No. 13 LSU crushes No. 2 Georgia, 36-16
BATON ROUGE — Undefeated and second-ranked Georgia walked into a raucous cage Tiger fans call Death Valley on Saturday afternoon. The 2017 national runners-up left with a their first loss, an emphatic 36-16 beat down by an inspired 13th-ranked LSU football team.
In front of a sold-out Tiger Stadium, LSU (6-1, 3-1 SEC) recorded its third AP Top-2 victory in stadium history – 1997 versus No. 1 Florida and 1961 versus No. 2 Ole Miss.
After suffering its first loss on the road to then-No. 22 Florida last Saturday, LSU whipped Georgia to the tune of 475 yards – 275 on the ground and 200 through the air. The Tigers were plus-four in turnover margin, converted 4-of-4 fourth downs (for the first time since 2007 game vs. Florida) and possessed the ball for nearly 34 minutes.
LSU quarterback Joe Burrow finished 15-of-30 passing and added 66 rushing yards on 13 attempts, including a 59-yarder to the Georgia 4 when the Tigers were attempting to run out the clock.
Sophomore running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire had 145 rushing yards on 19 carries, while senior Nick Brossette had 64 yards on 16 carries including a 4-yard touchdown run that capped off Burrow’s long scamper. Wide receiver Justin Jefferson had a game-high 108 receiving yards on six catches.
Senior placekicker Cole Tracy scored half of LSU’s 36 points, making all five of his field goals (33, 36, 39, 24, 30) and all three PAT’s.
LSU’s defense stepped up with its most complete performance of the season, holding Georgia to 322 yards of total offense including 113 on the ground and 209 through the air. Linebacker Devin White had a game-high 13 tackles, safety John Battle added eight, and Kary Vincent Jr., Grant Delpit and Michael Divinity Jr. each had seven.
Georgia managed only 36 rushing yards in the second half, as LSU built a 16-0 halftime advantage and forced Bulldogs quarterback Jake Fromm into passing situations. Fromm finished 16-of-34 passing for 209 yards with a 27-yard touchdown pass to Riley Ridley in the fourth quarter and two interceptions.
Bulldogs running back D’Andre Swift had 72 rushing yards while Elijah Holyfield added 56 on seven carries including a 10-yard touchdown run in the third quarter that pulled Georgia within 10, 19-9.
LSU’s special teams also came through in a big way, forcing a fumble on a sniffed-out fake field goal in the first quarter and another recovered on a kickoff by Tigers freshman placekicker Avery Atkins at the Georgia 14.
Head coach Ed Orgeron addresses the media following the Tigers' 36-16 victory over No. 2 Georgia on Saturday in Tiger Stadium.
Posted by LSU Football on Saturday, October 13, 2018
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