Danny Etling leads LSU to 34-13 win over Jacksonville State
A lot happened without their Heisman contender.
A QB change, a running back over one-hundred yards, and a victory, in an exciting night in Tiger Stadium. LSU (1-1) knew they wouldn’t cruise through Jacksonville State tonight, who went to the FCS National Championship just a year ago. With Brandon Harris struggling in his first two drives, Miles said enough is enough, bringing in the Purdue transfer, Danny Etling. The Tigers’ offensive line was stellar, providing huge gaps for LSU’s backs. “I’ll have to see the film,” said Miles on his O-Line.
Etling, tonight’s hero, finished 6-14, 100 yards, 4 total TDs, and will most likely be the presumed starter for next week vs Mississippi State. Etling’s successes brought the crowd to life, as well as the defense. Not only did Etling look calm, but was very composed in the pocket when delivering the ball. He gave LSU two straight touchdowns when he entered, something they desperately needed. Another highlight was sophomore Derrius Guice, who started over Fournette. Guice ran for 155 yards with 1 TD.
Leonard Fournette didn’t dress tonight, due to tweaked ankle he suffered vs Wisconsin. Miles said “we should see [Fournette] back healthy pretty quick.”
“Danny can run a team,” said Miles. “He can make some plays. He wasn’t perfect by any stretch.” LSU fell behind 3-0 early in the first quarter, but once they made the switch, the night was all but over. Etling fired his first touchdown on a 46-yarder to tight end Desean Smith.
LSU will host Mississippi State next Saturday to start SEC play. The Bulldogs defeated South Carolina today, 27-14.
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