Baton Rouge, LA – No. 1 LSU had little trouble Saturday 11 victory in a game that might be remembered best for a touchdown that was taken off the board.
Jarrett Lee hit Rueben Randle for a 46-yard touchdown pass early in the first quarter and the Tigers (6-0, 3-0 SEC) built a 21-point lead at halftime on the way to winning their sixth straight game by double digits to start the season.
But they also had a touchdown called back on a fake punt when the punter, Australian redshirt freshman Brad Wing, was called for an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty for briefly flapping his arms around the eight-yard line.
Wing had scrambled untouched around the left side for a long touchdown run that would have made it 21-0. Although he held his arms out only for a moment, he was flagged 15 yards under a new rule governing live ball fouls, moving the ball out to the Florida 23-yard line.
The SEC issued a statement, saying the rule was correctly applied because Wing "turned towards two Florida defenders and made a taunting gesture."
The Tigers kicked a field goal instead, and the penalty served as little more than an embarrassing -- albeit unique -- sidenote to LSU's 14th straight win at Tiger Stadium.
Meanwhile, Florida (4-2, 2-2) was forced to start true freshman Jacoby Brissett at quarterback because of injuries to John Brantley and Jeff Driskel, marking the first time in school history that a true freshman quarterback took his first career snap as the starter.
Brissett threw a 65-yard touchdown pass to Andre Debose late in the third quarter for Florida's only touchdown.
The Gators, coming off a 38-10 defeat to Alabama last week, have now dropped two games in a row with a visit to Auburn on tap next week.