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Tiger Blitz Gameday Central: LSU vs. Jacksonville State

Get all the latest from Tiger Stadium on gameday as LSU hosts Jacksonville State at 6:30 pm CT on ESPNU for the Tigers' home opener.

When: Saturday, Sept. 10 at 6:30 pm CT
Where: Tiger Stadium (Baton Rouge, LA)
TV/Radio: ESPNU/LSU Sports Radio Network 98.1 FM in Baton Rouge
Series: First meeting between LSU and JSU


1st Quarter Blog

LSU ran just six plays offensively and held the ball for a mere 2:18 while Jacksonville State pieced together a few drives that ultimately fizzled. As the first quarter ended, JSU was at the LSU 13 with their most impressive drive. That was set up by great field position on a punt that had JSU start at the LSU 46. The Tigers were beaten up the middle by quick runs by JSU quarterback Eli Jenkins and perimeter plays by the Gamecocks. Travonte Valentine was on for the first couple drives and JSU would take advantage playing on the perimeter, but while out of the game, JSU would run Jenkins up the middle using the zone read. Offensively, Brandon Harris completed one pass, a screen to Darrel Williams, but overthrew a few balls badly and forced some more plays. On 3rd and 7 for LSU's latest drive, LSU ran a draw that led to boos and from what we gather, Danny Etling entering the game.

2nd Quarter Blog

It was a tale of two quarters as LSU started the Danny Etling era in Baton Rouge following JSU's field goal to make it 3-0. Etling led three drives that all ended in touchdowns for the Tigers. Etling ended the half 6 of 8 for 100 yards and a touchdown, which funny enough, went to DeSean Smith, who had tweeted earlier in the week about how Cam Newton used Greg Olsen so well. Derrius Guice ran 10 times for 93 yards and a touchdown. The whopping 9.3 yards per carry was also complimented by one catch for 18 yards. Etling though was the story as he was perfect outside of two drops by Malachi Dupre and Colin Jeter. While Darrel Williams hasn't had much success on the ground, he has three catches for 27 yards. LSU's defense gave up a long 76-yard touchdown catch and run to Krenwic Sanders to close the gap to 13-10, but LSU fired back with a drive led by Guice mostly to go up 20-10. LSU stopped JSU to force a punt with 51 seconds left in the half and Tre'Davious White took it about 60-yards for the touchdown to put the Tigers up 27-10 at the half. 

3rd Quarter Blog

Etling returned to start the second half and the Tigers started out near their own 40. While Etling and company moved down the field, the drive ended in an interception as Etling stepped up and threw down the field to Dupre, but the ball was underthrown. Etling was picked off in the endzone on the 1-on-1 jump ball, but JSU couldn't do much as the Gamecocks punted back to LSU. LSU was bitten by the penalty bug a little bit during that drive as Etling completed a pass for a first down, but it was called back due to holding. LSU held again defensively and that's when Guice broke off a 29-yard scamper down inside the redzone. After a few tries at battering it in, Etling took it in on the boot to go up 34-10. While the second half hasn't been perfect for LSU offensively, Etling has been just what the doctor ordered for the Tigers.

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Pregame Buzz

By: Christian Boutwell
Twitter: @CBoutwell_

Updated: 6:30 p.m.

Follow Tiger Blitz during pregame here for the sights and sounds from Tiger Stadium.

Tiger Stadium's still receiving a handful of final touch-ups prior to Saturday's home-opener.

Weather Delay

Lightning, a usual theme in home-openers at Tiger Stadium, was spotted multiple times within eight miles of Tiger Stadium. LSU's season-opener game at home last season was canceled due to continuous rain, thunder and lightning. LSU and Jacksonville State is delayed for at least one hour.

After each strike of lightning, a minimum of 30 minutes in delay time is added. An official start time has not been appointed yet. Once lightning passes, plus the mandatory 30-minute waiting period, a 20-minute warm-up session will begin followed by a 10-minute pre-game routine.

If no more lightning is detected, kickoff is expected around 7:30 p.m.

Fournette injury update

Leonard Fournette, whose left ankle was heavily taped against Wisconsin, appeared to re-injure his leg on LSU's final drive in the Tigers' 16-14 loss against Wisconsin one week ago.

Before Brandon Harris' loss-sealing interception, LSU coach Les Miles said Fournette would have been able to go if the drive had continued.

In an interview posted on the school's official website, Miles insisted Fournette, who was seen not in a walking boot this week, is a game-time decision against Jacksonville State.

"If Leonard Fournette is a go, or if not a go, we won't know until game day," the coach said.

The junior carried the ball 23 times for 123 rushing yards against the Badgers, and added another 38 receiving yards on three catches.

If Fournette isn't "a go" on Saturday, Derrius Guice, a suitable, physical backup, will be called up as the replacement for the potential Heisman candidate. Guice, on two carries, gained three yards and had one fumble versus Wisconsin. 

In the first session of pregame warm-ups, Fournette was on the field, but did not run in any drills. 

Fournette is expected to miss Saturday's game against Jacksonville State. His status for next week's matchup versus Mississippi State remains unclear.

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