Score by quarters
Western Kentucky 0 7 6 7 — 20
LSU 7 7 20 14 — 48
LSU: Malachi Dupre 55 pass from Brandon Harris at 12:13 (Trent Domingue kick). DRIVE: 5 plays, 70 yards, 2:04. KEY PLAYS: Leonard Fournette starts the drive with a 9-yard run to the LSU 39. Fournette 3-yard run on third-and-1 to the LSU 42 keeps the drive going. TIGERS 7, HILLTOPPERS 0.
WESTERN KENTUCKY: Anthony Wales 7 pass from Brandon Doughty at 10:55 (Garrett Schwettman kick). DRIVE: 9-62-2:27. KEY PLAYS: Doughty 12-yard pass to Nicholas Norris on third-and-10 to the LSU 38. D’Andre Ferby 35-yard run for a first-and-goal at the LSU 3. HILLTOPPERS 7, TIGERS 7.
LSU: Darrel Williams 2 run at 1:25 (Domingue kick). DRIVE: 6-96-3:06. KEY PLAYS: Harris 67-yard pass to Travin Dural to the WKU 26. Fournette 11-yard run to the 12. LSU gets a first-and-goal at the WKU 2 on an 11-yard pass interference penalty on Prince Charles Iworah against Dural to set up Williams’ touchdown run on the next play. TIGERS 14, HILLTOPPERS 7.
LSU: Domingue 34 field goal at 10:26. DRIVE: 10-44-4:22. KEY PLAYS: Harris 28-yard pass to Dural on third-and-7 to the WKU 30. Dural 12-yard pass from Harris to the 23. Fournette 4-yard run on third-and-3 to the 19. TIGERS 17, HILLTOPPERS 7.
WESTERN KENTUCKY: Antwane Grant 39 pass from Doughty at 8:36 (kick failed). DRIVE: 5-66-1:43. KEY PLAYS: Doughty 7-yard pass to Norris to the WKU 41 to start the drive. Norris 9-yard pass from Doughty to the LSU 45. TIGERS 17, HILLTOPPERS 13.
LSU: Domingue 43 field goal at 6:42. DRIVE: 6-38-1:47. KEY PLAYS: Fournette 11-yard run and 15-yard late-hit penalty on WKU’s Brandon Leston moves the ball to the Hilltoppers’ 32. Williams 6-yard run to the 26. TIGERS 20, HILLTOPPERS 13.
LSU: Fournette 1 run at 5:54 (Domingue kick). DRIVE: 3-24-0:38. KEY PLAYS: Drive set up on fumble on kickoff return by WKU’s Kylen Towner; fumble was caused by Jamal Adams and recovered by Nick Brossette at the Hilltoppers’ 24. KEY PLAY: Harris 25-yard pass to Dupre to the WKU 2 and a 1-yard targeting penalty on Dejon Brown against Harris moves ball to the 1 and sets up the touchdown on the next play. TIGERS 27, HILLTOPPERS 13.
LSU: Tyron Johnson 61 pass from Harris at 2:06 (Domingue kick). DRIVE: 3-55-1:37. KEY PLAY: Drive set up on interception of Doughty by Adams and 7-yard return to the LSU 45. TIGERS 34, HILLTOPPERS 13.
WESTERN KENTUCKY: Taywan Taylor 9 pass frm Doughty at 13:04 (Schwettman kick). DRIVE: 10-65-4:02. KEY PLAYS: Wales starts the drive with back-to-back 9-yard runs to give WKU a first down at the LSU 47. Defensive holding penalty on LSU’s Ed Paris wipes out a sack, forced fumble and fumble recovery by Donte Jackson that he returned 47 yards for a touchdown. Doughty 4-yard pass to Jared Dangerfield on fourth-and-2 to the LSU 24. Dangerfield 15-yard pass from Doughty to the 9. TIGERS 34, HILLTOPPERS 20.
LSU: Dural 17 pass from Harris at 8:46 (Domingue kick). DRIVE: 6-50-2:59. KEY PLAYS: Fournette runs of 10 and 15 yards to the WKU 19. TIGERS 41, HILLTOPPERS 20.
LSU: Derrius Guice 47 run at 1:49 (Domingue kick). DRIVE: 5-74-2:50. KEY PLAY: Brossette starts the drive with a 10-yard run to the LSU 36. TIGERS 48, HILLTOPPERS 20.
FINAL SCORE: LSU 48, Western Kentucky 20
RECORDS: LSU 7-0, Western Kentucky 6-2
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