Defense continues dominance in shutout of ULM

Defense continues dominance in shutout of ULM

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BATON ROUGE, LA - LSU's defense stole the show on Saturday night, posting a 31-0 victory over Louisiana-Monroe that gave the Tigers shutouts in consecutive games in Tiger Stadium for the first time in 73 years.

In the process, LSU (3-0) extended its streak of scoreless possessions by its opponents to 31, allowing the ULM (2-1) only 93 yards of total offense and six first downs.

The victory was LSU's 400th all-time in Tiger Stadium dating back to its first in 1925. The last time the Tigers had consecutive home games that ended in shutouts was Oct. 11 and 18, 1941, against Mississippi State (0-0 tie) and Rice (27-0). It was also the first time since 1985 that LSU had back-to-back shutouts irrespective of venue.

The Tigers' offensive attack included five backs who carried at least seven times, as quarterback Anthony Jennings overcame a slow start to complete 11-of-18 passes for 139 yards.

Freshman running back Leonard Fournette led the way with 10 carries for 54 yards including a 24-yard touchdown, while senior Kenny Hilliard ran 12 times for 50 yards and scored from 4 yards in the fourth quarter. Terrence Magee added 43 net yards on 12 attempts, and freshman Darrel Williams scored twice and finished with 37 yards.

LSU scored touchdowns on three-straight drives over a 10-minute span of the second half to extend a 10-0 halftime lead to the final margin.

It was the LSU defense who dominated in every phase and kept the Warhawks off the field for most of the game. LSU forced 10 punts and three-and-outs on 7 of 12 drives. Linebacker Duke Riley had eight tackles to lead the Tigers, while Rickey Jefferson added five.

Since trailing Wisconsin 24-7 early in the third quarter of the season opener, LSU has outscored its opponents 108-0.