BATON ROUGE, La. — It took a full half, but the LSU offense eventually woke up.
After a drowsy first half that each team seemed to zombie-walk through, the LSU offense exploded for 4 touchdowns in the second half, leading the Tigers to a 33-10 victory over Arkansas. The win improved LSU to 7-3 on the year and 4-2 in SEC play.
Veteran skill players DJ Chark and Derrius Guice shined for the Tigers, combining to score 5 touchdowns. Guice rushed 21 times for 147 yards and 3 scores, while Chark caught 4 passes for 130 yards and 2 touchdowns. Quarterback Danny Etling had a characteristically efficient but not game-breaking day, going 11 for 16 through the air for 217 yards and the 2 scores to Chark.
Linebacker Devin White made double-digit tackles for the sixth time this season, eclipsing 100 on the season with 14 tackles, 0.5 TFLs and a quarterback hurry Saturday. Cornerback Donte Jackson had one of his more active tackling days, amassing 7 tackles with 2 TFLs, a sack and 2 pass breakups. Edge rusher Arden Key added 3 quarterback hurries, bringing his total for the year to 7 hurries in eight games.
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Etling to Chark: After missing on four deep connections last week versus Alabama, Etling and Chark were on the same page Saturday. Chark’s touchdowns came on 45-yard and 68-yard completions, his first two touchdown receptions of the year.
Donnie Alexander: 2017 has been an up-and-down season for the senior linebacker, but Saturday was certainly an up. Alexander recorded a career-high 10 tackles, 4 of which were solo, alongside White as the heart of LSU’s defense. Prior to Saturday, Alexander had 8 tackles in LSU’s last three games.
Connor Culp: The Arkansas game wasn’t exactly a showcase for kicker Connor Culp. The freshman kicker missed a 32-yard chip shot and two extra points before being benched in favor of sophomore Jack Gonsoulin. Kicking inconsistency has marred this season for LSU, but Saturday might’ve been the worst game yet. Gonsoulin converted on his two extra point attempts after replacing Culp.
Myles Brennan: So much hullabaloo was made this week about whether LSU would give freshman quarterback Myles Brennan any drives to work with Saturday. The answer was a resounding no. Etling played every snap for LSU, with Brennan waiting in the wings. Fan pressure may be what it is, but it doesn’t seem as if Ed Orgeron and Matt Canada have any plans to give Brennan extra playing time right now.