There were so many questions that lingered coming into the game, but they were answered with exclamation points. With pretty much “new everything”, the Tigers looked sharp and so did their new quarterback, Joe Burrow. A graduate transfer from the Ohio State Buckeyes, Burrow was impressive in his debut with the Bayou Bengals.
Also, the defense showed why they are a huge threat, as always.
The offense looked pretty good after questions were asked as to who has what role. Many wondered what offensive coordinator Steve Ensminger could do with an “inexperienced” offense. Well, for starters, Burrow went 11-for-24 on his passes, with 140 passing yards, and also rushed for 14 yards on four carries. Running back Nick Brossette led in rushing yards with 125 on 22 carries, with two touchdowns. Justin Jefferson led the receivers with 81 receiving yards on five receptions. The Tigers also introduced their new kicker, Cole Tracy, who made 100 percent of his field goals.
The defense, under the great Dave Aranda, did what they always do: Show up and show out. With injuries plaguing their side of the ball, they were still able to manage a tight game, especially on the ground. The Tigers gave up only 83 yards rushing and 342 yards total. They forced two turnovers, one for a touchdown by Jacob Phillips.
LSU looked very good in what was thought to be a tough season opener. Even though this was a big hill to climb, they have several more to overcome with one of the most difficult schedules in the country.