Burrow ties single game touchdown record as Tigers ground Eagles
BATON ROUGE - Joe Burrow tied a school record with five touchdown passes, as the sixth-ranked LSU football team scored on its first five possessions to batter Georgia Southern, 55-3, on Saturday night in Tiger Stadium.
LSU (1-0) tied its second-most points in a season opener in the SEC era (since 1933), amassing 473 yards of total offense while holding the Georgia Southern (0-1) to only 98 in its first trip to Baton Rouge.
The Tigers travel to Austin to face now 10th-ranked Texas in a 6:30 p.m. CT matchup that will be televised by ABC and broadcast on the LSU Sports Radio Network. It will mark LSU's first trip to Austin since 1954, and ESPN College GameDay will feature the game.
Burrow, LSU's senior quarterback, was 23-of-27 for 278 yards and five touchdowns, tying Zach Mettenberger's school record set in 2013. All five of Burrow's scoring passes came in the first half. Myles Brennan entered in the third quarter and finished 7-of-12 passing for 72 yards.
Fourteen different Tigers caught passes in the contest, as Justin Jefferson led the way with 78 yards on five catches including LSU's first touchdown of the night. Sophomore Terrace Marshall Jr. scored on three of his four receptions, TD's of 8, 3 and 11 yards.
LSU was balanced offensively, rushing 33 times for 122 net yards. Clyde Edwards-Helaire had team highs of 45 yards on nine carries including a 1-yard touchdown on the Tigers' second drive.
More importantly, the Tigers allowed zero sacks.
Georgia Southern managed only eight first downs and was 1-of-12 on third down against a fast and furious LSU defense coach Ed Orgeron challenged prior to the season to dominate opponents.
Overall, the Eagles were held to less than 100 yards of total offense.
The run-first attack managed only 74 yards on 39 rushing attempts, while completing only 4-of-11 passes for 24 yards.
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