The first half was a bit ugly at Tiger Stadium as LSU looked sluggish and perhaps still hungover from last week’s loss, but the second half was a different story as the Tigers breezed past Furman with a 48-16 win.
The final score is about what I had expected leading up to this game, but the first half was anything but as LSU led 20-16 at half before tightening up in the final 30 minutes. Oh to be a fly on the wall in the LSU locker room to hear what head coach Les Miles had to say to his team who has looked sloppy at the start again.
Zach Mettenberger’s pick six and an Odell Beckham muffed punt gave Furman 10 points, but LSU responded after half and scored on a Terrence Magee touchdown run from a yard out capping an eight-play, 84 yard drive to start the half.
This would be a sign of things to come in the second half as Magee ran for 108 yards and two second half touchdowns on only seven caries. He and Jeremy Hill combined for 251 yards on 21 carries and four touchdowns.
LSU ran for 328 for the night for an impressive 9.1 yards per carry average as they would finish with 668 total yards of offense. What was encouraging was the length of scoring drives as LSU had four touchdown scoring drives of 69 yards or more and three that went 83 yards or more. The last score of the night was a beautiful catch and run by Beckham who led the team with six catches for 204 yards and two touchdowns.
Defensively, LSU pitched a shutout in the second half and for the game limited Furman to only 2.6 yards per carry and 198 total yards.
The slow start prevented LSU from playing freshman quarterback, Anthony Jennings as much as Miles would have liked perhaps, and a win is a win, but LSU still has find a way to play a complete game. We’ve seen dominant halves and quarters from this team all season long, but we’re still waiting for a dominant 60 minutes.
Will that come Nov. 9 at Alabama?