1. What we learned
Fancy, schmancy passing games are beautiful to watch and are a delight to the fans, but there is still something awfully seductive about a powerful running game. LSU’s Brandon Harris connected on some nice deep passes, but as expected the Tigers wore down Texas Tech’s already anemic defense with their dominant rushing game. LSU piled up 384 yards rushing en route to 638 total yards and a school bowl record for points in a 56-27 Texas Bowl victory. LSU’s physicality was evident throughout, and the Red Raiders simply wore out.
2. Trending now
Leonard Fournette. Texas Tech quarterback Pat Mahomes was otherworldly in his ability to scramble. Fournette was unstoppable in his ability to take over the game. Fournette piled up 212 yards rushing on 29 carries and scored four touchdowns, setting a single-season school record with 22 rushing touchdowns. He also caught a TD pass, giving him eight combined touchdowns in his two bowl games as a Tiger. Fournette, who came in first in the FBS with 158.3 ypg rushing, put himself in position to be the first SEC back since 1949 to lead the nation in rushing.
3. Final thoughts
So an LSU season of almost unprecedented highs and lows, twists and turns, ends on a high note. It’s only a minor bowl win, not the CFP playoffs, but the momentum and positive vibes for the Tigers as they transition into the offseason and start to build for 2016 can’t be underestimated. The groundswell of support that gathered under Les Miles late in the season won’t have a reason to evaporate. With Fournette returning for his junior year, expect to see the Tigers in the preseason top 10. Let’s see what they can do.