It was a bit of a white-knuckle start for LSU, but the Tigers ultimately pulled away from Arkansas on Saturday night for a 56-20 win over the Razorbacks in their first game with interim coach Barry Lunney.

LSU rang up 612 total yards and only needed to go 2-for-5 on third down in the win even though it was 7-6 several minutes into the second quarter. LSU also clinched the SEC West title with the win, its first since 2011. Joe Burrow passed for 327 yards and three touchdowns, Clyde Edwards-Helaire ran for a career-high 188 yards and three TDs.

“There wasn’t going to be celebration for beating Arkansas,” LSU coach Ed Orgeron said, according to Brian Holland of WVLA-NBC Local33 and WGMB-Fox44. “They haven’t beaten anyone in a long time.”

About the slow start, Orgeron said, “It was like pounding a rock, we just kept coming.”

He’s already looking forward to Texas A&M next week after the seven-overtime loss last season.

“No question, no question about it…it’s on…I’ll never forget that game,” Orgeron said.

Here’s what else Orgeron said:

  • “We’re not done yet…we have bigger goals.”
  • “There’s a mindset we have an end goal…it’s one at a time…but there will be a time to celebrate.”
  • “I thought our defense played a lot better…we should’ve had a better plan for that onside kick.”