NEW ORLEANS (ABC4 Sports) – This was just a loss. This was total domination.
The BYU offense managed a measly 97 total yards, jjust six first downs and failed to even cross midfield against #13 LSU in a 27-0 loss to the Tigers at the Superdome in New Orleans.
Tanner Mangum completed 12 of 24 passes for just 102 yards and one interception. The Cougars totaled minus-5 yards rushing against the stout LSU defense.
On the other side, Danny Etling was nearly perfect for the Tigeres, completing 14 of 17 passes for 171 yards, while Derrius Guice rushed for 122 yards and two touchowns. Darrel Williams added 92 yards on the ground and a touchdown, as LSU outgained BYU by a whopping 479-97.
The Cougars converted just 2 of 10 third down opportunties, and LSU held the ball for 41 minutes and 54 seconds compared to just 18 minutes and six seconds for BYU.
“They showed some of the best defense I’ve seen in college football,” BYU coach Kalani Sitake said. “We just couldn’t get anything going.”
After a scoreless first quarter, Guice broke the deadlock with a 4-yard touchdown run to give LSU the early lead.
Then after Mangum underthrew his receiver and got picked off by Andraez Williams, the Tigers marched 65 yards downfield and Guice scored his second touchown of the game from one yard out to make it 14-0 at the half.
After two LSU field goals by Jake Gonsoulin to stretch the lead to 20-0, BYU’s Jonny Linehan failed to convert a fake punt pinned back against their own goaline. Two plays later, Williams scored from one yard out to make it 27-0.
Matt Bushman was BYU’s leading receiver with four catches for 43 yards. Squally Canada was the Cougars leader on the ground with eight yards rushing on five carries.
“Really disappointed in the outcome,” Sitake said. “Really disappointed in the stuff we did as a team. We just couldn’t get anything going no matter what it was, especially momentum. Just really disappointed.”
The game was supposed to be played in Houston, but was moved because of flooding caused by Hurricane Harvey. Still, the “Texas Kickoff” logo was on the Superdome field and the LSU band played “Texas My Texas” before kickoff.
The Cougars fall to 1-1 on the year, and now come home to face arch rival Utah on Saturday at 8:15 p.m. at LaVell Edwards Stadium.
“This is adversity for us, and we need to respond better to prepare for next week,” Sitake said.