BATON ROUGE, La. — The first game of the Ed era at LSU kicked off in tremendous fashion.
Orgeron led LSU to a dominating, 42-7 victory over Missouri in Tiger Stadium on Saturday night.
Without all-world running back Leonard Fournette, LSU received three touchdowns from sophomore Derrius Guice and two more from junior Darrel Williams — not to mention an equally as stout effort from the defense, which posted a shutout through 3 1/2 quarters.
Here’s what Orgeron said after the Tigers’ victory:
- OPENING STATEMENT: “Tremendous day for the Tiger Family … I’m proud of the players, coaches, believing in what we’re doing on a daily basis. … I give credit to our staff, stuck together, did it for the kids. Did the Tiger walk and felt electricity. Obviously, the output we had on offense was tremendous. The thing I liked about this game is we played for 60 minutes. There was not gonna be any let-up. There’s going to be a lot of things to correct, but believe in what we’re doing.”
- On coaching — It was about these players. … I had to do my job as head coach.
- On Ensminger — We spread them out a bit. We threw the ball to loosen up the run. It was a cumulative effect on our whole coaching staff. To implement a new system within the system we had. … I thought his game-calling was excellent.
- On postgame speech: Great job. Remind them of their belief, one team, one heartbeat. It ain’t about one player, one facet; about the whole team, one family.
- On the run game: I’ve been seeing those boys run. They’re fabulous. I told those guys, “You’re time is going to come.” I was very proud of them.
- Leonard Fournette “was not ready” to play.
- Orgeron wanted Ensminger “to put the pedal to the medal” in the fourth quarter.
- On Missouri: We have a great DC in Dave Aranda. One of the best defensive minds I’ve ever been around. Dave is an excellent play-caller. He knows exactly what to do.
- On the O-Line: Tremendous job for OL. They were challenged a bit, but we were fresh. The way we practiced, with speed, we switched up the things we do. We’ll have to make improvements.
- On improving: We have some things to correct. … It was making it look different. Using the same terminology because that’s too hard. We did some things — same play from different personnel groupings. We opened it up, then ran the ball.
- On the crowd: The whole week you could feel the state of Louisiana on fire. I was proud for the state of Louisiana. It started with the Tiger Walk. They decided to invite the old players back and they were fired up.
- On his thumbprint: It was Game 1, and now they can believe in what we’re doing. There were a lot of changes this week. It’s good they performed well. This stuff works …
- On LSU’s record-setting numbers: I’m happy for our guys and our team. It’s something we can build on. … These guys wanna win, wanna be great.
- On next game: We’re gonna stay hungry. There’s going to be bigger, better opponents down the road.
- On the week for him personally: Special. It’s an honor, something I dreamed about, but I can’t get into that. Every day is new and being a head coach again and getting everything together, it was good. We’re gonna enjoy it. It’s a tremendous honor to be the head coach of LSU.
- On Tre White: We played a lot of man coverage, a lot of tight coverage. He’s a team player.
- On senior leadership: You let leadership take its place, don’t force it down everyone’s throats.
- On his son’s TD catch at McNeese: It was a great night. We’re a very competitive family. Football is in our family.