A Death Valley Domination, Burrow throws for 5 touchdowns in Tigers 52 point win

Written by on 08/31/2019

Corey Clark

[Baton Rouge, LA] In this world, nothing can be said to be certain except Death (Valley being loud) and Taxes.

There is only one way to describe Saturday’s game, pure domination in Death Valley. The LSU Tigers came ready to play in a rare August matchup. This was only the fifth time in LSU football history that they have played a football game during the month of August. LSU quarterback Joe Burrow helped lead No. 6 LSU to a Week One win over Georgia Southern, 55 – 3.

“I thought Joe (Burrow) was on fire. He threw some great ball, our receivers caught the ball….Joe can see the field, Joe can go through his route progressions,” said LSU head coach Ed Orgeron following the win. “Now opponents are gonna be a little bit tougher coming up and the pass rushers are gonna be. The ball’s gotta come out quicker and he’ll know that.”

Burrow led the charge offensively with five touchdown passes while throwing for 278 yards. Burrow tied former LSU quarterback Zach Mettenberger for the most passing touchdowns in a single game. Burrow was taken out of the game with a little over 9 remaining in the third quarter. 

If you would have blinked you might have missed the first five touchdowns of the game. To begin the game, LSU went on a streak of five straight drives that resulted in touchdown’s. It just looked to easy for Burrow and the LSU offense out there. With it being the first game of the season for LSU, you might expect a little bit of nervousness from Burrow on the opening drive, but that just was not the case. Burrow immediately led the Tigers 75 yards down the field in just six play.s. The drive was capped off with a 13-yard touchdown pass from Burrow to wide receiver Ja’Marr Chase. 

“We felt like we were in the zone tonight,” said QB Joe Burrow. “We had a couple miscues on some drives we felt we should have scored every drive.”

 

With Saturday night’s domination in Death Valley, LSU left a lasting impression on two names Louisiana knows very well. New Orleans Pelicans number one overall draft pick Zion Williamson and former LSU Tigers linebacker Devin White were in attendance. 

The offense was near perfect all night long. 14 different Tigers had a reception in this one and LSU did not take a snap from under center one time. This new LSU offense is going to be fun. Multiple records were set on this warm Saturday night. Including their largest halftime lead since 2003. At the half, LSU led Georgia Southern, 42 – 3. 

As great as the Tigers offense was, the defense should get a lot of credit for setting the tone during the entire first half. The Eagles had just 59 total yards at halftime. Georgia Southern’s offense finished the game with 98 total yards. The Tigers’ defense forced two Georgia Southern turnovers and did not allow the Eagles to run a single play from inside the redzone. LSU linebacker Jacob Phillips led the way with ten tackles.

“Overall I thought the tackling was great. We worked on tackling..to open the season with miss tackles, we didn’t have many tonight, said Coach O. 

As great as this night was for LSU, the Tigers have to quickly move on.

Their schedule does not get any easier from here. One of the bigger games in college football feature LSU next week. The Tigers travel to Austin, Texas next week to take on the No.10 Texas Longhorns. Like LSU, Texas also won big to open the season. The Longhorns knocked off Louisiana Tech, 45-14.

“It’s gonna be a good one, no doubt about that. But again we have a 24-hour rule,” Coach O said on next week’s matchup with No. 10 Texas. “We gotta get onto the next opponent which is gonna be a big challenge.”

If LSU isn’t careful, by this time next week, Texas could be able to say they beat two schools from the state of Louisiana this season. 

Coach Orgeron met with the media following the win:

For more on LSU’s big win, tune-in Tuesday at 3 p.m. ET during Sports Talk With Corey Clark on the Crusade Channel. 


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