1. What we learned
LSU can be a quick-strike team, too. Sam Houston State came in with the reputation as a hurry-up team, having run 105 plays a week earlier against Alabama State. But after a first-drive interception, it was LSU that lit up the Bearkats with a school-record 94-yard TD pass from Anthony Jennings to Travin Dural. Three minutes later, it was Jennings to Dural on a 28-yard TD pass, and the rout was on. By the end of the first quarter, the Tigers were up 20-0. Sam Houston’s defense was poor, but LSU could have sputtered early. That didn’t happen.
2. Trending Now
Welcome to LSU’s version of The Big House. Tiger Stadium debuted after its third major expansion since 2000 with a capacity of 102,321. Attendance was listed as 100,338, which was tickets sold plus stadium workers. The biggest reason it wasn’t full was the fact Sam Houston didn’t sell about 2,000 tickets an SEC foe would typically buy. There were glitches — the video replay and ribbon scoreboards went out for part of the first half — but inside and out, 90-year-old Tiger Stadium never looked better. Overall, it was a gala premier.
3. Final thoughts
Considering how many youngsters LSU is playing and Sam Houston’s explosiveness, it was surprising to see the Tigers take the Bearkats out of it so early. Sam Houston wasn’t in LSU’s class, but the Tigers’ youth could have made them sputter and leave the Bearkats in the game longer than would have made anyone at LSU comfortable. It’s not necessary to make too much of LSU’s victory, but it is a promising sign for such a green team that it took care of business as other ranked teams did Saturday.