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LSU survives in 24-17 win over Arkansas

The Golden Boot will stay in Baton Rouge.

LSU v Arkansas Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images

Despite a 4th quarter rally, the LSU Tigers were able to hang on to defeat the Arkansas Razorbacks. This Saturday night collision for The Golden Boot was won by the Bayou Bengals, who defeated their arch nemesis 24-17.

LSU won a little ugly as their passing and receiving yards were down against an improving Arkansas defense. Nick Brossette only had 90 yards rushing on 23 carries, and Clyde Edwards-Helaire had just 56 on 17. The team rushed for just 3.4 yards per carry, but were amplified by two touchdowns, one from Brossette and one from Edwards-Helaire.

The true star on offense for LSU was Justin Jefferson. Jefferson had six catches for 117 yards and had a receiving touchdown, as well. His 117 yards are a career high to this point, eclipsing the 108 he had against the Georgia Bulldogs. His six catches were matched by Arkansas’ Cheyenne O’Grady, but O’Grady could only muster 75 receiving yards on the night.

Speaking of O’Grady, his two touchdowns from the arm of Ty Storey was what kept Arkansas in the game in the late stages. He caught an 11-yard touchdown at the start of the 4th and then later on with 5:27 to play, he had a 32-yard touchdown reception. Arkansas couldn’t get the ball back after that touchdown pass, though, as LSU hung on for the final 5:27 of the game to pick up the victory.

The win for LSU keeps The Golden Boot in Baton Rouge for another year. It also means that they remain one of two teams in the Power 5 to have two losses this season. Weird but true fact. They and the Syracuse Orange are the only two-loss teams in the country right now at the Power 5 level. Arkansas, meanwhile, will stay at the bottom of the SEC West for another week.