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Guice, LSU defense overwhelm Louisville in Citrus Bowl

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) For much of the first half Saturday, LSU sophomore running back Derrius Guice found little room to work as Louisville's defensive front filled the gaps and swarmed to the ball.

But the second half of the Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl was a different story.

The game slowed down and Guice took the time to let the blocks develop before hitting the holes. Finally he popped a 12-yard run off left tackle and then the big one came the next play when he burst up the middle, broke a tackle and then was off to the races for a 70-yard touchdown early in the third quarter that all but closed the door on the 15th-ranked Cardinals and sealed the 19th-ranked Tigers 29-9 victory at Camping World Stadium.

''As a running back you just have to be patient, you can't get upset, you can't get mad when things don't always go your way,'' said Guice, who earned the Citrus Bowl MVP after finishing his day with 138 yards and a rushing touchdown while also catching a 1-yard touchdown pass. ''You just got to work and grind, go on the sidelines with the coaches and get everything fixed.''

The spotlight has been on Guice since star running back Leonard Fournette announced earlier this month that he would not play in the Tigers' bowl game so that he can focus on getting his injured ankle healthy to begin his path toward an NFL career. Guice had filled in nicely for Fournette during the season and Saturday was no different as his clock-draining runs and the Tigers' (8-4) suffocating defense limited Louisville's Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Lamar Jackson.

''We had probably one of the best players in college football in Leonard Fournette get hurt, and he stepped in and didn't blink an eye,'' said LSU coach Ed Orgeron, who won his first official game as head coach since being relieved of the interim title last month. ''He is one of the best players in America and I totally expect him to be the best player in America next year and we're fortunate to have him.''

Guice made explosive plays running the ball and catching it, but his most memorable play may have come on special teams in the fourth quarter when he took a kickoff return 50 yards, steamrolling Cardinals kicker Blanton Creque near the sideline in the process. It was the perfect capper on a breakout season while delivering a glimpse of is in store for next season.

''LSU is Army U so when one man goes down you've got to step up,'' Guice said. ''I feel like I've done a great job of stepping up this year.''

KEY MOMENT

The Tigers sacked Jackson eight times and linebacker Arden Key was responsible for two of the sacks.

Key sacked Jackson for a safety late in the second quarter and then on the opening play of third quarter, he sacked Jackson again to establish a school record for sacks with 12.

TAKEAWAY

LSU: The Tigers defensive front was too fast and too dominant for Jackson and the Cardinals offense. Louisville was 0 for 13 on third-down conversions well into the fourth quarter before converting its first.

LOUISVILLE: Clearly the Cardinals' offense had not seen the type of speed on defense in the ACC they encountered against the SEC's LSU. The Tigers got to Jackson early and often from their base defense and with a variety of blitzes. Defensively, the Cardinals (9-4) struggled without starting secondary members Josh Harvey-Clemons (safety) and Trumaine Washington (cornerback) along with sack leader James Hearns (linebacker) all missing due to injuries.

POLL IMPLICATIONS

LSU: The Tigers looked overpowering on both sides of the football and will certainly see their stock sore from No. 19 in the AP poll after a convincing win over Louisville.

LOUISVILLE: The Cardinals suffered their third straight loss to conclude the season, which certainly makes it appear their No. 15 ranking was inflated. Louisville may remain in the Top 25 but it will be just barely.

UP NEXT

LSU: Now that the bowl season is over, the Ed Orgeron era begins in earnest. Matt Canada has been hired as the new offensive coordinator and can begin to install his system. His biggest decision will be at quarterback where Etling is returning with experience but the Tigers have two recruits coming in in pro-style quarterback Myles Brennan and dual-threat quarterback Lowell Narcisse.

LOUISVILLE: Led by the tremendous talent of Jackson, the Cardinals could contend for the ACC title and College Football Playoffs next season. But coach Bobby Petrino will definitely have more playmakers to help Jackson. The offensive line also has to get better in its protection of Jackson. The Cardinals lose a couple of talented seniors off the defense but the core returns, giving Petrino a chance to have his best team since returning.

