NCAAF Game Recap - Northwestern State at Louisiana State
Sat Sep 14, 2019 7:30 PM EDT

Clem
41
Syr
6
F
Ala
47
SCar
23
F
ArkSt
0
UGA
55
F
NWSt
14
LSU
65
F
Okla
48
UCLA
14
F
OHSt
51
Ind
10
F
NM
14
ND
66
F
Kent
16
Aub
55
F
Fla
29
KY
21
F
IdSt
0
Utah
31
F
Tex
48
Rice
13
F
Pitt
10
PSU
17
F
Mont
3
Oreg
35
F
Lamar
3
TxAM
62
F
Stan
27
UCF
45
F
AzSt
10
MSU
7
F
Iowa
18
IASt
17
F
WaSt
31
Hou
24
F
MD
17
Temp
20
F
PorSt
10
Boise
45
F
Hawaii
20
Wash
52
F
USC
27
BYU
30
F OT
FlaSt
24
UVA
31
F
UNC
18
Wake
24
F
Kans
48
BC
24
F
K St
31
MisSt
24
F
E Mi
34
Ill
31
F
NCSt
27
WVU
44
F
Furm
17
VaTec
24
F
Chat
0
Tenn
45
F
MiaOH
13
Cin
35
F
Cit
27
GATec
24
F OT
AF
30
Colo
23
F OT
Norf
7
CoCar
46
F
FlAtl
41
Ball
31
F
Akr
24
C Mi
45
F
ECU
10
Navy
42
F
Army
31
UTSA
13
F
OkSt
40
Tuls
21
F
Mem
42
SoAl
6
F
UNLV
14
NW
30
F
GaSo
32
Minn
35
F
SouLA
29
Miss
40
F
Lou
38
W Ky
21
F
ColSt
34
Ark
55
F
B-C
0
MiaFL
63
F
CAPly
7
OreSt
45
F
NorTx
17
Cal
23
F
Idaho
16
Wyo
21
F
LaTec
35
BGSU
7
F
SMiss
47
Troy
42
F
SCSt
16
SoFL
55
F
Buff
17
Lib
35
F
UMass
17
Char
52
F
Ohio
31
Marsh
33
F
GASt
10
WestMI
57
F
Murr
0
Toled
45
F
Web
13
Nev
19
F
TxSt
17
SMU
47
F
Duke
41
MidTN
18
F
UNH
17
FLInt
30
F
SEMO
0
Mizzu
50
F
TxSo
6
ULLaf
77
F
TCU
34
Purd
13
F
MoStU
6
Tul
58
F
SDSU
31
NMSt
10
F
NIU
8
Neb
44
F
TxTch
14
Ariz
28
F

Louisiana State 65, Northwestern State 14

Sep 14, 2019, 7:30 PM EDT

Final

1

2

3

4

T

Northwestern State (0-3)

7

7

0

0

14

(4) Louisiana State (3-0)

3

21

27

14

65

Burrow clinical, No. 4 LSU downs Northwestern State, 65-14
Sun Sep 15, 2019 12:40 AM

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) LSU coach Ed Orgeron had to play starting quarterback Joe Burrow longer than planned after a more competitive first half than expected against Northwestern State.

So Burrow seized the opportunity to post another impressive statistical line that will only help his cause if he winds up in the running for the Heisman Trophy.

Burrow completed 21 of 24 passes for 373 yards and two touchdowns, and fourth-ranked LSU pulled away in the second half for a 65-14 victory Saturday night.

"This is who we are as an offense," Burrow said. "We are going to take our quick passes and our deep shots and that is going to continue to work well for us."

For the second time in LSU's first three games, Burrow was subbed out in the third quarter because of a lopsided score. He is now 75 of 90 (83.3 percent) passing for 1,122 yards and 11 touchdowns this season.

Burrow also ran for 30 yards and a touchdown against Northwestern State (0-3), an FCS team that surprisingly kept the game close until the Tigers (3-0) dominated the third quarter.

"I felt confident that we were going to go out there and just keep chopping away," Orgeron said. "I didn't raise my voice that much at halftime.

"When you win like that ... I'm not going to complain at all," Orgeron added.

In leading LSU to the 800th victory in the program's 126-year history, Burrow also became just the school's sixth quarterback to throw for 300 or more yards in consecutive games. Only Rohan Davey did it in three straight games, a mark Burrow can match next weekend.

Both of Burrow's TD tosses went to sophomore Terrace Marshall Jr., who has six touchdown catches this season after none last season. Marshall's first touchdown was an opportunistic, diving grab of a ball that missed its intended target when tight end Stephen Sullivan stumbled.

The Tigers' Clyde Edwards-Helaire and Tyrion Davis-Price each ran for two TDs and John Emery had one, while Justin Jefferson caught five passes for 124 yards. LSU's Trey Palmer added a 54-yard punt return touchdown in the fourth quarter.

"I'm happy with the point output, but I still feel like we could have done better," Burrow said.

Northwestern State QB Shelton Eppler connected on 21 of 38 passes for 225 yards and two touchdowns. Quan Shorts had eight catches for 66 yards and a TD, and David Fitzwater had 68 yards receiving and a score on three catches.

SLOW START

LSU players heard some boos when first half ended with the Tigers up 24-14.

Having lost 33-7 at home to Division II Midwestern State a week earlier, the Demons were not expected to enjoy much success against a Tigers squad coming off a victory at Texas. But they took a 7-3 lead when Eppler fired a 17-yard scoring pass to Shorts in the first quarter - the first TD Northwestern State had ever scored against LSU in 12 meetings dating back to 1911.

