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LSU knocks off Miami 33-17

September 2, 2018

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Nick Brossette ran for 125 yards and two touchdowns and Cole Tracy kicked four field goals as LSU defeated Miami 33-17 in the season-opener for both teams at AT&T Stadium in Arlington (Tex.) on Sunday night.



First Quarter

LSU 3, Miami 0

Score: Tracy 43-yard field goal. Time Remaining: 8:26. Drive: 22 yards in 7 plays. Time of Possession: 4:34. Key Play: On third-and-nine, Joe Burrow completed an 11-yard pass to Dee Anderson. Trajan Bandy was also penalized 15 yards for targeting to give LSU a first down at Miami’s 20.

Miami 3, LSU 3

Score: Bubba Baxa 38-yard field goal. Time Remaining: 6:49. Drive: 55 yards in 6 plays. Time of Possession: 1:37. Key Play: On first-and-ten, Malik Rosier completed a 36-yard pass to Lawrence Cager for a first down at LSU’s 23.

LSU 10, Miami 3

Score: Brossette 50-yard run. Tracy kick. Time Remaining: :35. Drive: 72 yards in 6 plays. Time of Possession: 1:16. Key Play: On third-and-ten, Burrow completed a 12-yard pass to Justin Jefferson for a first down at Miami’s 45.

Second Quarter

LSU 17, Miami 3

Score: Brossette 1-yard run. Tracy kick. Time Remaining: 9:21. Drive: 58 yards in 11 plays. Time of Possession: 5:21. Key Play: On first-and-ten, Burrow completed a 22-yard pass to Ja’Marr Chase for a first down at Miami’s 1.

LSU 20, Miami 3

Score: Tracy 21-yard field goal. Time Remaining: 4:56. Drive: 53 yards in 6 plays. Time of Possession: 2:26. On first-and-ten, Burrow completed a 37-yard pass to Jefferson for a first down at Miami’s 19.

LSU 27, Miami 3

Score: Jacob Phillips 45-yard pass interception return. Tracy kick. Time Remaining: 4:21.

Third Quarter

LSU 30, Miami 3

Score: Tracy 21-yard field goal. Time Remaining: 7:32. Drive: 53 yards in 7 plays. Time of Possession: 2:25. Key Play: On second-and-one, Brossette ran 18 yards for a first down at Miami’s 6.

LSU 33, Miami 3

Score: Tracy 54-yard field goal. Time Remaining: 3:51. Drive: 5 yards in 4 plays. Time of Possession: :41. Key Play: John Battle intercepted a Rosier pass and returned the ball 29 yards to Miami’s 41.

Fourth Quarter

LSU 33, Miami 10

Score: Rosier 3-yard run. Baxa kick. Time Remaining: 13:57. Drive: 77 yards in 11 plays. Time of Possession: 4:49. Key Play: On third-and-eight, Rosier completed a 32-yard pass to Jeff Thomas for a first down at LSU’s 26.

LSU 33, Miami 17

Score: Brian Hightower 32-yard pass from Rosier. Baxa kick. Time Remaining: 8:43. Drive: 74 yards in 4 plays. Time of Possession: 1:19. Key Play: On third-and-18, Rosier completed a 50-yard pass to Thomas for a first down at LSU’s 32.



For most of the first quarter, both teams played sloppily on offense. Late in the quarter, LSU converted a third-and-ten situation on a 12-yard pass from Burrow to Jefferson. After a false start penalty against fullback Tory Carter, Brossette broke off a 50-yard touchdown run. Guard Garrett Brumfield made two key blocks on the scoring run which put the Tigers on top of Miami 10-3. LSU was not in trouble the rest of the night.



Brossette did not start the game at running back. Lanard Fournette got the call and caught a 5-yard pass on the first play. In fact, Chris Curry got carries on the first series before Brossette. But, Brossette had the biggest gain of the night – a 50-yard touchdown run which broke a 3-3 tie. Brossette delivered the first 100-yard game of his career. He gained 125 yards on 22 carries. Brossette rushed for 96 yards on 19 carries all of last season. Brossette’s other touchdown came on a 1-yard run. He also had an 18-yard rush which set up Tracy’s first field goal of the second half.



Making his first career start, Phillips was credited with seven tackles – the second most by a Tigers defender. Phillips also returned a pass interception 45 yards for a touchdown. He also registered one quarterback-hurry. Phillips’ interception came after the ball was tipped by nose tackle Ed Alexander. The seven tackles were a career-high for Phillips. The interception was his first for LSU.



Rushing yards: LSU 156, Miami 83

Passing yards: Miami 259, LSU 140

Third-down conversions: Miami 6-of-16, LSU 3-of-16

Penalties: Miami 11-for-85, LSU 6-for-62

Turnovers: LSU 0, Miami 2




Nick Brossette: 22 carries, 125 yards, 2 touchdowns

Joe Burrow: 24 attempts, 11 completions, 140 yards

Justin Jefferson: 5 catches, 81 yards

Devin White: 8 tackles

Jacob Phillips: 7 tackles, 1 interception

Grant Delpit: 6 tackles, 2 tackles-for-loss

Kristian Fulton: 3 tackles, 2 pass breakups

Michael Divinity: 3 tackles, 1½ sacks



Malik Rosier: 35 attempts, 15 completions, 259 yards, 1 touchdown, 2 interceptions

Jeff Thomas: 5 catches, 132 yards

Jaquan Johnson: 11 tackles

Gerald Willis: 8 tackles, 4 tackles-for-loss

Jonathan Garvin: 8 tackles, 3 tackles-for-loss

Shaq Quarterman: 7 tackles, 2 quarterback-hurries



Adrian Magee started at right tackle. He suffered an ankle injury in the first half and was replaced by Badara Traore. Kristian Fulton started at cornerback. . .Outside linebacker K’Lavon Chaisson suffered a knee injury in the fourth quarter. . .Tracy’s 54-yard field goal tied the longest in LSU history. Wade Richey made a 54-yard field goal against Kentucky in 1996 and Ronnie Lewis made a 54-yarder against North Carolina in 1985. Only one LSU kicker made more than four field goals in a game. Josh Jasper made five field goals against Mississippi State in 2010. . .The Tigers did not commit a turnover. Miami forced 31 turnovers last season. . .Tight end Thaddeus Moss and safety Eric Monroe were not in uniform. . .LSU is now 6-1 in neutral-site season-openers with the one defeat coming against Wisconsin in Green Bay two years ago. . .The Tigers are 4-0 in AT&T Stadium. . .Coach Ed Orgeron is 5-0 in his career in season-openers. . .LSU beat a top-ten team away from home for the first time in seven years. The Tigers beat No. 2 Alabama 9-6 in Tuscaloosa in 2011. . .Miami’s Travis Homer, who rushed for 966 yards last season, was held to 30 yards on seven attempts Sunday. . .The honorary captains for the two teams were all former or present Dallas Cowboys players – Bradie James and La’El Collins for LSU and Russell Maryland and Michael Irvin for Miami. . .The paid attendance was 68,841.


Coach Ed Orgeron’s comments: “Joe Burrow showed a lot of poise. He held it together in the early part of the game when he was getting a lot of pressure. I always felt that Joe could get it done. Nick Brossette waited for four years. He’s a good back. He still has to prove himself over the year. Our defense was good. We need more pressure on the quarterback. We didn’t want to give up those deep balls at the end of the game.”


LSU will play Southeastern Louisiana in its home opener Saturday at Tiger Stadium. Kickoff is set for 6 p.m. Central. The game will be available on either ESPN2 or ESPNU. The Lions lost at Louisiana-Monroe 34-31 on Thursday night.


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