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By: Terrill J. Weil
BATON ROUGE, LA - It was cold and rainy in Tiger Stadium on Saturday night as LSU honored 17 seniors in a pregame ceremony before defeating a good UAB football team, 41-10.
After struggling at Arkansas last weekend, the LSU offense rebounded nicely racking up 565 total yards, (266 yards rushing, 299 yards passing).
Jayden Daniels had a great game finishing 22-29, 297 yards passing with one touchdown, while rushing for 111 yards on 12 carries and a touchdown.
With Amani Goodwin out for the season and Josh Williams missing the game due to a nagging injury, Noah Cain (13 carries, 76 yards, three rushing touchdowns) and John Emery Jr. (nine rushes, 46 yards, one rushing touchdown), handled the rushing duties with nice success.
Malik Nabers lead the team in receiving with seven catches for 129 yards,... Brian Thomas Jr. returned from injury to have a good game with four grabs for 21 yards and a touchdown,... Jack Bech finished with three catches for 61 yards and Mason Taylor had 39 yards on three catches. The Tigers were without Kayshon Boutte who was dealing with an illness.
Defensively, the Tigers started slow allowing ten early points but made adjustments to shut down the UAB attack, holding them to 259 total yards with a second half shutout.
The Blazers are ranked sixth in the nation in rushing, averaging 247.1 yards per contest. The LSU defense held them to 48 total yards on the ground.
Greg Penn III finished the game with a team leading eight tackles. Harold Perkins Jr. finished with five tackles and was all over the field as usual. Joe Foucha and BJ Ojulari both finished with four tackles each, while Ali Gaye had LSU's only sack on the night.
LSU started quickly, taking the opening kickoff and driving 79 yards in nine plays, scoring on a two yard touchdown run by John Emery Jr. to take a 7-0 lead.
The special team play that has hampered the Tigers throughout most of the season return on the ensuing kickoff. UAB's Jerome Brown took in Nathan Dibert's kickoff at the four and returned it 66 yards to the LSU 30 yard line.
Three plays later, DeWayne McBride punched it in from five yards out as the Blazers evened the game at 7-7 with 9:19 left in the first quarter.
The LSU offense remained hot, answering UAB's score with another nice scoring drive. The Tigers traveled 75 yards in eight plays to take a 14-7 lead on a five yard touchdown run by Noah Cain.
UAB's offense responded on their next possession, driving 63 yards in 11 plays before the Tigers' defense stiffened on the final play of the opening quarter, forcing a 29 yard field goal attempt by Blazers kicker Matt Quinn. On the first play of the second quarter, Quinn pushed the kick through to cut LSU's lead to 14-10.
After turning the ball over on their last possession, the LSU offense bounced right back with another nice scoring drive.
Noah Cain would score for the second time in the contest on a one yard touchdown run to close out a 79 yard, 12 play drive, giving the Bayou Bengals a 21-10 lead with 5:20 left in the first half.
The Tigers quickly increased their lead before the half after the LSU defense forced UAB to turn the ball over on downs.
The Tigers zipped down the field, taking only four plays to score as Noah Cain punched it in from one yard out for his third touchdown of the game.
Jayden Daniels continued to have a great night, driving the Tigers 55 yards on the four plays, taking only 34 seconds to score as LSU would hold a 28-10 lead at the half.
The Tigers finally got on the board again late in the third quarter, when Jayden Daniels took it in himself from two yards out to finish off the six play, 57 yard drive. Damian Ramos missed the point after as LSU now held a 34-10 lead with 6:50 left in the quarter.
LSU extended their lead to 41-10 on a five yard touchdown pass from Daniels to Brian Thomas Jr. with 9:46 left in the contest. The score was the culmination of a nine play, 86 yard drive.
With the win LSU is now 9-2 overall, 6-1 in SEC play. The Tigers have won five straight as they will now prepare for their regular season finale against Texas A&M in College Station next weekend, (Saturday, Nov. 26).. Kickoff is set for 6:00pm CST and will be televised on ESPN.
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