Football Dominates BYU in Superdome Opener, 27-0
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NOTE: After publication, some LSU yardage totals were affected by statistical changes on the first drive of the game. These changes are reflected below and in the official box score.
NEW ORLEANS -- No. 13 LSU dominated BYU in all phases of the game, winning the relocated 2017 Advocare Texas Kickoff, 27-0, late Saturday at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans.
The game was scheduled to be played in Houston's NRG Stadium, but was moved to New Orleans on Monday, Aug. 28, following the tragic flooding in southeast Texas and southwest Louisiana.
LSU running back Derrius Guice ran for 122 yards with two touchdowns, while Darrel Williams added 92 yards on 15 carries with a touchdown. LSU quarterback Danny Etling was nearly flawless, as the senior completed 14-of-17 passes for 171 yards.
The Tigers held the ball for more than two-thirds of the contest (41:54), committed no turnovers, punted only once, and did not allow a sack. The only aspects of the game that didn't go LSU's way were penalties (10 for 86 yards) and redzone touchdowns (3 of 7). LSU made 2-of-3 field goals and had a drive end on downs inside the Cougars 5-yard line.
Meanwhile, the Tigers defense which started three true freshmen allowed only 97 yards of total offense including minus-5 rushing - the fewest by an opponent since 1982 (school-record minus-50 vs. Ole Miss). BYU never crossed midfield in the contest, once reaching its 47-yard line.
LSU outgained BYU (1-1), 479-97, and earned its fourth shutout away from Tiger Stadium since 1987.
After a scoreless first quarter, LSU used Guice 10 times on a 13-play scoring drive that ended with a 4-yard touchdown run by the LSU junior running back. Jack Gonsoulin tacked on the extra point and the Tigers led 7-0 with 14:22 remaining in the first half.
On the next play from scrimmage, LSU cornerback Andraez Williams intercepted BYU's Tanner Mangum pass at the LSU 35-yard line. A 52-yard hook-up from Etling to DJ Chark setup Guice's second touchdown of the game from 1 yard. LSU led 14-0 with 11:53 left in the half.
In the third quarter, LSU extended its advantage with a pair of field goals by Gonsoulin from 23 and 29 yards.
With the game in-hand, the Tigers took advantage of a failed fake punt to score the game's final touchdown, a 1-yard run by Williams with 8:12 left to play.
LSU (1-0) returns to action on Saturday, Sept. 13, when Chattanooga (0-1) comes to Tiger Stadium for LSU's home opener. Kickoff is set for 6:30 p.m. CT on the SEC Network Alternate channel.
Newcomers Play Huge Role
Twenty-five players including 17 true freshmen saw action for the first time as LSU Tigers:
QB Myles Brennan, LB K'Lavon Chaisson, RG Saahdiq Charles, PK Connor Culp, LG Lloyd Cushenberry III, OG Austin Deculus, FS Grant Delpit, RB Clyde Edwards-Helaire, DE Neil Farrell Jr., S Todd Harris Jr., OG Ed Ingram, WR Justin Jefferson, CB Jontre Kirklin, DE Glen Logan, WR Racey McMath, LB Eric Monroe, TE Jamal Pettigrew, LB Jacob Phillips, LB Patrick Queen, OL Jakori Savage, LB Tyler Taylor, DE Justin Thomas, LB Ray Thornton, CB Kary Vincent Jr. and CB Andraez Williams.
Watch It Again
Network TV Game Replays (subject to change)
Sept. 3, 2 a.m. CT (ESPN)
Sept. 3, 3 a.m. CT (ESPNU)
Sept. 3, 12 p.m. CT (ESPNU)
Sept. 3, 5 p.m. CT (SEC Network)
Sept. 5, 5 p.m. CT (ESPNU)
Sept. 5, 7 p.m. CT (ESPNU)
Sept. 5, 11 p.m. CT (ESPNU)
Sept. 6, 2 p.m. CT (ESPNU)