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By: Terrill J. Weil
BATON ROUGE, LA - LSU took a break from conference play as they welcomed the Army Black Knights to Death Valley for their 2023 Homecoming game.
LSU honored Army with camouflage painted end zones and a special pre-game ceremony, highlighted by the Silver Wings Parachute Team.
The Tigers ended up blowing out the Black Knights, 62-0.
Nothing personal Army, strictly business.
With the victory Brian Kelly earned his 300th win as a head coach.
Jayden Daniels had another strong performance, going 11-15 for 279 yards with three touchdown passes. He rushed for six yards and a touchdown.
Trey Holly led the team in rushing with 91 yards on six carries and a touchdown. Noah Cain had seven carries for 40 yards and a touchdown. Logan Diggs finished with 26 yards on six carries and a rushing touchdown.
Malik Nabers had a great game catching four passes for 121 yards and two touchdowns, while Brian Thomas Jr. finished with three catches for 122 yards and two touchdowns.
The Tigers rolled up 570 yards of total offense on the night.
Omar Speights led the LSU defense with nine total tackles. Harold Perkins Jr. finished with seven total tackles.
The Tigers held the Black Knights to only 193 yards of total offense. and collected four turnovers.
The Tigers wasted little time scoring as they took the opening kickoff and drove 75 yards in eight plays culminating with a Logan Diggs two yard touchdown plunge. 7-0 LSU with 12:05 left in the first quarter.
The highlight of the drive was a beautiful 28 yard pass completion from Daniels to Brian Thomas Jr. on second and ten to the Army 32 yard line.
After each team traded possessions, LSU quickly extended their lead when Jayden Daniels was flushed from the pocket on second and four and hit a wide open Brian Thomas Jr. down the near sidelines for an 86 yard touchdown. The drive covered 92 yards in two plays and only took 52 seconds. 14-0 Tigers with 5:26 left in the opening quarter.
The LSU defense slammed the door on Army's face on the next possession when Andre' Sam intercepted Champ Harris at the LSU 34 and returned the ball 33 yards to the Black Knights' 33 yard line.
The LSU offense took advantage of the turnover going the 33 yards in only three plays as Jayden Daniels found Brian Thomas Jr. in the back of the end zone for an eight yard touchdown. Damian Ramos' PAT made the score, 21-0 Tigers with 11:28 left in the first half.
The Tigers got the ball right back as Ovie Oghoufo forced a fumble and recovered it at the Army 37 yard line.
Once again, the Bayou Bengals took advantage of the turnover, scoring on a Jayden Daniels one yard touchdown run to put LSU up, 28-0 with 5:01 to go in the second quarter.
On their nest possession the Black Knights turned the ball over on downs at their own 41 yard line after failing to convert on a fourth and four.
LSU took over and drove 24 yards before the drive stalled, forcing a 35 yard field goal attempt by Damian Ramos. Ramos drilled the kick to increase the Tigers' lead to 31-0 with 2:10 left in the half.
LSU continued to poor it on the Black Knight as they drove 72 yards in three plays, taking only 27 seconds off the clock as Jayden Daniels threw a perfect pass to Malik Nabers for a 26 yard touchdown, extending the lead to 38-0.
Army had one last possession in the half. It ended with a Zy Alexander interception at the LSU 11 yard line on a poor Hail Mary attempt by Black Knight quarterback Champ Harris.
The contest went to halftime with LSU holding a commanding 38-0 lead.
Garrett Nussmeier took over the offense to begin the second half and led the Tigers to a score as he hit Malik Nabers in stride for a 51 yard touchdown. The drive went 72 yards in four plays. 45-0 LSU with 9:07 left in the third quarter.
Next LSU extended the lead to 48-0 on a 32 yard field goal by Damian Ramos on a short drive that stalled after moving 20 yards on 11 plays.
After Army turned the ball over on downs for the third time in the contest, the LSU offense stayed in high gear as Nussmeier led the Tigers on a 13 play 60 yard drive, eating 8:20 off the game clock finishing with Noah Cain finding the end zone from two yards out putting the Tigers up, 55-0 with only 4:40 left in the game.
Up 55-0 with 2:07 left, the LSU offense was still not done. The Tigers kept it on the ground, trying to run the clock out to end the contest, but true freshman running back Trey Holly had other plans as he took a hand off on third and seven from the LSU 33 and raced 67 yards for his first touchdown wearing the purple and gold. The electrifying run finished off the scoring on the night. 62-0, Victory for LSU!
With the dominating victory the Tigers are now 6-2 overall and sit at 4-1 in the SEC.
Next LSU will have a bye week, to rest and prepare for a huge matchup on Saturday, November 4th in Tuscaloosa against Alabama. Game time and network coverage TBA.
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