LSU And Their New Look Offense Rout Ga. Southern 55-3
By: Tony Thomas
September 1, 2019
The LSU Tigers silenced the skeptics and critics and finally did what they said they would do when Ed Orgeron took over as head coach: install a run-pass option, spread-type offense.
The Tigers scored on their first 6 possessions, running no huddle and 4 wide receivers, throwing the ball up and down the field on their way to a 55-3 demolishing of Ga. Southern. This is a complete reversal of offensive strategy that focused on a ground and pound running game that defined the Tigers during the Les Miles era.
Sr. QB Joe Burrow looked confident and completely comfortable running the no huddle offense, completing 20 of 24 passes for 253 yards and 5 TD’s and no INT’s. His 5 TD’s tied a school record.
3 different receivers scored touchdowns: WR Terrence Marshall hauled in 3 TD passes, WR Justin Jefferson caught five passes for 87 yards and a TD, and WR JaMar Chase also caught a TD pass.
The LSU rushing attack did get into the action, with Clyde Edwards-Helaire and Lanard Fournette both scoring rushing touchdowns.
It was business as usual for the Tiger defense, playing a smothering defense that limited Ga. Southern to just 98 total yards for the game. The defense recorded 2 sacks, 5 TFL’s, and forced 2 turnovers, and allowed the Eagles to gain only 8 first downs. LB Jacob Phillips led the Tigers with 10 tackles.
LSU only punted 3 times for the entire game. The kicking game looked great, with K Cade York going a perfect 2 for 2 on FG’s. He also had only 1 kickoff returned for 13 yards. All other kicks were out of the end zone for touch backs.
The Tigers gained 22 first downs and 473 total yards.
LSU will have an early season Top Ten test next week at Texas, who was a 45-14 winner over La. Tech.
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Material for this article sourced from: http://sports-reference.com