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Joey Knight's takeaways from Florida-LSU

Florida quarterback Feleipe Franks (13) looks for a receiver as LSU linebacker Arden Key (49) puts on pressure during the first half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017, in Gainesville, Fla.LSU won 17-16. (AP Photo/John Raoux) GVP111

Florida quarterback Feleipe Franks (13) looks for a receiver as LSU linebacker Arden Key (49) puts on pressure during the first half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017, in Gainesville, Fla.LSU won 17-16. (AP Photo/John Raoux) GVP111

1. Traditions are the very fabric of college football, and the Gators should knit Saturday's tribute to native son Tom Petty right into their normal game-day routine. After the band's normal rendition of We Are the Boys at the end of the third quarter, Petty's I Won't Back Down blared over the Ben Hill Griffin Stadium P.A. as the crowd sang along. May have set a stadium record for goosebumps.

2. Clock management issues have become downright chronic for the Gators, whose offense revealed no hurry-up gene (despite only one timeout) when their final possession began at their 4 with 4:01 remaining. Their first two plays — a 1-yard Malik Davis run and a Feleipe Franks screen pass to Davis — took 49 seconds. "Sense of urgency, it's very obvious we didn't have it there," coach Jim McElwain said.

3. Defeat was especially agonizing Saturday. No fewer than a half-dozen Gators were dinged up, including LG Brett Heggie, who underwent concussion protocol at halftime; and special-teams force Garrett Stephens, who exited on a cart with a knee injury. Additionally, S Nick Washington appeared to have re-aggravated his nagging shoulder injury, and wildcat QB Kadarius Toney hurt his shoulder and shin down the stretch, McElwain said.

Joey Knight's takeaways from Florida-LSU 10/07/17 [Last modified: Saturday, October 7, 2017 8:43pm]
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