The Tigers responded with consecutive touchdown drives. But Northwestern State came back with a six-play, 75-yard scoring drive, which ended with Fitzwater uncovered in the end zone after outside linebacker Andre Anthony lost track of the tight end.

LSU went back up 10 on Edwards-Helaire's second short TD run, but the Tigers' chance to widen the lead before halftime took a hit when Dylan Wilson intercepted one of only two of Burrow's passes all half that did not find a receiver. Northwestern State took over at the LSU 17, but was held to a missed field goal.

"We had the opportunity to cut it to three or seven," Demons coach Brad Laird said. "Moving forward against a good football team, you've got to take advantage of that. But I'm really excited about the effort from my guys."

At halftime, Burrow said, "We were all pretty disappointed in ourselves."

The Tigers turned up the intensity afterward, scoring on their next four possessions while holding the Demons without a first down on their first three series of the third quarter.

GETTING REST

With LSU opening SEC play next weekend, a handful of starters and regulars were held out. They included wide receiver Ja'Marr Chase, tight end Thaddeus Moss, left tackle Saahdiq Charles, outside linebacker K'Lavon Chaisson, middle linebacker Michael Divinity and defensive ends Glen Logan and Rashard Lawrence.

THE TAKEAWAY

While a number of Tigers appeared susceptible to a letdown early, Burrow was sharp throughout. In the first half, his 16-of-18 passing for 231 yards and a TD set him apart. His third quarter was even better, highlighted by his 48-yard completion to Jefferson and a 65-yard connection with Jontre Kirklin.

POLL IMPLICATIONS

LSU's lopsided final margin of victory should help the Tigers remain among the top five.

UP NEXT

Northwestern State visits Houston Baptist next Saturday.

LSU visits Vanderbilt next Saturday.

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Passing

NWSt Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat
S. Eppler 38 21 55.3 2 225 28 0 90.4
B. Rivers 3 2 66.7 0 7 8 0 70.1
LSU Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat
J. Burrow 24 21 87.5 2 373 65 1 129.2
M. Brennan 9 8 88.9 0 115 35 0 118.8

Rushing

NWSt Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
S. Anderson 9 30 3.3 7 0
J. West 7 16 2.3 6 0
LSU Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
C. Edwards-Helaire 13 50 3.8 13 2
J. Burrow 7 30 4.3 9 1

Receiving

NWSt Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
D. Fitzwater 3 68 22.7 27 1
Q. Shorts 8 66 8.3 17 1
LSU Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
J. Jefferson 5 124 24.8 48 0
J. Kirklin 2 75 37.5 65 0

Fumbles

Returning

NWSt KR Avg KRTD LgKR PR Avg TD LgPR
M. Ward 1 16.0 0 16 0 - 0 0
LSU KR Avg KRTD LgKR PR Avg TD LgPR
D. Stingley Jr. 0 - 0 0 3 18.0 0 26
C. Edwards-Helaire 3 25.3 0 31 0 - 0 0

Punting

NWSt Punt Yds Avg LgPu
P. Pastorello 7 290 41.4 49
LSU Punt Yds Avg LgPu
Z. Von Rosenberg 1 36 36.0 36

Takeaways

NWSt Int Yds InTD
D. Wilson 1 8 0

Team Stats Comparison

NWSt LSU
Points For 14 65
Total Yards 278 610
Rushing Yards 46 122
Passing Yards 232 488
Passing Completions / Attempts 23/41 29/33
Turnovers 0 1
Interceptions Thrown 0 1
Fumbles - Lost 0/0 0/0
First Downs 15 31
Penalties - Yards 3/34 4/55
Time Of Possession 38:38 22:22
Third Down Conversions/Attempts 6/17 5/7
Fourth Down Conversions/Attempts 0/2 0/0
Punts - Average Yards 7/41 1/36

Scoring Summary

1st Quarter NWSt LSU
LSU 9:30 FG Cade York 26 yd FG 0 3
NWSt 14:44 TD Quan Shorts 17 yd pass from Shelton Eppler (Scotty Roblow kick) 7 3
2nd Quarter NWSt LSU
LSU 2:22 TD Clyde Edwards-Helaire 4 yd run (Cade York kick) 7 10
LSU 6:10 TD Terrace Marshall Jr. 14 yd pass from Joe Burrow (Cade York kick) 7 17
NWSt 9:22 TD David Fitzwater 26 yd pass from Shelton Eppler (Scotty Roblow kick) 14 17
LSU 11:33 TD Clyde Edwards-Helaire 3 yd run (Cade York kick) 14 24
3rd Quarter NWSt LSU
LSU 1:41 TD Joe Burrow 5 yd run (missed kick) 14 30
LSU 5:24 TD Terrace Marshall Jr. 6 yd pass from Joe Burrow (Cade York kick) 14 37
LSU 8:34 TD John Emery Jr. 4 yd run (Cade York kick) 14 44
LSU 12:44 TD Tyrion Davis-Price 1 yd run (Cade York kick) 14 51
4th Quarter NWSt LSU
LSU 7:38 TD Trey Palmer 54 yd punt return (Cade York kick) 14 58
LSU 12:48 TD Tyrion Davis-Price 2 yd run (Cade York kick) 14 65

Game Information

Stadium: Tiger Stadium, Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Attendance: 100,334
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