College Football

LSU not buying Heisman hype; defeat Louisville, 29-9, in Citrus Bowl

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ORLANDO, FL. (December 31, 2016) – Derrius Guice rushed for 138 yards and a touchdown on 26 carries and totaled 230 all-purpose yards as No. 20 LSU took down No. 12 Louisville, 29-9, on Saturday in the Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl.

Guice paced a solid Tigers offense that was also highlighted by a career-high 139 receiving yards on seven catches from Malachi Dupre.

Tigers quarterback Danny Etling threw for 217 yards (16-for-29) and two touchdowns as LSU (8-4) spotted the Cardinals (9-4) a 3-0 lead  before taking control with a big defensive effort that limited Louisville quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner Lamar Jackson to just 33 yards rushing. He was sacked eight times. Jackson completed 10-of-27 passes for 153 yards.

But LSU kept Louisville out of the end zone, yielding just three field goals.

The Tigers broke it open early in the third quarter on a 70-yard touchdown run by Guice, extending the lead to 23-6. Kicker Colby Delahoussaye atoned for an earlier miss with a 40-yard field goal and the lead grew to 26-6.

Louisville failed on its 13th consecutive third-down attempt and settled for another field goal in the first minute of the fourth quarter to cut the Tigers’ advantage to 26-9. But LSU answered back with a field goal of its own to reestablish a 20-point lead.

LSU stumbled out of the gate, missing a field goal on its first possession of the game, while Louisville made good on a first-quarter kick for a 3-0 lead. But the Tigers went ahead on the first play of the second quarter, a 1-yard touchdown pass from Etling to tight end Colin Jeter. The play capped a 7-play, 52-yard drive.

The Tigers made it 14-3 on a 1-yard pass from Etling to Guice, completing a long 13-play, 79-yard drive that ate away 5:45 of the second-quarter clock.

The drive was highlighted by spectacular catches by Malachi Dupre and D.J. Chark for long gains. Dupre made a nice one-handed grab in full stride for a 29-yard gain before Chark hauled in a pass as he was falling backwards and interfered with at the Louisville 1-yard line.

Dupre caught six passes for a career-high 136 yards in the first half.

The Tigers added to their lead just before halftime when defensive end Arden Key sacked Jackson in the end zone for a safety. It was one of five first-half sacks on the Heisman Trophy winner, who completed just 2 0f 10 first-half passes and was saddled with minus-24 yards rushing on 12 attempts.

The Cardinals were able to put another field goal on the boards on the last play of the first half after picking off a pass that Etling was attemping to throw away out of bounds. But it didn’t quite get there and Louisville cut the Tigers’ lead to 16-6 at halftime.

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