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LSU wide receiver Trey Palmer (33) gets inverted after pulling in a touchdown pass during the first half at Tiger Stadium Saturday Sept. 11, 2021, in Baton Rouge, La.

FINAL: LSU beats McNeese State 34-7 behind a solid showing on defense. The Tigers sacked MSU quarterback Cody Orgeron eight times, not letting up in pursuit of the the son of LSU coach Ed Orgeron. The Tigers (1-1) host Central Michigan next. 

THIRD QUARTER UPDATE: LSU leads 24-0 after QB Max Johnson hit Kayshon Boutte for his second TD reception of the night. Garrett Nussmeier has replaced Johnson as the Tigers' quarterback late in the third quarter. LSU has five sacks as a defense in the second half. 

HALFTIME UPDATE: The Tigers hold a 17-0 advantage at the break thanks to a solid showing by the defense through the first two quarters. LSU has held McNeese to 53 yards total so far. LSU QB Max Johnson has completed 13 of 19 passes for 104 yards and two touchdowns. 

FIRST QUARTER UPDATE: LSU leads 7-0 after Max Johnson completed six of seven passes for 58 yards and a touchdown to Trey Palmer. McNeese State QB Cody Orgeron is 3-of-6 for 20 yards with no interceptions. 

After suffering a humbling 38-27 loss to UCLA in Los Angeles, the LSU football team will look to regain some momentum Saturday night against McNeese State before beginning the SEC slate.

It's game day and the Tigers can't afford to take a step back with plenty of national observers not believing in Ed Orgergon's squad, including the ESPN's GameDay crew. 

McNeese State (0-1) is an FCS opponent that offers LSU the opportunity to try to get things right. The Cowboys are coming off a 42-36 loss to West Florida, which is the defending Div. II national champion after taking the title in 2019. The 2020 season was canceled on the Div. II level. 

There are few areas that Orgeron can feel comfortable about going into Saturday’s home opener at Tiger Stadium, and the sixth-year head coach is feeling the heat thanks to a 5-6 mark following the program’s 2019 national championship. 

Saturday's game in Baton Rouge will provide a family reunion with Orgeron going up against his son, Cody, who is the starting quarterback for McNeese State. 

The McNeese State contest and the Sept. 11 home game against Central Michigan are meant to provide warm-ups before the Tigers (0-1) travel to Mississippi State on Sept. 25 for the SEC opener. 

Week 2: McNeese State Cowboys vs. LSU Tigers

  • When: 7 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 11 

  • Where: Tiger Stadium, Baton Rouge, Louisiana

  • The line: LSU is a 38.5-point favorite

  • Series record: LSU leads, 1-0.

  • McNeese State’s record: 0-1

  • LSU’s record: 0-1


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  • 49: The number of rushing yards gained by LSU on 20 carries against UCLA.  

  • 2: The number of penalties LSU earned against UCLA.  

  • 367: The number of yards that Cody Orgeron, Ed’s son, threw for in the season opener.

  • 148: The number of receiving yards by Kayshon Boutte vs. UCLA.


  • 11 a.m. - Alabama State at Auburn (SECN)

  • 11 a.m. - South Carolina at East Carolina (ESPN2)

  • 11 a.m. - Pittsburgh at Tennessee (ESPN)

  • 12 p.m. - Florida at South Florida (ABC)

  • 2:30 p.m. - UAB at Georgia (ESPN2)

  • 2:30 p.m. - Texas A&M at Colorado (FOX)

  • 3 p.m. - Mercer at Alabama (SECN)

  • 6 p.m. - Texas at Arkansas (ESPN)

  • 6 p.m. - N.C. State at Mississippi State (ESPN2)

  • 6:30 p.m. - Missouri at Kentucky (SEC Network)

  • 6:30 p.m. - Austin Peay at Ole Miss (SEC Network+, ESPN+)

  • 9 p.m. - Vanderbilt at Colorado State (CBS Sports Network)


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