Unsung heroes from LSU’s 34-24 win over Syracuse
LSU running back Leonard Fournette dominated the headlines from Saturday’s victory over Syracuse, but there were plenty of other Tigers who performed admirably and won’t be mentioned. Here are the unsung heroes from LSU’s third win of the season.
Tre’Davious White, cornerback, junior
White’s 69-yard punt return broke the game open for LSU midway through the third quarter. Syracuse’s special teams unit dominated LSU during the first half, but White’s touchdown was one of the most important plays of the day. White also finished with four tackles on Saturday.
Lewis Neal, defensive end, junior
Neal led the team with seven tackles and was all over the field. Neal’s high motor even got him penalized for tackling a ball-carrier after losing his helmet. He was the catalyst on LSU’s front seven, and was constantly putting pressure on Syracuse quarterback Zack Mahoney.
The LSU offensive line
Fournette gets all the glory, and he deserves it. But someone has to give some love to the big maulers who are battling in the trenches. LSU’s offensive line is a dependable unit that has also maintained a clean pocket in pass protection. The Tigers did allow two sacks against the Orange, but they have only given up three sacks this season. Fournette is tremendous, but he still needs holes to run through. Give the offensive line credit for manhandling another quality opponent.
Brandon Harris, quarterback, sophomore
Harris’ stats look pedestrian on paper, but the sophomore quarterback played within himself and made some crucial throws when needed on consecutive plays. First, Harris hit Travin Dural on a 51-yard connection on 3rd-and-9 in the fourth quarter. Then, he threw a perfect 11-yard touchdown pass in the corner of the end zone to Malachi Dupre that gave LSU a comfortable 31-17 lead in the fourth. Coach Les Miles thought Harris showed plenty of poise late in the game against the Orange, and it was a big factor in LSU’s win.
Miles: " I think our QB is coming. Not rattled easily. I like his progress." #LSU
— Ross Dellenger (@DellengerAdv) September 26, 2015