The LSU Tigers erupt for four touchdowns in the 3rd quarter and go on to defeat Southern Miss 45-10. Wide receievers, D.J. Chark and Malachi Dupre and running back Derrius Guice each had 2 touchdowns. Quarterback Danny Etling tossed three TD passes and threw for 276 yards.
Turning Point: After a sluggish 1st half, LSU only had a 17-10 lead in the 3rd quarter. On Southern Miss' first drive of the 2nd half, LSU safety Jamal Adams forced a fumble from Golden Eagles running back George Payne. Adams recovered the ball at the Southern Miss 22-yard line. Two plays later Derrius Guice scored his 2nd touchdown of the game.
1st Half: Based on the way the Tigers played in the 1st half, the unexpected weekend off didn't help LSU. They didn't play well at all. LSU had five penalties and only 121 yards of offense. Southern Miss also took the opening drive and went 82 yards on 15 plays, capping the time consuming drive with a 1-one yard touchdown run by Ito Smith.
Top Tigers: Derrius Guice averaged 10 yards a carry and finished with 162 yards and two touchdowns. DJ Chark had a 19 yard rushing TD to get the Tigers on the board and also had an 80 yard touchdown catch. Malachi Dupre had three catches for 100 yards as he caught touchdown passes of 63 and 23 yards. On defense, Kendell Beckwith had 15 total tackles, two tackles for a loss. Josh Growden averaged 58 yards a punt on three tries.
Stat of the game: Southern Miss came into the game averaging 319 yards through the air a game. LSU's defense held them to 161 passing yards.
What does the victory mean: This was a trap game for LSU and they got through it. They only have SEC games left in the regular season and none of them will be easy.
Up next: LSU hosts Ole Miss on October 22nd at 8 PM. The Rebels lost to Arkansas 34-40.