The Tigers did next to nothing in the first half but the passing game came alive in the second with Jordan Jefferson first scoring toss since the season-opener against North Carolina, picture-perfect 75-yard throw-catch-run to Rueben Randle. It shocked the Stadium and the opponent and provided a much-needed boost to the LSU offense. LSU piled up 338 of its 433 yards in the second half and the passing opened up the running game later on.
The defense reasserted itself. Defensive tackle Drake Nevis rebounded from being snuffed out against Auburn. He had seven tackles, forced a key fumble and also forced at least one holding call with his quickness. He didn’t exactly dominate the game but his presence was a factor. LSU won the turnover battle 2-0 with linebacker Kelvin Sheppard getting a fumble recovery and an interception, along with seven tackles.