COLUMBIA, Mo. — No. 16 LSU’s protection practiced social distancing once more Saturday and fell to winless Missouri, 45-41, in entrance of 10,013 at Faurot Box.
Missouri (1-2), which used to be blown out by means of Alabama and Tennessee to begin the season, submit 586 yards. Redshirt freshman quarterback Connor Bazelak — within the first get started of his occupation — shredded LSU’s secondary with 29 completions in 34 makes an attempt for 406 yards and 4 touchdowns.
The sport firstly used to be scheduled to be at LSU, however used to be moved previous this week on account of Typhoon Delta.
Missouri took a 45-41 lead with Five:18 to play within the sport on a 6-yard landing move from Bazelak to tight finish Niko Hea to finish a power of least resistance in opposition to LSU’s protection – 77 yards in most effective 4 performs.
This got here simply after LSU’s Cade York’s 44-yard box purpose used to be blocked with 7:04 to play.
LSU had an opportunity to win the sport within the ultimate seconds as quarterback Myles Brennan drove the Tigers to a primary and purpose on the Missouri 1-yard line with 44 seconds to play. Two runs up the center by means of tailback Tyrion Davis-Worth netted not anything. Then Brennan had two passes knocked away, and Missouri ran out the overall few seconds for the win.
“We have were given to get it in there,” LSU trainer Ed Orgeron mentioned. “We ought as a way to run the ball. We are LSU. We will have to be capable to ranking from the 1-yard line.”
Brennan finished 29 of 48 passes for 430 yards and 4 touchdowns.
3 takeaways from the loss:
LSU has no protection
LSU may just now not prevent the Missouri offense. It appeared like the Mississippi State sport everywhere once more in week one’s 44-34 loss to the Bulldogs – most effective the center of the sphere used to be full of much more wide-open areas.
The Tigers allowed a Southeastern Convention document 623 yards passing in that sport to graduate switch Okay.J. Costello. And Bazelak every now and then appeared like Costello.
Bazelak had finished 23 of 27 passes for 305 yards and 3 touchdowns via simply 3 quarters. LSU’s Brennan used to be proper there with him, finishing 19 of 33 for 321 yards and 4 touchdowns because the Tigers led 41-38 on a 51-yard box purpose by means of Cade York because the 3rd length expired.
LSU helped by means of Missouri turnovers
With out 3 misplaced fumbles by means of Missouri that become 17 LSU issues, Missouri can have gained in a rout. Missouri used to be additionally taking part in with out a number of avid gamers on account of COVID-19 certain checks, together with beginning broad receivers Damon Hazelton and Keki Chism.
With the ranking tied 14-14 early in the second one quarter, Missouri returner Kris Abrams-Draine fumbled a punt after successful by means of LSU’s Racey McMath. Damone Clark recovered for LSU on the Missouri 25.
One play later, Brennan discovered tight finish Arik Gilbert for a 25-yard landing move, giving LSU a 21-14 lead with 14:41 to head earlier than halftime.
On Missouri’s subsequent ownership, LSU freshman defensive finish B.J. Ojulari sacked Bazelak, who fumbled into the palms of defensive finish Ali Gaye on the Missouri 31-yard line. 4 performs later, York booted a 42-yard box purpose for a 24-14 lead with 11:16 left in the second one quarter.
Missouri closed the primary part with 10 immediately issues on a 16-yard run by means of broad receiver Jalen Knox and a 52-yard box purpose by means of Harrison Mevis for a 24-24 tie.
LSU took a 31-24 lead early within the 3rd quarter most effective after a fumble by means of Missouri tailback Larry Rountree III on the Missouri Five-yard line. Protection Todd Harris brought about the fumble, and linebacker Jabril Cox recovered it. Two performs later, tailback Tyrion Davis-Worth scored on a 1-yard run.
After falling at the back of 7-Zero on a 58-yard landing move from Bazelak to broad receiver Tauskie Dove at the first sequence, LSU scored two unanswered touchdowns for a 14-7 lead courtesy of 6- and 2-yard landing passes to broad receiver Terrace Marshall Jr.
Missouri additionally ran freely on LSU’s protection as tailback Tyler Badie scored on a 29-yard run to tie the sport at 14-14 with 22 seconds left within the first quarter.
Missouri closed the primary part with 10 immediately issues on a 16-yard run by means of broad receiver Jalen Knox and a 52-yard box purpose by means of Harrison Mevis.
The place does LSU pass from right here?
To Florida, which misplaced to Texas A&M, 41-38, on Saturday. Gators’ quarterback Kyle Trask, even though, finished 23 of 32 passes for 312 yards and 4 touchdowns.
“You realize,” Orgeron mentioned, “we are going to be taking part in some higher groups.”
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