A terrible week, but you know, somehow I think I’ll get over it. BLOOD WEEK got it’s blood out of all of us.
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Still riding the high of a 36-16 victory against Georgia, LSU will get back to work this week to get ready for Mississippi State.
Orgeron said that stopping Bulldogs quarterback Nick Fitzgerald would be key, and spoke to his ability as both a passer and a runner.
“We knew he could throw the ball. He is a very dangerous runner. He can pick and choose his holes. He likes to run them between the tackles. Big, strong, quarterback.”
“We watched him this morning, watched his runs especially against Auburn. He’s very dangerous. He can get up the field, can make you miss. Very smart with the football, make decisions. This is going to be one of the best quarterbacks we see all year.”
He named defensive ends Jeffrey Simmons and Montez Sweat as players he would be preparing for in particular.
“It was hard for us to block Simmons last year. He’s physical,” Orgeron explained. “He plays over the guard. Big, long and lean. He reminds me a lot of Leonard Williams, coached him at USC, a first-round draft pick. Montez is tall, great pass-rusher.”
We can also expect to see a more aggressive LSU offense from this point on. Orgeron felt the team had previously been a bit too conservative on fourth down, so they took advantage of opportunities to go for it against Georgia.
“We have to attack. We have to get it,” he said. “Let’s go for it. Not that we didn’t go for it against Florida. We had to change our mindset. We weren’t going to just sit in there. We were going to do everything we could.”
As to who will take the field for the Tigers, left guard Garrett Brumfield’s status is still uncertain heading into the week.
“I don’t think Brumfield is going to be ready this week,” he said. “I think he’s very questionable.”
But as for nose tackle Ed Alexander, things are looking up.
“Ed is still struggling with some problems with his lower extremities,” he said. “He gets very sore. You can see he got off the field. Not going to practice today. I think he will be ready to play. We’re going to need him against Mississippi State.”
LSU faces Mississippi State in Tiger Stadium on Saturday at 6:00 p.m. CT.
The Tigers take down No. 2. These are the moments you wait years for.
College football is a game of emotion. And that emotion is tied to moments, both for better and for worse.
Championships are great and fun and all of that, but you don’t live for those year to year, month to month and week to week the way you live for those handful of perfect moments of satisfaction that can come around every so often. If you’re lucky, you get a few of them during a given season.
Billy Cannon on Halloween, Hodson-to-Fuller, Donaldson picks off Florida, the Bluegrass Miracle; these moments didn’t precede championships, but they are etched in the history of LSU lore, right there with Mauck-to-Green or Tyrann Mathieu’s 2011.
And regardless of the ultimate fate of the 2018 Tigers, they gave us one of those moments that will live forever on Saturday, taking down the No. 2 Georgia Bulldogs, 36-16. LSU, picked anywhere from fourth or lower in the SEC West this summer, now sits at 6-1 with five games left to go, three wins over teams that were ranked in the top 10 at kickoff. We have a month and a half left of this roller coaster ride, but so far, it’s been one helluva good time.
So let’s get into how it all happened:
- Coming into this, I suspected that LSU would need to try and shorten the game and lower their own margins to lower Georgia’s. Grind things down, lengthen possessions and use the clock against the Bulldogs. And while that happened after a fashion, Ed Orgeron took it in the other direction, with a calculated aggression based on pace. The Tigers were able to catch the Bulldogs out of position with no-huddle plays a handful of times to produce some big plays, and came into the game with the decision already made that Joe Burrow was to sprint to the line on any fourth down of two or less and look to the sideline for a handful of quick calls.
- The result? Eighty-one plays — not the most Georgia has seen (Mizzou ran 85) — but with no turnovers, very few penalties and a perfect eight-for-eight on red zone trips.
- Meanwhile, LSU’s defense was able to keep Jake Fromm constantly flustered with zone coverage. The pass-rush wasn’t as dynamic as would be ideal, but Fromm was consistently forced into holding the ball. And Dave Aranda did a fantastic job of picking his spots to apply extra pressure.
- What’s funny is this game started out nearly as poorly as it could have for LSU on offense: a three-and-out, including a third down sack, when pass-rush had been a weakness for Georgia all season. Adrian Magee got the start at left guard, but allowed D’Andre Walker to get underneath him to push through to get to Burrow. He held the ball a bit long on the play, but the pocket collapsed quickly. Magee also was beaten on the opening run.
- And then Georgia nearly doubled down on that ideal start, isolating Mecole Hardman on Grant Delpit one on one, and getting him wide open down the field only for Fromm to miss him. It would have been a sure-fire touchdown, so as out-of-hand as this game would get, it’s important to keep those margins in mind.
- Former (?) cornerback Jontre Kirklin got some pub last week as a player Orgeron hoped to get involved in the offensive gameplan, and he made it on the field on LSU’s second possession and picked up a few yards on a bubble screen.
- But a more noticeable addition to the lineup on the Tigers’ second drive was freshman Chasen Hines at left guard, in place of Magee. He hit a nice block early on, completely mauling a blitzing linebacker on Nick Brossette’s 12-yard gain.
- Burrow throws a dime of a pass to Terrace Marshall Jr. for a 37-yard game, holding the safety with a play-action fake and then dropping the ball right over the tight coverage. And Marshall did a great job of working to stay under the ball.
- The drive ended in a field goal, but between the big pass and a couple of nice runs, LSU was at least able to establish that they could move the ball on a strong Bulldog defense.
- Georgia asserts themselves on the next drive with a couple of strong runs, including an extremely well-timed draw play to D’Andre Swift that picked up 18. Guard Cade Mays and center Lamont Gaillard were doing a great job of getting to the second level to block Devin White and Jacob Phillips. All-in-all, Georgia ran for 71 of their 113 yards on this drive.
- LSU’s defensive line stood up on the Bulldogs’ last run, with Breiden Fehoko eating up two blockers while Glen Logan stacked up the tackle and held the edge to hold Swift to a one-yard gain. Fromm missed the next two passes, and then Kirby Smart was...not so much.
- Here’s the thing — having a fake field goal in the gameplan isn’t a bad idea when you know points may be at a premium. Especially when you see LSU put its star safety and cornerback on the edge, presumably going all-out for the block. But on fourth and nine you’re basically asking a very skinny kicker to pick up 16 yards (with the snap distance included). So the fake has to not only work, it has to REALLY work.
- And it doesn’t, because Delpit makes an All-American caliber play: he rushes and engages a block but reads the fake almost instantly and bails into the flat. He takes a half a beat to look if the releasing tight end is covered, and then smartly breaks down and squares up Rodrigo Blankenship. He maintains leverage for his pursuit, and even manages to reach back and get a hand on the ball.
- LSU makes Georgia pay for the mistake quickly with Clyde Edwards-Helaire ripping off 47 yards:
- The Bulldogs bring a safety from the boundary, but slant away from the direction of LSU’s run call. Edwards-Helaire hits the hole hard and has the third-down conversion pretty easily, but the safety hesitates just a hair. An uncovered Damien Lewis gets a strong second level block, Edwards-Helaire shakes through the tackle and there was nothing but green grass. A timely ankle tackle from J.R. Reed is all that saves the touchdown.
- Ensminger used jet-sweep motion a few times to try and get Georgia’s linebackers out of their gaps a few times, and it very nearly gets Brossette into the endzone on a zone play. He may have very well been in — his head and shoulders certainly crossed the line — but there was no way to credibly overturn the call.
- Luckily, Ensminger makes the smartest call in almost any short-yardage situation: the quarterback sneak. Lewis fires out low on the defensive tackle, the linebackers go high but Burrow just follows his guard right in. This should be one of the more automatic calls in the playbook.
- There’s something to be said for how a team responds to adversity, and for Georgia’s first real piece of it, the Bulldogs immediately went three and out on each of their next three possessions following the failed fake field goal.
- And then on LSU’s next possession, a coverage bust of some sort results in a 50-yard gain to Justin Jefferson:
- It looks like Tyson Campbell either believed he was supposed to blitz on the play, or he jumped on the play-fake like whoa. The safety Reed realizes that the play is in trouble immediately, as he’s in no position to get to the streaking Jefferson. Burrow starts out to his left before spotting Jefferson — had he seen him sooner, this might’ve been a touchdown.
- UGA’s defensive line blew up a third-down screen to Brossette that might’ve scored on both of the Tigers’ field goal drives in the second quarter. The rest of the defense was fooled, but a lineman or linebacker in both instances found a way to jam Brossette and keep him from getting out behind his blocking. Not sure if that’s a sign that he’s tipping his move a little quick or what, but something for the staff to look at.
- The Tigers’ tempo busts UGA on fourth-and-one for another nice run by Edwards-Helaire when the defense gets misaligned and creates a huge bubble:
- Saahdiq Charles turns his guy out and Hines has a free release up to the linebacker. Edwards-Helaire spins out of a tackle at about five yards and gets LSU back in the redzone. Per this unofficial accounting from Cody Worsham, LSU racked up 207 yards on 20 tempo plays: 11 runs for 119 yards, plus 6-of-9 completions for 88 yards from Burrow.
- Still, when this game as 16-0 at half, with LSU more than doubling up the Bulldogs on yardage, it was hard not to think “this game should be at least 24-0 and we could be in trouble quickly.” As a general rule, you don’t win games with field goals, You DO, however, often win them if you make eight trips inside the other teams 20 and at least get some points on all eight of those possessions.
- I’d also like to note that as a rule, I also despise using the shotgun in short-yardage situations, but LSU made it work in this game because Georgia was all too happy to spread the field with them and acquiesce inside. Lloyd Cushenberry continues to have an All-SEC caliber season as well for the Tigers, which helps.
