BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) - LSU quarterback Joe Burrow looked comfortable and was very efficient in the new offense, as he tied a school record with five touchdown passes in a single half against Georgia Southern in Tiger Stadium on Saturday.
The No. 6 Tigers cruised to a 55-3 win over the Eagles.
Burrow finished 23-of-27 for 278 yards and those five scores. He tied Zach Mettenberger’s record that was set in 2013 against UAB. All of Burrow’s scoring tosses were in the first half, although he did play in the third quarter.
Three of those first half touchdowns went to sophomore wide receiver Terrace Marshall Jr. All were in the second quarter and the last one was with less than 1:00 before halftime.
Sophomore wide receiver Ja’Marr Chase and junior wide receiver Justin Jefferson caught the other two touchdowns thrown by Burrow.
Jefferson caught five passes for 87 yards, including one that was good for 44 yards. Junior tight end Thaddeus Moss, who finally saw the field after being sidelined with an injury, also caught a pass that was good for 44 yards.
Backup Myles Brennan was 7-of-12 for 72 yards. LSU passed for 350 yards and rushed for 122 for a total of 473. The offense also did not turn the ball over.
Before the game, there was talk from players that this offense allows “everyone to eat” and that’s apparently the case, as 14 different Tigers caught passes.
Clyde Edwards-Helaire led the ground attack for the Tigers. He carried nine times for 45 yards and a touchdown. Lanard Fournette also scored a rushing touchdown.
The 55 points scored by LSU tied a school record for second-most in a season opener in the SEC era, which dates back to 1933.
LSU’s offense was new, but the defense was the same and gave Georgia Southern problems all night. The Eagles managed only 98 yards of total offense against the Tigers.
Junior middle linebacker Jacob Phillips led the way for LSU, finishing with a total of 10 tackles, three of them solo. He also was credited for a quarterback hurry.
Sophomore outside linebacker K’Lavon Chaisson, who missed most of the 2018 season after suffering a knee injury in the season opener against Miami, was back. He had five tackles in the game, one of them solo.
The Tigers had two sacks and five tackles for loss. They also forced two fumbles and recovered both.
Georgia Southern managed only eight first downs and was 1-of-12 on third down.
LSU: Ja’Marr Chase 13-yard pass from Joe Burrow | LSU - 7, Georgia Southern - 0 (1st Quarter - 12:36)
- Drive: 6 plays, 75 yards - 2:24
LSU: Clyde Edwards-Helaire 1-yard run | LSU - 14, Georgia Southern - 0 (1st Quarter - 8:10)
- Drive: 6 plays, 34 yards - 2:13
LSU: Justin Jefferson 9-yard pass from Joe Burrow | LSU - 21, Georgia Southern - 0 (1st Quarter - 3:09)
- Drive: 10 plays, 52 yards - 3:50
LSU: Terrace Marshall Jr. 8-yard pass from Joe Burrow | LSU - 28, Georgia Southern - 0 (2nd Quarter - 13:10)
- Drive: 5 plays, 26 yards - 2:02
LSU: Terrace Marshall Jr. 3-yard pass from Joe Burrow | LSU - 35, Georgia Southern - 0 (2nd Quarter - 9:58)
- Drive: 4 plays, 25 yards - 1:19
Georgia Southern: Tyler Bass 47-yard field goal | LSU - 35, Georgia Southern - 3 (2nd Quarter - 5:13)
- Drive: 10 plays, 45 yards - 4:45
LSU: Terrace Marshall Jr. 11-yard pass from Joe Burrow | LSU - 42, Georgia Southern - 3 (2nd Quarter - :58)
- Drive: 5 plays, 80 yards - 1:24
LSU: Cade York 39-yard field goal | LSU - 45, Georgia Southern - 3 (3rd Quarter - 10:48)
- Drive: 7 plays, 44 yards - 2:36
LSU: Lanard Fournette 2-yard run | LSU - 52, Georgia Southern - 3 (3rd Quarter - 5:47)
- Drive: 9 plays, 59 yards - 3:37
LSU: Cade York 48-yard field goal | LSU - 55, Georgia Southern - 3 (4th Quarter - 10:58)
- Drive: 7 plays, 16 yards - 4:02
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