by Ben Ennis
HOUSTON, TX – In a conference known for its powerful runners and bruising blockers,LSU represented the SEC well in cruising to a 56-27 victory over the Texas Tech Red Raiders in the 2015 Advocate V100 Texas Bowl Game at NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas.
Running back Leonard Fournette led the dominance with 29 running carries for 212 yards and four rushing touchdowns and one reception for 44 yards and a touchdown.
Fournette performance earned him the MVP award and high praise from his coach, Les Miles.
“This is a night that Leonard Fournette would have again and again and again,” Miles said. “I wouldn’t call it routine, because he is not a routine runner.
He is a special back; you would expect him to have nights like this.” “He’s fast and strong and capable, and he is one of the more competitive men I know.”
The Red Raiders entered the contest nationally ranked as the No. 1 passing offense and No. 2 scoring offense. Texas Tech star quarterback, Patrick Mahomet notched 370 passing yards for four touchdowns
with wide receiver Jakeem Grant taking in 10 receptions for 125 yards and three touchdowns. But the two Red Raiders effort were not enough to overcome a stellar LSU relentless and consistent defensive effort
led by the defensive line sacking Raiders’ Mahomet six times. Linebacker Kendall Beckwith recorded 2.5 sacks and four tackles for a loss.
Besides Fournette scoring five touchdowns, fellow running back Darrel Williams punched in a touchdown late in the game; wide receiver D.J. Chark took a reverse end around for 86 yards
in a touchdown and quarterback Brandon Harris ran for a touchdown. And great offensive line play contributed to the Tigers outrushing the Red Raiders 384 yards to 29.