LSU won the "Battle for the Golden Boot" for the third-straight season.
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LSU Brings 'The Boot' Back to Louisiana

Todd Politz (@tpolitz)
Todd Politz (@tpolitz)
Director of Digital Media

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- LSU built a 24-3 lead through three quarters and held off Arkansas in the closing minutes to keep "The Golden Boot" in Baton Rouge, 24-17, on a chilly Saturday night at Reynolds Razorback Stadium.

LSU (8-2, 5-2 SEC) won its eighth game for the 19th-straight season. Arkansas, which scored its two touchdowns in the fourth quarter to make the game interesting, fell to 2-8 overall and 0-6 in SEC play.

On Nov. 17, the Tigers return to Tiger Stadium for the final home game of the 2018 season, taking on Rice at 6:30 p.m. CT. Tickets are available starting at $20 at LSUtix.net.

Despite several starters who weren't able to play or left the game with injuries, the Tigers dominated play for the better part of three quarters. Arkansas gained 125 of its 216 yards in the fourth quarter.

Quarterback Joe Burrow completed 15-of-21 passes for 195 with a 40-yard touchdown to Justin Jefferson, who had a career effort with six grabs and 117 yards.

Running backs Nick Brossette (23 rushes, 90 yards) and Clyde Edwards-Helaire (17 rushes, 56 yards) scored touchdowns of 12 and 13 yards, respectively. LSU out-rushed Arkansas, 164-16.

LSU held the ball for 35:47 and had a 359-216 advantage in total offense. The Tigers were 5-of-14 on third down, while holding Arkansas to 2-of-12.

Safety Grant Delpit led LSU with six tackles, a sack and two pass breakups.



Blow-by-Blow Recap

LSU won the coin toss and deferred its decision until the second half. The Tigers kicked off, defending the north end zone in the first quarter.

Though the first quarter featured six punts on a 37-degree evening, LSU scored the first seven points on a 40-yard pass from Burrow to Jefferson.

Jefferson, who got behind the Arkansas secondary and jogged into the end zone, scored his third receiving touchdown of the season and Cole Tracy's PAT gave the Tigers a 7-0 lead with 7:30 left in the opening quarter.

LSU's offense gained momentum by running the ball in the second quarter, taking Arkansas' fifth punt of the night at the LSU 23 and marching 77 yards in 14 plays. Thirteen of LSU's 14 plays were rushes. Edwards-Helaire had the first six touches for 23 yards and Brossette added six more for 32 yards including a 12-yard touchdown run with 5:24 left in the half.

LSU led 14-0 follow the drive that took 7:24, its longest by time since 2015.

The Tigers overcame a holding penalty on the drive when Arkansas senior defensive end Michael Taylor II was called for targeting against Burrow.

The final 39 seconds was a mess for both teams, as LSU was flagged for 25 yards of penalties on punt return coverage that nullified a terrific tackle by Kenan Jones. On the following play, Michael Divinity Jr. had a strip-sack of Storey that was recovered by LSU's Grant Delpit at the Arkansas 38.

On the ensuing play, Burrow was strip-sacked by defensive end McTelvin Agim and Arkansas' Dre Greenlaw recovered at the Hogs 43, returning 24 yards to the LSU 33.

A 27-yard pass from Storey to Jared Comelius gave Arkansas its longest play of the half at the LSU 6. A pass into the end zone was knocked away by Delpit, and Arkansas' Connor Limpert kicked a 24-yard field goal on second down as time expired in the half.

LSU led 14-3 at the break.

After trading punts to open the third quarter, LSU took over at its 41 with 11:51 on the clock. After a 3-yard gain on an end-around, Jefferson had catches of 8 and 35 yards, setting up Edwards-Helaire's 13-yard touchdown run.

The Tigers took a 21-3 lead with 9:44 left in the quarter, as Jefferson eclipsed 100 receiving yards for the second time this season.

Though Arkansas advanced to the LSU 42, a fourth-down sack of Storey by Glen Logan gave LSU possession at the LSU 48.

A 26-yard reception by Dee Anderson on first down moved the Tigers to the Arkansas 26. However, a false start put the Tigers behind the chains, and LSU settled for a 40-yard field goal by Tracy.

LSU increased its advantage to 24-3 with 3:12 left in the third quarter.

Arkansas put together an eight-play, 76-yard drive to score its first touchdown of the game with 12:37 remaining. A 23-yard catch by Grayson Gunter and a 15-yard face mask penalty put Arkansas at the LSU 11. On fourth-and-10, Storey connected with tight end Cheyenne O'Grady in the left corner of the end zone for a touchdown.

Arkansas cut LSU's advantage to 24-10.

A one-handed interception by LSU nickel back Kary Vincent Jr. at midfield setup the Tigers offense to answer the score. However, after a 10-yard run by Burrow, Arkansas stopped the Edwards-Helaire on a fourth-and-1 run at the Arkansas 25.

Arkansas took advantage of an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty on LSU's Vincent to keep its ensuing drive alive, and made the Tigers pay for the mistake with a 32-yard touchdown pass from Storey to O'Grady. LSU led 24-17 with 5:27 to play.

A penalty-assisted 25-yard kickoff return by Edwards-Helaire to the LSU 41. LSU gained first downs on a 14-yard catch by Derrick Dillon, a 16-yard run by Burrow and a 16-yard run by Brossette - whose two slides inside the 5-yard line allowed the Tigers to run out the clock.

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