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LSU quarterback Joe Burrow (9) calls a play in a drill during practice, Tuesday, August 13, 2019, at LSU's outdoor practice facility in Baton Rouge, La.

LSU's offense played well during a closed scrimmage inside Tiger Stadium on Saturday, showing coach Ed Orgeron it's "close" to what he wants for the first game of the season.

After defense dominated LSU’s first preseason scrimmage last weekend, Orgeron said the Tigers moved the ball in the first half of the scrimmage and during the two-minute drill.

The defense, which recorded six sacks, controlled the second half of the scrimmage.

The Tigers ran the practice like a game without punts. If the offense didn’t pick up a first down, it came off the field. Last week, LSU had every unit run prestructured sets.

“We moved the ball,” Orgeron said. “We got after the defense today.”

Quarterback Joe Burrow, who missed last week’s scrimmage, stood out Saturday. He went 13-of-24 passing for 160 yards and two touchdowns. Burrow led the offense to a touchdown in the two-minute drill. The Tigers want to design more quarterback runs for Burrow this season, but he did not run much on Saturday.

Meanwhile, Orgeron said backup quarterback Myles Brennan had a “tremendous day.” Brennan struggled running the first-team offense last week, but he finished 13-of-25 with 260 yards and one touchdown. He completed one pass for a 56-yard gain. Some of his passes fell incomplete because of drops.

“We got two quarterbacks who can go in the game right now and win it for us,” Orgeron said. “I do believe that.”

The Tigers also tested some of their young running backs. Junior Clyde Edwards-Helaire, senior Lanard Fournette and freshman Chris Curry did not participate in the scrimmage, giving LSU a chance to examine freshmen John Emery and Tyrion Davis-Price.

Emery had 11 carries for 68 yards, including a 36-yard run. Though Davis-Price finished with just 20 yards on 13 carries, Orgeron said he ran well in short yardage and goal-line situations.

“I thought both of those guys looked outstanding,” Orgeron said.

The Tigers threw the ball more than they ran it on Saturday, but they want to reach an even ratio for the first game against Georgia Southern in two weeks. Orgeron thinks a full group of running backs and consistent offensive line — injuries have marred the position — will balance the offense.

“We want to be 50/50, and we want to be physical,” Orgeron said. “We're close.”

Email Wilson Alexander at walexander@theadvocate.com.