World News – US – Initial Impressions: LSU 52, South Carolina 24


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The old saying that the first step to getting out of a hole is to stop digging Tonight LSU has stopped digging

It wasn’t perfect There are still huge issues with the football team that are obvious to just about everyone, but it was a night when LSU showed they can do it too. good things This entire season doesn’t have to be all dark and cursed

Most of the game, when it looked like a different LSU team, took place in the last five minutes of the first half LSU had a seven point lead and the ball close to midfielder In the 3rd and 5th, LSU did not want to return the ball to the Gamecocks, and give them a chance to tie the game which LSU largely controlled

Orgeron called timeout, time spoke of it and made the right decision to call the Touchdown Play TJ Finley found Terrace Marshall in the middle and Marshall did the rest South Carolina responded, but Eli Ricks intercepted a pass from Collin Hill and returned it for a touchdown

What risked giving the ball back to South Carolina with a chance to equalize three games later was now a three TD lead in LSU It was the kind of ruthless neck nudge this team has been missing all season

Now South Carolina didn’t do the polite thing and quit trying They would even respond right away, quickly heading to LSU 17, only for Parker White to miss a short basket Speaking of guys with rough nights, Parker White would miss three kicks on the night, two of them 40+

The Gamecocks then scored on the opening possession of the second half, at least making the Tiger loyalists a little nervous.On the kick-off that followed, Trey Palmer searched the ball on the return, this which usually portends a disaster Instead, he calmly picked up the ball, rallied and strode through the cover unit for a 95-yard touchdown return. It was LSU’s first kick-off return for a TD at Tiger Stadium since Eric Martin did so in 1981

The most important thing for LSU was that TJ Finley looked great as a true rookie on his first start He threw for 265 yards on 17/21 assists and 2 TD Even his mistakes went pretty well Finley has Prevented a pick of six by crushing the guy who had the audacity to intercept his pass Even more impressive for a freshman QB, he bounced back and threw a TD pass on the next player He didn’t get stuck in this bad time, what happened to other young LSU quarterbacks who made a big mistake

So the question now is is TJ Finley the starter? What does this mean for Myles Brennan? Program point of view this is one of those good issues That said as much I love Myles Brennan for being at LSU for so long he has a torn abdominal muscle Spend the year healing then step on the portal to end your career elsewhere, and maybe audition for the NFL It’s Finley’s job now

LSU stopped messing around and sent the ball pretty heavily to the backers, and John Emery responded by rushing for 88 yards on 18 carries. Ty Davis-Price kept that competition going by rushing for 135 yards on 22 carries and one touchdown, though it looks like he’s a step below the pecking order despite better numbers And Emery finally got his touchdown on a leaping score in the fourth quarter

Defense? Well it went and it took First, BJ Ojulari was a monster on the line, notching three sacks But we also had the same coverage breakdowns and the glut of huge games allowed The difference was that LSU had made enough big plays to counter these failures, and even chained a whole defensive streak

LSU kept this game from turning into track competition The offense did its part by scoring on eight of its first nine full discs (so not counting the one that closed the first half), but it l ‘also did by eating the clock and keeping the defense off the field We only asked the defense to make a few saves throughout the game, and they made it

It’s not 2007 or anything, but it was progress The defense looked like it knew where to be and it gave 100% of the effort Which is a low bar, but at least they erased it the defensive issues are far from being resolved, but they haven’t torpedoed the team tonight, and it could be as good as 2020

The offense more than confirmed its market share At the start of the fourth quarter that game was already over, when South Carolina failed to convert a fourth try in the first game of the last picture It was a good change of pace

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