Head coach Ed Orgeron’s LSU Tigers didn’t allow a touchdown for the first seven quarters of the 2017 football season. They finally gave one up in the fourth period on Saturday night in Baton Rouge, but it didn’t matter.
After shutting out BYU 27-0 last week, LSU pushed around Chattanooga en route to an easy 45-10 win in the home opener.
Here are a few takeaways from the game:
Derrius Guice could be a legitimate Heisman contender
This won’t be of any surprise to LSU fans, but Guice has been running through defenders like a man on a mission through the first two weeks of the season. Guice rushed for 122 yards and two touchdowns against BYU, then followed up that performance with 102 yards and another pair of scores vs. the Mocs. It’s already tough enough for running backs to win the Heisman Trophy, and it will be difficult for Guice to maintain his current pace. But if he does, it’s going to be hard to deny Guice an invitation to New York. LSU rushed for 222 yards as a team.
Danny Etling has a big arm
The Tigers’ quarterback only threw for one touchdown on Saturday, but that’s not really relevant considering the simple offense LSU was able to run against a weaker opponent. Etling did, however, throw complete eight of his 14 pass attempts for a total of 227 yards. That’s not bad on just eight completions. The best part about Etling’s performance is how he got to that yardage number. He made a number of big-time, powerful throws that would impress most NFL coaches. The deep ball shouldn’t be a problem for LSU this season.
LSU’s defense is nasty
Chattanooga’s offense wasn’t quite as stagnant as BYU’s last week, but it still wasn’t able to move the ball all that much on the Tigers. The Mocs gained 242 total yards — with 168 of those coming through the air. LSU’s run defense allowed just 68 yards on the ground and 2.5 yards per carry. Anytime you can hold an offense to double-digit rushing numbers, it’s a solid day. The Tigers’ secondary also forced two turnovers on Saturday.