- Georgia’s Jim Chaney is a very streaky play-caller, but he had a nice script to open the second half for UGA, with a couple of quick-hitters and a well-timed, max-protect play-action pass to Riley Ridley. But a couple of huge rushes from Michael Divinity help stall the drive out for a field goal: right after crossing midfield, he explodes off the edge to bring the right tackle wide and keeps him from from escaping when Logan beats the guard inside; then on third down from the LSU 23, Divinity explodes from the field, gets the left tackle off balance, then spins him off and closes on Fromm.
- LSU’s next drive doesn’t yield points, but it manages to eat up more than three minutes, cross midfield and then pin the Bulldogs inside the five with a fantastic Josh Growden punt. On first down, Delpit nearly makes an amazing interception with an athletic leap backwards into a passing lane. Two plays later, Kristian Fulton seals the deal with a diving pick of his own. Fromm’s throw is low and a little too far inside, and Fulton gets down and cradles the ball. If this ball hits the ground in any way, it’s pretty hard to tell and Fulton definitely has his hands under it and scoops it into his stomach.
- Tigers can’t quite convert it into the touchdown though. DeAndre Baker breaks up an attempted fade to Sullivan, and then on third and four Derrick Dillon gets knocked down off what would have likely been an open corner route.
- And it looks like Georgia is about to make things interesting. Isaac Nauta gets behind White on a wheel route, and Ridley draws a terrible DPI call on Greedy (especially in light of what happened on LSU’s last possession). Fromm converts a big third down on a nice scramble pass to Swift, and then the Georgia line lives up to its reputation and just blows LSU’s front off of the ball to get Holyfield a big hole. And he drags Fulton and Todd Harris into the endzone with ease.
- Delpit and White step up on the two-point conversion though, with 9 slicing into the backfield on the reverse action to force Swift to keep the ball (on what appears to be a reverse option pass back to Fromm), and 40 tracking him down wide.
- LSU would go three-and-out with Burrow throwing a pair of near interceptions. Mecole Hardman breaks off a 27-yard return and it looks like all of the game’s momentum is swinging to the visitors’ side. And the Tiger defense forces a three-and-out, punctuated by a Jacoby Stevens sack:
- Tigers rush four against a six-man protection but bring Stevens late, meaning the Bulldogs had four receivers against seven in coverage. The defensive line occupies all five UGA linemen, Jacob Phillips and White undercut two crossing routes, and forcing Fromm to hesitate and then scramble away from his dominant side, giving Stevens enough time to track him down.
- And then the offense replays that stand with a six-play, 86-yard scoring drive, featuring some great sequencing by Ensminger. The drive starts with a 19-yard gain by Edwards-Helaire off a jet fake, with huge blocks from Tory Carter, Foster Moreau and Charles to set the edge. Right back with a wide-open play-action pass to Carter in the flat, and then a beauty of a 36-yard bomb to Jefferson. When the ball left Burrow’s hand, it looked like a sure-fire pick from my seat, but he dropped it right in front of the safety and Jefferson did an amazing job tracking the ball in.
- Charles, Moreau and Carter again create a huge lane for Edwards-Helaire on a toss play. that sets up another Burrow sneak.
- Moreau pins the end down, Charles pulls around and Carter kicks out a linebacker beautifully. Some great downfield blocking by Marshall as well.
- Georgia makes its final big gaffe: Hardman gets greedy on a shorter kickoff and takes it out of the endzone. Patrick Queen makes great contact inside the 15. Hardman bounces off but Ed Paris gets a hand on the ball and pops it lose. And how about kicker Avery Atkins getting down by the pile and reaching in to grab the loose ball?
- This was probably the first point I really started to feel comfortable with the lead. Even with the offense just kicking another field goal, 29-9 with less than seven and a half minutes to go? All LSU had to do was let the clock do his job, and keep Georgia from scoring quickly. So naturally, the Bulldogs are able to go 75 yards in five plays, with Ridley catching a nice back-shoulder throw on Greedy, and then completely shaking Battle on a post route for a touchdown.
- But then Burrow ices the game:
- LSU calls the zone-read often enough to really lull teams to sleep with it, so Burrow’s keeps have had a lot of impact to date. Here the entire Georgia front collapses on Brossette, Burrow makes the right read and then melts poor Richard LeCounte into a small pool of regret as he takes off for 59 yards — doing a great job of holding on to the ball as defenders caught up to him.
This was as complete of a victory as anybody could expect. The offense and defense took turns making big plays at big moments to set each other up AND bail each other out, while special teams did its job and added a plus-five field position advantage. And now the Tigers will have to prepare to do it again with another set of Bulldogs coming to town. Still, it would be hard to script a more satisfying victory.
Something odd went live on LSU Shop dot com today.
