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LSU dominates BYU 27-0

September 03, 2017 - 12:03 am
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By CODY WORSHAM | Tiger Rag Editor

NEW ORLEANS — The new look at LSU is – after a single game, at least – a good one.

Matt Canada’s offense produced in his debut, Dave Aranda’s defense continued its dominance from a season ago, and Ed Orgeron’s regular season debut as the Tigers’ full-time head coach outperformed any imaginable script, as No. 13 LSU rolled past BYU in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, 27-0.

Derrius Guice rushed 27 times for 120 yards and accounted for LSU’s first two touchdowns of the game, scoring on runs four yards and one, respectively, within the first four minutes of the second quarter. Danny Etling, who finished 14-of-17 passing for 173 yards, hit D.J. Chark (four receptions, 77 yards) for a 52-yard strike to set up the second score, while Guice carried 10 times for 49 yards on LSU’s 13-play, 66-yard drive to open the scoring.

LSU’s defense matched its offense in dominance. Aranda’s men gave up just 97 yards – negative-5 rushing – and six first downs. An interception from redshirt freshman Andraez ‘Greedy’ Williams – starting in place of junior Kevin Toliver, one of 13 Tigers total to miss the game through suspension – set the table for the Tigers’ second scoring drive, while senior linebacker Corey Thompson registered a pair of sacks.

Canada’s offense wasn’t without flaw: LSU scored three touchdowns in six redzone trips and twice came away scoreless after passing the BYU 20. But his new-look attack, featuring multiple pre-snap shifts and motions, proved a balanced one, as eight Tigers received carries and eight caught passes. Darrel Williams finished with 92 yards on the ground, adding LSU’s final touchdown, a one-yard plunge in the fourth quarter. 

 

Notes

  • In 2016, #LSU converted just four first downs through the air on third down with 7-9 yards to go. The Tigers did it twice in the first quarter tonight.
  • Derrius Guice surpassed Billy Cannon on LSU’s all-time rushing list.

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