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Football Gets Guice, Lawrence Back to Face Syracuse

Michael Bonnette (@LSUBonnette)
Michael Bonnette (@LSUBonnette)
Assoc. Athletic Director/Communications

BATON ROUGE – LSU got a boost on Thursday when head coach Ed Orgeron announced that running back Derrius Guice and defensive end Rashard Lawrence will play on Saturday when the 23rd-ranked Tigers host Syracuse in Tiger Stadium.

Guice, who is averaging 100 yards on the ground a game this year, is the school’s most recent addition to the 2,000-yard club, while Lawrence is one of LSU’s most dominant defensive linemen. Lawrence hasn’t played since the Tigers beat BYU, 27-0, in the season-opener.

On Saturday night, Syracuse will enter Tiger Stadium for the first time as the schools have only met on three other occasions – 1965 Sugar Bowl (LSU won 13-10); 1989 Hall of Fame Bowl (Syracuse won 23-10) and 2015 at the Carrier Dome (LSU won 34-24).

LSU goes into the game riding a 48-game winning streak against non-conference opponents in Tiger Stadium. LSU hasn’t lost a home non-conference game since dropping a 13-10 decision to UAB in 2000.

Watch, Listen Live

ESPN2 will televise Saturday’s matchup, with kickoff slated for 6:05 p.m. CT. The game can also be watched online at www.WatchESPN.com or on the Watch ESPN app. Syracuse alum Anish Shroff, along with Ahmad Brooks and Julie Stewart-Binks will call the action for ESPN2.

The game will be broadcast on the LSU Sports Radio Network with the Voice of the Tigers Chris Blair, Doug Moreau and Gordy Rush calling the action. The game can be heard online for free at www.LSUsports.net/live or on the radio in Baton Rouge area on Eagle 98.1 FM.

Guice, Lawrence To Play for LSU

Both teams enter the game with identical 2-1 records. LSU is coming off a 37-7 road loss to Mississippi State, while the Orange defeated Central Michigan, 41-17, in their last outing.

“We’re looking forward to Saturday night in Tiger Stadium,” LSU coach Ed Orgeron said. “We had a good week of preparation. It was not perfect, but I have to give the guys credit. They put the last game behind us on Monday. We continued to work hard, and paid attention to detail, especially on defense.”

After practice on Thursday, Orgeron noted that Guice, the team’s leading rusher with 300 yards and four TDs, will be available Saturday night. Guice was slowed early in the week, but appeared to be close to full speed at practice on Thursday.

“We got some good news (Thursday),” Orgeron said. “At the beginning of the week, Derrius (Guice) was ruled out. He came to us today (Thursday) and said that he wanted to practice. He practiced pretty well, so he will play. Rashard Lawrence will play in a limited role, which will help us out.”

Lawrence, who had four tackles in the season-opener against BYU but hasn’t played since, will add some much-needed depth to the defensive line as the Tigers will try to slow Syracuse’s fast-paced offense. In three games, the Orange have run 265 plays (88.3 per game) and are averaging 38.0 points and 491.0 total yards (193.7 rushing, 297.3 passing) a contest.

“I think it’ll be limited for Rashard,” Orgeron said of the number of snaps he expects the sophomore to play. “We need to get in the game and see how he’s doing. We’ll have a rotation there, but it brings us some stability on the defensive line. We’re very thin as it is right now. He’s a leader, and he gives us some confidence going into games. We’re going to start him and see how he plays.”

Orgeron said one of the challenges in defending an up-tempo offense such as Syracuse is being able to rotate personnel efficiently.

“Rotation and how to get your defense rotated,” Orgeron said of defending the Orange. “You can always rotate on your hash; getting personnel groupings in and out; they sub, we sub. We have to red-alert on the sideline. All of those things are really critical.

“They run it (offense) very fast and our defense is going to get tired. We are going to need to rest and we are going to want to keep the ball.”

This will be the first of two consecutive Saturday nights in Tiger Stadium with LSU and Troy set to meet for LSU’s Homecoming on Saturday, Sept. 30, at 6 p.m.

Tickets & Parking On Sale

Tickets remain for the Syracuse game and that, along with reserved parking passes, can be purchased online at www.LSUtix.net. Tickets for LSU’s new Skyline Club, which features a buffet in the price of the ticket, are available as well for $50 each.

Six New LSU Athletic Hall of Famers To Be Recognized

The six newest members of the LSU Athletics will be introduced to the crowd at Tiger Stadium Saturday between the first and second quarters.

The class includes: Collis Temple Jr., men’s basketball, 1971-74; Debbie Parris-Thymes, track and field, 1992-94; Russ Buller, track and field, 1997-2000; Alison Maisch, diving, 1986-89; Kristin Schmidt, softball, 2002-04; and, Joyce Walker, women’s basketball, 1980-84.

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