by Ben Ennis
ORLANDO, FL. – LSU’s defense roast to the occasion and dominated Louisville to help new coach Ed Orgeron record his first career bowl win 29-9. “I’m excited about the way the team bought into One Team, One Heartbeat,” said Orgeron.
Even though Louisville led the nation in scoring 45.3 points per game and their Heisman Trophy Winner Lamar Jackson rushed for 1538 yards and 21 touchdowns and passed for 3370 yards and 30 touchdowns, the Tigers’ defense held Jackson to 153 passing yards, 33 rushing yards and more importantly no touchdowns. And overall, the Tigers held Louisville to 220 total yards.
Jackson response after the game, “We didn’t play how we usually play. We knew it was a 60 minute game.” However, it’s save to say Louisville play against the Tigers was directly related to LSU’s defensive game plan. Orgeron praised his defensive coordinator -Dave Aranda – game plan. “If you line up in the same thing they have been practicing for. They are probably going to have success. It was brilliant on Dave’s part to mix it up, line up with a different look but play something else.”
Offensively, Tigers’ running back Darrius Guice led his team offensive effort with 149 rushing yards and two touchdowns was named the game’s MVP. “Everything was executed the way we planned,” said Guice. Teammate Malachi Dupre hauled in seven passes for 139 yards.
Louisville will be competitive next year, given they will have a returning Heisman Tropy winner at the quarterback position.
LSU defense will be special and deep next year. LSU sophomore Arden Key set a school record for career sacks in a season with 12. LSU sophomore Devin White
will continue to make key plays like the 19-yard sack on Lamar Jackson.
Despite Leonard Fournette leaving, LSU running game will thrive next year with Derrius Guice and J.D. Moore carrying the load.
by Ben Ennis