No. 12 LSU's run game, defense dominate in 45-10 home opener win over Chattanooga

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - LSU relied on its powerful rushing attack and speed on defense to get a dominant 45-10 win over Chattanooga in the Tigers' home opener Saturday night in Death Valley.

The Tigers (2-0) gave up their first touchdown of the season in the fourth quarter. The Mocs fell to 0-2 with the loss.


First Quarter

  • Victor Ulmo 22-yard FG. LSU - 0, Chattanooga - 3
  • Danny Etling pass to Drake Davis for 36 yards for a TD - (Jack Gonsoulin KICK): LSU - 7, Chattanooga - 3
  • Derrius Guice run for 1 yard for a TD - (Jack Gonsoulin KICK): LSU - 14, Chattanooga - 3

Second Quarter

  • Derrius. Guice run for 6 yards for a TD - (Connor Culp KICK): LSU 20 - 3 Chattanooga
  • DJ Chark returns punt 65 yards for a TD - (Connor Culp KICK): LSU - 28, Chattanooga - 3

Third Quarter

  • Darrel Williams run for 4 yards for a TD - (Connor Culp KICK): LSU - 35, Chattanooga - 3
  • Darrel Williams run for 3 yards for a TD - (Connor Culp KICK): LSU - 42, Chattanooga - 3

Fourth Quarter

  • Darrell Bridges run for 16 yards for a TD (Victor Ulmo KICK) LSU - 42, Chattanooga - 10
  • Connor Culp 45-yard FG GOOD: LSU - 45, Chattanooga - 10


Running back Derrius Guice finished with 15 carries for 102 yards and two touchdowns. Darrel Williams had 8 rushes for 38 yards and another pair of touchdowns.

Quarterback Danny Etling was 8-of-14 for 227 yards, including a 36-yard touchdown strike to Drake Davis. DJ Chark, Etling's "go-to" receiver, hauled in three catches for 103 yards. Chark also returned a punt 65 yards for a touchdown in the second quarter.

Freshman defensive end K'Lavon Chaisson had two sacks in the game. The defense finished with five total. Andraez Williams and Kary Vincent Jr. each had an interception in the game.

Head coach Ed Orgeron said the penalties were unacceptable in the first half. On the night the Tigers committed 11 penalties for 74 yards. Orgeron said the team still needs to find a field goal kicker. Jack Gonsoulin failed to connect from 40 yards and Connor Culp missed from 47 yards. He added he is "very concerned" about the kicking situation.

"Maybe Arden [Key] can come back and kick next week," Orgeron joked when pressed about the matter.

Orgeron added he, defensive coordinator Dave Aranda, and everyone else with the defense were disappointed to give up the one touchdown in the game. He said he was also very disappointed in the defense's pass rush to start the contest, but then the players heated up.

The official attendance for the game was 97,289.

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