The LSU football team put together a balanced offensive attack, and the defense returned two interceptions for touchdowns as the White team garnered a 42-14 victory over the Purple team Saturday in LSU’s National L-Club Spring Game presented by Tony Chachere’s at Tiger Stadium.
In total, LSU racked up 622 yards on offensive which included 399 yards through the air on 49 pass plays, as 18,565 fans gathered for the annual end-of-spring scrimmage. Multiple players saw action for both teams throughout the contest, and the second half featured a running clock.
Freshmen quarterback Brandon Harris was 11-of-28 for 195 yards and tossed three touchdowns during the second quarter. He also led LSU’s rushing attack with 75 yards on six carries and added a rushing score in the second half.
Rising sophomore signal-caller Anthony Jennings completed 9-of-17 passes for 157 yards and a touchdown. Hayden Retting also added a 47-yard pass in the second half.
On the ground, Kenny Hilliard accounted for 16 carries on 59 yards and a touchdown followed by fullback Melvin Jones’ 12 carries for 38 yards.
Wide receiver Travin Dural hauled in five receptions for 130 yards and a pair of touchdown. Tight end DeSean Smith also added three receptions for 45 yards and a score.
On the defensive end, linebackers Deion Jones and Kwon Alexander scored touchdowns on interception returns during the first half. Danielle Hunter recorded a pair of sacks from his defensive end position, while linebacker Ronnie Feist recorded all 14 of his game-leading tackles in the first half.
The Purple team opened the scoring midway through the first quarter as Jones jumped an out route and raced 67 yards with an interception return for a touchdown.
The White team responded with 28 unanswered points during the second quarter. Harris tossed the first of his three TD passes on a third-and-9 play when he found Smith over the middle for a 19-yard scoring strike to even the score at 7-7.
On the next series, Harris orchestrated an 11-play, 72-yard march which culminated with a 5-yard TD pass to fullback Conner Neighbors out of the backfield. Key plays on the series were a 29-yard pass to Dural and a 41-yard scamper by Harris.
Alexander extended the White team’s lead to 21-7 on a 26-yard interception return for a touchdown.
Harris executed an 80-yard drive over the final three minutes of the half which featured a trio of third down conversations. He found Dural for a 21-yard touchdown on a fade route in the corner of the endzone on the final play to make it 28-7 White at halftime.
The White team struck again on its opening possession of the second half to push its lead to 35-7, Jennings found Dural for a 13-yard touchdown to cap an efficient 4-play, 73-yard drive. Jennings also had a 24-yard and 42-yard completions to Dural and Hilliard, respectively.
The Purple team responded with its second touchdown of the game. Harris found wide receivers Rob Bolden and John Diarse for 37-yard and 33-yard completions and found the endzone from 4-yards out to pick up his fourth touchdown of the day.
The White team finished the scoring on a Hilliard 3-yard touchdown plunge at the 7:15 mark of the fourth quarter. He reeled of 28 yards on six carries to cap the drive after a Retting found Dural for a 47-yard passing play for the final tally of 42-14.
LSU embarks on the 2014 campaign when the Tigers square off with Wisconsin for the AdvoCare Texas Kickoff held in Reliant Stadium, home of the NFL’s Houston Texans, on Aug. 30.
Photo via Kyle Zedaker, LSU Athletics Student Photographer