True freshmen running backs Darrel Williams and Leonard Fournette combined to score three of their team’s four touchdowns and the No. 9 Tigers were suffocating on defense in a 31-0 victory Saturday over UL-Monroe at Tiger Stadium.
Fournette led LSU’s rushing attack for the second consecutive game with 10 rushes for 52 yards, including a 24-yard scoring run late in the third quarter.
Senior Kenny Hilliard (12 carries, 50 yards) extended LSU’s lead to 31-0 with 12:19 remaining on a powerful 4-yard run at the end of a 10-play drive where freshman quarterback Brandon Harris took over the offense.
Sophomore Anthony Jennings completed 11 of 18 passes for 139 yards with an interception. He added 20 yards on seven carries.
LSU rushed 51 times for 222, including 117 in the second half when the Tigers began wearing down ULM of the Sun Belt Conference.
LSU’s offense, which produced 199 yards in the opening half, took a 10-0 lead at the 13:11 mark of the second quarter on Williams’ first career touchdown run.
Williams took an inside handoff, broke a tackle and bounced outside on his way to a 22-yard scoring run to complete a 10-play, 85-yard drive.
LSU opened a 3-0 lead with 3:20 left in the opening quarter on Colby Delahoussaye’s 22-yard field goal after a promising drive fell just short of a first down inside the 5-yard line.
What you need to know
1) Three of LSU’s four touchdowns came from players – Darrel Williams and Kenny Hilliard – lined up in the fullback position. Williams scored on runs of 22 and 1 yards, respectively, and Hilliard added a 4-yard run.
2) LSU took advantage of excellent field position to go up 24-0 with 7:22 showing in the third quarter after ULM punter Justin Manton, a graduate of St. Amant, had his worst effort of the game at 17 yards. The Tigers only needed to cover 34 yard with Fournette scoring on a 24-yard pitch to the left.
3) Despite being involved in a minor car accident last week wide receiver Travin Dural, who had 13 stitches over his left eye, finished with six catches for 79 yards – an average of 13.2 yards – but for the first time this year did not score a touchdown.
4) LSU’s defense was simply outstanding in allowing only 95 total yards in 48 plays from scrimmage. The Tigers extended their stretch of scoreless quarters to nine and have not allowed a point in their last 31 consecutive possessions.
5) LSU’s defense held ULM’s rushing attack to 18 yards on 16 carries for a 0.9 per-carry average.