game represented the 68th all-time meeting between Florida and LSU including the 35th time the two programs have faced off in Baton Rouge.
• With today’s loss, Florida falls to 33-32-3 against LSU including 1-3 under head coach Dan Mullen. • Florida falls to 17-18 against LSU in Baton Rouge but is still 12-9 in Death Valley dating back to 1981. • Mullen falls to 3-10 against LSU in his career and 2-3 against LSU head coach Ed Orgeron. • In four games vs. LSU under Mullen, LSU has outscored UF, 147-131 (+16.0, +4.0 PPG), while UF has out-gained LSU, 1,945 to 1,755 yards (+190, +47.5 YPG).
• Florida totaled 450-plus yards for the third-straight game vs. LSU.
• LSU has not recorded a 300-yard passing game against Florida since passing for 339 yards in a 28- 21 Gators home win on Oct. 10, 1992.
• Florida has now rushed for 100-plus yards vs. LSU in six-straight games and in 10 of the last-11 meetings.
• UF has scored in 417-consecutive games — which is an NCAA record.
o The Gators broke Michigan’s record of 365-consecutive games (1984-2014) against LSU on Oct. 7, 2017.
o The next-closest active streak belongs to TCU, as the Horned Frogs have scored in 359- straight contests.
• Florida has finished with fewer than 10 penalties in 38 of its last 39 games.
o Today, Florida finished with its fewest penalties in a game ever (zero).
• Florida Game Captains: #6 Zachary Carter, #20 Malik Davis
• Florida won the toss and deferred; Florida defended the north end zone.
• Attendance: 96,012