How it Happened
The Tigers jumped out to a 21-0 lead in the first 20 minutes of the game. LSU was able to control the line of scrimmage with Leonard Fournette and Derrius Guice sharing the ball and running through the Arkansas defense with relative ease. Danny Etling was efficient enough, going 10-for-16 for 157 yards, proving that LSU can be run heavy and make enough plays in the passing game to roll up over 500 yards of offense. Guice scored on a 96-yard touchdown to ice the game for the Tigers.
The LSU defense was stout and while it bent, it rarely broke against Arkansas. The defense held Arkansas to just 291 total yards and forced three turnovers too. The Tigers forced a fumble at the end to keep the score to 38-10 when Devwah Whaley fumbled the ball away.
What it Means
LSU is bowl eligible and has won four of its five games under Ed Orgeron's direction. The Tigers now can make a run at a potential Sugar Bowl bid thanks to Auburn losing to Georgia on Saturday. LSU got the first road win under Orgeron as well and Orgeron's first win over Arkansas as a coach. While LSU can't mathematically make the SEC title game, the Tigers avoided a hangover following the loss to Alabama and returned to form.
Player of the Game: Arden Key
It would be easy to pick Leonard Fournette or Derrius Guice as the player of the game for the way the pair was able to combine for 350 yards and five touchdowns. Arden Key though was what made LSU's defense go tonight. Key was around Razorbacks quarterback Austin Allen all night. Key had a sack, tackle for loss and a pass breakup. While Key wasn't credited with any quarterback hurries, he was aroundAllen all night and affected many of his throws by making Allen feel him.
Fournette fell just short of the 100-yard plateau, but that was no issue for Guice, who tallied 252 yards on 21 carries to run for the second highest rushing total in LSU history. Guice was explosive and was the key to LSU finishing this game strong with Fournette on the shelf following his ankle being injured again. The Tigers finished with 390 yards on the ground for the night.
Remember that Florida game that caused all the hub-hub? Yea, that's next week in Tiger Stadium on Saturday at noon CT on SEC Network. LSU will host the Gators for senior day in a rare day game in Baton Rouge.