Drew Lock (Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports)

Mizzou Thumped At LSU

LSU was without standout running back Leonard Fournette on Saturday night but the Tigers didn't need him.

The Missouri football team’s trip to LSU wasn’t the memorable experience the Tigers’ players and coaches were hoping for.

At least not in a good way. 

Missouri was dominated from start to finish in a 42-7 loss on Saturday night in front of 102,071 at Tiger Stadium in Baton Rouge, La.

The good news was Missouri (2-3 overall, 0-2 in SEC play) caught a break with LSU standout running back Leonard Fournette out for the game with an ankle injury. The bad news was that good news didn’t matter. 

LSU (3-2, 2-1), playing its first game under interim head coach Ed Orgeron, got huge games from running backs Derrius Guice and Darrel Williams


Guice, a sophomore, finished with 163 yards rushing and three touchdowns on 17 carries. Williams, a junior, added 130 yards and three touchdowns on 21 carries. 

That duo fueled the hosts’ explosive offense, which piled up 634 total yards (418 rushing, 216 passing) under new offensive coordinator Steve Ensminger.

Missouri’s previously high-powered offensive attack sputtered under the lights in Death Valley. 

The Tigers gained just 265 total yards (188 passing, 77 rushing). Quarterback Drew Lock completed 17 of 37 passes for 167 yards and was intercepted once. He caught a 21-yard touchdown pass late on a trick play.

Guice, a Baton Rouge native who was among the top running back recruits nationally in 2015, carved up the Missouri defense for three first-half touchdowns. 

He broke free for a 42-yard touchdown run with 6:46 left in the first quarter, capping off a nine-play, 84-yard drive. Guice added a 4-yard touchdown run midway through the second quarter to make it 14-0 and then a 37-yard touchdown run a few minutes later. 

LSU led 21-0 at halftime and dominated in every statistical category. 

Orgeron’s squad racked up 357 yards of offense in the first half, including 263 yards rushing on 28 attempts, and 19 first downs. Guice had 136 yards rushing and three touchdowns on 13 carries in the first half while Williams, his backup, rushed for 91 yards on 11 carries.

Missouri had 110 yards of offense (84 passing, 26 rushing) in the first half and five first downs. Lock, who entered the game leading the SEC in several passing categories, completed just nine of 19 passes for 84 yards and one interception. 

Williams made it 28-0 with a 1-yard touchdown run early in the third quarter and then added a 2-yard touchdown run early in the fourth. 

The Tigers got their lone score with 6:11 remaining on a reverse pass when wide receiver (and former quarterback) Eric Laurent threw a 21-yard touchdown pass to Lock. 

Williams scored his third touchdown, on a 9-yard run, with 4:32 left.

NOTES: Freshman linebacker Trey Baldwin saw his first action of the season, burning his redshirt. Baldwin, who enrolled early at Missouri, impressed in the spring but was dealing with concussion-like symptoms in fall camp. … Reserve linebacker Brandon Lee was ejected for targeting in the third quarter. By rule, he will miss the first half of the next game, against Florida in two weeks. … Defensive end Charles Harris was ejected from the game in the fourth quarter after receiving an unsportmanslike penalty. That was his second because of the altercation before halftime where both teams were assessed unsportsmanlike penalties. 

Derrius Guice (Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports)

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