LSU shuts out Sam Houston St. 56-0 in home opener

LSU shuts out Sam Houston St. 56-0 in home opener
QB Anthony Jennings finished 7 of 13 for 188 yards and 3 touchdowns. (Source: Josh Auzenne/WAFB)
QB Anthony Jennings finished 7 of 13 for 188 yards and 3 touchdowns. (Source: Josh Auzenne/WAFB)
RB Leonard Fournette (No. 7) strikes Heisman Trophy pose after scoring his first career TD on a 4-yard run. (Source: Josh Auzenne/WAFB)
RB Leonard Fournette (No. 7) strikes Heisman Trophy pose after scoring his first career TD on a 4-yard run. (Source: Josh Auzenne/WAFB)
CB Dwayne Thomas picks off a pass by QB Jared Johnson. (Source: Josh Auzenne/WAFB)
CB Dwayne Thomas picks off a pass by QB Jared Johnson. (Source: Josh Auzenne/WAFB)

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB/AP) - LSU quarterback Anthony Jennings tossed a 94-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Travin Dural on the first play from scrimmage by the Tigers on their way to a 56-0 win over Sam Houston State.

The play set a new record for longest pass play in Tiger Stadium. It also tied two previous rushing touchdowns for the longest scoring play from scrimmage in Death Valley.

"Coach Cameron said, 'You know, I think we can get this corner right now,'" LSU head coach Les Miles said. "And so, why wait? And he made a great call."

Jennings and Dural connected on two other scoring plays in the game for No. 12 LSU (2-0). Jennings finished 7 of 13 for 188 yards. Dural had 140 yards on his three catches. Dural is the leader in receiving touchdowns in the SEC early in the season with four. He is No. 2 in receiving yards in the conference with 291.

Freshman running back Leonard Fournette and freshman quarterback Brandon Harris scored their first collegiate touchdowns. Fournette had 13 carries for 92 yards. He found pay dirt on a 4-yard run, which was set up by a 40-yard run on the previous play. The highly-touted freshman struck a Heisman Trophy-like pose after his touchdown, which drew a stern lecture from head coach Les Miles.

"I think it's a young guy with enthusiasm and enjoying a moment, but I think we'll make the point that it's about team and I think, certainly, we'll understand. And hopefully at some point in time, maybe a sincere candidacy for that Heisman," Miles explained.

Harris scored his first touchdown on a 46-yard run and later threw his first touchdown pass to fellow freshman Malachi Dupre.

Sam Houston State quarterback Jared Johnson completed only 8 of 25 passes for 142 yards for Sam Houston (1-2), which plays in the second-tier Football Championship Subdivision. Johnson threw two interceptions. He was picked off by Dwayne Thomas and Rickey Jefferson.

Scoring Drives:

LSU RB Kenny Hilliard runs for a 2-yard TD. (LSU 56, SHSU 0 - 4th Qtr.)

LSU QB Brandon Harris throws an 8-yard TD pass to WR Malachi Dupre. (LSU 49, SHSU 0 - 4th Qtr.) 

LSU RB Darrel Williams runs for a 1-yard TD. (LSU 42, SHSU 0 - 3rd Qtr.)

LSU QB Brandon Harris runs for 46-yard TD. Two-point conversion good. (LSU 35, SHSU 0 - 2nd Qtr.)

LSU QB Jennings passes to WR Travin Dural for an 18-yard TD. (LSU 27, SHSU 0 - 2nd Qtr.)

LSU RB Leonard Fournette scores his first career TD on 4-yard run. (LSU 20, SHSU 0 - 1st Qtr.)

LSU QB Anthony Jennings throws a 29-yard TD pass to WR Travin Dural. (LSU 13, SHSU 0 -1st Qtr.)

LSU QB Anthony Jennings throws a 94-yard TD pass to WR Travin Dural. PAT was no good. (LSU 6, SHSU 0 - 1st Qtr.)

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