No one area of the team looked all that strong, but give the Tigers credit for overcoming a poor first half and deficits of 9-0 and 15-7 to force overtime and win the game. The Tigers didn't do a lot of things right, but they did win the game against a good team.
STILL NEEDS SOME WORK
The offense was shut out and shut down in the first half, earning only 93 yards, 39 passing and four first downs by the intermission. "We obviously have a lot of improvement to make in every part of our game," LSU coach Nick Saban said. "There's not one player that shouldn't feel like there isn't something they can do to get better, no matter what their role is on the team."
OG Will Arnold, a redshirt freshman who started his first college game, left the field limping in the fourth quarter. His status for the Arkansas State game will be determined this week, but guard is one position where the Tigers do return some experience with backups Brian Johnson and Terrell McGill. ... QB JaMarcus Russell left the field twice with leg cramps, but should be fine for the Arkansas State game. ... Russell and Arnold were two of 12 LSU players to play their first college games, along with QB Matt Flynn, OLB E.J. Kuale, DB Mario Stevenson, LB Ali Highsmith, WR Early Doucet, FB Jacob Hester, P Patrick Fisher, DE Ryan Willis, DT Glen Dorsey and DT Claude Wroten.
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