HOUSTON, TX (WAFB) - Sophomore running back Leonard Fournette broke loose for five touchdowns, tying an NCAA bowl record, and the Tigers' defense held Texas Tech well below its average of 47 points per game, as No. 23 LSU (9-3) won the Texas Bowl 56-27 Tuesday night in Houston.
The Tigers had 384 rushing yards on 40 attempts, and averaged 9.6 yards per carry against the nation's third worst rushing defense during the regular season.
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Fournette had a 2-yard touchdown run and 44-yard touchdown receiving in the first half, sandwiched around D.J. Chark's 79-yard scoring run on a reverse, for a 21-13 Tigers' advantage at the break.
Fournette added scoring runs of 43, four and two yards in the second half, setting a Texas Bowl individual record by scoring 30 points. LSU's single season rushing leader also broke a Texas Bowl record with 212 yards rushing on 29 carries and wound up with 256 all-purpose yards.
The LSU defense allowed two 90-yard scoring drives in the first half to Patrick Mahomes and the Texas Tech offense, but sacked the Red Raiders' signal caller six times. LSU quarterback Brandon Harris scored a 26-yard rushing touchdown on a zone read option, giving LSU a 42-20 lead with nine seconds remaining in the third quarter.
Harris was 13 of 22 passing for 254 yards with offensive coordinator Cam Cameron moving to the sideline. Harris' highlights included a 46-yard strike to sophomore Trey Quinn that set up Fournette's fourth score.
Fellow sophomore Malachi Dupre led LSU with 96 yards on four receptions, including a 24-yarder that set up Fournette's final score. Darrell Williams closed out the scoring with a 2-yard touchdown run.
Texas Tech (7-6) had minus three yards rushing with less than four minutes remaining in the game, because Mahomes lost 30 on sacks. Plaquemine's Davon Goudchaux and East Feliciana's Kendell Beckwith led LSU's defensive pressure on Mahomes. Beckwith had a team-high eight tackles, four for loss including 2.5 sacks, while Goudchaux had 2 sacks and set the tone for the Tigers on the first series of the game.
Mahomes finished the game with 370 yards on 56 passing attempts and had four touchdowns among his 28 completions. Texas Tech wound up with 29 rushing yards.
LSU running back Leonard Fournette rushed 2 yards for a TD. (LSU 7, TTU 0 - 11:47 1st Qtr)
Texas Tech quarterback Patrick Mahomes threw to Jakeem Grant for a 46-yard TD. 2-point conversion failed. (LSU 7, TTU 6 - 0:53 1st Qtr)
LSU wide receiver D. J. Chark ran 79 yards for a TD. (LSU 14, TTU 6 - 0:29 1st Qtr)
LSU quarterback Brandon Harris passed to Fournette for 44-yard TD. (LSU 21, TTU 6 - 6:41 2nd Qtr)
Red Raiders' Mahomes passed to Grant for a 3-yard TD. (LSU 21, TTU 13 - 3:38 2nd Qtr)
Texas Tech wide receiver Reginald Davis caught a pass from Mahomes for a 31-yard TD. (LSU 21, TTU 20 - 10:28 3rd Qtr)
Tigers' Fournette ran 43 yards for a TD. (LSU 28, TTU 20 - 8:17 3rd Qtr)
LSU's Fournette rushed 4 yards for a TD. (LSU 35, TTU 20 - 4:07 3rd Qtr)
Tigers' Harris ran for a 26-yard TD. (LSU 42, TTU 20 - 0:09 3rd Qtr)
Texas Tech's Mahomes threw to Grant for a 4-yard TD. (LSU 42, TTU 27 - 12:20 4th Qtr)
Tigers' Fournette ran for a 2-yard TD. (LSU 49, TTU 27 - 8:16 4th Qtr)
LSU running back Darrel Williams rushed for a 2-yard TD. (LSU 56, TTU 27 - 4:24 4th Qtr)