How it Happened
Well, where should we start? LSU worked the pass game early on to set up a rushing attack that finished with 418 rushing yards and saw running backs Derrius Guice and Darrel Williams both rush for over 100 yards. Danny Etling made the offense hum by spreading the ball around to nine different receivers and finished 19-for-30 for 216 yards. LSU's offense finished with 634 yards of total offense and scored all five touchdowns on the ground tonight. The defense didn't let Drew Lock get comfortable and had two sacks, but the quick plays that Missouri ran helped keep the pass rush at bay a bit.
In the second half, LSU had a little bit more difficulty finishing drives, but most importantly opened the half with a touchdown drive. The defense continued to play lockdown defense and kept Missouri completely one dimensional. That helped LSU focus on playing in the secondary and generally, kept Missouri at bay. Missouri got into LSU territory a couple times, but never threatened. A reverse pass ended the shutout for LSU in the middle of the fourth quarter, but LSU closed the game out and it was never in doubt.
What it Means
That energy that Ed Orgeron meant to instill in the program is there. The creativity that Orgeron wanted from Steve Ensminger is there. The offense featured many different formations, but kept the main concepts of the offense. LSU used screens, jet sweeps, slants and an impressive ground attack to dominate the game. LSU's offensive line was hurt by injuries and towards the end of the game, an ejection of Andy Dodd. Will Clapp and Josh Boutte were both hurt in the game. LSU's depth on offensive line showed as Donavaughn Campbell and Garrett Brumfeld both played well in their absence.
Defensively, it was more of what we already knew. LSU's secondary is great, the line is outstanding and Kendell Beckwith continues to play like a man. There's nothing to really worry about here for LSU on the defensive side of the ball. LSU is very much in the race for the SEC West.
Player of the Game: RB Derrius Guice
While Darrel Williams ended up shouldering a lot of the load, Guice set the tone with his play early on. The backup to Leonard Fournette got the start and performed with 17 carries for 163 yards and three scores. The sophomore also added a 21-yard reception on the night. Guice displayed great vision and speed like LSU knows it has in Guice. That explosiveness led to two of Guice's touchdowns from 37 and 41 yards out.
LSU averaged around 59 plays per game under Les Miles this season and had 46 plays at the half alone. LSU finished with 82 plays on the night as the Tigers rans the ball and chewed clock late in the game. LSU averaged an impressive 7.7 yards per play.
A road matchup for LSU at Florida on Saturday, Oct. 8 at 11 am CT on ESPN.