Football Earns BASF Team Chemistry Award
BATON ROUGE, La. – After winning the 2016 Texas Bowl with the most points scored in a bowl game in program history, the LSU football team has been named the BASF Team Chemistry MVP Award winner for the month of December.
In front of the largest attended bowl game in Houston history – 71,307 – the Tigers breezed past the Texas Tech Red Raiders by scoring 35 points in the second half alone to win 56-27, ending LSU’s season with at least nine victories for the sixth time in seven seasons. LSU racked up 638 yards of total offense which was the most since 2003, sixth most in school history and most in a bowl game.
The Tigers were led by consensus All-American Leonard Fournette, who capped his sophomore campaign by setting the Texas Bowl record with 256 all-purpose yards and earning the game’s MVP award. He scored five total touchdowns to tie an NCAA record, accounting for 30 points which is a new Texas Bowl record.
Brandon Harris completed more than half of his passes, throwing for 261 yards and a score, while rushing 26 yards for another. D.J. Chark had one of the plays of the game, taking a lateral 79-yards for the score to give the Tigers a 14-6 lead at the end of the first quarter.
Defensively, LSU held the Red Raiders to just 29 yards rushing on the ground in the contest, the fewest by an opponent since holding South Carolina to 25 in the 1987 Gator Bowl. While Texas Tech earned much of their yards through the air, LSU was still able to pressure the Red Raider offense to the tune of six sacks. Kendell Beckwith and Deion Jones combined for 16 tackles, 3.5 sacks and six tackles for loss, while Rickey Jefferson earned his first interception of the season in the third quarter.
National Signing Day is February 3 where LSU is expected to have the No. 1 rated class in the nation, ahead of the start of spring practice beginning March 7. The National L Club Spring Game is set for April 16 at 3 p.m. in Tiger Stadium.
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