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Key Players
D. Guice 5 RB
138 YDs, 1 TDs
J. Quick 17 WR
81 YDs, 0 TDs
Scoring Summary
4th Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Field Goal 10:41
42-C.Delahoussaye 25 yards Field Goal is Good.
10
plays
2
yds
03:54
pos
29
9
Field Goal 14:48
32-B.Creque 30 yards Field Goal is Good.
3
plays
-52
yds
00:12
pos
26
9
3rd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Field Goal 3:09
42-C.Delahoussaye 42 yards Field Goal is Good.
8
plays
-5
yds
04:13
pos
26
6
Point After TD 8:48
42-C.Delahoussaye extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
23
6
Touchdown 8:48
5-D.Guice runs 70 yards for a touchdown.
3
plays
82
yds
00:45
pos
22
6
2nd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Field Goal 0:03
32-B.Creque 47 yards Field Goal is Good.
4
plays
-32
yds
00:51
pos
16
6
Safety 1:11
8-L.Jackson sacked at LOU End Zone for -9 yards to LOU End Zone for no gain safety (49-A.Key).
plays
yds
pos
16
3
Point After TD 7:14
42-C.Delahoussaye extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
14
3
Touchdown 7:14
16-D.Etling complete to 5-D.Guice. 5-D.Guice runs 1 yard for a touchdown.
14
plays
94
yds
05:45
pos
13
3
Point After TD 14:54
42-C.Delahoussaye extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
7
3
Touchdown 14:54
16-D.Etling complete to 81-C.Jeter. 81-C.Jeter runs 1 yard for a touchdown.
1
plays
1
yds
00:06
pos
6
3
1st Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Field Goal 7:19
32-B.Creque 24 yards Field Goal is Good.
5
plays
-3
yds
01:06
pos
0
3
1st Downs 20 11
Rushing 5 4
Passing 11 6
Penalty 4 1
3rd Down Conv 7-17 2-17
4th Down Conv 0-0 1-2
Total Net Yards 408 271
Total Plays 70 62
Avg Gain 5.8 4.4
Net Yards Rushing 176 67
Rush Attempts 41 35
Avg Rush Yards 4.3 1.9
Net Yards Passing 232 204
Comp. - Att. 16-29 10-27
Yards Per Pass 8.0 7.6
Sacked - Yards Lost 1-15 7-51
Penalties - Yards 4-48 8-56
Touchdowns 3 0
Rushing TDs 1 0
Passing TDs 2 0
Other 0 0
Turnovers 1 1
Fumbles - Lost 0-0 1-1
Int. Thrown 1 0
Punts - Avg 6-36.5 8-50.5
Return Yards 126 61
Punts - Returns 4-45 2--4
Kickoffs - Returns 3-81 4-64
Int. - Returns 0-0 1-1
Kicking 5/6 3/3
Extra Points 3/3 0/0
Field Goals 2/3 3/3
Safeties 1 0
1234T
20 LSU 8-401610329
13 Louisville 9-433039
232 PASS YDS 204
176 RUSH YDS 67
408 TOTAL YDS 271
LSU
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT
D. Etling 16 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
55.2% 217 2 1 133.9
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
55.2% 217 2 1 133.9
D. Etling 16/29 217 2 1
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG
D. Guice 5 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
26 138 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
26 138 1
D. Guice 26 138 1 70
D. Williams 28 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
12 36 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
12 36 0
D. Williams 12 36 0 14
D. Etling 16 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
3 2 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
3 2 0
D. Etling 3 2 0 10
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
M. Dupre 15 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
7 139 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
7 139 0
M. Dupre 7 139 0 36
D. Chark 82 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 47 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
2 47 0
D. Chark 2 47 0 39
J. Moore 44 FB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 13 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
2 13 0
J. Moore 2 13 0 10
D. Guice 5 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
3 11 1
SEASON REC YDS TD
3 11 1
D. Guice 3 11 1 12
D. Smith 89 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 6 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
10 184 1
D. Smith 1 6 0 6
C. Jeter 81 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 1 1
SEASON REC YDS TD
11 157 1
C. Jeter 1 1 1 1
D. Williams 28 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
0 0 0
D. Williams 0 0 0 0
T. Dural 83 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
28 280 1
T. Dural 0 0 0 0
R. Gage 39 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
0 0 0
R. Gage 0 0 0 0
