Report card: Why we didn't give LSU football coach Ed Orgeron better than a C vs McNeese State
BATON ROUGE - LSU football found the win column Saturday night with a 34-7 victory over McNeese State at Tiger Stadium, but its grades were nothing to write home about.
Against an FCS school, the Tigers managed just 306 yards. Quarterback Max Johnson did fine, completing 18 of 27 passes for 161 yards and three touchdowns, but nothing spectacular. The running game was better than last week in the loss at UCLA, but it was still below average with just 103 yards on 36 carries.
The defense improved as it held the Cowboys to 56 rushing yards on 42 carries and limited quarterback Cody Orgeron, who is Ed Orgeron's son, to 10-of-20 passing for 91 yards. The line was not pushed around and sacked Orgeron eight times.
Special Teams: A
Kicker Cade York broke the Tiger Stadium record with a 55-yard field goal in the second quarter. Then he broke his own record with a 56-yard boot in the fourth quarter. Avery Atkins averaged 39 yards a punt and made a great tackle. Kick coverage was also good.
Defensive coordinator Daronte Jones and offensive coordinator Jake Peetz improved after rough starts a week ago. But the offense still lacks zip. As far as coach Ed Orgeron, he did not motivate the team as it looked off again and without zest.
Considering its talent, LSU should have dominated this game and won by much more.