LSU quarterback Brandon Harris was quiet through the first three quarters of action on Saturday against Syracuse. Tailback Leonard Fournette was doing most of the work, once again. Then midway through the fourth quarter, with Syracuse down by only seven points, Harris made two consecutive plays that proved to be two of the biggest moments of LSU’s 34-24 victory over the Orange.
Facing a third-and-9 in an energized Carrier Dome, Harris went deep. He stepped up into the pocket and heaved a pass to Travin Dural for a 51-yard gain that got the Tigers down to Syracuse’s 11-yard line. One play later, Harris dropped a precise fade pass in the corner of the end zone to Malachi Dupre that gave LSU a secure 31-17 lead.
Harris was serviceable for the Tigers in a game that was tight throughout. He went 8-of-16 for 157 yards and a touchdown with a few dropped passes. He didn’t get many opportunities to throw as the Tigers relied heavily on Fournette and the running game.
The Tigers don’t need Harris to be a Heisman Trophy candidate to make a national title run. They already have that candidate in Fournette. Harris just needs to manage the game and make timely plays like he did on Saturday.
LSU’s title hopes will hinge on Fournette doing the heavy lifting behind a strong defense. The mantra for Harris should simply be “don’t mess it up.”
Not an impressive 34-24 LSU win, but best takeaway – Brandon Harris throwing a TD in the final minutes and performing well under pressure.
— Glenn Guilbeau (@LSUBeatTweet) September 26, 2015
Miles on Harris passes late: "He can play. He's making really good decisions now. Couple of guys catch balls, probably a bigger day." #LSU
— Ross Dellenger (@DellengerAdv) September 26, 2015