Late last week, whispers started spreading that LSU was going to unveil an alternate uniform sometime ahead of the State game as early as today and as late as Thursday. Earlier today, Brian Holland took to Twitter and said that an announcement was, in fact, coming.
A source has told me that the “color-changing” was not an accurate description of the helmet, but a little while ago these items went live on LSU Shop:
Not only does that vibe with Holland’s tweet, we get a shirt that coincidentally matches the newly released jersey. The pattern appears to be an oak leaf infill, which seems odd until you remember the opening line to LSU’s Alma Mater and the fact that the university is celebrating the 125th anniversary of the football program and marching band.
If that is the fan replica of the forthcoming uniform, be aware that the actual on-field jersey may be slightly different, especially in the sleeve cuffs as they are two different style of fits completely.
A chrome helmet has been floated out to the LSU Shop, but I’m told that is not part of the uniform involving the white jersey and shirt. Keep in mind a few years ago LSU floated out black replica jerseys that thankfully never saw the field.
So, given all that, what are your thoughts? Do you love them, hate them, or are you going to reserve judgement until we get a full announcement and a look at the entire kit?
Behind a blowout
What a difference a week makes. Playing inside the friendly confines of Tiger Stadium, LSU got all of the breaks that they didn’t get the week before. LSU got that favorable spot, the opposing QB missed the open receiver, and the lost fumble rolled into a Tiger’s waiting arms.
LSU did play better this week than it did the last, but not significantly so. It’s just that against Georgia, the receivers hauled down those big catches and Ed O actually went for it on fourth and one. Aggression paid off, and the football gods smiled upon our Tigers.
50%. Joe Burrow’s completion percentage. Yeah, I know. It didn’t feel like a 50% game, but it was. This was the most effective 15-30 game you’ll ever see out of a quarterback. Importantly, he started hot and then made big completions late. Sure, he missed on half of his targets, but he also ended up with 200 yards on those 30 attempts. And that’s what matters.
19. Combined rushing attempts for D’Andre Swift and Elijah Holyfield. The two Georgia backs combined for 128 yards and a touchdown. Swift averaged 6.0 yards/carry and Holyfield 8.0. Four other players combined for 4 yards on 5 carries and Jake Fromm had -19 yards on 6 carries. LSU never really stopped Georgia’s top two running backs, Kirby Smart simply moved away from the two and put the ball in Fromm’s hand. And for that, needless to say, we are very, very thankful.
108. Justin Jefferson receiving yards. Jefferson finally reaches that elusive 100-yard mark for the first time, having topped out at 97 and 99 yards previously. He accounted for over half of the team’s passing offense, and he had perhaps the biggest catch of the game. Part of being a great player is having no memory, and he completely mind-wiped last week’s drop in the final minutes against Florida. He was back to being the security blanket.
1. Avery Atkins fumble recoveries. Yeah, our kicker had a fumble recovery. It wasn’t a huge difference in the game, though it nipped any comeback possibility in the bud, but it sure was funny. But speaking of kickers…
5-5. Cole Tracy’s field goal accuracy. Tracy is now a perfect 15-15 from inside 50 yards this season. He has completely transformed this team because they are virtually assured of getting three points once the offense crosses the 30. Honestly, you don’t want to see quite so many attempts, but if you’re gonna kick so many field goals, you better hit them. Our kicking game is weapon. Good thing, too. Because…
3-8. LSU’s red zone touchdown rate. First thing, getting to the red zone eight times in one game is remarkable. That’s the most important part of this stat. If you make it to the red zone eight times in a game, you are almost always going to win. That’s the good news. The bad news is that a team should average around 5 points per red zone trip. LSU should have had 40 points, on average, but instead settled for a red zone field goal five different times. Hell, one of those red zone touchdowns came on fourth down, too. This team has got to learn to cash in on its chances. It never should have been close.
+4. LSU’s turnover ratio. Normally, in a blowout win, you would think a turnover ratio like this would be a key player, but this is how stats can mislead. The first turnover was a fumble on Georgia’s fake field goal. Georgia would also turn the ball over twice in the game’s dying minutes, dooming any chance of a comeback. Really, the only significant turnover was the interception thrown from the shadow of their own end zone, which LSU could only turn into 3 points.
275. LSU yards rushing. A dominant day on the ground, keyed by Clyde Edwards-Helaire going for 145 on 19 carries. He could have scored twice, but ended up with zero scores due to some bad luck. He needs to talk to Joe Burrow about vulturing his scores. Burrow again ended up with a ton of yards, outrushing Brossette 66 to 64. His 59 yard scamper put the game way.
Michael P.S. Hayes: “Tremendous victory by Coach O here over the Georgia Bulldogs — let’s hear what he has to say!”
