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No. 25 LSU holds on for 35-26 win over Syracuse

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) LSU quarterback Danny Etling was resilient enough to absorb a pounding from Syracuse's pass rush, as well as a possible blow to his ego.

Etling responded to a barrage of bruising blitzes with touchdown passes of 87 and 43 yards, D.J. Chark added a game-clinching 20-yard scoring run in the final minutes, and No. 25 LSU held off the Orange 35-26 on Saturday night.

''The long balls saved us tonight,'' LSU coach Ed Orgeron said. ''We're very inconsistent right now.''

Etling, who left the game for several series in the second half in favor of highly-touted freshman Myles Brennan, finished 10 of 17 for 188 yards and two touchdowns. His longer scoring pass hit Drake Davis early in the third quarter and the other went to Stephen Sullivan in the second. Darrel Williams rushed for 92 yards, including a 20-yard touchdown in the third quarter.

Brennan entered the game in the middle of the third quarter with LSU (3-1) leading 21-10. Orgeron said he ''just wanted to give Myles a chance with the game on the line.''

When asked what he thought of the substitution, Etling said, ''I didn't think much. We just do whatever the coaches say and go on from that.''

Brennan's first series produced a touchdown. LSU also threatened to score on Brennan's third series - until he was intercepted by Juwan Dowels. Syracuse (2-2) responded with a touchdown drive, pulling as close as 28-26 with 5:40 left.

''Very proud of our young men, but by no means are we satisfied coming in here and getting a close loss,'' Syracuse coach Dino Babers said. ''We could have won that football game and we didn't and they need to understand that that hurts.''

Taking advantage of a failed onside kick, the Tigers marched 56 yards with Etling back under center, capped by Chark's touchdown on an end-around an end-around with 1:52 left. Etling chased Chark all the way to the end zone and was among the first to congratulate him.

''I was glad I was able to get us out of there with a win,'' Etling said.

Leading an up-tempo offense that Orgeron compared to ''basketball on grass,'' Orange quarterback Eric Dungey mixed an array of throws, scrambles and even a jump-pass into a 32-of-53 passing performance that netted 265 yards.

Receiver Steve Ishmael caught 11 passes for 123 yards. His 22-yard touchdown catch from Dungey in the fourth quarter pulled Syracuse within a field goal and had Orange fans in one corner of Tiger Stadium making themselves heard among the seemingly stunned, disenchanted home crowd. Dungey also rushed for 24 yards, including a 14-yard score that made it 28-19 late in the third quarter.

''Everything was working. It was really just one or two plays that just didn't work in key spots,'' Dungey said. ''We were so close.''

The first play that didn't work was the first of the game. Dungey was intercepted Andraez ''Greedy'' Williams, who returned the ball to the 1, setting up Derrius Guice's touchdown.

The LSU cornerback was pleased by his third interception in four games, but disappointed that the Tigers didn't bounce back in more convincing fashion from a 37-7 loss at Mississippi State a week earlier.

''We aren't playing to the standards we set for ourselves as a program,'' Andraez Williams said. ''You don't play like we did the last two weeks when you are at LSU.''

THE TAKEAWAY

Syracuse: Whether or not they emerge as an ACC contender, the Orange could be a compelling team to watch this season. Syracuse made its share of plays on both sides of the ball, giving LSU fits at times. The Orange offense nearly matched LSU statistically, while Syracuse's defensive front punished Etling and pressured Brennan into a turnover.

LSU: The Tigers' latest outing might not have done much to boost their confidence or impress AP Poll voters. The offense was hampered by inconsistent blocking and was stifled on several drives, including four that stalled short of the Tigers 40 in the first half. LSU entered the game favored by about three touchdowns, and if not for Williams' interception and a pair of long TD passes, Syracuse might have become the first non-Southeastern Conference team in 49 years to beat LSU in Death Valley.

RAZZLE-DAZZLE

Syracuse, which trailed 21-3 early in the third quarter, scored its first TD on a gadget play that also required some improvisation. Receiver Devin Butler was prevented by penetrating LSU defenders from passing back to Dungey as apparently planned. He scrambled instead before throwing 30 yards over the middle to Ervin Phillips.

SEEING ORANGE

Syracuse gave LSU's offensive line fits throughout the game, once getting into the backfield to bring down Williams for a safety on the first play of a drive that began at the Tigers 1.

''Danny was under duress the whole night,'' Orgeron said. ''Without watching the film, I'd say Syracuse's defensive line won'' at the line of scrimmage.

When asked if he thought his unit played well, LSU center Will Clapp responded, ''No. Not particularly.''

UP NEXT

Syracuse visits North Carolina State to open ACC play.

LSU hosts Troy.

