In the fourth quarter, LSU quarterback Jayden Daniels was holding his ribs after taking a shot in the end zone. For a moment, Daniels had to be taken out of the game, but he came back and put his stamp on the game by scoring two touchdowns including a 35 yard touchdown run in a back-and-forth battle with the Missouri Tigers to help give the Bayou Bengals a late 42-39 lead.
The Missouri Tigers had one last chance to march down the field to at least tie the game with a field goal, but Brady Cook’s pass was intercepted by Major Burns, who returned it all the way for a touchdown to give LSU a much needed and season saving 49-39 win.
Offensively, Daniels continues to be on a ridiculous pace this season with another marvelous performance by the dual threat quarterback as he finished completing 15 of 21 passes for 259 yards and three touchdowns while also rushing for 130 yards and one touchdown, ultimately accounting for 389 yards and four touchdowns. LSU head coach Brian Kelly complimented Daniels on the ultimate warrior performance.
“Jayden Daniels is just a warrior. He’s tough. He’s physical. He’s smart. He’s skilled. I can’t use enough superlatives about him individually.”LSU Head Coach Brian Kelly on Jayden Daniels
The Tigers had a lot of success on the ground as not only Daniels ran for over 100 yards, but Logan Diggs continues to be the featured back with a 134 yard and one touchdown career high performance. The Tigers’ leading rusher averaged over five yards per carry on 24 carries. While LSU was doing damage on the ground, its three top receivers all came up big as Malik Nabers had six catches for 146 yards and a touchdown, Brian Thomas Jr. had four catches for 66 yards and a touchdown, and Mason Taylor also got his first touchdown catch of the season.
Even though LSU’s offense had 533 total yards of offense, the LSU defense also gave up over 500 yards to Missouri. Brady Cook completed 30 of 47 passes for 395 yards and two touchdowns while running back Cody Schrader had 114 yards rushing and three touchdowns. Missouri’s star receiver Luther Berden finished with 11 catches for 149 yards.
Just like a week earlier, LSU was playing catchup in the first half as Missouri one time took a 22-7 lead and a 25-17 lead at halftime. LSU’s defense did struggle in the first half giving up touchdowns on their first three drives, but it was a defensive play made by Harold Perkins Jr. that ended up turning the tide towards LSU’s way.
“I know a lot of people expect me to come off the edge on certain downs. Coach House did a great job of putting me in the right position at the right time.”LSU LB Harold Perkins Jr. on the interception
Ever since Perkins’ interception in the first half, LSU’s defense played much better by only giving up two touchdowns on the next nine drives the rest of the way. That included two missed field goals by Missouri, a turnover on downs that was forced by a great defensive play made by Bradyn Swinson, and ultimately, the game sealing pick six by Major Burns.
Cook entered the game having the longest streak in the SEC without throwing an interception but ended up throwing two in the football game against LSU.
During the game, LSU overcame a double-digit deficit, their quarterback getting hurt in the game, a Damian Ramos’ missed field goal, and some questionable calls from the officials while doing so on the road. Playing in excruciating pain, the best medicine for the Tigers’ star quarterback was to get a win on the road over an undefeated and ranked SEC team.
“No matter how good this win feels, next week we have a new opponent and can’t carry any good or bad into the next week. It gives us confidence going into the second half of the season now.”LSU QB Jayden Daniels on the win
To quote John Mellencamp’s song, Jayden Daniels is saying that game definitely “Hurts So Good.”
#23 LSU remains alive in the SEC West race and will come back home after a two-week road trip where they will play the Auburn Tigers.
Offensive Cumulative Stats
|NET TOTAL YARDS||533||527|
|NET RUSHING YARDS||274||132|
|Average Per Rush||6.4||6.3|
|NET PASSING YARDS||259||395|
|Avg Per Completion||17.3||13.2|
|Drops (%)||2 (09%)||4 (09%)|
|TOTAL 1ST DOWNS||23||23|
|Rushing 1st Downs||11||6|
|Passing 1st Downs||10||17|
|Penalty 1st Downs||2||0|
Offense Efficiency Comparison
|RED ZONE ATTEMPTS||3-4||4-4|
|Red Zone Points||17||29|
|RZ TDs Rush-Pass||1-1||2-2|
|RZ FG Made-Att||1-2||0-0|
|Pts Off Turns||14||0|
Special Teams Comparison:
|Tackles for Loss||5||3|
LSU Field Goals:
|TOTAL||2-3||LONG OF 48|
LSU All Purpose Yards:
|30||G.Penn III (LB)||6||4||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|4||H.Perkins Jr. (LB)||3||2||0||1||1||1||1||0|
LSU Punt Returns:
LSU Kick Returns:
LSU Team Stats By Quarter:
LSU Scoring Summary:
|1||03:33||TD||RUSH||L.Diggs 1 yd rush (PAT KICK by D.Ramos GOOD)||11/75/6:17||8-7|
|2||05:43||FG||D.Ramos 48 yd Field Goal||11/44/5:04||22-10|
|2||01:59||TD||PASS||M.Taylor 3 yd reception thrown by J.Daniels (PAT KICK by D.Ramos GOOD)||6/45/3:09||22-17|
|3||08:12||FG||D.Ramos 29 yd Field Goal||8/61/3:15||25-20|
|3||06:00||TD||PASS||B.Thomas Jr. 42 yd reception thrown by J.Daniels (PAT KICK by D.Ramos GOOD)||2/45/0:46||25-27|
|4||07:54||TD||RUSH||J.Daniels 35 yd rush (PAT PASS caught by M.Nabers GOOD)||7/92/3:29||32-35|
|4||02:58||TD||PASS||M.Nabers 29 yd reception thrown by J.Daniels (PAT KICK by D.Ramos GOOD)||5/75/2:42||39-42|
|4||00:34||TD||INT||M.Burns 17 yd interception return (PAT KICK by D.Ramos GOOD)||39-49|
Missouri Field Goals:
|TOTAL||1-3||LONG OF 50|
Missouri All Purpose Yards:
|2||E.Rakestraw Jr. (DB)||3||3||0||0||0||1||0||1|
Missouri Punt Returns:
Missouri Kick Returns:
Missouri Team Stats By Quarter:
Missouri Scoring Summary:
|1||09:50||TD||PASS||T.Wease 18 yd reception thrown by B.Cook (PAT RUSH by B.Cook GOOD)||9/87/3:45||8-0|
|1||01:03||TD||RUSH||C.Schrader 21 yd rush (PAT KICK by H.Mevis GOOD)||6/75/2:30||15-7|
|2||10:47||TD||PASS||B.Norfleet 9 yd reception thrown by B.Cook (PAT KICK by H.Mevis GOOD)||6/57/3:32||22-7|
|2||02:04||FG||H.Mevis 50 yd Field Goal||9/42/0:05||25-17|
|3||02:22||TD||RUSH||C.Schrader 2 yd rush (PAT KICK by H.Mevis GOOD)||6/75/3:38||32-27|
|4||05:40||TD||RUSH||C.Schrader 1 yd rush (PAT KICK by H.Mevis GOOD)||5/70/2:14||39-35|