LSU ended his season on a positive note with a 56-27 triumph over Texas Tech in the Texas Bowl.
The Tigers pulled away from the Red Raiders in what was a back-and-forth affair before outscoring Tech 35-7 and pulling away to victory. Coach Les Miles was clearly impressed by his team’s performance.
“It was a hell of a game, huh?” Miles said to lead off his press conference according to The Advocate’s Scott Rabalais.
LSU rode on Leonard Fournette’s back for most of the game. The sophomore tailback ended a tremendous season with a superb final act. He ran for 212 yards and four touchdowns along with a 44-yard touchdown catch. He shattered LSU’s single-season rushing touchdown record and broke a Texas Bowl record for all-purpose yards and individual points while being named the game’s most valuable player.
Miles said he expects those performances from his star running back.
“We’d expect him to have nights like this,” Miles said according to The Advocate’s Ross Dellenger. “He’s fast and strong and capable.”
Fournette wasn’t the only guy making big plays, however. Sophomore wideout D.J. Chark busted the biggest play of the game on a 79-yard end around touchdown run that put the Tigers up 14-6 in the first quarter. Miles said his coaches found a good opportunity to surprise Texas Tech with some trickery.
“We saw the opportunity for a speed play and DJ has unusual speed,” Miles said about the play according to Dellenger.
LSU’s offense exploded against Tech’s porous defense. The Tigers racked up 638 total yards, including 384 rushing yards. A small part of that might have been the presence of offensive coordinator Cam Cameron on the sidelines. Cameron usually calls the offense from the upstairs booth, but opted to move down to field level for the Texas Bowl. Miles said Cameron’s presence had a positive impact on the offense.
“Cam being down was exactly the right thing,” Miles said according to Dellenger.
LSU’s defense also did a good job on Tuesday night by harassing Texas Tech quarterback Patrick Mahomes regularly and holding Tech’s high-powered offense to just 27 points. Miles credited defensive coordinator Kevin Steele for his preparation and execution.
“Kevin Steele put them in the right spots and understood how to attack certain things,” Miles said according to Dellenger.
The Tigers concluded a tumultuous season with a strong victory over a Big 12 opponent. Miles said the victory will create some positive momentum for the program heading into the offseason.
“When you start the offseason with victory, you recruit well,” Miles said according to Dellenger.