The first thing I want to be done, is to get that bowl-cut sumbitch off of my field. Don’t just get him off of the field, get him out of the state of Louisiana because I’ve proved son, without a shadow of a doubt, you ain’t got what it takes to walk into Death Valley! You sit there and you thump your playbook, and you bring your five-stars, and it didn’t get you anywhere. Talk about your blitzes, talk about Process 3:16…Orgeron 3:16 says I just whipped your ass!
All Kirby’s gotta do is go buy him a cheap bottle of Thunderbird to cry into and drunk dial Uncle Nick and maybe he’ll give you a bit of that gumption back.
As the King Of Death Valley, I’m serving notice to every one of the SEC. I don’t give a damn what they are, they’re all on the list, and that’s Steauxn Ceauxld’s list, and I’m fixing to start running through all of ‘em.
And as far as this championship match is considered son, I don’t give a damn if it’s Kirby Smart or Dan Mullen, or even that sawed-off, beady-eyed piece of crap Nick Saban himself, LSU’s time is come, and when I get that shot you’re looking at the next SEC Champion.
And that’s the bottom line, because Steauxn Ceauxld said so.
That crowd was incredible tonight! pic.twitter.com/3SYNNnL3t1— LSU Football (@LSUfootball) October 14, 2018
Tiger nation, y'all better send us all of the photos and videos from the game.— LSU Football (@LSUfootball) October 14, 2018
Y'all BROUGHT IT today, and playing in Death Valley and the crowd noise affected Georgia. #GeauxTigers #GeauxLive #GeauxLive pic.twitter.com/wpMRZNlRwI
A day in Death Valley we will never forget! pic.twitter.com/HYmJ33D051— LSU Football (@LSUfootball) October 14, 2018
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LSU takes down the No. 2 team in the country.
We knew Saturday’s game would be an entirely different animal going in.
Georgia’s the highest ranked and most well-rounded team the Tigers have faced all season, equipped with a defense unlike any other they’ve faced. But the Tigers took it to the Bulldogs and dominated the fourth quarter for a 36-16 win.
The Bulldogs’ “two high” strategy was expected to make the deep ball even more of a task than it’s been lately for the Tigers, but LSU outsmarted the Bulldogs on both fronts, sending them back to Athens with a 36-16 loss.
Georgia quarterback Jake Fromm remembers a nightmarish outing against Auburn last year in which he was sacked four times in a 40-17 beatdown. In the first half, it looked like he’d be adding Week 7’s game against LSU in with that, as he went 16 for 34 passes for 209 yards, 2 interceptions and 1 TD in one of the roughest showings we’ve ever seen from him.
To kick off the action, Georgia won the toss and chose to defer, putting the Tigers’ offense on the field first. The Tigers were unable to make anything of the drive that ended with Burrow being sacked on only the third play of the game.
Georgia looked like they were going to get the chains moving early on offense, with a big 19-yard gain from Jake Fromm to tight end Isaac Nauta, but were forced to punt before even making it to midfield.
LSU opened its next drive with three consecutive first downs to move the ball down the field, using an up-tempo offense. The drive resulted in a 33-yard field goal from Cole Tracy to put the Tigers up 3-0 with 9:32 remaining in the first quarter.
Georgia pummeled LSU with its run game to make its way deep into Tiger territory on its second drive of the day, propelled by a pair of big rushes from D’Andre Swift.
But the Bulldogs’ efforts were brought to a halt near the end zone, with Fromm’s final pass attempt broken up by cornerback Kary Vincent Jr. The Bulldogs then tried a trick play on a fake field goal that didn’t pan out, as Devin White recovered the fumbled ball to allow LSU to take over at its own 16 with just over three minutes remaining in the first quarter.
Burrow and the Tigers marched their way down the field yet again, with a 47-yard rush by running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire capping off the first quarter.
When they returned in the second quarter, Burrow kept it for a 1-yard touchdown to put the Tigers up, 10-0 with 13:34 remaining in the half.
The Tigers put on an equally impressive performance on defense as Georgia attempted to answer back, sending them off the field with a quick three-and-out in which Fromm only completed one pass.
LSU continued to be aggressive on the air attack, with a 50-yard reception by Justin Jefferson placing them within striking range in the top of the second quarter. The drive ended in a 36-yard field goal by Cole Tracy to extend the LSU lead to 13-0 with 11:22 left in the half.
The next score would come on a drive in which LSU went for it twice on fourth down, a 39-yard field goal by Tracy brought the Tigers’ lead to 16-0 with 5:09 remaining before halftime.
The Bulldogs looked to establish something with resemblance to a rhythm on offense in their final drive of the half, with Fromm completing three back-to-back passes for the first time of the afternoon.
Georgia was unable to do anything with the string of receptions, though, as the ball was quickly LSU’s once more. Burrow took a knee to send the Tigers into halftime with the 16-0 lead.
Despite a poor overall showing and many badly thrown balls in the first half, Georgia stuck with Fromm to open the second half. The QB was sacked twice on the Bulldogs’ first offensive effort of the third quarter, which ended in the Bulldogs’ first score of the day.
