LSU dominates Louisiana-Monroe, 31-0

LSU remained undefeated entering SEC play with a 31-0 victory against Louisiana-Monroe on Saturday.

No. 10 LSU earned its second consecutive shutout Saturday while dominating Louisiana-Monroe on the ground for a 31-0 victory in Tiger Stadium.

The Tigers amassed 219 rushing yards, and all four scores were of the running variety. Three different backs had touchdowns, while the defense held the Warhawks to just 93 yards of total offense on 48 plays.

Les Miles remains undefeated in non-conference games while at LSU, and the Tigers extended their nation’s best winning streak to 48 regular season games against teams outside the SEC.

“We were patient, ran the football and did the things we were supposed to do,” Miles said. “There are some things we need to improve upon, but by-and-large, I felt like wed did the things we needed to do to win.”

The Tigers did have a slow start offensively, only getting three points out of their first three drives. That field goal capped off LSU’s third possession, a 12-play drive that reached the ULM seven before stalling.

LSU reached pay dirt on its next possession though. The Tigers ran 10 plays on the 85-yard scoring drive, eight of which picked up at least five yards. Freshman running back Darrel Williams capped it off with a 22-yard touchdown run, his first of two scores on the night.

LSU would take that 10-0 lead into halftime, its final possession of the second quarter resulting in an interception in ULM territory. That was Anthony Jennings’ first turnover of the season, and only LSU’s second overall.

“If you look back on the success we’ve had here, the turnover margin is good for the Tigers,” Miles said. That’s always a key statistic for us.”

LSU really opened it up in the second half though. The Tigers reached the end zone on three straight drives to open the half.

Williams scored from one-yard out on the first series for his second touchdown of the game. Leonard Fournette recorded his second career touchdown on the next drive, running in from 24 yards out. Kenny Hilliard got in on the action the next LSU possession, pounding in for a four-yard score.

Fournette finished as LSU’s leading rusher for the second straight game, racking up 52 yards on 10 carries. He and the two senior backs had at least 10 carries and all four finished with at least 37 yards rushing.

“It’s just tradition here to have a fresh set of legs in there, multiple backs like that,” Hilliard said.

Jennings received the meaningful snaps under center in this one, taking clear control of this offense. He finished the game 11-for-18 for 139 yards. His lone interception came 42 seconds remaining in the first half.

“They call me the game manager,” Jennings said. “I want to come in and execute. I’ll the take the throw when the throw is there and make the right read at the line of scrimmage. If that’s being the game manager, this is what I will do.”

Meanwhile the ULM offense struggled to find much production. The Warhawks didn’t record a first down until the second quarter. They ran only three offensive plays in LSU territory, those coming on a drive that started on the ULM 47-yard line.

“It doesn’t matter who you are,” said Duke Riley, who led the team in tackles, “we are going to bring the same intensity and prevent that other offense from scoring.”

Next up for the Tigers is the start of SEC play. LSU will host Mississippi State (3-0) next Saturday in Tiger Stadium at 6 p.m.

“We are in a position now to take on a very quality opponent in Mississippi State,” Miles said. “We are still needing to improve and take strides, but I like where we’re at.”

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