F. Moreau 84 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
0 0 0
F. Moreau 0 0 0 0
Defense T-A SACK INT
D. Riley 40 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-0 1 0.0
D. Riley 5-0 0.0 0
J. Adams 33 S
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-1 0 0.0
J. Adams 5-1 0.0 0
J. Battle 26 S
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
J. Battle 4-0 0.0 0
D. Godchaux 57 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 1.0
D. Godchaux 4-0 1.0 0
D. White 24 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 1.0
D. White 4-0 1.0 0
A. Key 49 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 2.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 2.0
A. Key 4-0 2.0 0
T. Bower 46 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 2.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 2.0
T. Bower 3-0 2.0 0
L. Neal 92 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 0.0
L. Neal 3-1 0.0 0
T. White 18 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-0 2 0.0
T. White 3-0 0.0 0
D. Alexander 48 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
D. Alexander 2-0 0.0 0
E. Alexander 95 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
E. Alexander 1-1 0.0 0
X. Lewis 17 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
X. Lewis 1-0 0.0 0
G. Gilmore 99 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
G. Gilmore 1-0 0.0 0
H. Burns 58 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
H. Burns 1-0 0.0 0
R. Lawrence 90 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 1.0
R. Lawrence 1-0 1.0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
C. Delahoussaye 42 K
IN-GAME FG XP
2/3 3/3
SEASON FG XP
2/3 3/3
C. Delahoussaye 2/3 42 3/3 9
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
J. Growden 38 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
6 36.5 2
SEASON NO AVG IN20
6 36.5 2
J. Growden 6 36.5 2 50
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
D. Guice 5 RB
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
3 27.0 50 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
3 27.0 50 0
D. Guice 3 27.0 50 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
T. White 18 CB
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
4 11.3 15 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
24 7.8 15 1
T. White 4 11.3 15 0
Louisville
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT
L. Jackson 8 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
37% 153 0 0 84.6
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
56.2% 3543 30 9 148.8
L. Jackson 10/27 153 0 0
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG
L. Jackson 8 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
26 33 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
260 1571 21
L. Jackson 26 33 0 15
B. Radcliff 23 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
6 26 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
138 903 6
B. Radcliff 6 26 0 12
Je. Smith 34 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
3 8 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
57 382 8
Je. Smith 3 8 0 6
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
J. Quick 17 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
3 81 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
3 81 0
J. Quick 3 81 0 53
R. Bonnafon 7 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 22 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
14 181 5
R. Bonnafon 1 22 0 22
T. Samuel 1 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 17 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
18 230 1
T. Samuel 1 17 0 17
S. Dawkins 5 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 16 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
2 16 0
S. Dawkins 2 16 0 9
C. Hikutini 18 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 12 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
50 668 8
C. Hikutini 1 12 0 12
J. Bagley 88 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 4 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
4 25 0
J. Bagley 1 4 0 4
C. Standberry 80 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 1 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
4 46 0
C. Standberry 1 1 0 1
Je. Smith 34 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