A 40-yard field goal by Rodrigo Blankenship was good to trim the LSU lead, 16-3 with 9:03 left in the quarter.
The momentum once more shifted in LSU’s favor as Fromm was intercepted by cornerback Kristian Fulton at the 23-yard line at the bottom of the third to give the Tigers’ offense yet another opportunity.
The offense capitalized on the turnover, as Tracy sent a 24-yard attempt through the uprights to bring the Tigers’ lead to 19-3.
We had mentioned Georgia’s use of Justin Fields in short-yardage situations, and they continued that trend into Saturday as they began mixing the dual-threat QB with the offense in the bottom of the third quarter.
With seconds remaining in the third quarter, a 10-yard rush by Elijah Holyfield gave the Bulldogs their first touchdown of the afternoon. The failed two-point conversion left them trailing, 19-9.
In the final quarter, safety Jacoby Stevens recorded his first sack of the season, shutting down Fromm and the Georgia offense early and setting the Tigers up for their next scoring scoring drive of the half.
But the offense would return the field shortly, after a fumble by Mecole Hardman on the punt was recovered by Avery Atkins to instantly put the Tigers back in the red zone on a drive that resulted in a 30-yard field goal by Tracy to give LSU a solid 29-9 lead.
Fromm and the offense responded on a 75-yard drive that ended with a 27-yard touchdown pass to Ridley to cut LSU’s lead, 29-16 with 6:00 left in the game.
The LSU offense wasn’t done yet, though, as a 59-yard rush by Burrow set up a Nick Brossette rushing touchdown in the final minutes of the game to make it 36-16, LSU.
The Tigers return to action on their own turf again as Mississippi State travels to Tiger Stadium next weekend.
This game is also streaming free on CBSSports.com and the CBS Sports app.
IN FOCUS: Cole Tracy - LSUsports.net - The Official Web Site of LSU Tigers Athletics
Cole Tracy came trotting out for a field goal at Auburn, and his sister, Lauren, was sweating bullets. She watched with friends and family from their home in Camarillo, just outside of Los Angeles.
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BATON ROUGE – A sellout crowd, a national television audience, a halftime jersey retirement and pregame parachute jump team are some of the many elements fans can expect Saturday when 12th-ranked LSU hosts second-ranked Georgia in a pivotal Southeastern Conference clash in Tiger Stadium.
Security Enhancement Updates and Reminders - LSUsports.net - The Official Web Site of LSU Tigers Athletics
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Storz missed all but two games in 2018 with setbacks for what was eventually discovered to be a lat tear.
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BATON ROUGE – The LSU men's basketball team will be on display prior to Saturday's LSU-Georgia football game as they practice on the floor of the Pete Maravich Assembly Center from Noon to 12:55 p.m.
Free Admission for Sunday's Baseball Exhibition - LSUsports.net - The Official Web Site of LSU Tigers Athletics
Admission is free for Sunday's LSU baseball exhibition game versus the University of New Orleans at Alex Box Stadium, Skip Bertman Field. First pitch for the contest is set for 3 p.m. CT.
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"I think, for the most part, I've made pretty good decisions," Burrow said. "I think my down the field accuracy needs to improve."
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The first time Breiden Fehoko stepped on a football field, it wasn’t even to play football.
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Hey Tiger Nation, You Got Our Back?— LSU Football (@LSUfootball) October 11, 2018
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Times Of Interest
- 7 a.m. - Parking Lots Open on LSU Campus | Parking Map
- 8 a.m. - LSU Ticket Office Opens (1st Floor of Athletic Administration Building) - Game is Sold Out | Visit StubHub Marketplace
- 10 a.m. - Nicholson Gateway Fan Fest opens | New Fan Experience Initiatives
- 10 a.m. - National L Club Tailgate (Legends Club at PMAC)
- 10 a.m. - Cou-Yon’s Tiger One Village opens (between PMAC and Tiger Stadium)
- 11:30 a.m. - Club level, Suites open at Tiger Stadium | Seating Chart
- 11:45 a.m. - Student gates open (Gate 7 only) at Tiger Stadium | Student Ticket Info | Seating Chart
- 12 p.m. - The Chute opens inside Tiger Stadium (south end)
- 12 p.m. - All remaining gates to Tiger Stadium open including Skyline Club
- 12-12:55 p.m. - LSU Men’s Basketball Open Practice (Maravich Center)
- 12:45 p.m. - LSU walks down “Victory Hill” with LSU football alumni
- 12:55 p.m. - Band comes down “Victory Hill”
- 2:09 p.m. - Listen Free: LSU Sports Radio Network live from Tiger Stadium - Chris Blair, Doug Moreau, Gordy Rush
- 2:16 p.m. - Guest Captains Presentation - Dennis Gaubatz, Skyler Green, Dwayne Bowe, Travis Daniels
- 2:17 p.m. - U.S. Special Ops Parachute Team Lands in Tiger Stadium
- 2:24 p.m. - Golden Band from Tigerland takes the field for pregame performance
- 2:28 p.m. - Alma Mater and National Anthem
- 2:34 p.m. - Saturday Night in Death Valley - LSU Intro Video
- 2:35 p.m. - LSU takes the field
- 2:36 p.m. - Georgia takes the field
- 2:36 p.m. - Coin toss at midfield
- 2:39 p.m. - Kickoff: LSU vs. Georgia on CBS or SEC on CBS | Live Stats
- On-Field Presentations
- 1st Quarter - Folds of Honor (NW 20-yard line)
- End of 1st Quarter - TAF President’s Cup (NW 20-yard line)
- 2nd Quarter - Steve Gleason (NW 20-yard line)
- 3rd Quarter - Parachute Jump Team recognition (NW 20-yard line)
- Golden Band from Tigerland performs
- Jerry Stovall #21 Jersey Retirement | Details
And then there were three.
