UofL FOOTBALL | LSU Defense Slows Down Cardinal Offense En Route to Citrus Bowl Victory
12/31/2016 04:20 PM
The #20 LSU Tigers beat the #13 Louisville Cardinals 29-9 on Saturday to take home the Citrus Bowl trophy.
LSU (8-5) defense created problems for the Louisville (9-4) offense throughout the game.
In particular, the Tiger defense was successful in slowing down UofL quarterback Lamar Jackson.
The Heisman Trophy winner was sacked eight times, limiting his net rushing yards to 33 for the game.
Through the air, Jackson went 10-27 for 153 yards.
It was the first time this season Jackson did not account for a touchdown.
The Cards’ only points were courtesy of kicker Blanton Creque, who made all three field goals he attempted (24, 47, 30).
Creque scored the first points of the game after making a 24-yard field goal halfway through the first quarter.
That lead was short-lived. Six seconds into the second quarter, LSU tight end Colin Jeter caught a one-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Danny Etling, giving the Tigers a 7-3 lead.
Seven minutes later, the Tigers struck again, after Etling threw another one-yard touchdown pass, this time to running back Derrius Guice.
Then, right before halftime, LSU sacked Lamar Jackson in the endzone for a safety.
After Blanton Creque’s second field goal of the game a minute later, the Cards found themselves trailing 16-6 at halftime.
in the third quarter, LSU scored twice, on a Derrius Guice 70-yard touchdown run and on a Colby Delahoussaye 42-yard field goal.
The fourth quarter only featured six total points, three points from each team thanks to field goals.
LSU’s Derrius Guice was named the game’s MVP after carrying the ball 26 times for 138 net yards and one touchdown. He also caught three passes for 11 yards and a touchdown.
His fellow Tiger, receiver Malachi Dupre, finished the day with 139 yards on seven receptions.
Meanwhile, Danny Etling was the guy who led the Tiger offense, going 16-29 for 217 yards, two touchdowns and one interception.
Two other stats stand out on the box score. LSU held on to the ball for 35:38 of the game, compared to UofL’s time of possession of 24:22.
The other stat that was noticeably different between both teams was third-down conversions. LSU was 7-17 on third downs, while Louisville was only 2 of 17. In fact, the Cards did not convert a third-down conversion at all in the first half.
With the loss, the Cardinals finish the year on a three-game losing streak.