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Scoring Summary
4th Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 1:52
39-J.Gonsoulin extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
26
35
Touchdown 1:52
7-D.Chark runs 20 yards for a touchdown.
7
plays
56
yds
03:47
pos
26
34
Point After TD 5:40
48-C.Murphy extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
26
28
Touchdown 5:40
2-E.Dungey complete to 8-S.Ishmael. 8-S.Ishmael runs 22 yards for a touchdown.
16
plays
110
yds
05:01
pos
25
28
3rd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 0:07
48-C.Murphy extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
19
28
Touchdown 0:07
2-E.Dungey runs 14 yards for a touchdown.
10
plays
72
yds
03:16
pos
18
28
Point After TD 5:22
39-J.Gonsoulin extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
10
28
Touchdown 5:22
28-D.Williams runs 20 yards for a touchdown.
6
plays
91
yds
03:24
pos
10
27
Point After TD 12:20
48-C.Murphy extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
10
21
Touchdown 12:20
5-D.Butler complete to 3-E.Philips. 3-E.Philips runs 30 yards for a touchdown.
9
plays
80
yds
02:15
pos
9
21
Point After TD 14:45
39-J.Gonsoulin extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
3
21
Touchdown 14:45
16-D.Etling complete to 14-D.Davis. 14-D.Davis runs 87 yards for a touchdown.
1
plays
87
yds
00:10
pos
3
20
2nd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 1:15
39-J.Gonsoulin extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
3
14
Touchdown 1:15
16-D.Etling complete to 10-S.Sullivan. 10-S.Sullivan runs 43 yards for a touchdown.
6
plays
71
yds
01:30
pos
3
13
1st Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Field Goal 8:03
48-C.Murphy 42 yards Field Goal is Good.
17
plays
52
yds
6:39
pos
3
7
Point After TD 14:51
39-J.Gonsoulin extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
0
7
Touchdown 14:51
5-D.Guice runs 1 yard for a touchdown.
1
plays
1
yds
00:03
pos
0
6
Team Stats
1st Downs 24 18
Rushing 6 10
Passing 17 7
Penalty 1 1
3rd Down Conv 9-20 7-13
4th Down Conv 2-3 0-0
Total Net Yards 372 404
Total Plays 82 61
Avg Gain 4.5 6.6
Net Yards Rushing 76 151
Rush Attempts 27 38
Avg Rush Yards 2.8 4.0
Net Yards Passing 296 253
Comp. - Att. 34-55 14-23
Yards Per Pass 5.4 11.0
Sacked - Yards Lost 3-12 2-10
Penalties - Yards 3-29 1-5
Touchdowns 3 5
Rushing TDs 1 3
Passing TDs 2 2
Other 0 0
Turnovers 1 1
Fumbles - Lost 0-0 0-0
Int. Thrown 1 1
Punts - Avg 7-46.7 5-38.6
Return Yards 33 41
Punts - Returns 1-0 1-0
Kickoffs - Returns 2-33 2-13
Int. - Returns 1-0 1-28
Kicking 4/4 6/6
Extra Points 3/3 6/6
Field Goals 1/1 0/0
Safeties 0 0
1234T
Syracuse 2-2 3016726
25 LSU 3-1 7714735
296 PASS YDS 253
76 RUSH YDS 151
372 TOTAL YDS 404
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT
E. Dungey 2 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
61.5% 265 1 1 106.8
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
63.6% 1052 6 3 125.6
E. Dungey 32/52 265 1 1
De. Butler 5 WR
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
100% 43 1 0 445.6
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
100% 43 1 0 445.6
De. Butler 2/2 43 1 0
Z. Mahoney 16 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
0% 0 0 0 0.0
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
33.3% 2 0 0 38.9
Z. Mahoney 0/1 0 0 0
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG
D. Strickland 4 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
7 27 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
44 134 3
D. Strickland 7 27 0 15
E. Dungey 2 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
13 24 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
52 233 5
E. Dungey 13 24 1 14
M. Neal 21 WR
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
5 11 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
24 127 0
M. Neal 5 11 0 3
E. Philips 3 WR
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 8 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
3 21 0
E. Philips 1 8 0 8
De. Butler 5 WR
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 6 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
1 6 0
De. Butler 1 6 0 6
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
S. Ishmael 8 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
11 123 1
SEASON REC YDS TD
45 512 1
S. Ishmael 11 123 1 28
E. Philips 3 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
11 93 1
SEASON REC YDS TD
27 232 2
E. Philips 11 93 1 30
M. Neal 21 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
4 31 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
7 95 1
M. Neal 4 31 0 15
R. Pierce 6 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
3 21 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
9 30 2
R. Pierce 3 21 0 12
De. Butler 5 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 18 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
9 93 0
De. Butler 2 18 0 11
E. Dungey 2 QB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 13 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
1 13 0
E. Dungey 1 13 0 13
N. Johnson 82 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 10 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
2 23 0
N. Johnson 1 10 0 10
S. Riley 10 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
5 90 0
S. Riley 0 0 0 0
D. Strickland 4 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 -1 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
3 17 1
D. Strickland 1 -1 0 -1
Defense T-A SACK INT
A. Robinson 94 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
A. Robinson 1-0 0.0 0
K. Samuels 52 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 1.0
K. Samuels 1-0 1.0 0
J. Dowels 9 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-0 1 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-0 1 0.0
J. Dowels 0-0 0.0 1
K. Coleman 55 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.5
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.5
K. Coleman 0-1 0.5 0
C. Slayton 95 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.5
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.5
C. Slayton 0-1 0.5 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
C. Murphy 48 K
IN-GAME FG XP
1/1 3/3
SEASON FG XP
8/9 14/15
C. Murphy 1/1 42 3/3 6
