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By: Terrill J. Weil
COLUMBIA, MO - A reeling LSU team limped into Columbia, Missouri facing a must win situation against a 5-0 Missouri Tigers team and came away with a huge 49-39 win.
Once again, it was Jayden Daniels who put the Tigers on his back and carried them to victory. Daniels finished the game going 15-21 for 259 yards passing and three touchdowns. He also rushed for 130 yards and a score.
Logan Diggs had a solid day, rushing for 134 yards and a touchdown.
Malik Nabers led the Tigers in receiving with 146 yards on six catches with a touchdown grab.
The defense struggled through most of the contest, but came up with some big second half stops and the big play of the game in the fourth quarter to seal the win when Major Burns returned an interception 17 yards for a touchdown with 34 seconds left.
The home team Tigers wasted little time getting on the board, driving 87 yards in nine plays to score on an 18 yard touchdown pass from Brady Cook to Theo Wease on their first possession of the game. Cook would then run the ball into the end zone for a successful two point conversion to put Missouri up 8-0 with 9:50 left in the opening quarter.
LSU answered Missouri's score, driving 75 yards on eleven plays, culminating with a one yard touchdown leap by Logan Diggs. Damian Ramos pushed the PAT through to pull the Bayou Bengals to within, 8-7 with 3:33 left in the first period.
The LSU defensive woes continued as Mizzou easily drove 75 yards on only six plays to increase their lead to 15-7 on a 21 yard touchdown run by Cody Schrader.
After a quick three and out by the visiting Tigers, Mizzou took full advantage, driving 57 yards in six plays, scoring on a Cook to Brett Norfleet touchdown pass to extend the home team's lead to 22-7 with 10:47 to go in the first half.
While the LSU defensive play was as horrifying as a Stephen King novel allowing Missouri to score at will, the Mizzou defense was doing its part to help their team, keeping the Bayou Bengals out of the end zone to force a field goal attempt. Damian Ramos drilled his kick from 48 yards out to pull LSU to within, 22-10 with 5:43 left in the second quarter.
On Missouri's next offensive possession the LSU defense finally came up with a huge stop when Harold Perkins Jr. intercepted Brady Cook at the Mizzou 45 yard line, giving the Tigers offense another opportunity to cut into the lead before the half.
LSU was able to capitalize on the turnover, taking six plays to drive 45 yards, scoring on a three yard touchdown pass from Jayden Daniels to Mason Taylor. 22-17 Mizzou with only 1:59 left in the first half.
Missouri was able to answer the LSU touchdown, driving 42 yards on nine plays, extending their lead to 25-17 on a Harrison Mevis 50 yard field goal on the last play of the first half.
Missouri took the kickoff to start the second half and began to march down the field. But the LSU defense bent but didn't break on this drive, stopping the Tigers and forcing a 44 yard field goal attempt. Harrison Mevis pushed the ball wide right and the LSU defense got the huge stop. It appeared that Harold Perkins Jr. may have gotten a hand on the kick.
LSU began their first drive of the second half at their own 27 yard line and drove into Mizzou territory before stalling at the 12 yard line. Damian Ramos kicked a 29 yard field goal to pull the Tigers to within five points,
25-20 with 8:12 left in the third quarter.
The LSU defense was able to force a three and out for back to back stops, giving the Tigers an opportunity to take their first lead of the contest and that's exactly what the LSU offense did.
Jayden Daniels hit Brian Thomas Jr. in stride in the end zone from 42 yards out to give LSU a 27-25 lead with 6:00 left in the third quarter. It took LSU only two plays to score on the drive.
However LSU's defense couldn't protect the lead, as Missouri responded by driving 75 yards in six plays, scoring on a two yard touchdown run by Schrader. 32-27 Mizzou with 2:22 left in the third period.
After a 73 yard punt pinned LSU back deep in their own territory, an injured Jayden Daniels drove the Tigers 92 yards in seven plays, culminating with an incredible 35 yard touchdown run by Daniels. Daniels then hit Malik Nabers in the end zone to convert a two point conversion giving LSU a 35-32 lead with 7:54 left in the game.
But as before, the LSU lead didn't last long as Missouri answered with a 70 yard touchdown drive as Cody Schrader punched it in from one yard out as the home team Tigers grabbed a 39-35 lead.
The LSU offense remained in high gear as they responded to the Mizzou score going 75 yards in five plays as Daniels hit a wide open Malik Nabers for a 29 yard touchdown. The PAT gave the Tigers a 42-39 lead with 2:58 left in the contest.
LSU's defense made a much needed stand late as Bradyn Swinson sacked Cook, forcing a fumble that Missouri recovered for a 26 yard loss setting up a fourth and 32 from the Mizzou 28. Missouri went for it and the Tigers held, giving the LSU offense the ball at Mizzou 48 yard line with only 1:06 remaining.
The Tigers sputtered putting themselves in a third and 19 situation from their own 43.
Logan Diggs picked up eight yards to set up a fourth and 11 from the Mizzou 49.
Jay Bramblett launched a 44 yard punt that went out of bounds at the Missouri five yard line with 45 seconds left on the clock.
On second down from the five, Brady Cook was intercepted by Major Burns who returned the ball 17 yards for the pick six!
The Bayou Bengals now led 49-39 with :34 seconds left in the game.
With the win LSU is now 4-2 overall and 3-1 in SEC play.
Next up LSU will return to Tiger Stadium to host Auburn on Saturday, October 14 at either 6pm or 6:30pm, depending on which ESPN station decides to carry the game.
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