It was a night of explosive plays in Baton Rouge. The LSU offense posted 454 yards of total offense behind QB Danny Etling and WR D.J. Chark. Chattanooga did come out of the gates hot and ready to play, however, beginning the game with a 3-0 lead. Etling later turned on the jets, going 8-14, for 227 yards and a touchdown.
“(Danny) seems like a different player to me this year,” said O.
Dave Aranda’s defense had another stellar performance, highlighted by interceptions from freshman Greedy Williams and Kary Vincent. Another true freshman, Drake Davis, also caught a 36-yard touchdown for the first of his early career in Baton Rouge. One storyline to come from this game was definitely LSU’s field goal kicking, which was much below par. Orgeron stated in his postgame presser that the competition will be reopened in practice this week. Freshman kicker Connor Culp did hit a 45-yard field goal in the fourth quarter to make it 45-10.
D.J. Chark also got to put his punt returning skills on full display. The senior wideout ran back a punt for a 65-yard touchdown, extending LSU’s lead to 28-3 at the time. Filling in for Donte Jackson, Chark’s rare speed could land him the full time spot.
“Fantastic night. He’s getting excited about it,” commented O on Chark’s return.
Next Saturday No. 12 LSU (2-0) opens up SEC play away at Mississippi State (2-0).
The Advocate – Baton Rouge