LSU football struggled a week ago against Arkansas. However, the Tigers bounced back big time against Rice. What’d we learn?
The Tigers had no issue taking care of Rice on Saturday night live from Tiger Stadium in Baton Rouge. Senior Night went quite well for LSU, but now they will have to prepare for a big time defensive battle against Texas A&M in Week 13.
Before we focus on that though, let’s see what we learned about the LSU Tigers in their 42-10 win over the Rice Owls.
First of all, we once again saw the Tigers’ offense click — playing at the level that they are expected to play at. With two losses, they are pushed out of any playoff consideration, but that doesn’t make this any less of a successful season. Their total yards of offense more than doubled what Rice was able to put together. The Tigers had 552 yards of offense. The Owls only managed 198 in total. They also doubled up on first downs, gaining 31 to Rice’s 15.
The Tigers did lose the turnover battle and the time of possession battle, things that won’t fly against Texas A&M next week. However, it didn’t matter when your offense put up as much as they did as quickly as they did. Joe Burrow finished 20-for-28 for 307 yards and two touchdowns. Nick Brossette also had two touchdowns on the night, with 69 total yards.
The Tiger defense was once again dominant, led by Grant Delpit and Greedy Williams. Those two are easily some of the best in the SEC and if they are able to put together a 10-win season, a lot of it will be due to plays made by them and the rest of the defensive unit.
Overall, Ed Orgeron has surprisingly taken this team and put together a group that plays hard and takes nothing for granted. After being shut out by Alabama, they bounced back and made sure that they would not end up in the loss column again. Many people, myself included, doubted if Orgeron was right for the program, but he is proving us all wrong week in and week out as he pushes his team forward to what could be a New Year’s Six berth.