LSU’s defense dominated the Tigers matchup with the ULM Warhawks.

Here are five big takeaways from the 31-0 shutout. 

The defense is going to keep this team in games – The Tigers only allowed 93 total yards in their second straight shutout in Tiger Stadium. It’s the first time since 1985 that LSU has had two straight shutouts. Even with only one sack, they created pressure all night and got big contributions out of some young players, and did it without two starting linebackers.

There’s a blueprint to stop the offense – ULM loaded up the box and dared Anthony Jennings to beat them; he wasn’t up to that task and was flummoxed by the pressure the Warhawks brought. It didn’t help that the O-line had trouble keeping the pass rush out, but Jennings had a hard time getting the ball out quickly. The Tigers are going to need to find ways to move the ball through the air, and soon.

Darrel Williams is every bit as effective as Leonard Fournette right now – Williams has earned Les Miles’ trust, earning himself goal line carries in just his second career game. Fournette has been good the last two games, scoring a touchdown in each, but he hasn’t set the world on fire yet. LSU is going to have a very dynamic pair of runners going forward.

The secondary is one of the best in the country – The defensive backfield threw a blanket over ULM’s receivers and didn’t give them an inch of space. Even the completions they did allow did no damage; only two went for more than 10 yards. Jalen Mills, Jalen Collins, Rashard Robinson and Tre’Davious White have all the talent in the world, and they’re putting it to good use.

One of the QBs needs to step it up – Even with Jennings’ struggles, Brandon Harris didn’t get a chance until the game was well in hand. Even when he did, he mostly turned and handed the ball off or ran it himself. Jennings, as mentioned above, made some poor decisions and had a hard time handling pressure. His interception at the end of the first half came on a back foot throw as he tried to escape pressure. Harris is the more talented of the two, but doesn’t quite have the offense mastered yet. The defense is ready for prime time, but the two men under center are not.