LSU Tops Louisiana Tech, Improves To 4-0
It was a game of momentum swings on Saturday night in Tiger Stadium, but when it ended, #6 LSU got by a scrappy Louisiana Tech squad 38-21.
"It was a hard-fought battle but we're 4-0," said LSU head coach Ed Orgeron. "That's what we came to do tonight."
The Tigers jumped out to a 24-0 lead in the 2nd quarter, dominating every facet of the game up to that point.
Then the Bulldogs scored on an 11 play, 75 yard drive, seized momentum, and rode it for awhile.
"There's a lot of things we have to fix on film," said Orgeron. "I think it was a letdown in the second half."
Louisiana Tech's offense moved the ball up and down the field, racking up 417 yards of total offense.
Early in the 4th quarter, the Bulldogs had scored 21 unanswered, and LSU clung to a 3 point lead.
"That's the first time this year I've had to talk to the defense on the sidelines," noted Orgeron. "This was not a good defensive performance."
While the defense struggled for a stretch, the offense did as well.
With the 3 point lead, the Tigers needed a scoring drive, and they got one. With an LSU 1st down catch that nearly was out of bounds, and a Louisiana Tech defensive penalty in the end zone, the Tigers ended a 12 play, 70 yard drive with a Nick Brossette touchdown, and with it, procured much needed breathing room.
The Tigers would add another touchdown late after their defense turned over LA Tech on downs.
All 5 LSU touchdowns came on the ground. 3 from Brossette, and 2 from Clyde Edwards-Helaire.
Edwards-Helaire eclipsed 100 yards rushing for the first time in his career, as the sophomore carried the rock 20 times for 136 yards. Brossette ended the game with 78 yards on 23 carries.
LSU remains at home next week, shifting back into conference play when they host SEC West foe Ole Miss (3-1). Kickoff from Tiger Stadium next Saturday night is set for 8:00.