By: Terrill J. Weil
Da Boot Sports!
LSU: 2019 SEC West Champs
LSU blasted Arkansas in Tiger Stadium tonight 56-20 to run their record to 11-0 and clinch the
SEC Western Division.
The Tigers wasted no time pouncing on the Hogs as they took the opening kickoff and quickly went 75 yards in six plays, scoring on a 37 yd pass from Joe Burrow to WR - Ja'Marr Chase. After a LSU punt, Arkansas got on the board with a 24 yd field goal after driving 49 yards in seven plays. 7-3, Tigers with 3:39 to go in the quarter. LSU continued to sputter on offense to end the 1st. quarter.
Arkansas took possession of the ball to start the 2nd quarter, driving into LSU territory after K.J. Jefferson completed a screen pass to Rakeem Boyd, who rumbled 29 yards to the Tigers 38 yd line. The Tiger defense tightened up to force a field goal attempt that Razorbacks kicker, Conner Limpert pushed through to cut the lead to 7-6 with 9:43 to go in the half. LSU answered quickly as usual, traveling 75 yards on 6 plays, with Tyrion Davis-Price punching it in for the score from 2 yards out. Big plays on the drive was a nice 30 yard catch and run by Thad Moss and Ja'Marr Chase drawing a pass interference call in the end zone that placed the ball 1st and goal at the 2. The Tiger defense forced another Arkansas punt and again struck quickly going 62 yards on only 5 plays, capped off with a beautiful 27 yd touchdown run by Clyde Edwards-Helaire making the score 21-6 with 3:17 to go in the 1st half. LSU started their next possession on their 10 yd line with only 1:51 left in the half. Once again, Joe Burrow and the offense made it look quick and easy, taking 9 plays to go 90 yards, ending with Burrow finding Justin Jefferson from 10 yards out for the score. Both teams went to the locker room with the score, LSU 28, Arkansas 6.. Joe Burrow was 20/25, 246 yards passing, 2 TDs and the Tigers piled up a total of 309 yards in the 1st half. The LSU defense held Arkansas to only 100 total yards in the opening 30 minutes.
Arkansas took the opening kick off of the 2nd half and went 48 yards on 6 plays before missing a 45 yd field goal. The Tigers took over and began to drive, but turned it over to the Razorbacks when Ja'Marr Chase fumbled while fighting for extra yards on a 18 yd catch and run. The Tiger defense forced a punt to regain possession. This is when the blowout really begins. 2 plays, 85 yards, in 43 seconds is all it took as Joe Burrow hit Ja'Marr Chase on a 50 yard scoring pass. The Tiger defense got the ball back for Heisman Trophy Candidate Joe Burrow. This time LSU took over on the Arkansas 26 yard line after a 15 yard penalty against the Hogs for kick catching interference. One play is all it took, as Clyde Edwards-Helaire scored on a 26 yard burst, putting the Tigers up, 42-6. This is where Burrows night ended as Miles Brennan took over on the Tigers next offensive possession. On Brennan's first snap of the drive, he turned and handed it off to Mr. Edwards-Helaire, who broke to the outside, turned it up field and out-raced the Arkansas defense 89 yards for third score of the game. The score stood at 48-6 at the end of the 3rd quarter.
To start the 4th quarter, LSU had the ball on the Arkansas 39 yard line and it was 3rd and 1. Freshman running back John Emery took it into the North end zone for the score. The 39 yard touchdown run capped a 5 play, 67 yard drive, to run the score to 56-6 with 14:27 still to go in the contest. Arkansas would score 14 more meaningless points to end the game with a 56-20 Victory for LSU!
Joe Burrow finished the night, 23/28, 347 yds passing, 3 TDs, & 24 yds rushing. Clyde Edwards-Helaire totaled 188 rushing yards on only 6 carries, & 3 TDs. That's an average of 31.3.. He also had 65 yds on seven catches. Ja'Marr Chase had another huge night catching 6 balls for 144 yds & 2 scores.,, The Tigers finished the night with 612 total yards and a SEC West Division Championship! The LSU defense held the Razorback to 304 total yards, (190 passing/114 rushing).. LSU also held Razorback running back Rakeem Boyd to just 33 yards on 13 carries. Boyd had rushed for over 100 yards in each of Arkansas last three games. Jacob Phillips had a great game as he posted 12 total tackles on the night. JaCoby Stevens had a monster performance, as he had 8 total tackles. Four of them for a loss, and added 3 huge sacks. Freshman Safety Maurice Hampton did a solid job filling in for the injured Grant Delpit. With the dominating offensive performance, the Tigers have become the first team in SEC history to have a 4,000 yard passer, a 1,000 yard rusher, and two 1,000 yard receivers in a season. Next weekend the #1 ranked Tigers will host Texas A&M (7-4), who dropped a close game to Georgia, 19-13 in Athens, Ga earlier today. So now the 2019 SEC Championship game in Atlanta is all set. As our LSU Fighting Tigers will take on the Georgia Bulldogs on December 7th.