First quarter blog/analysis- LSU 7, Southern Miss 7
- LSU survived a couple sloppy penalties on the game's opening drive: Donte Jackson's unsportsmanlike conduct and 12 men on the field on a fourth down that gave Southern Miss a first down.
- Arden Key nearly had a pick-six on that same drive. He was unblocked on a screen, recognized it and stayed in the passing lane to deflect the pass.
- Nothing too aggressive from USM offensively on the opening drive. They're calling plays that get 4-7 yards and playing possession and ball-control offense, with the exception of Ito Smith's run to set up first and goal. The opening drive took 8:02 off the clock.
- On Ito Smith's 17-yard run that set up first-and-goal, USM got a guard to the second level quickly and opened the hole by manhandling Kendell Beckwith.
- LSU went three-and-out on its opening drive and was hindered by an 8-yard sack on second down. On the sack, no one accounted for a linebacker who came through unblocked to get the sack. Bad communication on the K.J. Malone and Maea Teuhema side of the line.
- Derrius Guice's first carry didn't come until 3:20 left in the first quarter. It was an 11-yard run on the Malone and Teuhema side.
- D.J. Chark got great blocking from J.D. Moore and Colin Jeter on his 19-yard TD on a jet sweep. That play shows the difference in speed and strength between the two teams and got the ball in one of the faster player's hands.
- Great job by Tashawn Bower to finish the strip-sack through contact.
Second quarter blog/analysis- LSU 10, Southern Miss 10
- USM is repeatedly getting offensive linemen on Kendell Beckwith on run plays. He's struggled to get off their block or hold any ground.
- Ito Smith is getting a lot of work early. Got him matched up on a linebacker on a wheel route for a 27-yard gain.
- LSU is leaving Arden Key unblocked on screens and some option plays. That's how they're taking him out of some plays instead of trying to block him all game.
- Beckwith showed great patience on a tackle for loss on a run play. He waited until he saw a double-team on a defensive lineman and shot through unblocked for the tackle.
- LSU finally got Guice going with some consistent touches with about 6 minutes left in the half. Hasn't broken a chunk play since his first carry though.
- Hasn't been much downfield for LSU in the passing game, though Etling missed a throw to an open Travin Dural on play action.
- Tough not getting pass interference on a third-and-18 completion intended for Dural. Defensive back appeared to hit Dural early on the shoulder as he was coming back to the ball and fell down.
- LSU's pass rush has been pretty quiet all game, save for the Bower sack. Lots of quicker passes from USM though.
Third quarter blog/analysis- LSU 38, Southern Miss 10
- LSU's offensive line has a big size and strength advantage over USM's defensive line. It didn't show for much of the first half, but did on the Guice's 61-yard touchdown. Outstanding play by Teuhema getting a chip block on a defensive lineman and then getting to a linebacker on his own in the second level.
- Great play by Jamal Adams to meet the runner and get low to force the fumble.
- Shifty run by Guice on his second touchdown. Colin Jeter set the edge and then sealed off the cutback lane by getting to a defensive back. Good play design and execution.
- LSU finally got some quick-arriving pressure on Lewis Neal's sack. Arden Key was right there too.
- Teuhema left the game in the middle of the third quarter with an apparent injury.
- Chark ran a great route on his 80-yard TD. Recognized man coverage on him, ran a go route until he noticed the safety go underneath him, then came back to the ball and caught it about 15 yards from the line of scrimmage. His speed did the rest of the work.
- Beckwith avoided a couple blockers and made a clean stop on fourth down to force a turnover on downs. After getting blocked out of a couple plays early on, he's played very well.
- LSU ran play action on the 63-yard touchdown to Malachi Dupre. USM's corner left him wide open by overcommitting on the play fake.
WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 15 at 6:30 pm CT
WHERE: Tiger Stadium (Baton Rouge, La.)
TV/RADIO: SEC Network/Tiger Sports Radio Network
LAST MEETING: Southern Miss beat LSU 20-18 in 1994.
LINE: LSU -21
LSU-Southern Miss Quick Links
- Tiger Blitz Game Preview: SMU vs. Southern Miss.
- Here are five Southern Miss players to watch against LSU on Saturday night.
- Safety Rickey Jefferson is out for LSU after a leg injury.
- LSU Football Practice Notebook: Oct. 10.
- LSU Football Practice Notebook: Oct. 11.
- From the other side Q&A: LSU vs. Southern Miss.
- Southern Miss coach Jay Hopson press conference transcript.
- LSU coach Ed Orgeron press conference transcript.
Times of Interest: LSU-Southern Miss
Noon LSU Ticket Office opens
1:30 p.m. Tiger One Village opens (front of PMAC)
1:30 p.m. L-Club Tailgate (Legends Club at PMAC)
2:30 p.m. Christian Bold performs in Zatarain’s Tiger One Village (front of PMAC)
3 p.m. TAF Pre-Game Party (at PMAC)
3:30 p.m. Club level and Suites open at Tiger Stadium
3:45 p.m. LSU Student gates open at Tiger Stadium
4 p.m. All remaining gates open at Tiger Stadium
4:25 p.m. LSU walks down “Victory Hill” with former LSU football alumni
4:30 p.m. LSU Game Day presented by CST radio show at Zatarain’s Tiger One Village
4:40 p.m. Band comes down Victory Hill
6:17 p.m. Charles McClendon Scholarship Recognition
6:22 p.m. Guest Captains Presentation – Justin Vincent, Bo Campbell, Rohan Davey
6:23 p.m. Golden Band from Tigerland takes the field for pregame performance
6:27 p.m. Alma Mater and National Anthem
6:35 p.m. LSU intro video
6:35 p.m. Southern Miss takes the field
6:36 p.m. LSU takes the field
6:37 p.m. Coin toss at midfield
6:39 p.m. Kickoff: LSU vs. Southern Miss on SEC Network
Follow along with Tiger Blitz from Tiger Stadium as we countdown to kickoff for LSU-Southern Miss at 6:30 pm CT.