No. 7 was in street clothes for Saturday’s night tilt against Missouri, but the LSU running game didn’t miss a beat.
Backups Derrius Guice and Darrel Williams had career days in place of the injured Leonard Fournette. Guice and Williams each notched hat tricks and set career-highs for rushing in what was also a record-setting outing for the LSU offense in SEC play.
In the film room, we examined some of Guice’s and Williams’ best runs of the game and why they were so explosive on this particular Louisiana Saturday night.
There’s no secret formula to Guice’s first touchdown run. Up front, the left part of the LSU offensive line created just enough of a push for Guice to see a hole open up on the other side. Guice took notice — immediately — and cut right back for the 42-yard touchdown, the first of the Ed Orgeron era at LSU.
Dominating up front
While Guice is certainly deserving of credit for his downhill running style, LSU’s offensive line was equally as impressive with the holes they created for No. 5.
In Guice’s 4-yard touchdown run in the second quarter, again you see the entire left side of the line dominate at the point of attack. Center Ethan Pocic, left tackle K.J. Malone, left guard Will Clapp and tight end Foster Moreau all make key blocks to give Guice an easy pathway to the end zone.
Guice’s elite bursts
It’s hard not to notice how hard Guice runs when he totes the rock. The same goes for his running style, and no run better demonstrates how hard-nosed of a back he is than his 37-yard touchdown at the end of the first half.
First, he shows off his patience and anticipates where the pulling lineman will take the first would-be tackler. From there, Guice bursts up the middle too fast for any defender to even turn around to find him. This one is accredited to No. 5.
Continued use of the fullback
The LSU offense certainly showed some nuances against Mizzou, but one consistent theme was the use of fullback J.D. Moore.
The second half opened with Darrel Williams’ 1-yard touchdown run. LSU lined up with an unbalanced line, heavy left with a tight end and H-back, but Moore paves the way for Williams to jam it into the end zone with help from converted defensive end Caleb Roddy making the crack back.
It was more of the same in the fourth quarter. LSU lined up in an identical heavy formation, this time pitching it out to Williams. Again, Moore led the way for the tailback while Roddy cracked down and Maea Teuhema — at right tackle — helped kick out another would-be tackler.
Technically, Nick Brossette is LSU’s fourth-string back. That was not exactly clear the way he picked up where Guice and Williams left off in the fourth quarter.
Brossette, getting his first carries in his career as a Tiger, found a seam created by guard Josh Boutte, which sprung him up the middle. The fresh legs of Brossette were way too much for any Missouri defender to keep pace, resulting in a 60-yard gain.
Again, the simple combination of an elite runner paired with fundamental blocking led to LSU’s continued success on the ground. No, it isn’t rocket science, just excellent execution.
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