LSU does enough to get the win

Bryan Lazare, TigerBait.com Senior Writer
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Danny Etling threw two touchdown passes and Darrel Williams accounted for 142 yards rushing and receiving as LSU survived a late rally to defeat Syracuse 35-26 at Tiger Stadium on Saturday night.

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HOW THEY SCORED

First Quarter

LSU 7, Syracuse 0

Score: Derrius Guice 1-yard run. Jack Gonsoulin kick. Time Remaining: 14:51. Drive: 1 yard in 1 play. Time of Possession: :03. Key Play: Greedy Williams intercepted an Eric Dungey pass and returned the ball 28 yards to Syracuse’s 1.

LSU 7, Syracuse 3

Score: Cole Murphy 42-yard field goal. Time Remaining: 7:58. Drive: 52 yards in 17 plays. Time of Possession: 6:53. Key Play: On fourth-and-three, Devin Butler ran 6 yards for a first down at LSU’s 17.

Second Quarter

LSU 14, Syracuse 3

Score: Stephen Sullivan 43-yard pass from Etling. Gonsoulin kick. Time Remaining: 1:15. Drive: 71 yards in 6 plays. Time of Possession: 1:30. Key Play: On third-and-five, Etling completed an 8-yard pass to DJ Chark for a first down at Syracuse’s 47.

Third Quarter

LSU 21, Syracuse 3

Score: Drake Davis 87-yard pass from Etling. Time Remaining: 14:45. Drive: 87 yards in 1 play. Time of Possession: :15.

LSU 21, Syracuse 10

Score: Ervin Philips 30-yard pass from Butler. Murphy kick. Time Remaining: 12:20. Drive: 75 yards in 8 plays. Time of Possession: 2:15. Key Play: On third-and-nine, Dungey completed a 28-yard pass to Steve Ishmael for a first down at LSU’s 36.

LSU 28, Syracuse 10

Score: Darrel Williams 20-yard run. Gonsoulin kick. Time Remaining: 5:22. Drive: 91 yards in 6 plays. Time of Possession: 3:24. Key Play: On third-and-four, Myles Brennan completed a 43-yard pass to Williams for a first down at Syracuse’s 20.

LSU 28, Syracuse 12

Score: Darrel Williams tackled by Parris Bennett in the end zone for a safety. Time Remaining: 3:29.

LSU 28, Syracuse 19

Score: Dungey 14-yard run. Murphy kick. Time Remaining: :07. Drive: 72 yards in 10 plays. Time of Possession: 3:16. Key Play: On fourth-and-five, Philips ran 8 yards for a first down at LSU’s 33.

Fourth Quarter

LSU 28, Syracuse 26

Score: Ishmael 22-yard pass from Dungey. Murphy kick. Time Remaining: 5:40. Drive: 80 yards in 13 plays. Time of Possession: 5:01. Key Play: On third-and-19, K’Lavon Chaisson was called for roughing the passer to give Syracuse an automatic first down at its 42.

LSU 35, Syracuse 26

Score: Chark 20-yard run. Gonsoulin kick. Time Remaining: 1:52. Drive: 56 yards in 7 plays. Time of Possession: 3:47. Key Play: On third-and-two, Nick Brossette gained 3 yards for a first down at Syracuse’s 20.


TURNING POINT

Despite holding an 18-point lead deep into the third quarter, LSU found itself in a two-point game after Syracuse scored a touchdown with just under six minutes remaining in the game. Surprisingly, the Orange did not kick the ball deep following its touchdown. The Tigers started from their 44 and drove for a game-clinching touchdown. Darrel Williams had a key 24-yard run. Then, Nick Brossette converted a third-and-two with a three-yard gain. On the next play, Chark went 20 yards for the score on a jet sweep.


LSU OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE GAME

With Guice limited to eight carries, Williams stepped in and made the important plays running and catching the ball. Williams, who eclipsed the 1,000-yard rushing mark for his career in the first quarter, finished with a team-high 92 yards on 16 attempts. Williams made two key plays on the touchdown drive which put LSU ahead 28-10. First, Brennan checked down to Williams on a Syracuse blitz. Williams turned the reception into a 43-yard gain which put the ball at the Orange’s 20. On the next play, Williams ran 20 yards for a touchdown.