18 227 1
Je. Smith 0 0 0 0
K. Towbridge 89 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
0 0 0
K. Towbridge 0 0 0 0
Ja. Smith 9 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
27 599 6
Ja. Smith 0 0 0 0
J. Staples 2 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
0 0 0
J. Staples 0 0 0 0
Defense T-A SACK INT
K. Kelsey 55 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
8-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
8-1 0 0.0
K. Kelsey 8-1 0.0 0
J. Greenard 58 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
6-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
6-0 1 0.0
J. Greenard 6-0 0.0 0
D. Bailey 14 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-3 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-3 0 0.0
D. Bailey 5-3 0.0 0
Ch. Williams 22 S
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-1 0 0.0
Ch. Williams 5-1 0.0 0
S. Thomas 32 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-1 0 0.0
S. Thomas 4-1 0.0 0
J. Alexander 10 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-0 5 0.0
J. Alexander 4-0 0.0 0
R. Walker 20 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-1 1 0.0
R. Walker 3-1 0.0 0
Ch. Williams 44 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 0.0
Ch. Williams 3-1 0.0 0
D. Brown 97 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 0.0
D. Brown 3-1 0.0 0
D. Fields 92 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 1 1.0
D. Fields 2-0 1.0 0
Z. Cannon 24 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-1 1 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-1 1 0.0
Z. Cannon 2-1 0.0 1
K. Shortridge 95 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
K. Shortridge 2-0 0.0 0
K. Pass 30 S
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
K. Pass 2-0 0.0 0
L. Thomas 35 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
L. Thomas 2-0 0.0 0
De. Smith 11 S
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
De. Smith 1-0 0.0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
B. Creque 32 K
IN-GAME FG XP
3/3 0/0
SEASON FG XP
16/19 39/40
B. Creque 3/3 47 0/0 9
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
M. King 29 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
8 50.5 2
SEASON NO AVG IN20
55 43.9 2
M. King 8 50.5 2 58
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
T. Samuel 1 WR
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
3 11.3 18 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
11 17.3 18 0
T. Samuel 3 11.3 18 0
S. Dawkins 5 WR
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 30.0 30 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
1 30.0 30 0
S. Dawkins 1 30.0 30 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
J. Alexander 10 CB
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 -4.0 0 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
19 10.3 0 1
J. Alexander 1 -4.0 0 0
T. Samuel 1 WR
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 0.0 0 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
3 3.7 0 0
T. Samuel 1 0.0 0 0
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:54 LSU 27 2:16 7 -5 FG Miss
10:38 LSU 5 2:04 3 9 Punt
7:14 LSU 25 2:11 4 38 Punt
3:35 LSU 48 3:21 7 51
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 LVILLE 1 0:06 1 1 TD
12:59 LSU 21 5:45 14 79 TD
4:57 LSU 43 0:54 3 6 Punt
2:49 LSU 37 1:22 4 11 Punt
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
12:47 LSU 32 0:49 4 -1 Punt
9:33 LSU 18 0:45 3 82 TD
7:22 LSU 40 4:13 8 35 FG
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:35 LVILLE 49 3:54 10 41 FG
6:54 LSU 4 3:58 7 20 Punt
2:19 LSU 32 2:10 4 19
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
12:34 LVILLE 22 1:45 4 15 Punt
8:25 LVILLE 38 1:06 5 -3 FG
4:54 LVILLE 25 1:04 3 -11 Punt
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:54 LVILLE 25 1:47 3 4 Punt
7:09 LVILLE 22 1:59 3 -1 Punt
3:55 LVILLE 20 0:55 3 1 Punt
1:21 LVILLE 9 0:10 3 11 SAFETY
0:54 LSU 33 0:51 4 -32 FG
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:54 LVILLE 13 1:59 3 9 Punt
11:49 LVILLE 19 2:03 5 18 Punt
8:10 LVILLE 12 0:41 2 4 Punt
2:58 LVILLE 31 2:51 9 56
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 LSU 13 0:12 3 -52 FG
10:38 LVILLE 25 3:38 12 70
2:50 LSU 50 0:23 3 18