BATON ROUGE, La. — If Davon Godchaux is being honest, he became a little bored this past Louisiana Saturday night.
With a 35-0 LSU lead early in the fourth quarter, Godchaux made a good point. After all, his defense rendered the SEC’s top-scoring offense pointless for 47 minutes.
While a “goose egg” was the goal, the LSU defense made a statement with its play. In the first game of the Ed Orgeron era, the Tigers held Missouri to 169 yards of total offense and seven points, both of which are season-low marks.
The difference? Not much, said Godchaux … except for the Orgeron touch.
“We just had to get after it,” the junior defensive lineman said after LSU’s 42-7 victory in Tiger Stadium. “We played defense like coach Ed (Orgeron), coach (Dave) Aranda, coach (Corey) Raymond. We played like Tigers.
“Coach O actually had two offenses ready, so we were practicing on that already. The quarterback (Drew Lock) had been sacked one time going into the game, so we had to get after the quarterback and beat a lot of max protection, slide protection, and fight, crawl and scratch to get sacks. That’s the No. 1 offense in the SEC and No. 4 in the country, so that speaks a lot. I’m still mad. I wanted that goose egg, but seven points … I’ll take it.”
LSU’s defense brought the heat, which was a result of the new practice schedule implemented by Orgeron during his first week as interim coach.
Practice intensity was up, but spanned less time. It simulated more game-like situations and reminded Godchaux of what the Seattle Seahawks do in the NFL. Most importantly, it allowed the defensive personnel to come in at 100 percent on Saturday.
“We were a lot fresher … a lot fresher,” said Godchaux, laughingly. “When I came back Wednesday, it was like an hour and 30 minutes. It was fast like the Seattle Seahawks … fast, fast, fast. You got to love it. We spent a longer time in the meeting room, NFL style. I wouldn’t trade it for (anything). Everyone was fresher running around, and you saw it today. We did a good job.”
The result: 2.0 sacks and 2.0 tackles for losses. Godchaux alone was responsible for 3 tackles, including 1.0 for loss, to go along with his sack.
The high-flying Mizzou offense couldn’t move the chains against LSU’s front, which dominated at the line of scrimmage and only allowed the visitors to convert 4 of 14 third downs.
“The game kind of got boring,” Godchaux said. “We were on the sidelines and we wanted some sacks. We wanted to get on the field. That offense is so good, so hats off to our defense playing a great defensive game. We saw it in film, but we got Arden Key on our defense, the best pass rusher in the country. We had to fight through cracks and holes, and we got some pressure.”
That pressure put LSU in rare territory with a convincing home victory.
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