GAMEDAY College Football

Louisiana State 34, McNeese 7

Associated Press

BATON ROUGE, La. - LSU coach Ed Orgeron was happy to get his first victory of the season, but still knows there is plenty of work to do.

Max Johnson threw for 161 yards and three touchdowns and LSU beat McNeese 34-7.

"Not good enough offensively," Orgeron said. "It starts with protection; we must protect the quarterback better. We have to continue to improve and hopefully we will get better when we get some of our linemen back."

LSU's defense held the Cowboys to 142 yards total offense.

After sputtering last week in a season-opening loss to UCLA, the LSU (1-1) offense still struggled against McNeese, gaining just 262 yards of total offense through the first three quarters and scoring just 24 points on an FCS opponent.

"I'm a little surprised with how much we have struggled (offensively) these first two weeks," Orgeron said. "We want to get our athletes in space; but right now the protection is preventing it from working. If we can't protect the quarterback; it isn't going to work."

Taking advantage of McNeese's (0-2) lack of depth, LSU pulled away with 10 points in the final quarter.

"We weren't in a good mood coming back from Los Angeles," Orgeron said. "It didn't matter who our opponent was this week; we focused on LSU getting better."

The LSU defense, however, bounced back with a stellar performance, allowing a single score on the night when senior quarterback Cody Orgeron found Carlo Williams for a 44-yard touchdown late in the fourth quarter.

"I was very pleased with how we played defensively," Orgeron said. "Particularly with our pass rush."

Freshman defensive tackle Maason Smith led the way for LSU with three sacks and six total tackles.

Converting a pair of fourth down conversions, LSU (1-1) scored on its first possession of the game, when Johnson hit Trey Palmer for a 19-yard score.

In just his fourth start for the Tigers, Johnson finished 18 of 27 for 161 yards. Two of Johnson's touchdowns went to sophomore Kayshon Boutte, who finished with five catches for 31 yards.

Up 14-0 late in the first half, a 55-yard field goal by junior Cade York sent LSU to the half up 17-0. York later broke his own Tiger Stadium record with a 56-yard field goal to start the fourth quarter, extending the LSU lead to 27-0.


Scoring Summary
First Quarter McNeLSU
LSU TD 8:16 Trey Palmer 19 yard TD pass from Max Johnson (Cade York Extra Point) 0 7
Second Quarter McNeLSU
LSU TD 6:58 Kayshon Boutte 3 yard TD pass from Max Johnson (Cade York Extra Point) 0 14
LSU FG 1:41 Cade York 55 yard field goal 0 17
Third Quarter McNeLSU
LSU TD 2:47 Kayshon Boutte 6 yard TD pass from Max Johnson (Cade York Extra Point) 0 24
Fourth Quarter McNeLSU
LSU FG 14:55 Cade York 56 yard field goal 0 27
LSU TD 7:37 Corey Kiner 23 yard TD run (Cade York Extra Point) 0 34
McNe TD 4:30 Carlos Williams 44 yard TD pass from Cody Orgeron (Jacob Abel Extra Point) 7 34
Team Stats
  McNeese LSU
First downs 10 18
  Rushing 3 8
  Passing 5 9
  Penalty 2 1
3rd Down Efficiency 3-17, 18% 4-16, 25%
4th down efficiency 0-0, -% 2-3, 67%
Rushes-Yards 42-51 36-126
Passing Yards 91 180
Return Yards 56 20
Completions-Attempts-Int 10-20-0 21-37-0
Sacks-Yards Lost 8-64 3-14
Punts 12 7
Fumbles Lost 1-1 1-0
Penalties - Yards 3-25 2-25
McNeese Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
C. Orgeron 10 20 91 1 0
LSU Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
M. Johnson 18 27 161 3 0
G. Nussmeier 3 10 19 0 0
McNeese Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
S. Huderson 16 67 4.2 0
D. McMahon 11 44 4.0 0
C. Orgeron 15 -60 -4.0 0
LSU Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
C. Kiner 11 56 5.1 1
T. Davis-Price 8 37 4.6 0
A. Goodwin 2 23 11.5 0
J. Williams 4 17 4.3 0
T. Palmer 1 3 3.0 0
M. Johnson 8 1 0.1 0
G. Nussmeier 1 -5 -5.0 0
McNeese Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
C. Williams 1 44 44.0 1
J. Matthews 2 23 11.5 0
D. McMahon 2 15 7.5 0
S. Huderson 2 4 2.0 0
M. Pierce 1 4 4.0 0
J. Johnson 1 2 2.0 0
D. Hargrove 1 -1 -1.0 0
LSU Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
J. Bech 4 57 14.3 0
K. Boutte 5 31 6.2 2
T. Palmer 3 30 10.0 1
K. Taylor 4 22 5.5 0
T. Davis-Price 1 21 21.0 0
D. Smith 2 13 6.5 0
A. Adams 1 5 5.0 0
J. Williams 1 1 1.0 0
McNeese Interceptions
Player Int Yards
LSU Interceptions
Player Int Yards
McNeese Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
C. Eddings 10 314 31.4
E. Herranen 2 61 30.5
LSU Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
A. Atkins 7 276 39.4
McNeese Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
M. Pierce 1 20 20.0
LSU Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
T. Palmer 1 3 3.0
K. Moore 1 1 1.0
D. Davis Jr. 1 0 0
McNeese Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
M. Pierce 2 36 18.0
LSU Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
T. Palmer 1 16 16.0
McNeese Missed FG
Player Length
LSU Missed FG
Player Length




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