Rapid Reaction: Max Johnson, LSU escape UL Monroe game with win
The LSU Tigers aren’t bowl eligible yet; however, that could come next week with an upset win against Texas A&M.
The Tigers, however, looked sluggish during Saturday night’s 27-14 win against UL Monroe. The Tigers defense stopped ULM on 2 different 4th down goal line stands, and that was a big difference in the game.
Two different times UL Monroe looked like it would score touchdowns, and it came away empty handed due to the lack of execution.
LSU quarterback Max Johnson led the charge, as he completed 22-of-33 passes for 319 yards and 2 touchdowns. He also added a rushing score. Receiver Malik Nabors caught 4 passes for 143 yards and 1 touchdown.
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UL Monroe’s first score was setup by a LSU special teams failure. Just before halftime, LSU faked a punt on fourth down from its own 39 yard line, and the Warhawks picked off the pass. That set up a Boogie Knight 28-yard touchdown reception for UL Monroe. The Warhawks cut LSU’s lead to 17-7 before halftime.
LSU was held scoreless in the second half until Johnson hit Brian Thomas Jr on a 42-yard touchdown pass. The Tigers offense marched down the field on an 8-play, 82-yard drive to make it 24-7 LSU. Thomas’ touchdown catch and run seized all momentum for LSU.
14 to 11
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— LSU Football (@LSUfootball) November 21, 2021
ULM scored a touchdown late in the 4th quarter to cut the lead to 24-14. LSU added a field goal just before the end of the game.
Johnson hit Malik Nabers on a 67-yard touchdown pass in the second quarter to put LSU up 17-0 in the first half. LSU also intercepted a UL Monroe pass in the second quarter, but the Tigers couldn’t score a touchdown. They settled for a field goal and took the 10-0 lead.
LSU returns to action next week against Texas A&M in Ed Orgeron’s last game as the LSU head coach. The game kicks off at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN.