Post-Alabama hangover? What post-Alabama hangover?
No. 24 LSU rebounded from its first loss under interim coach Ed Orgeron with a convincing 38-10 victory over No. 25 Arkansas.
It’s worth noting that this was the Tigers’ first road win under Orgeron. The last time LSU played on the road was against Auburn on Sept. 24, which led to Les Miles being fired.
LSU improved to 3-1 under Orgeron and is now bowl eligible after moving to 6-3 on the season.
Here is what Orgeron said after the Arkansas win:
- “Great job by our players, coaching staff. … It started Monday. We knew the task at hand, practiced well. We started very fast. We knew Arkansas was a good football team and they’d fight back. The guys wanted to get The Boot. It meant a lot to them to bring back to Louisiana.”
- “It was Game No. 5. … It was our approach — one game at a time, and our guys bought into it.”
- On run game: “We felt that Derrius (Guice) deserved more touches. Coach Grimes did a good job with our offensive line. Leonard (Fournette) got banged up a little bit. Did a little Wildcat with him. Overall great game plan for coach (Steve) Ensminger and the staff.”
- “We all had a chip” after Alabama. “Guys take a lot of pride in what we do. Everyone was disappointed in our performance. It was a new week and we’re excited about tonight.”
- On defensive turnovers: “We’re a talented defense, well-coached defense.”
- On hard-fought game: “We had good practices. You could tell before the game there was a lot of energy.” Credit Duke Riley, Fournette on leadership. “We have a good football team. I really believe that.”
- On return to Arkansas: “I have a lot of respect for the people here and what they did for me, but it’s changed.”
- On full-time job: “It’s blocked out. Florida is coming into town this week and that’s all I’m worried about.”
- On offense: “Confidence. For Danny (Etling) to play well, for the offense to play well, all week … I’m happy for them. … Everything centers around your QB and QB play, managing the game is something Danny did well for us. … We had confidence he’d bounce back and he did.”
- On Fournette, Guice’s records: “They’re great. We have great backs. Obviously, we have a good line, but we have to get better. We have two tough tasks ahead of us.”
- On The Boot: “I guess … they had done a couple things with The Boot a couple years in a row. It meant a lot to our guys to get the trophy. To me it was about winning the game. It was a tough week for them, so it was good to see them happy.”
- On mentality: “We had heard all the stuff. You hear all the stuff. This is a new team, new mindset, we do things different, act different and you saw it tonight.”
- On Donnie Alexander: “He has a lot of speed. He reminds me a lot of Debo (Jones) last year. When he gains weight he’ll be a great player for us.”
- No updates on Will Clapp, Josh Boutte. On Fournette — “He’s a little sore.”
- On defense: “A lot of confidence. You got to like that. They want to be great. They kept on fighting. Two turnovers on the end. Shows resolve in our defense. They’re learning Dave (Aranda)’s mentality to contest every play.”
- On Aranda: “Dave is the best in the business. Complete confidence in Dave and Pete Jenkins. Corey Raymond has done a tremendous job with our DBs. It’s a combination, but Dave has the ability to call right defenses and make adjustments as the game goes on.”