LSU played sloppy in the first half against Furman. They committed two turnovers that turned into ten points for the Paladins, and the Tigers clung to a meager 20-16 lead over a far inferior Furman squad. However, LSU was able to dominate the second half and put the game out of question. Despite a poor team performance in the first half, the LSU rushing attack, led by Jeremy Hill and Terrence Magee, played well throughout the entire game.
Hill and Magee provided most of the rushing production for the Tigers, but it was an overall great game on the ground for LSU. As a team the Tigers racked up 332 total rushing yards on just 36 carries, an incredible 9.2 yards a carry.
Hill received the majority of his fourteen carries in the first half, and he made them count. Hill had two first half rushing touchdowns to up his SEC leading total to 12. He finished the game with 143 yards on 14 carries, an average of 10.2 yards a rush. It was the 9th time in his career he has topped the century mark on the ground in just 19 games. This is good for fourth place in LSU history.
When Terrence Magee has gotten carries he has performed well this season. He only carried the ball seven times against Furman but that did not limit his production. Magee averaged more than 15 yards a carry, finishing the night with 108 yards and two touchdowns.
In a game where the majority of the LSU players did not show up until halftime, the LSU running backs were consistently dominant all night. However, they weren’t exactly playing a top notch team or even and FBS opponent. The Tigers will get their first bye week of the season before their toughest test this year against Alabama in Tuscaloosa. LSU will need to establish a strong running game if they want to have a chance.
LSU Running Backs Grade: A