LSU's 2nd half adjustments spark 65-14 route of NSU

Amos Morale III
September 14, 2019 - 11:46 pm

LSU’s offense picked up right where it left off Saturday night against Northwestern State. The Tigers’ defense…not so much. 

LSU struggled to get off the field in first quarter as the Demons dominated time of possession and even held a 7-3 lead at the end of the frame. 

However, the Tigers (3-0) made adjustments and were able to pull away from Northwestern State (0-2) and pick up a 65-14 win. 

“The first half they had 200 yards and the second half they only had 78,” LSU head coach Ed Orgeron said. “All the credit goes to Coach (Dave) Aranda. He worked really hard at half-time and the players listened to him and they got the job done. I’m really proud of them.”

The Tigers had just one offensive possession in the first quarter as the Demons held the ball for over 10 minutes. They also held the advantage in time of possession heading into the half with roughly 17 minutes to LSU’s 12.

The second half was a different story as the Tigers shut out the Demons.

“We had a lot of blown coverage, guys not communicating,” said LSU linebacker Damone Clark. “Like I said we came in we fixed it and got it done.”

Oregon said part of the adjustment was playing more man coverage. 

“We tightened up our guys in man coverage and it worked," Orgeron said. "You saw us breaking on the ball a little faster and we almost got some picks.”

Derek Stingley Jr. and Kristian Fulton both nearly came a with interceptions and helped limit NSU starting quarterback Shelton Eppler complete just five passes in the second half. 

With the defense locked, the Tigers offense filled the stat sheet posting 610 total yards.

Joe Burrow again was sharp completing 21-of-24 passes for 373 yards and two touchdowns with just one interception. 

Both of his touchdowns went to sophomore receiver Terrace Marshall who had a team high six catches for 75 yards. 

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