Saturday’s contest between the Georgia Bulldogs and the LSU Tigers features an intriguing situation at quarterback.
Instead of the typical two, it’s expected that we’ll see three different names under center this weekend.
Here’s how the trio stacks up.
Looking at the stats on paper, Joe Burrow is coming off a less-than-impressive performance in last week’s loss to Florida. He’s still holding the ball too long some plays, and struggles under pressure.
But, much of this can be blamed on a poor performance by the offensive line as a whole and several dropped passes by the receiving corps.
Burrow is doing all he can for LSU without a strong supporting cast. Unless the O-line can make the adjustments it needs to and the receivers can reel in the passes, Burrow’s going to continue to be done an injustice on the stats sheet every week.
Last showing: vs. Florida, L 27-19
He was 19-of-34 passes for 192 yards and two interceptions in a heartbreaking loss that could have been avoided.
Bottom line for Saturday:
The Georgia defense will be the best the Tigers have faced all season long, and Burrow could be in for a rough afternoon. The Bulldogs defense isn’t just formidable, it’s an entirely different animal from anything Burrow and his team have faced so far.
Georgia has been stingy with points (13 per game, second), yards (283.2 per game, 13th) and first downs (15.8 per game, ninth).
They employ a “two-high” coverage, in which safeties drop back into pass coverage and make it extremely difficult for the opponent to throw the ball. What they won’t do much of is bring the blitz, or force turnovers.
Georgia is ranked 116th in the country in sacks per game with just one, and 51st in turnovers forced with nine.
Burrow is going to have to make all the right decisions and avoid risky interceptions this weekend if the Tigers want to get past Georgia.
Jake Fromm doesn’t put up video game numbers, but rather has established himself with a quiet efficiency that’s unrivaled by many.
He's easily one of the best quarterbacks in the SEC, and college football as a whole. But he’s still in sort of a “prove-it” stage, as his resume is strong but not necessarily lengthy at this point.
He ranks fourth in the nation in passing efficiency (192.5). He’s also averaging an impressive 10.53 yards per pass attempt this season.
To further prove that Fromm has been smart in the pocket, consider the fact he’s only been sacked seven times this season, with two of those recorded on the road. He is 6-1 in true road starts going back to last year, including some respectable wins against Notre Dame and Tennessee last season and Missouri and South Carolina this year.
But one place where we find weakness in Fromm is on third down. He’s completing 56 percent of his passes (one below the national average of 57 percent), while his third-down QBR is only 24, which ranks 121st nationally.
Last showing: vs. Vanderbilt, W 41-13
Fromm completed 17-of-23 passes for 276 yards in last week’s win against the Commodores.
Bottom line for Saturday:
We can expect a solid outing from Fromm, and he could make things especially ugly for LSU if it can’t bring an aggressive pass rush. He’ll indisputably be the best quarterback of the three to see the field Saturday.
Fromm has only faced a top-15 road opponent once though, in last year’s contest against Auburn. The 40-17 outcome wasn’t pretty, either.
He was sacked 4 times, forced to throw the ball for the majority of the second half as the Bulldogs were bested on the ground, 237-46 with the Tigers establishing an early lead.
Sure, Fromm is good. Heisman-worthy, even. But he’ll need to prove he can do it all in an especially hostile environment on the road this weekend.
Think about how good Fromm is. Now think about the fact there’s another quarterback on roster nipping right at his heels.
That quarterback’s name is Justin Fields, and he’s a dual-threat guy that has the ability to do a lot of the things Fromm cannot.
In the event that Fromm is no longer getting the job done, or the Bulldogs want a change of pace, they have the ability to reload in Fields. And it looks like his role is only going to grow as the season goes on.
Fields is 18-of-25 passes for 200 yards, 2 touchdowns without an interception. He’s also rushed for 140 yards and 3 touchdowns on 17 carries.
