LSU defense records second straight shutout

LSU's defense turned in its second consecutive shutout Saturday, the first time that's happened in almost 30 years. Let's put that dominance into perspective.

The LSU defense must have built brick walls across its opponents’ goal line and between the goal posts.

The Tigers turned in their second consecutive shutout Saturday in a 31-0 victory against Louisiana-Monroe. It’s the first time that’s happened since 1985, the first consecutive shutouts in Tiger Stadium since 1941.

“Raise your hand if you were born before 1941?” Les Miles asked in the postgame press conference.

No hands went up.

“Defensively, we are playing dominant football,” Miles said in what’s perhaps the understatement of the season.

LSU’s string of defensive success dates back to the second half of the season opener against Wiscsonsin. After going down 24-7 early in the third quarter, LSU held the Badgers scoreless the rest of the way. Sam Houston State didn’t have any success last week, and ULM matched that offensive ineptitude Saturday.

LSU has now gone 31 consecutive defensive drives without surrendering a point, more than 147 scoreless minutes of game time.

In that time, LSU’s outscored its opponents 128-0.

“[John Chavis] can open up the playbook with us,” said senior linebacker D.J. Welter. “The defense is flying around, making plays and getting off the field on third down. That really gives us momentum.”

The Tigers’ faced little threat from a Warhawk offense that never took flight. ULM totaled just 93 yards of offense on 48 plays. That’s good for a 1.93 average per snap.

ULM ran only three plays in LSU territory, all of which came on a drive that started seven yards shy of midfield. The possession ended in a punt, and that’s how most of them finished.

The Warhawks had 12 drives, punted 10 times and lost a fumble on their final series. The only other one concluded with the halftime whistle. ULM’s longest drive netted just 23 yards. Only two others produced double-digit yardage.

The Warhawks didn’t convert a first down until midway through the second quarter. They only had six total.

It doesn’t get much more dominant than that.

“Anytime you have another shutout, it’s a big deal,” said sophomore corner Tre’Davious White. “We prepared well, and it showed. We still have a lot of things to clean up, but that was a good start and it’s a momentum builder.”

The defense will face a much stiffer challenge next week though. Dak Prescott and the Mississippi State Bulldogs come to town, averaging 43.7 points per game thus far.

“Matchups are always key in that issue,” Miles said. “I’ll be interested to study our opponent as we move forward.”

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