LSU demolishes Missouri, 42-7
Both Derrius Guice and Darrel Williams ran for three touchdowns as LSU pounded Missouri 42-7 at Tiger Stadium in Ed Orgeron’s first game as coach.
HOW THEY SCORED
LSU 7, Missouri 0
Score: Guice 42-yard run. Colby Delahoussaye kick. Time Remaining: 6:46. Drive: 84 yards in 9 plays. Time of Possession: 5:13. Key Play: On third-and-one, Williams ran two yards for a first down at Missouri’s 48.
LSU 14, Missouri 0
Score: Guice 4-yard run. Delahoussaye kick. Time Remaining: 8:34. Drive: 89 yards in 13 plays. Time of Possession: 6:01. Key Play: On second-and-8, Danny Etling runs 14 yards for a first down at Missouri’s 4.
LSU 21, Missouri 0
Score: Guice 37-yard run. Delahoussaye kick. Time Remaining: 4:40. Drive: 93 yards in 5 plays. Time of Possession: 2:08. Key Play: On first-and-ten, Terez Hall was called for pass interference against Colin Jeter to give LSU a first down at Missouri’s 37.
LSU 28, Missouri 0
Score: Williams 1-yard run. Delahoussaye kick. Time Remaining: 11:09. Drive: 75 yards in 8 plays. Time of Possession: 3:51. Key Play: On first-and-ten, Etling completed an 18-yard pass to Jeter for a first down at Missouri’s 5.
LSU 35, Missouri 0
Score: Williams 2-yard run. Delahoussaye kick. Time Remaining: 10:00. Drive: 86 yards in 10 plays. Time of Possession: 5:46. Key Play: On second-and-11, Etling completed a 41-yard pass to DJ Chark for a first down at Missouri’s 32.
LSU 35, Missouri 7
Score: Drew Lock 21-yard pass from Eric Laurent. Tucker McCann kick. Time Remaining: 6:11. Drive: 81 yards in 11 plays. Time of Possession: 3:49. Key Play: On fourth-and-one, Lock completed a 16-yard pass to Tyler Hanneke for a first down at LSU’s 24.
LSU 42, Missouri 7
Score: Williams 9-yard run. Delahoussaye kick. Time Remaining: 4:32. Drive: 75 yards in 4 plays. Time of Possession: 1:39. Key Play: On second-and-four, Nick Brossette ran 60 yards for a first down at Missouri’s 9.
LSU OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE GAME
For the second time this season, Guice stepped in for an injured Fournette and rushed for more than 100 yards. Guice carried the ball 17 times for a career-best 163 yards. He scored all three of LSU’s first-half touchdowns on runs of 42, 4 and 37 yards. Guice scored more than one touchdown in a game for the first time in his career. Guice rushed for 155 yards when he replaced Fournette in the starting lineup for the Jacksonville State game. Guice’s previous career-high was 161 yards against South Carolina last season.
LSU DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE GAME
Tre’Davious White set the tone for LSU’s defensive back as he successfully defended three passes. White intercepted a pass and broke up two other throws by Lock. White finished the game with one tackle. J’Mon Moore, Missouri’s top receiver, was held to one catch for 16 yards.
WHY LSU WON
It’s pretty obvious why LSU cruised to the lopsided victory against Missouri – domination on both sides of the line of scrimmage. The offensive line had its best night opening up holes for the running backs. As a result, both Guice and Williams rushed for more than 100 yards. Not to be outdone, the LSU defense held Missouri scoreless until six minutes remained in the game. It took a gimmick pass – a reverse throwback pass to the quarterback – for Missouri to get into the end zone.
NOTABLE TEAM STATISTICS
LSU more than doubled Missouri’s total offense – 634 yards to 265 yards. LSU rushed for 418 yards, while Missouri had just 77 yards on the ground . . .LSU averaged 7.7 yards per play. Missouri gained 4.4 yards per play. . .LSU had possession of the football for 43 minutes. . .LSU was 6-of-11 on third-down plays, while Missouri converted only four of 14 third-down situations.
INDIVIDUAL STATISTICAL LEADERS
Derrius Guice: 17 carries, 163 yards, 3 touchdowns; 1 catch, 21 yards
Darrel Williams: 21 carries, 130 yards, 3 touchdowns
Danny Etling: 30 attempts, 19 completions, 216 yards
Malachi Dupre: 4 catches, 37 yards
Travin Dural: 4 catches, 34 yards
Kendell Beckwith: 9 tackles
Jamal Adams: 4 tackles, 2 pass breakups
Tre’Davious White: 3 tackles, 1 interception, 2 pass breakups
Ish Witter: 11 carries, 48 yards
Drew Lock: 37 attempts, 17 completions, 167 yards
Sean Culkin: 4 catches, 35 yards
Thomas Wilson: 14 tackles, ½ tackle-for-loss
Michael Scherer: 13 tackles, ½ sack
LSU opened the game with four wide receivers – Chark, Dural, Dupre and Russell Gage. LSU threw passes on all four of its plays on its opening series. . .Davon Godchaux, who had been suspended from the team early in the week, started at defensive end. . .LSU had four scoring drives of more than 80 yards for the first time since the 2007 game against Virginia Tech. The last time LSU had four scoring drives of 80 yards against an SEC opponent came against Alabama in 2001. . .LSU’s 634 yards were its most against a SEC opponent in school history. LSU had gained 630 yards against Mississippi State in 1967 and Ole Miss in 1987. . .The last time LSU had two 100-yard rushers in a game was last season against South Carolina – Leonard Fournette and Guice. . .LSU’s 418 rushing yards were its most in a game in 20 years. The Tigers rushed for 433 yards against Houston in 1996. The 418 rushing yards were its most against a SEC team in 40 seasons. LSU ran for 426 yards against Ole Miss in 1976. . .The 35-point margin of victory was LSU’s largest against a SEC opponent since it beat Kentucky 41-3 two seasons ago. . .LSU has won 16 straight homecoming games. . .Jazz Ferguson caught his first career pass. . .White’s interception was the sixth of his career of his second of the season. . .Both Guice and Williams ran for three touchdowns in a game for the first time in their careers. . .Williams had a career-best 130 rushing yards. . .Etling passed for a career-best 216 yards. . .Xavier Lewis was ejected from the game for targeting. Andy Dodd was ejected in the second half for what was ruled his second unsportsmanlike penalty of the game. There was a brief scuffle at the end of the first half when both teams had numerous players leave the bench. The officials ruled that every player on both teams would be assessed a first unsportsmanlike conduct penalty. . LSU is 3-2 overall, 2-1 in the SEC. Missouri is 2-3 overall, 0-2 in the SEC. . .The paid attendance was 102,071.
FROM THE LOCKERROOM
Coach Ed Orgeron’s comments: “Big plays fuel emotion. You saw what the offense did tonight. Then, holding Missouri to seven points was a great job by our defense. What I liked the most was that we didn’t let up. We put the pedal to the metal. Coach (Steve) Ensminger’s game-calling was excellent. We spread them out a little bit with the four wides and that loosened them up for the run. This is all about the players. I had to do my job as the head coach – be a game manager. We played well. Now, the players can believe in what we are doing. We now have a tough game in the Swamp next week.”
LSU will play Florida on Saturday at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium in Gainesville. Kickoff is set for 11 a.m. Central. The Gators (4-1, 2-1) beat Vanderbilt 13-6 in Nashville on Saturday afternoon. The LSU-Florida game will be televised on ESPN.