By: Tony Thomas
September 15, 2019
QB Joe Burrow connected on 21 of 24 passes for 373 yards and 2 touchdowns and an INT and added a rushing touchdown as the #4 LSU Tigers blew out the Northwestern State Demons 65-14 in Death Valley on Saturday night.
The Tigers got off to a slow start and were down 7-3 in the 1st quarter. But the LSU defense stiffened and held the Demons scoreless in the second half.
Burrow threw passes to 7 different receivers, most notably WR Terrence Marshall who had 6 catches for 75 yards and 2 TD’s and WR Justin Jefferson made 5 catches for 124 yards.
The LSU running game got into the action as well, with RB Clyde-Edwards Helaire rushing for 2 touchdowns, RB Tyrion Davis-Prince scoring 2 touchdowns, and RB John Emery scoring a TD. Including Burrow’s rushing TD, the Tigers scored 6 TD’s on the ground.
That’s good production from a unit that ranks #105 in rushing offense.
The Tigers special teams also contributed, with freshman Trey Palmer returning a punt 54 yards for a touchdown.
For the game, LSU gained 611 total yards and 31 first downs.
The Tiger defense held the Demons to 278 total yards. LSU had only 1 sack and 4 tackles for loss. And, for the third consecutive game, the Tiger secondary had zero interceptions.
LSU improves to 3-0 with the win.
After 3 games, the defense ranks #39 in the country in scoring defense allowing 18 points per game; #18 in rushing defense allowing 80 yards per game; and #69 in pass defense allowing 221 yards per game.
The LSU offense is a totally different matter. The Tigers rank #2 in passing offense with 436 yards per game, #3 in scoring offense at 55 points per game, and #10 in total offense at 551 yards per game.
The Tigers travel to Nashville next week for the first time in a decade to take on the 0-2 Vanderbilt Commodores. The Commodores are scoring 15 points per game and are averaging 94 yards rushing and 264 yards passing per game, for a total of 358 yards per game.
LSU leads the series with Vanderbilt with a record of 22-7-1, and last played the Commodores in 2010 in Nashville, coming away with a win by the score of 27-10.
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