Some believed that LSU heading to Syracuse against a fifth string QB was a piece of cake. They got a whole lot more than what they bargained for. The Orange had to go to a third QB because of injury and Zach Mahoney was named the starter. Syracuse was 3-0 before the game started. Mahoney put up 154 yards and three TDs to keep the Orange in contention for the upset. Leonard Fournette was expected to have another monster game after he shredded Auburn at home last week. After yesterday’s performance, he may have made a case for the Heisman.
Fournette once again continued to set records for LSU. Not only did he rush for 244 yards and two TDs, he became the first LSU player to have two consecutive 200 yard games. After a 7-3 halftime lead, the Orange began to keep it close, mostly thanks to WR Brisly Estime’s kick returning abilities, racking up 158 yards on six attempts. It was thanks to an INT by Deion Jones that helped seal the game late for LSU. Jones came in the second half after a first half suspension against Auburn last week. LSU closed the game out 34-24. It was the third meeting overall with each one having a win.
LSU basketball alumnus Shaquille O’Neal went to Twitter naming Fournette the 2015 Heisman Trophy winner. Fournette may be in strong contention, but he has to go through the likes of Georgia’s Nick Chubb and Ole Miss’ Chad Kelly. Right now, Les Miles is more focused on wins rather than trophies at this point. So far Fournette has been the one leading the way.
It turns out that they are now serious contenders for the SEC West, and it’s all riding on Fournette. If they want to contend for the division, they will most definitely need more than that to go to Atlanta.
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