The Tigers rolled up 425 yards of offense, held the Mean Green to only 199 yards, and had four big returns on special teams in the workmanlike victory.
Gary Crowton’s offense had the kind of balance most coaches would die for as the running game produced 216 yards led by Charles Scott’s 102-yard and two touchdown performance, while Andrew Hatch and Jarrett Lee combined for 209 yards through the air.
The Tigers may not have been as crisp at times as some would have liked but considering that this was only the second game of the season and it came after an unexpected two-week layoff, LSU’s headman was pleased with what he saw.
“I like the fact we have balance,” said Les Miles. “I know we can throw it and run it, and anytime you line up with an offense that can do that, it’s going to be much harder to defend.
“I think our defense is tough to move the ball against,” Miles added. “I like our pressure package. I think we’re headed in the right direction there. Maybe the brightest spot was getting Trindon Holliday going in the punt [returns].”
It didn’t take long for LSU to get on the board against the Mean Green as Charles Scott picked up from where he left off two weeks ago and broke a long run on the Tigers’ opening drive.
Against Appalachian State he broke off a 56-yard run but was caught from behind at the eight-yard line.
This time, though, there was no catching him and the end result was a 39-yard touchdown run to put the Tigers up early.
“I think the game is kind of slowing down for me now and it’s all getting slower,” said Scott. “I tell my o-line everyday that I know something is going to be there and I just have to find it.”
The two teams exchanged field goals to make it 10-3 before Les Miles called Scott’s number again and he responded with two good runs with the last one covering 43 yards to put the Tigers up by two scores.
Holliday ignited the Tigers again in the second half when he fielded a punt and returned it to the North Texas 36-yard line.
Andrew Hatch finished the drive off with a 7-yard touchdown run and Quinn Johnson added his first career touchdown late in the third quarter to put the icing on the cake.
“All in all, this was what we needed,” Miles said. “We got a number of snaps and a victory.”
Darry Beckwith suffered a leg injury in the first quarter and never returned.
“Certainly, we don’t exactly know the length of time,” Miles said. “It’s certainly serious but it’s not terribly serious like something that could cost him the season. It’s either he’s ready to play next week or it’s a couple of weeks as it appears to me.”
Jordan Jefferson Sighting
The true freshman from Destrehan took his first snaps under center on the college level late in the fourth quarter.
Jefferson ran once for 14 yards and threw one pass that fell incomplete.
“I just can’t imagine that we won’t need him down the road and I wanted to see him get in the game and have some fun and play,” Miles said.
Josh Jasper handled all of the kickoffs for the Tigers and the average starting field position for North Texas was at its own 13-yard line.
All of the punting was handled by Brady Dalfrey and the senior punted three times for a 33.7 yard average with a long of 46 yards.
There were a handful of unofficial visitors that made the trip to Baton Rouge for the North Texas game including Barkevious Mingo, Tyler Glynn, Chris Garrett, Chris Faulk, Josh Johns and Kendrick Hardy.