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
S. Hofrichter 35 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
7 46.7 5
SEASON NO AVG IN20
21 46.3 5
S. Hofrichter 7 46.7 5 58
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
S. Riley 10 WR
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
2 16.5 18 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
9 30.7 18 0
S. Riley 2 16.5 18 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
S. Riley 10 WR
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 0.0 0 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
9 2.8 0 0
S. Riley 1 0.0 0 0
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT
D. Etling 16 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
58.8% 188 2 0 190.5
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
58.4% 723 3 0 150.2
D. Etling 10/17 188 2 0
M. Brennan 15 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
66.7% 75 0 1 138.3
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
54.5% 92 0 1 106.6
M. Brennan 4/6 75 0 1
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG
D. Williams 28 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
16 92 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
44 251 5
D. Williams 16 92 1 24
D. Chark 7 WR
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
3 27 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
5 38 1
D. Chark 3 27 1 20
D. Guice 5 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
8 14 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
65 314 5
D. Guice 8 14 1 11
R. Gage 83 WR
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 11 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
9 42 0
R. Gage 1 11 0 11
M. Brennan 15 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 5 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
3 12 0
M. Brennan 1 5 0 5
D. Dillon 19 WR
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 4 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
5 26 0
D. Dillon 1 4 0 4
N. Brossette 4 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 3 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
12 66 0
N. Brossette 1 3 0 3
D. Etling 16 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
4 1 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
14 20 0
D. Etling 4 1 0 8
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
D. Davis 14 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 98 1
SEASON REC YDS TD
3 134 2
D. Davis 2 98 1 87
D. Williams 28 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
3 50 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
7 97 0
D. Williams 3 50 0 43
S. Sullivan 10 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 43 1
SEASON REC YDS TD
2 89 1
S. Sullivan 1 43 1 43
D. Chark 7 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 30 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
12 233 0
D. Chark 2 30 0 22
F. Moreau 84 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
3 18 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
6 46 0
F. Moreau 3 18 0 7
D. Dillon 19 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 13 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
5 55 0
D. Dillon 1 13 0 13
R. Gage 83 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 6 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
7 78 0
R. Gage 1 6 0 6
J. Stevens 3 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 5 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
2 32 0
J. Stevens 1 5 0 5
D. Ducre 41 FB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
0 0 0
D. Ducre 0 0 0 0
Defense T-A SACK INT
R. Lawrence 90 DE
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
T. Taylor 24 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 1.5
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 1.5
T. Taylor 1-1 1.5 0
C. Thompson 23 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.5
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.5
C. Thompson 0-1 0.5 0
A. Williams 29 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-0 1 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-0 3 0.0
A. Williams 0-0 0.0 1
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
J. Gonsoulin 39 K
IN-GAME FG XP
0/0 6/6
SEASON FG XP
2/4 12/12
J. Gonsoulin 0/0 0 6/6 6
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
J. Growden 38 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
3 34.7 0
SEASON NO AVG IN20
13 38.8 0
J. Growden 3 34.7 0 45
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
F. Moreau 84 TE
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 0.0 0 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
1 0.0 0 0
F. Moreau 1 0.0 0 0
C. Edwards-Helaire 22 RB
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 13.0 13 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
6 20.8 13 0
C. Edwards-Helaire 1 13.0 13 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
D. Chark 7 WR
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 0.0 0 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
6 16.5 0 1
D. Chark 1 0.0 0 0
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 CUSE 25 0:00 1 75 INT
14:51 CUSE 25 6:48 17 52 FG
6:14 CUSE 34 1:42 4 1 Punt
2:01 CUSE 35 1:11 4 14 Punt
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
11:31 CUSE 37 2:48 9 18 Punt
4:18 CUSE 13 1:24 4 22 Punt
1:15 CUSE 25 0:41 5 15 Punt
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:35 CUSE 25 2:15 9 75 TD
10:12 CUSE 27 0:42 3 9 Punt
5:16 CUSE 24 1:30 4 17 Punt
3:23 CUSE 28 3:16 10 72 TD
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
10:41 CUSE 20 5:01 16 80 TD
1:52 CUSE 25 0:21 4 -3 Downs
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:54 CUSE 1 0:03 1 1 TD
7:58 LSU 25 1:35 3 -4 Punt
4:25 LSU 21 2:17 6 16 Punt
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
0:38 LSU 1 0:00 8 31 Punt
8:31 LSU 6 4:04 8 32 Punt
2:45 LSU 29 1:30 6 71 TD
0:24 LSU 11 0:00 1 -1 End of Quarter
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:55 LSU 13 0:10 1 87 TD
12:20 LSU 35 1:35 3 -2 Punt
8:46 LSU 9 3:24 6 91 TD
3:37 LSU 1 0:00 1 -1
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
0:07 LSU 25 0:00 9 -5 INT
5:39 LSU 44 3:47 7 56 TD
1:25 CUSE 22 0:56 2 -5 Game