LSU football opened the 2017 season with a 27-0 win over Brigham Young at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans.
The Tigers began their first full season with Ed Orgeron as head coach in a romp, and Matt Canada’s debut as offensive coordinator was a dominant display of rushing might.
Derrius Guice rumbled for 127 yards and two touchdowns on 27 carries for LSU, and Darrel Williams added 92 yards and a touchdown on 15 carries. Danny Etling was highly efficient through the air, throwing for 171 yards on 14-of-17 passing.
The LSU defense limited BYU’s offense to 97 total yards. Conversely, the Tigers offense rolled up 479 total yards, including 296 on the ground.
The game was originally scheduled to be played at NRG Stadium in Houston but was moved in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey.
SEC Country reporters Alex Hickey, Sam Spiegelman and Nick Suss were on the scene at the Superdome. You can review their in-game observations and insights below:
LSU football vs. BYU – live updates, score
Pregame score predictions
LSU 28, BYU 13
In terms of skill, the Tigers should have the edge, but experience favors BYU. Between star running back Derrius Guice and the element of surprise on offense, as well as a defense laden with talent and potential first-round draft picks, the Tigers should win, but do not expect LSU-BYU to be a blowout. — Sam Spiegelman
LSU 24, BYU 6
If there was one point of consistency for LSU in 2016, it was Dave Aranda’s defense. And that shouldn’t change much in the first game of 2017. Even with a slew of new starters, LSU’s defense should be able to shut down BYU’s mediocre offense and let LSU’s offense work out any rough patches in Canada’s new scheme. — Nick Suss
LSU 28, BYU 16
The biggest mismatch in this game is LSU’s secondary against BYU. It’s hard to envision separation created from the Cougars skill players. Where the Tigers will struggle is against BYU’s sturdy defense. The Cougars will load the box and force Etling to beat them through the air. Expect plenty of jet sweep action to help neutralize their best edge player, Sione Takitaki. LSU-BYU won’t be aesthetically pleasing, but the Tigers grind it out. — Carter Bryant
LSU 24, BYU 14
First-game jitters and mistakes are real, even for experienced teams — just look at BYU’s struggles last week. That will be doubly true for a team relying on as many freshmen as LSU. The Tigers should have the talent to overcome inevitable miscues, but they can’t afford to make too many. — Alex Hickey
Next on the schedule
The Tigers play host to Chattanooga next Saturday (Sept. 9) at 6:30 p.m. CT in Baton Rouge. SEC Network + will have the television broadcast.
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