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LSU blanks SLU 31-0

September 8, 2018

Joe Burrow threw two touchdown passes and ran for one touchdown as LSU defeated Southeastern Louisiana 31-0 in a non-conference game at Tiger Stadium on Saturday night.



First Quarter

LSU 7, SLU 0

Score: Ja’Marr Chase 9-yard pass from Burrow. Cole Tracy kick. Time Remaining: 7:15. Drive: 34 yards in 5 plays. Time of Possession: 1:37. Key Play: On third-and-27, Darren Johnson fumbled and Andre Anthony recovered at SLU’s 34.

LSU 14, SLU 0

Score: Burrow 1-yard run. Tracy kick. Time Remaining: 3:20. Drive: 46 yards in 7 plays. Time of Possession: 2:34. Key Play: On third-and-eight, Burrow ran 13 yards for a first down at SLU’s 8.

Second Quarter

LSU 17, SLU 0

Score: Tracy 50-yard field goal. Time Remaining: 11:21. Drive: 28 yards in 8 plays. Time of Possession: 4:59. Key Play: On second-and-one, Nick Brossette ran 8 yards for a first down at SLU’s 28.

LSU 24, SLU 0

Score: Stephen Sullivan 40-yard pass from Burrow. Tracy kick. Time Remaining: :00. Drive: 96 yards in 7 plays. Time of Possession: :59. Key Play: On second-and-three, Burrow completed a 24-yard pass to Foster Moreau for a first down at SLU’s 40.

Third Quarter

No scoring

Fourth Quarter

LSU 31, SLU 0

Score: Clyde Edwards-Helaire 7-yard run. Tracy kick. Time Remaining: 2:03. Drive: 18 yards in 4 plays. Time of Possession: 1:44. Key Play: JaCoby Stevens picked up a bad shotgun snap and returned the ball 64 yards to SLU’s 18.



LSU put together back-to-back touchdown drives after going three-and-out on its first possession. A fumble recovery by Anthony at SLU’s 34 set up the first touchdown – a 9-yard pass from Burrow to Chase. Jonathan Giles then gave the Tigers good field position by returning a punt 20 yards to SLU’s 46. A 23-yard completion from Burrow to Moreau and a 13-yard scramble by Burrow on third-and-eight put LSU in position for its second touchdown. Burrow ran one yard for the score to put the Tigers on top 14-0 with 3:20 remaining in the first quarter.


Facing heavy pressure, Burrow accounted for 171 yards and three of the Tigers’ four touchdowns. Burrow completed 50 percent of his passes (10-of-20) for 151 yards and two touchdowns – a 9-yarder to Chase and a 40-yarder to Sullivan on the final play of the first half. Burrow also scrambled for 13 yards to set up LSU’s second touchdown – his 1-yard run. For the second straight game, Burrow led an offense which did not commit a turnover.


The entire Tigers defensive front performed quite well with nose tackle Breiden Fehoko being the standout in the first half. Fehoko finished with six tackles, including 2½ behind the line of scrimmage. One of those tackles-for-loss was an 11-yard sack.


Rushing yards: LSU 184, SLU 65

Yards per rush: LSU 5.3, SLU 1.5

Yards per completion: LSU 15.1, SLU 8.2

Total offense: LSU 335, SLU 254

Yards per play: LSU 6.1, SLU 3.3

Time of Possession: SLU 34:56, LSU 25:04

Third-down conversions: LSU 4-of-11, SLU 4-of-19

Fourth-down conversions: SLU 5-of-6, LSU 0-of-0

Sacks: LSU 5, SLU 2

Turnovers: LSU 0, SLU 3




Nick Brossette: 19 carries, 137 yards

Joe Burrow: 20 attempts, 10 completions, 151 yards, 2 touchdowns

Ja’Marr Chase: 3 catches, 25 yards, 1 touchdown

Devin White: 11 tackles

Breiden Fehoko: 6 tackles, 2½ tackles-for-loss, 1 sack

Neil Farrell: 6 tackles, 1½ sacks

Ray Thornton: 5 tackles, 1½ tackles-for-loss, 1 sack



Lorenzo Nunez: 11 carries, 64 yards

Chason Virgil: 33 attempts, 23 completions, 189 yards, 1 interception

Juwan Petit-Frere: 5 catches, 60 yards

Darren Johnson: 5 catches, 17 yards

Matthew Wright: 7 tackles

Isaac Berglund: 6 tackles, 2 pass breakups, 1 sack

Dejion Lynch: 5 tackles, 3 pass breakups



Two starters were not in uniform – left tackle Saahdiq Charles and outside linebacker Michael Divinity. Both players were reportedly serving a one-game suspension. No information was provided by LSU. Cornerback Jontre Kirklin and fullback Tory Carter were also not in uniform. None of those four players was on the sidelines. Tight end Thaddeus Moss was not in uniform, but he was on the bench. Austin Deculus replaced Charles in the starting lineup. LSU began the game with three linebackers. Ray Thornton joined Devin White and Jacob Phillips. . .Badara Traore and Deculus both made the first starts of their careers. . True freshmen Tae Provens, Micah Baskerville and Davin Cotton saw their first playing time. Baskerville replaced Phillips, who was ejected from the game late in the second quarter for targeting. . .Tracy is the first Tigers kicker to make 50-yard field goals in consecutive games in ten years. Colt David had 50-yarders against Troy and Ole Miss in 2008. Tracy made a 54-yarder against Miami last Sunday. . .All five of Avery Atkins’ kickoffs resulted in touchbacks. . .The Tigers finished with ten tackles-for-loss, including five sacks. . .SLU broke up seven passes. . .The Tigers won their 14th straight game against a FCS school. LSU has not lost a game to an in-state opponent since 1982 when it was upset by Tulane in Tiger Stadium. . .The shutout was the first for LSU at home in four seasons. The Tigers defeated UL-Monroe 31-0 in 2014. . .LSU is 2-0 for the 12th time in the past 13 seasons. . .SLU is 0-2 with both losses to FBS programs – UL-Monroe and LSU. . .Injured outside linebacker K’Lavon Chaisson was one the Tigers’ game captains. . .The paid attendance was 96,883.  


Coach Ed Orgeron’s comments: “We are 2-0, Obviously, we struggled on offense with our pass protection. Nick Brossette had another good night. I was pleased with the outcome of the game. We talked about finishing on defense. We did not give up the big play and we finished. Their defensive line gave us fits. Our defensive line played well. Obviously, we missed Saahdiq (Charles). Guys missed the game and we will not announce it. We were out of sync on offense. We couldn’t protect Joe. When we did, we dropped some balls. We had a lot of missed assignments on the offensive line. At times, we got beat one-on-one. Joe (Burrow) could have been a little bit quicker getting rid of the ball. I thought we would play better on offense. I thought we would play a lot cleaner.”


LSU will play Auburn at Jordan-Hare Stadium in its Southeastern Conference opener Saturday. Kickoff is set for 2:30 p.m. Central. The game will be available on either CBS. Auburn defeated Alabama State 63-9 at home Saturday night.

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