LSU pulls away to defeat Eastern Michigan, 44-22

LSU pulls away to defeat Eastern Michigan, 44-22
Brandon Harris rushed 21 yards for a touchdown. (Source: WAFB)
Brandon Harris rushed 21 yards for a touchdown. (Source: WAFB)

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Sophomore running back Leonard Fournette was just 17 yards shy of the LSU rushing record, posting a third straight 200-yard game with 233 and three touchdowns. However, the Tigers still had trouble subduing Eastern Michigan in the 44-22 victory

A big focal point of Saturday night's game in Tiger Stadium was how many yards Heisman Trophy front runner Leonard Fournette might get against the nation's absolute worst rushing defense and whether he would finally break Alley Broussard's single game LSU record of 250 set back in 2004 against Ole Miss.

Fournette is the first SEC player in history to have three consecutive games with over 200 rushing yards. He ran 75 yards for a touchdown in the first play of the third quarter, which is his longest run of the season so far.

Sophomore quarterback Brandon Harris was 4 of 15 for 80 yards and rushed 21 yards for a touchdown in the first quarter. Harris was intercepted near the end of the 2nd quarter, leading to a touchdown for Eastern Michigan, which scored two touchdowns in less than a minute to cut LSU's lead to three points.

LSU linebacker Deion Jones intercepted a throw by Eastern Michigan quarterback Brogan Roback and ran 26 yards for a touchdown in the fourth quarter to make the final 44-22.

LSU still had several penalties with 7 for 70 yards, but improved from the 14 the Tigers had in the game against Syracuse.

The Tigers (4-0) were a 45-point favorite over the Eagles (1-4) who finished  2-10 four of the last five years and were 0-12 the year before.

LSU travels to Columbia to face South Carolina on October 10. Kickoff is set at 11 a.m. Central and the game will be televised on ESPN.

Scoring Plays:

LSU running back Leonard Fournette ran 3 yards for a TD. (LSU 7, EMU 0 - 10:40 1st Qtr)

LSU quarterback Brandon Harris rushed for a 21-yard TD. (LSU 14, EMU 0 - 7:18 1st Qtr)

LSU kicker Trent Domingue hit a 26-yard FG. (LSU 17, EMU 0 - 6:45 2nd Qtr)

Eastern Michigan's Shaq Vann rushed for a 6-yard TD. (LSU 17, EMU 7 - 2:48 2nd Qtr)

Eastern Michigan's Darius Jackson ran 1 yard for a TD. (LSU 17, EMU 14 - 2:10 2nd Qtr)

LSU's Domingue kicked a 45-yard FG. (LSU 20, EMU 14 - 0:10 2nd Qtr)

LSU's Fournette rushed for a 75-yard TD. (LSU 27, EMU 14 - 14:48 3rd Qtr)

LSU's Domingue hit a 22-yard FG. (LSU 30, EMU 14 - 2:17 3rd Qtr)

Eastern Michigan's Brogan Roback threw to Dustin Creel for a 12-yard TD. EMU scored a 2-point conversion. (LSU 30, EMU 22 - 0:52 3rd Qtr)

LSU's Fournette ran 11 yards for a TD. (LSU 37,  EMU 22 - 14:09 4th Qtr)

LSU linebacker Deion Jones intercepted a pass and ran for a 26-yard TD. (LSU 44, EMU 22 - 12:37 4th Qtr)

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