LSU DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE GAME

As has been the case all season, inside linebacker Devin White made the most plays with a career-high 13 tackles. White made one stop behind the line of scrimmage and broke up one pass. White is averaging nearly ten tackles per game.


KEY TEAM STATISTICS

First downs by passing – Syracuse 17, LSU 7

Rushing yardage – LSU 151, Syracuse 76

Rushing yards per attempt – LSU 4.0, Syracuse 2.8

Passing yards per attempt – LSU 11.4, Syracuse 5.6

Passing yards per completion – LSU 18.8, Syracuse 9.1

Total plays – Syracuse 82, LSU 61

Yards per play – LSU 6.8, Syracuse 4.7

Punting average – Syracuse 46.7, LSU 38.6

Penalties – Syracuse 7, LSU 3

Third-down conversions – LSU 7-of-13, Syracuse 8-of-19


INDIVIDUAL STATISTICAL LEADERS

LSU

Darrel Williams: 16 carries, 92 yards, 1 touchdown; 3 catches, 50 yards

Danny Etling: 17 attempts, 10 completions, 188 yards, 2 touchdowns

Foster Moreau: 3 catches, 18 yards

Devin White: 13 tackles

Rashard Lawrence: 2 tackles-for-loss

Grant Delpit: 2 pass breakups

Tyler Taylor: 1½ sacks

Syracuse

Dontae Strickland: 7 carries, 27 yards

Eric Dungey: 53 attempts, 32 completions, 265 yards, 1 touchdown, 1 interception

Steve Ishmael: 11 catches, 123 yards, 1 touchdown

Ervin Philips: 11 catches, 93 yards, 1 touchdown

Parris Bennett: 12 tackles, 3 tackles-for-loss


NOTES

Taylor replaced the suspended Donnie Alexander in the starting lineup at inside linebacker. Alexander did start the third quarter when his suspension was over. . .Guice gained 14 yards on eight carries. He scored LSU’s first touchdown on a 1-yard run. . .H-back John David Moore played sparingly. David Ducre and Tory Carter got the most snaps at H-back. . .Lawrence started at defensive end, but injured his other ankle. . .John Battle suffered an injury in the third quarter and left the game. Battle had a career-high 11 tackles. Eric Monroe replaced Battle at safety. . .Adrian Magee took over for Ed Ingram at right guard in the second quarter. . .Brennan completed four of six passes for 75 yards with one interception. The interception was LSU’s first turnover of the season. . .The 87-yard touchdown pass to Davis was the longest for the Tigers in three seasons. Anthony Jennings combined with Travin Dural for a 94-yard scoring pass against Sam Houston State in 2014. . .Greedy Williams’s interception was his third of the year. . .Sullivan’s touchdown reception was the first of his career. . .Josh Growden was benched after three punts, which averaged only 34.7 yards. Zach Von Rosenberg had punts of 49 and 40 yards. . .The Tigers have won 49 straight non-conference home games. . .LSU is 3-1, while Syracuse is 2-2. . .The paid attendance was 96,044.


FROM THE LOCKER ROOM

Coach Ed Orgeron’s comments: “I am awfully glad to win this game. We played an okay game. We hit the deep ball and we want to continue to hit the deep ball. The long ball saved us tonight because we couldn’t get the running game going. The defense was not as good on third down and not as good on the pass rush in the second half. Our offensive line gave up too much penetration and Danny (Etling) was under duress all night. We wanted to get Myles Brennan some snaps with the game on the line. He did well in some situations and he must improve in some other situations. Danny is still No. 1. Myles didn’t beat him out tonight. But, we want him to get some experience if Danny gets hurt. This was a good win for our team. I know it was not pretty and not exciting, but we are going to celebrate it.”


UP NEXT

LSU will play host to Troy at Tiger Stadium Saturday. Kickoff will be at 6 p.m. The Trojans (3-1) defeated Akron 22-17 in Troy on Saturday evening. The game will be available on ESPNU.

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