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By: Terrill J. Weil
BATON ROUGE, LA - The Tigers were looking to extend their winning streak on Saturday as they played host to the 2-1 New Mexico Lobos in Tiger Stadium. That they did, as they coasted to a 38-0 victory in front of 100,501 fans in Death Valley.
It was a dominating win as the LSU defense completely shut down the Lobos all night long, keeping New Mexico off of the scoreboard while allowing only 88 yards of total offense.
The Tigers offense looked a little sloppy at times in the first half but would finish strong, piling up 633 total yards on the night.
Jayden Daniels finished the game 24-29, with 279 yards passing, adding 37 yards rushing on nine carries before leaving the game with a lower back strain in the 3rd quarter. Garrett Nussmeier took over going 9-10 for 135 yards passing and a touchdown.
Brian Thomas lead the receiving crew with 76 yards on three catches and a touchdown grab. Malik Nabers finished with 65 yards on six catches, while Jack Bech grabbed six balls for 43 yards. Jaray Jenkins added 57 yards on five catches, Kyren Lacy had 41 yards on four grabs and Mason Taylor had four catches for 34 yards.
Noah Cain finished the night leading the team in rushing with 94 yards on 11 carries adding two touchdown runs. John Emery rushed for 45 yards on nine touches, while Armoni Goodwin had 24 yards on eight carries with two touchdown runs.
Harold Perkins lead the team in tackles with eight, while Mike Jones Jr. finished with four tackles. Greg Brooks Jr. had four tackles and a sack. The Tigers sacked Lobos quarterback Miles Kindrick four times while harassing him throughout the game.
LSU wasted little time getting on the scoreboard as they drove 57 yards in eight plays on their first drive of the game, ending with Armoni Goodwin punching it in from five yards out. Damian Ramos added the point, giving LSU a 7-0 lead with 9:52 left in the first quarter.
The Tigers extended their lead to 10-0 on their next possession as Damian Ramos kicked a 31 yard field goal. The drive went 71 yards on seven plays eating 3:11 off the clock.
New Mexico found it tough going against the LSU defense for the first 30 minutes as the Tigers held the Lobos scoreless with only 76 yards of total offense.
LSU's final score of the first half came on a one yard touchdown run by Armoni Goodwin with :23 left on the clock. The score ended a 88 yard drive on 15 plays, taking 5:44 off the clock. 17-0 LSU at the half.
LSU increased their lead to 24-0 on a one yard touchdown dive by Noah Cain to end an 11 play, 80 yard drive. Jayden Daniels left the contest after hitting his head hard on the turf on a 16 yard gain. Garrett Nussmeier entered the contest to finish the drive and the game.
On the Tigers next possession the offense would strike quickly, going 73 yards on four plays in only 1:33. Brian Thomas Jr. showed some outstanding moves, following blocks by his teammates down field as he caught Nussmeier's pass at the LSU 46 yard line, then raced 57 yards for the score. With 13:14 left in the contest, LSU now lead 38-0.
With the win the Tigers are now 3-1 on the season.
Up next LSU will travel to Auburn for a 6pm kickoff on ESPN.
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