Last showing: vs. Vanderbilt, W 41-13
Fields was 3-of-6 passes for 53 yards against the Commodores.
Bottom line for Saturday:
It would be a huge surprise if we didn’t see am appearance by Fields on Saturday, and LSU needs to be ready for that rotation.
Georgia has been utilizing him to help bring life to the run game and particularly on short-yardage situations this season, and they’ll probably do more of the same on Saturday.
I sat down with our friends over at “Dawn of the Dawg “to see how they felt about the huge upcoming match up between LSU football and the Dawgs of Georgia. Here is what they had to say: Expectations for the Dawgs this year? With Alabama looking more like the Death Star than ever this […]
Stat Watch takes a look at the Bulldogs
Last week Stat Watch indicated that the Florida game would likely come down to whether Florida’s offensive adjustments were for real and how they’d fare against the LSU defense. If they were, it would turn out to be a tough match-up for LSU. As it turned out, Florida’s offense was indeed much improved and at times completely flummoxed the LSU defense, leading to a Gators win. There’s no time to hang heads though, as we look towards the biggest game yet this year, the Georgia Bulldogs.
A note on these stats: The offensive and defensive S&P+ marks are calculated as adjusted scoring averages and for the situational ratings, above 100 is good and below 100 is bad. Links to an explanation on the various stats here, here and here:
Georgia is as elite as it gets. They were potentially the best team in the country last year, and they’re in that conversation again here. There is some feeling they’re not the team they were last year, and while the stats mostly disagree, they have dipped a bit on defense and that’s where LSU’s offense will need to take advantage and play it’s best game. It’s not totally different with the defense either. Whether Georgia is the team it was last year or not, they are an elite team and if LSU is to win, it’ll take it’s best effort.
Every day was life and death, that’s when the cash came.
(I am Killmonger)
No one’s perfect,
but no one’s worthless.
We ain’t deserving of everything heaven and Earth it,
but the word is good.
(This is my home)
It’s funny how college football works. LSU travels to Auburn in early September and plays terribly and leaves with a top-10 upset. A month later they go to the Swamp to play a worse team, play much better, and still lose.
It was a disheartening loss, but there is good news to the result: it’s largely inconsequential. Everything is still on the table for LSU. Yes, even that. As much as a loss hurts, it was a tight road loss in the Swamp. If LSU wins out, the course will correct itself and the Tigers will have the most undeniable resume of any team left standing after November.
The only thing worse than a loss is a loss you don’t learn a lesson from.
Turn on the gang, that’s just something that I can’t do
It won’t be easy. That shouldn’t be surprising, because it is literally never easy.
LSU has to beat four teams inside the S&P+ top 17, including the #1 and #3 team, and they have to do it in a little over one month.
That’s what we live for isn’t it? The gauntlet has been thrown down, and it’s LSU’s job to run it. This is the challenge we chase, this is the basis of everything we watch sports for. You want to hit a walk-off grand slam with two outs in the bottom of the 9th? You have to get people on base first. You either do or you don’t, there is no more apologizing for sloppy wins or wondering why you’re not getting any more credit than you’re currently receiving. You want credit? Earn it. You want wins? Earn it. You want a championship? Earn. It.
Don’t worry about #1, we’ll cross that bridge when we get to it. For now just focus on #3.
This the jungle, so have the utmost.
Full of nutzos, and we nuts so.
It’s where I’m from bro,
We grow up fast and roll up slow.
In this series, I have stated that the 2001 Arkansas game was the first football game I had explicit memories of. It took until 2003 for me to really get hooked into LSU football, however. Up until that point, I rooted for LSU because it’s what my parents and my friends did. I had no real connection to the school outside of that, like most young kids at 10.
But the Georgia game hooked me. You know what I’m about to bring up because it has become ingrained in the lore of LSU football and Tiger Stadium. After Georgia tied the game at 10 with 4:45 left, LSU’s student section began an L-S-U chant that echoed through the stadium. It was a “never say die” type deal and instead of having the air taken out from under them, LSU fans fought back with optimism. They willed themselves back into the game, and sure enough the team did the same with a 34-yard pass from Matt Mauck to Skyler Green.
That’s the energy Death Valley needs to have tomorrow. Make no mistake, it’s going to be a war. Georgia will get theirs, hopefully LSU does the same. Stay in it, give them no quarter or respite, nothing but a full 60 minutes of hell. Nobody believes that Death Valley is simply Tiger Stadium in the day. Prove them wrong.
Take care of what you can and let the team feed off of that. If you want to see LSU run through the gauntlet, do your part in helping that.
We shooting first on our turf,
Pay us our proper respect.
You pray for your god and take in the perverse,
He sent the worst of the worst.
Every damn human disperse,
We put em all in a hearse.
We put em all under the earth.
We are the savages ravaging hell.