Despite a lackluster performance by No. 8 LSU, Heisman Trophy contender Leonard Fournette's performance was anything but, rushing for 244 yards on 26 carries and two touchdowns to lead his Tigers past Syracuse 34-24.
Fournette now has 631 yards for the season in three games. LSU (3-0) pulled away in the fourth quarter, even though another 87 yard touchdown by Fournette was wiped by a penalty.
The Tigers were penalized 14 times for 119 yards in what appeared to be a lethargic effort for a game that started at 11:00 a.m. Central time.
Syracuse (3-1) entered the game a 24-point underdog, but only trailed 24-17 in the fourth quarter after third string Orange quarterback Zack Mahoney, who was elevated to starter because of injuries, fired the second of his three touchdown passes.
LSU has now won 50 consecutive games against non-conference opponents in the regular season.
Brandon Harris was only 8 of 16 passing for 157 yards, but his fourth quarter 11-yard scoring strike to Malachi Dupre restored the Tigers' two-touchdown lead.
Harris helped Fournette get 48 yards rushing on a first quarter play, when he avoided a sack by pitching to his sophomore tailback at the last moment, and Fournette added a 62-yard touchdown burst in the third quarter.
Tre'Davious White had LSU's biggest play of the day that counted, a 69-yard punt return for a touchdown, the second of his career for the Shreveport senior.
LSU will take on Eastern Michigan in the Tiger Stadium on October 3. The kickoff is set for 6 p.m. and the game will be televised on ESPNU.
LSU running back Leonard Fournette rushed 14 yards for a TD. (LSU 7, Syracuse 0 - 3:56 1st Qtr)
Syracuse kicker Cole Murphy hit a 43-yard FG. (LSU 7, Syracuse 3 - 6:58 2nd Qtr)
LSU kicker Trent Domingue hit a 21-yard FG. (LSU 10, Syracuse 3 - 9:44 3rd Qtr)
LSU's Tre'Davious White returned a punt for a 69-yard TD. (LSU 17, Syracuse 3 - 7:48 3rd Qtr)
Syracuse quarterback Zack Mahoney threw to Brisly Estime for 40-yard TD. (LSU 17, Syracuse 10 - 6:02 3rd Qtr)
LSU's Fournette ran 62 yards for a TD. (LSU 24, Syracuse 10 - 4:09 3rd Qtr)
Syracuse's Mahoney threw to Ben Lewis for a 2-yard TD. (LSU 24, Syracuse 17 - 12:06 4th Qtr)
LSU quarterback Brandon Harris threw to Malachi Dupre for an 11-yard TD. (LSU 31, Syracuse 17 - 9:14 4th Qtr)
LSU's Domingue kicked a 37-yard FG. (LSU 34, Syracuse 17 - 5:11 4th Qtr)
Syracuse's Mahoney threw to Dontae Strickland for 5-yard TD. (LSU 34, Syracuse 24 - 1:53 4th Qtr)