LSU Football: Tigers Back In SEC Title Hunt After Defeating South Carolina

By Freddie Vickers
Derick E. Hingle-US PRESSWIRE

The LSU Tigers jumped back into the SEC Title hunt after defeating the South Carolina Gamecocks.  The Tigers dominated the line of scrimmage on both sides of the football and the defense held Gamecock running back Marcus Lattimore to just 35 yards on three carries.

Just a week ago, the Tigers were an afterthought after they were beaten by the Florida Gators.  This week, they’re now back in the headlines and still control their own destiny in hopes of defending their 2011 SEC Title.


That’s what LSU must do for the remainder of the season and the schedule sets up nicely.  A road trip to Texas A&M looms over the horizon along with a season ending trip to Fayetteville to face the Hogs.  LSU gets Alabama, Mississippi State and Ole Miss in the friendly confines of Death Valley.

The Tigers also get an important week off to prepare for Alabama.

LSU’s defense looked fantastic as they forced South Carolina quarterback Connor Shaw into mistakes.  Shaw was picked off twice and the Gamecocks were held to only 211 yards total offense.

As dominant as LSU looked on defense, the passing game still has miles to go.  Quarterback Zach Mettenberger completed 15-of-25 passes for just 148 yards and an interception.  It was enough to defeat the Gamecocks, but will it be enough to run the table the rest of the way?

The Tigers did find a new weapon on offense in freshman running back Jeremy Hill.  Hill made the most of his opportunity after Spencer Ware left the game with cramps.  He finished the night with 124 yards on 17 carries and scored two touchdowns. LSU’s offensive line paved the way for Hill, who gave the Tigers a two score lead in the fourth quarter with his 50-yard touchdown run.

The road trip to Aggieland will not be an easy one for the Tigers, who lost their one and only road trip of the season at Florida. But, if the Tigers can go into Texas and come out victorious, it will be a huge momentum boost heading into an off week before facing Alabama on November 3rd.

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