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Hill, Mettenberger, resurgent LSU defense lift No. 10 Tigers to 17-6 win over No. 17 Florida

  • Florida running back Matt Jones is tackled by LSU linebacker D.J. Welter (31) and defensive end Danielle Hunter (94)in the first half of an NCAA college football game in Baton Rouge, La., Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

    Florida running back Matt Jones is tackled by LSU linebacker D.J. Welter (31) and defensive end Danielle Hunter (94)in the first half of an NCAA college football game in Baton Rouge, La., Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)  (The Associated Press)

  • LSU quarterback Zach Mettenberger (8) celebrates a touchdown against Florida during the first half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Oct. 12, 201, in Baton Rouge, La. (AP Photo/The Times-Picayune, Brett Duke) MAGS OUT; NO SALES; USA TODAY OUT; THE BATON ROUGE ADVOCATE OUT

    LSU quarterback Zach Mettenberger (8) celebrates a touchdown against Florida during the first half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Oct. 12, 201, in Baton Rouge, La. (AP Photo/The Times-Picayune, Brett Duke) MAGS OUT; NO SALES; USA TODAY OUT; THE BATON ROUGE ADVOCATE OUT  (The Associated Press)

  • Florida defensive back Vernon Hargreaves III (1) tries to tackle LSU wide receiver Jarvis Landry (80) in the first half of an NCAA college football game in Baton Rouge, La., Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

    Florida defensive back Vernon Hargreaves III (1) tries to tackle LSU wide receiver Jarvis Landry (80) in the first half of an NCAA college football game in Baton Rouge, La., Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)  (The Associated Press)

Jeremy Hill rushed for 121 yards, Zach Mettenberger passed for 152, and LSU's defense did the rest to give the 10th-ranked Tigers a 17-6 victory over No. 17 Florida on Saturday.

LSU, which came in averaging 45.5 points, had a much harder time finding the end zone against a Florida defense rated among the nation's best, but 1-yard touchdown runs by fullback J.C. Copeland and freshman reserve quarterback Anthony Jennings were enough for the Tigers (6-1, 3-1 Southeastern Conference).

After yielding 44 points in its only loss of the season at Georgia two weeks ago, the LSU defense kept an opponent out of the end zone for the first time this season.

Tyler Murphy passed for 115 yards for the Gators (4-2, 3-1), who led 3-0 early, but managed only another field goal after that.