Report Card: LSU delivers powerful performance
Handing out grades from LSU’s dominant performance in a 41-3 win over Kentucky.
Anthony Jennings once again played nearly all of the snaps at quarterback for the Tigers, going until the 10:30 mark in the fourth quarter. Once again, he only completed 50 percent of his passes, going 7-for-14 for 120 yards and a touchdown. The quarterback play had nothing to do with this win, though, as LSU’s power running game obliterated Kentucky. They rolled to 308 yards on the ground, averaging more than 6 yards per carry. Terrence Magee powered the running game as Leonard Fournette struggled to get going, with the senior breaking off several long runs that pushed LSU deep into Kentucky territory.
LSU got their best defensive performance of the season, stifling Kentucky’s attempts at running the ball all night. They held the Wildcats to 72 yards on the ground at a paltry average of 2.6 yards per carry. They got standout performances from several players, from defensive end Danielle Hunter to linebacker Kwon Alexander. The secondary was just as impressive; outside of Tre’Davious White getting beat despite tough coverage, Kentucky quarterback Patrick Towles wasn’t able to find anything downfield throughout the night.
SPECIAL TEAMS: A+
From Terrence Magee’s opening kickoff return, LSU’s special teams were on fire all night. White had two big punt returns, including one that he took back for a touchdown in the first quarter. The sophomore evaded a mob of Kentucky defenders and was sprung by a huge block from freshman safety Jamal Adams, then found a caravan to take him for the score. LSU got some lucky bounces, too. At the end of the first half, the Tigers squibbed a kick downfield. It took a big hop, and LSU’s coverage team was on it in a flash. The recovery resulted in a field goal before half for the Tigers, putting them up 27-3. Special teams coordinator Bradley Dale Peveto did a great job getting his unit ready for this game.
You can complain about freshman Brandon Harris not getting many reps in this one, but his interception on his first series during the fourth quarter showed why Les Miles stuck with Jennings. The offense stuck to its power running game plan to great success, and the way the special teams unit executed showed that this coaching staff is more than capable of utilizing the talent they have on hand.
This was LSU’s most complete effort of the season, and certainly their best defensive game. For the first time all season, this looked like everyone’s idea of a Les Miles LSU team, playing powerfully on both sides of the ball and executing their game plan to near perfection.