ORGERON BUTTERFLIES: Orgeron, a native of Larose, acknowledged his heart would be pounding more than usual come game time on Saturday after fulfilling his dream of becoming the head coach at LSU.
LSU 27, Missouri 10 – If you’re going to fire your coach four games into a season, there isn’t a better man in the business to turn to than Ed Orgeron.
Jackson, ninth in the country in passing yards (1,330), sixth in rushing (526 yards), 12th in passing yards per game (332.5), tied for fifth in touchdown passes (13) and No.1 in rushing TDs (12), has been the most exciting player in the country – by far.
“What I liked was we put the pedal to the metal”, Orgeron said. Perhaps Peveto was being asked to do too much, or at least that what the new regime seems to think as Peveto has relinquished all other coaching responsibilities and will now commit 100% of his energy and focus to improving these special teams units.
LSU running back Leonard Fournette’s status is described as being “up in the air”.
WHAT A CROCKETT: Freshman running back Damarea Crockett is showing signs of emerging as a featured player in Mizzou’s offense.
If starting quarterback Danny Etling felt pressure before under former head coach Les Miles, the tension has to be mounting because all LSU fans want to see the pigskin fly downfield. “It opened up some holes and forced them to extend their defense. We did not tackle well”. In other words, running the ball does not figure to be easy for LSU on Saturday.
“It forces them to respect the personnel we’re in, but then you run another play out of it”. Acy started in place of Aarion Penton, who didn’t enter the game until 90 seconds remained in the first quarter. Les compiled an 114-34 record winning 77% of his games. “Maybe some of the same plays, but from different formations and different personnel groupings”. But by Saturday night, it was about the 634 yards of total offense the Tigers unleashed, a single-game record for the school. A 41-yard completion from Etling to wide receiver D.J. Chark set up the score.
He was only at LSU for one season before jumping over to Auburn, so I don’t think there is much of a connection there. We did that. We fought through it. “They did a great job of handling the Missouri defensive line”, Guice said. “Tonight we were able to finish it”.
LSU rushed for 263 yards and three touchdowns in the first half to jump out to a 21-0 halftime lead. There’s a lot of talk of “opening things up” and all that, but I’d just settle for more streamlined, consistent execution. We did a great job. Literally. Yes, folks will shout some stuff at you on occasion, but take it in stride and they’ll probably offer you a drink and something to eat. Now Mizzou may come into this game as the better batch of Tigers. But Fatony had a good game, averaging 44.1 yards per punt with six downed inside the 20 on his eight attempts against LSU. “We tweaked a few things”.
Unbelievably, at the end of today, we’ll be more than one-third of the way through the 2016 regular season as the calendar flips from September to October. But in addition to Fournette, the Tigers will need to stop anything new LSU offensive coordinator Steve Ensminger concocts.