BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - LSU had a shaky start against New Mexico State due to early turnovers, but the Tigers ended up running away with a 63-7 win over the Aggies in Death Valley on Saturday.
The LSU quarterback battle appears to be over for now after a night and day difference between the play of true freshman Brandon Harris and that of starting quarterback Anthony Jennings. The sophomore signal caller had a painful start. In the first quarter, he fumbled the ball on a scramble and New Mexico St. recovered.
Jennings later seemed confused by the coverage and threw an interception. Still in the first, Jennings threw his second interception of the game. Running back Kenny Hilliard also lost a fumble in the first quarter.
No. 17 LSU (4-1) managed to find the end zone while Jennings was under center. Running back Terrence Magee scored on an 11-yard touchdown run.
The defense also stepped up for LSU, forcing two turnovers in the first quarter. One of those was a 29-yard "pick-6" by linebacker Kendell Beckwith with only seconds remaining in the first quarter.
Harris entered the game in the second quarter and provided a spark for the Tigers. The first drive he orchestrated was capped off by a 17-yard touchdown run by freshman running back Leonard Fournette. He finished with 18 carries for 122 yards and two touchdowns.
Harris showed he could light things up through the air. On his second drive, he connected with fellow freshman, wide receiver Malachi Dupre, who hauled in a 27-yard touchdown pass. Harris finished 11 of 14 for 178 yards and three touchdowns. He also ran the ball five times for 36 yards and scored two touchdowns using my feet. Harris actually led the team to seven straight touchdown drives.
Safety Jalen Mills helped set up another score when he picked up a fumble and ran it back to the 3-yard line before getting knocked out of bounds. On the very next play, Harris threw his second touchdown of the game. It went to fullback Melvin Jones.
The Tigers tacked on three more touchdowns in the game.
LSU's Harris runs 2 yards for another TD. (LSU 63, NMSU 7 - 4th QTR)
LSU's Harris runs 1 yard for a TD. (LSU 56, NMSU 7 - 3rd QTR)
LSU's Harris passes to WR Travin Dural for a 10-yard TD. (LSU 49, NMSU 7- 3rd QTR)
LSU Safety Jalen Mills recovers a fumble allowing QB Harris to throw a 3-yard TD pass to Melvin Jones. (LSU 42, NMSU 7 - 2nd QTR)
LSU's Fournette runs 5 yards for a TD. (LSU 35, NMSU 7 - 2nd QTR)
New Mexico State's Andrew Allen scores on a 79-yard TD run. (LSU 28, NMSU 7 - 2nd QTR)
LSU QB Brandon Harris throws to Malachi Dupre for a 27-yard TD. (LSU 28, NMSU 0 - 2nd QTR)
LSU RB Leonard Fournette scores on a 17-yard TD run. (LSU 21, NMSU 0 - 2nd QTR)
LSU LB Kendell Beckwith intercepts New Mexico State QB Tyler Rogers and returns it for a 29-yard TD. (LSU 14, NMSU 0 - 1st QTR)
LSU RB Terrence Magee runs for a 11-yard TD. (LSU 7, NMSU 0 - 1st QTR)