After all, LSU was supposed to dominate Eastern Michigan from start to finish, and Fournette wouldn’t be needed once the eighth-ranked Tigers had a commanding lead.
The No. 9 Tigers, however, soon found their wings were clipped. Brandon Harris went 4 of 15 for 80 yards and an interception.
“Coach Miles was on us in here”. “It’s about our goal and our path and what we have to and want to accomplish as a team”. After a smashmouth, hard fought loss to LSU this past weekend and four straight games in September, SU needs to recover their strength.
Fournette, LSU’s sophomore running back, became the first player in SEC history to rush for 200 yards in three consecutive games in the ninth-ranked Tigers’ 44-22 home win over Eastern Michigan.
Mayock told The Rich Eisen Show that while such a move by Fournette would lead National Football League clubs to question his competitiveness, the low mileage on his legs as a rusher, brought about by a year off the field, might be an attractive factor as well. Sometimes it takes a few time to wear a defense down. Credit Lambert with seven touchdown passes, no interceptions and a completion percentage of better than 76 percent. Fournette was uncovered in the end zone on the play. “You’ve got to be sharp, and so it starts with us”. Fournette is just three games into his true sophomore year and 16 games into his college career. And when anyone suggests that the players should make business decisions, those within the cocoon break out the clichés and the T-shirt slogans in order to persuade them not to think about the only team that really matters – their families.
“The pass protection was the real issue”, Miles said. Plus, the Tigers are actually averaging 7.65 yards per play on third down, best in the SEC and 11th overall. “First and foremost, the important piece is to play well against Eastern Michigan”.
“What you have to realize is that people that say things – if you’re gainfully employed and you’re sitting in front of a microphone, you have to say something that stirs the pot”, Miles said. “OK?” We absolutely are going to go in there and do our best to win. “I think our wide receivers are poised to have a good year and this is not characteristic of them, dropping those balls”. He was also sacked twice. These guys are aging faster, deterioration is setting in more quickly, and it would be unfortunate to see Fournette miss out on a chance to capitalize on that talent. The freshman finished with 143 yards on 13 yards a carry, two rushing touchdowns, and a 100-yard kickoff return touchdown.
Chubb surpassed Walker after a 83-yard touchdown run late in the third quarter.
On the next play, Tanner Lee hit Teddy Veal for a 49-yard catch and run to extend the lead to 17-7.
Once again, the Tigers turned to junior kicker Trent Domingue for a 22-yard field goal.
“On the other end, you’ve got a lot of young guys that aren’t used to having a million dollars”, Brockers said.
“Just because it’s Eastern Michigan doesn’t mean we change anything”, LSU defensive tackle Davon Godchaux said.
Fournette will have plenty more games to set LSU rushing records, but also the potential to risk injury.
After two possessions, Harris was 3-of-7 passing for 52 yards with five passes on first down.
Four weeks have passed and the college football season has not been what most experts predicted it to be. “Everywhere I go, they’re rooting for me”.