October 6, 2007
BATON ROUGE, La.(cbssportsline.com/AP/WVLT) -- Gambling at every opportunity, LSU managed to hold on to its No. 1 ranking.
Florida's hopes of another national title appear to be over after a remarkable Saturday night in Death Valley.
The Tigers barely converted a pair of fourth-down runs before Jacob Hester powered over from the 2-yard line with 1:09 remaining, completing a stunning comeback that gave LSU a 28-24 victory over the No. 9 Gators.
Tim Tebow shredded the nation's top-ranked defense for three quarters, giving Florida a 24-14 lead with 15 minutes remaining.
But LSU kept rolling the dice and coming up with winners. The Tigers scored two touchdowns on fourth-down plays and another after pulling off a fake field goal. Then, on the game's decisive drive, they finally hit the jackpot.
Hester bulled his way into the end zone for LSU's first lead of the game. When the Tigers knocked down Tebow's final long pass in the end zone, the record crowd of 92,910 let out its biggest roar of all.
The Tigers are still No. 1. And, with second-ranked Southern California losing, there's no doubt about it.
With Florida's loss, Tennessee now controls its own destiney. The Vols have one SEC loss, just like Kentucky and South Carolina. However, Tennessee hasn't faced those teams, meaning, if the Vols can win the remainder of their SEC games, they would represent the Eastern Division in the SEC championship game.
The Associated Press News Service