LSU has now won 8 or more games for the 18th straight season, the longest active streak among Power 5 Conferences.
Although LSU’s offensive performance was not the flashiest it’s ever been, the Tigers made enough plays for a comfortable 30-10 victory in Knoxville, improving to 8-3, having won 5 of their last 6 after the loss to Troy.
“After the Troy loss, (our leaders) decided this is not the way it’s going to be,” said Orgeron.
Due to inclement weather early in the contest, Orgeron said the offense “didn’t want to take a chance” in the passing game. However, once weather cooperated, Matt Canada opened it up and “called the right plays,” according to O. LSU’s run game saw considerable improvements in the second half. Tennessee bottled up the Tigers’ running game in the first half.
Tennessee ran for 38 total yards tonight, with just 11 in the second half, so if you were wondering how the defense performed, now you know.
Orgeron also commended QB Danny Etling for his toughness. Orgeron said that Etling was dealing with a “slight hand injury” in the fourth quarter.
After halftime, LSU came out of the tunnel to a monsoon, but they decided to use it as fuel. “I thought the storm fired them up. It was like little kids playing in the backyard,” said Orgeron.
During pregame, the winds were so strong that it tilted the Neyland Stadium goal posts, and the conditions did not get any better. 315 pound offensive linemen Will Clapp said he “almost got knocked over by the wind” in the third quarter, an appropriate representation of the harsh conditions.
The Tigers did not get quality play from their corners. “We’re disappointed in our man coverage. Those guys are better than that,” said Orgeron. LSU’s top defensive back Donte Jackson was beat on multiple occasions tonight.
LSU’s field goal kicking was almost as ugly as the weather. Connor Culp again missed an extra point and a field goal. Orgeron says Jack Gonsoulin will get a chance next week.
Next, LSU takes on Texas A&M under the lights in the regular-season finale. The game will be televised by the SEC Network. For more information, as usual, follow us on Twitter @InsideLSU/@HValentineLSU.
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