BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - LSU head coach Ed Orgeron recappeed the 35-26 win over Syracuse and previewed the upcoming game against Troy during his weekly news conference Monday afternoon.
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SERIES: LSU leads 2-0
LAST MEETING: LSU - 40, Syracuse - 31 (Nov. 15, 2008 in Carrier Dome in Tiger Stadium)
Orgeron said running back Derrius Guice is questionable for the game against Troy. He said he is not sure if he's going to practice or play. He also said defensive end Rashard Lawrence is out for Troy game. He hopes to have him back for the game against Florida. He added safety Ed Paris is out for the season and just underwent an operation.
Orgeron said there were no penalties on offense against Syracuse, which is positive. He added that in the red zone the offense was 3-3.
Orgeron said he was especially proud of place kicker Cameron Gamble and the way he kicked the football.
Troy is a very well coached football team, Orgeron explained. He also said it is is a proud program, one he has the utmost respect for.
He described Troy as a spread team on offense that likes to run uptempo. He stated the Trojans' quarterback gets rid of the ball fast, similar to the Syracuse offense the Tigers just faced.
Orgeron said losing offensive guard Maea Teuhema, who is now at Southeastern Louisiana University, was a big blow.
He added he and the coaching staff don't feel like they can have much success on offense in four wide receiver sets right now.
No. 25 LSU, 3-1, bounced back Saturday night with a 35-26 win over Syracuse Orange in Tiger Stadium, but players said the victory wasn't completely satisfying.
Head coach Ed Orgeron and the Tigers look to fine tune the team's performance in the their last non-conference match-up before diving into SEC play.
The Troy Trojans, 3-1, will try to make a statement when they roll into Death Valley on Saturday after winning their 3rd straight game.
LSU (3-1) had 263 yards passing and 151 yards rushing for a combined 414 yards of total offense.
Quarterback Danny Etling was resilient enough to absorb a pounding from Syracuse's pass rush, as well as a possible blow to his ego.
"The long balls saved us tonight," LSU coach Ed Orgeron said. "We're very inconsistent right now."
Etling, who left the game for several series in the second half in favor of highly-touted freshman Myles Brennan, finished 10 of 17 for 188 yards and two touchdowns.
Brennan entered the game in the middle of the third quarter with LSU (3-1) leading 21-10. Orgeron said he "just wanted to give Myles a chance with the game on the line."
The offense was hampered by inconsistent blocking and was stifled on several drives, including four that stalled short of the Tigers 40 in the first half.
For the Trojan, wide receiver Deondre Douglas made a leaping over-the-shoulder catch on a pass from Brandon Silvers and got one foot down in the front corner of the end zone as Troy rallied past Akron 22-17 Saturday night.
Silvers completed six of eight passes on the game-winning nine-play drive, five for first downs. Douglas caught three, including his first touchdown of the season with 1:06 left. Douglas finished with seven catches for 92 yards. Silvers went 28-for-41 for 314 yards.
The Trojans had 175 rushing yards for a combined 489 yards of total offense.