Less than a week ago, the news around the LSU Tigers was centered around the firing of head coach Les Miles. Early on Saturday, it was about the fact that Heisman Trophy candidate running back Leonard Fournette would be held out of the game against Missouri with an ankle injury. But by Saturday night, it was about the 634 yards of total offense the Tigers unleashed, a single-game record for the school.
The fact that the feat was accomplished is impressive enough; but in light of not having a Top 10 selection in next year’s NFL Draft and playing your first game after the firing of both head coach Les Miles and offensive coordinator Cam Cameron, and what LSU did not Saturday night was downright shocking.
On the ground, the LSU rushing attack didn’t miss a beat. Sophomore Derrius Guice has starred as an occasional spell for Fournette, but on Saturday carried the ball 17 times for 163 yards and three touchdowns. But he wasn’t alone: junior Darrel Williams has really been buried on the depth chart, but he took advantage of his opportunity, carrying the ball 21 times for 130 yards and three touchdowns of his own.
The LSU offense has improved in the weeks since Danny Etling took over under center, and while he wouldn’t throw for a touchdown on Saturday, he would finish the game 19-for-30 with 216 yards passing and 18 yards rushing of his own.
The Tigers will travel to the Swamp next weekend to take on the Florida Gators. Leonard Fournette’s status for the game is not yet known.