Louisiana State Tigers cornerback Derek Stingley Jr. (24) defends a pass intended for Texas Longhorns Collin Johnson (9) at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium.

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5 things we learned in LSU’s 45-38 win against Texas

Amos Morale III
September 08, 2019 - 5:52 pm

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The Tigers picked up a big win against a top 10 opponent in Austin this weekend. But aside from scoring the 45-38 win against the Texas Longhorns, LSU showed it could be a legitimate College Football Playoff contender. 

Here are five things we learned about the Tigers in their 45-38 win at Texas.

1.) The offense is legit 

Last season, LSU scored 64 points in its first two games. The Tigers put up 55 points in their season opener against Georgia Southern and followed that up with 45 points against the then No. 9 Texas Longhorns. LSU hasn’t just been scoring more, however, it’s broken school records. 

A week after quarterback Joe Burrow tied the school record for touchdown passes in a game, with five against the Eagles, he threw for the second most yards in a game in school history against Texas. Burrow’s 471 yards were second only to Rohan Davey’s 528 against Alabama in 2001. 

The Tigers also had three receivers tally at least 100 yards for the first time in school history. 

Justin Jefferson tallied a game-high 163 yards and three touchdowns, Ja’Marr Chase caught eight passes for 147 and Terrace Marshall chipped in 123 yards receiving and a touchdown.

2.) It’s not just the offensive scheme

The Tigers new-look offense is helping head coach Ed Orgeron’s team put up big numbers. But as Saturday night’s win demonstrated, LSU has some special players. Burrow, in particular, was impressive. He delivered his passes with accuracy and made a few spectacular plays including a 61-yard touchdown pass to Justin Jefferson late in the fourth quarter. On that play, Burrow stepped up in the pocket on third-and-17 and delivered a perfect ball to Jefferson. His receivers also made the highlight reel. Chase, in particular, had a spectacular reception as he leapt over a Texas defensive back Jalen Green for a 41-yard grab. 

3.) There’s a lot of depth at linebacker

The Tigers have a lot of talent at the linebacker position and it showed when senior Michael Divinity returned to the lineup. Divinity led LSU with 10 tackles and added a sack and quarterback hit. Jacob Phillips forced a fumble, Patrick Queen was in on tackle for a loss and Damone Clark who led the LSU defense in Week 1 was able to play significant snaps as well.  

4.) Derek Stingley Jr. is in for a big freshman season

It rarely seemed like Texas quarterback Sam Ehlinger threw in the true freshman from Baton Rouge’s direction. Even when he did, Stingley seemed to be in position to make a play. He was credited with two pass breakups and three tackles in the win against Texas, nut more importantly showed he could compete with the nation’s elite receivers including Longhorns top returning pass catcher Colin Johnson who tallied nearly 1,000 yards receiving as a junior. Stingley also showed that when given a chance to return a punt, he’s got the ability to make defenders miss in space. 

5) The special teams unit is going to be a strength

LSU has a highly touted true freshman, Cade York, as its field goal kicker. Despite LSU’s record-breaking offensive performances so far, York is LSU’s leading scorer. He’s hit all five of his field goal attempts  and all 11 of his extra point attempts. The Tigers graduated the most accurate kicker in program history, Cole Tracy, last season, so York getting off to a hot start is a good sign that there could be very little drop-off in the unit.  

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