BATON ROUGE, La. — Danny Etling has been targeting D.J. Chark for much of Saturday evening, but it wasn’t until midway through the third frame when the starting quarterback finally got on the same page as his favorite wide receiver.
LSU’s offense accounted for its third touchdown of the quarter when Etling connected with Chark for an 80-yard touchdown. It was the first play of the drive, and it put the Tigers up by three touchdowns — to 31-10 — with 4:20 remaining in the quarter.
Chark’s 80-yard grab overtook Derrius Guice’s 61-yard touchdown run for the longest play of the game. It also represented the eighth LSU touchdown of 80 yards or longer since 1965.
Etling, who has been very hit or miss throughout the contest, is now over 150 yards passing against Southern Miss. Chark took over as LSU’s leading receiver with his second reception and first touchdown of the night.
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