LSU Tigers quarterback Joe Burrow (9) looks to pass against the Texas Longhorns in the first half at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium.

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The Good, Bad and Ugly from LSU’s 45-38 win at Texas

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September 09, 2019 - 10:22 am
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By Tim Zimmer

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DB-Who? All week players and fans debated which defensive backfield was the best in college football, but it was LSU and Texas’ quarterbacks that stole the show. The Tigers’ offense not only put up 573 total yards, but carried the team in the second half. The Tigers improved to 2-0 on the season and more importantly got the eyes of the nation as Joe Burrow showed he can be one of the top QBs in the country. 

Good:

We start with the obvious choice for the second week in a row, Joe Burrow. No. 9 was fantastic all night and made the big plays when needed. Burrow finished the night 31-of-39 for 471 yards and 4 touchdowns. 

One of his two most impressive moments of the night came before halftime as the Tiger defense just forced the Longhorns’ offense to go three and out. Burrow completed three passes in 26 seconds for a touchdown drive of 58 yards. LSU went into halftime after that with all the momentum and more importantly a two score lead (20-7). 

The other moment that was the play of the game was Burrow’s pass to Justin Jefferson late in the fourth quarter. Texas had just scored to make it 37-31, trailing with under 6 minutes left. Burrow responded on third-and- 17 by connecting with Jefferson for a 61-yard touchdown to seal the win for LSU. 

It wasn’t just all Joe Burrow, his wide receivers of Ja’Marr Chase, Terrace Marshall Jr. and Justin Jefferson all finished with over 100 yards receiving. This was the first time in the school’s history three receivers had done that in the same game. An offense of this caliber has to give every LSU fan hope when they face better defenses in the SEC. 

Finally, Cade York has proven he’s capable of making some big time kicks. Remember, he’s a true freshman making his first ever road start, York goes 3-for-3 on the night including a 40-yard field goal that extended the Tiger’s lead in the fourth quarter. 

 

Bad: 

The LSU defense got banged up all night against the Longhorns. While they did make two defensive stops early in the game which held Texas to zero points, the performance in the second half wasn’t good at all.  Texas scored on every possession in the second half including three straight drives ending in a touchdown. 

The Tigers’ defense just couldn’t get off the field on third down all night. The Longhorns where 8-of-15 on third down, including 5-of-7 in the second half. The Texas drive to start the second half was a big factor for the rest of the game. The Longhorns went 19 plays and ate up seven minutes of clock on the series that resulted in a touchdown. The LSU defense look gassed after that drive and could never recover.

Blame mostly could be attributed to the heat and inexperience. Michael Divinity Jr., Kristian Fulton, Grant Delpit and K'Lavon Chaisson all go left the field with cramping issues. Texas really took advantage of this by attacking the LSU players filling in those roles. 

While it was good that players like Cordale Flott, Marcel Brooks and others get an opportunity to play in a big-time atmosphere, it’ll be hard to stop offenses in the SEC without key starters on the field. 

 

Ugly:

Injuries. LSU suffered quite a few injuries Saturday night. Rashard Lawrence was the biggest of the Tigers to go down. Lawrence left the game with an ankle injury and never returned. We won’t find out what his status is until later in the week. 

Another defensive lineman to suffer an injury was Glen Logan. He looked to be chop blocked and left the field without putting pressure on his leg. This could be a factor later in the season if it turns out to be serious, but for now LSU could get by with Tyler Shelvin, Neil Farrell and Breiden Fehoko. 

The schedule going forward looks pretty favorable. They’ll face Northwestern State next week where the starters should see limited action. Vanderbilt and Utah State are up next after that and if either of those injuries are serious, they shouldn’t get exposed by either team’s running game. The next biggest test will come against the Florida Gators on Oct. 12. LSU will have a month to get healthy for stretch that includes three top-10 teams in four weeks.

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