How It Happened
After struggling for much of the game, it looked for a while like LSU was going to sneak out with a 14-13 win. A late pick, however, from Brandon Harris sealed a 16-14 win for Wisconsin in the season opener at Lambeau Field. It was a disappointing first half for LSU despite only being down 6-0. LSU twice gave up the ball in their own half of the field in the second quarter which led to two Wisconsin field goals. The first came after a Derrius Guice fumble gave Wisconsin the ball at the 36-yard line. LSU also went for it from their own 45, but Leonard Fournette was stopped multiple times, including on 3rd and 4th down, giving the ball back to Wisconsin in LSU territory late in the half. It was struggle for Brandon Harris who finished the half 3 for 7 for 38 yards and an interception at the end of the half. It was a struggle for Fournette as well who had just 35 yards on 11 carries.
The second half didn’t start much better for LSU after a 3 and out to open the 3rd quarter, Corey Clement ran right through LSU and capped it off with a 5 yard run to give Wisconsin a 13-0 lead. LSU’s defense once again gave the team a lift after a 21-yard pick-six made it a 13-7 game midway through the 3rd quarter. LSU’s defense came up huge again after Donte Jackson forced a fumble that 2 plays later the Tigers punched it in for a 14-13 lead. It stayed that way before Houston went back to his favorite target on the day Tony Fumagalli, who had 7 catches for 100 yards. Rafael Gaglionone capped off the drive for Wisconsin with a 47-yard field goal to give the Badgers a 16-14 lead. The Badgers picked off Brandon Harris to seal the one just one play after Fournette had busted through for a run out to the Wisconsin 30-yard line.
What It Means
This is certainly a disappointing loss for LSU after mistakes plagued them throughout. Brandon Harris was not sharp finishing the day just 12 of 21 for 131 yards and 2 interceptions. Offensively LSU has a lot to fix before SEC play in a couple weeks. It was LSU's first loss in a season opener under Les Miles.
Player of the Game
Leonard Fournette: It certainly wasn’t easy for Fournette who had to earn every single yard this afternoon with Wisconsin stacking the box. Fournette finished the day with 138 yards on 23 carries.
With a 5-yard rush in the second quarter, Leonard Fournette became the fastest running back in LSU history to reach 3,000 yards in a career.
LSU hosts Jacksonville State in their home opener next Saturday at 6:30 PM CT.