FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — The LSU offense finally got off to a fast start.
The No. 19 Tigers scored on their first possession of the game for the first time this season Saturday night at Arkansas. LSU went 75 yards on nine plays, capped by a 5-yard touchdown run by Leonard Fournette.
Fournette kept the drive going on LSU’s third play when he had a 7-yard run on third-and-1 from the 34, then had a 38-yard gain on a third-down swing pass from Danny Etling that moved the ball to the Razorbacks 15.
In LSU’s first eight games, the Tigers netted 32 yards on 25 snaps, with just one first down and no points. Their longest drive had been four plays against Missouri on Oct. 1.
In LSU's 10-0 loss to Alabama on Nov. 5, Colby Delahoussaye's 49-yard field goal attempt was blocked on the Tigers' first offensive series.
Maea Teuhema received the start at right tackle and K.J. Malone started at left tackle, but the Tigers used different combinations throughout the game.
Teuhema helped spring an efficient offensive series on LSU’s first possession, but Toby Weathersby replaced Teuhema on the second.
During one series in the second quarter, Teuhema and Weathersby manned left tackle and right tackle, but Malone returned to left tackle on the Tigers' final drive of the first half.
Teuhema and Weathersby both played right tackle in the loss to Alabama. Weathersby, recovering from an ankle sprain he suffered seven weeks ago, finished that game at right tackle, but Teuhema, a sophomore like Weathersby, practiced with the No. 1 group at right tackle during the portion of Tuesday's practice open to reporters.
Toliver held out
LSU cornerback Kevin Toliver dressed out but did not play against Arkansas.
Toliver has been dealing with an undisclosed injury, and interim coach Ed Orgeron deemed him questionable for Saturday night’s game.
Toliver, a sophomore who has started five games this season and eight last year as a freshman, did not play on defense in the loss to Alabama; he only played on special teams. Toliver missed the game at Auburn with an injury, too, and he did not play on defense against Southern Miss because of a suspension.
Orgeron declined to reveal Toliver's injury. He practiced last Tuesday in a gold jersey, signifying limited contact.
Without Toliver, LSU moved Tre'Davious White from his nickelback role to outside cornerback and inserted Dwayne Thomas at nickel.
'SEC Nation' headed to LSU
"SEC Nation" is coming to Baton Rouge.
The SEC Network’s traveling pregame show will broadcast live from LSU’s campus at 10 a.m. before the Tigers host No. 22 Florida at noon Saturday. The location on campus has not been announced.
This is the fourth time a pregame show will broadcast from the an LSU game this season. ESPN's "College GameDay" broadcast from Green Bay, Wisconsin, for the Tigers’ season opener against Wisconsin at Lambeau Field. "GameDay" also aired in Baton Rouge for the game against top-ranked Alabama. "SEC Nation" broadcast from Auburn’s campus for its meeting with LSU on Sept. 24.
"SEC Nation" planned to broadcast from Florida’s campus for the Gators’ contest with LSU on Oct. 8, but the game was postponed ahead of the arrival of Hurricane Matthew.
Scouting the Tigers and Hogs
A trailer carrying Arkansas’ live razorback mascot that circled the field before the game had a special message attached to it at the top where the cheerleaders rode on the roof.
The banner read: "In Loving Memory of Mike VI," with the years 2005 to 2016 just beneath the tribute to LSU's live mascot, who died of cancer Oct. 11.
LSU's captains Saturday night were all seniors: linebacker Duke Riley, defensive end Lewis Neal, center Ethan Pocic and receiver Travin Dural. ... The temperature at kickoff was 54 degrees but dropped into the low 40s by the third quarter. ... The Tigers held opponents scoreless in 11 of the first 17 quarters since Orgeron took over as interim coach.