Coach O brought the O.
And, oh, it was something.
Under its fiery new Cajun leader, LSU blasted Missouri 42-7 on Saturday night at Tiger Stadium, rolling up the most yards (634) in a Southeastern Conference game in school history and stuffing the league’s top-ranked offense in Ed Orgeron’s dashing debut as interim head coach.
Running back Derrius Guice, subbing for an injured Leonard Fournette, ran for a career-high 163 yards, scored three first-half touchdowns and helped Coach O and the Tigers (3-2, 2-1) jump out to 35-0 lead. They coasted to a romping win in front of an announced 102,071.
"Whole week," Orgeron said, "you can feel the state of Louisiana on fire."
They're toasty now. This one was never in doubt.
"We played for 60 minutes," Orgeron said. "We put the pedal to the metal. ... We’re just getting started."
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LSU outgained Missouri 158-31 in the first quarter, jumped out to a 21-0 halftime lead and stifled a Missouri offense that entered the game ranked No. 1 in the league. Eight of Missouri’s first 10 drives ended in a punt, and coach Barry Odom’s squad did not cross LSU’s 45-yard line until 10 minutes were left in the third quarter.
By that time, Guice, an electric sophomore out of Baton Rouge's Catholic High, had scored three times, racing in from 42, 4 and 37 yards. He was the lead horse in an offense that flashed new formations and different personnel — tweaks that Orgeron alluded to throughout the week.
Odom admitted after the game that LSU "did a couple of things different."
It started during practice this week. Those were more fast-paced and shorter, the players said.
LSU had two 100-yard rushers (Guice and Darrel Williams, who also had three TDs) and a 200-yard passer (Danny Etling) in the same game for the first time since 2013 against Furman. Orgeron’s group put together four drives of at least 80 yards in the same game against an SEC team for the first time since 2001.
The Tigers broke their record for offense in a conference game on the last significant snap on their final drive, eclipsing 630-yard outings against Ole Miss (1987) and Mississippi State (1967).
"The output we had on offense was tremendous," Orgeron said.
"Great game plan. Everything was working tonight," receiver D.J. Chark said. "We were able to give them a start to a new season."