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5 key plays for LSU in win over South Carolina

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With a season-high total of 624 yards on offense, the Tigers’ 45-24 victory over the Gamecocks had some huge plays.

They did almost whatever they wanted in both the passing and running game, but there are five key plays, some noticed, others maybe more subtle, that really steered the direction of the game in LSU’s favor.

1.       Brandon Harris to Travin Dural on 3rd and 8

Down 3-0 in the first quarter, the Tigers faced a third-and-long, which isn’t ideal given their passing struggles so far this season. However, this play broke that trend when Harris threw a strike to Dural to pick up 17 yards. Not only did it set the tone for the rest of the game (and Harris having a career day throwing for 228 yards), but it kept the drive alive and led to a touchdown to give the Tigers a 7-3 lead.

2.       Harris makes the smart decision to use his legs on 3rd down

Sensing a theme here? Third down conversions are huge, and again, Harris came up big.

Still in a tight ball game up 7-3, the Tigers faced 3rd and 5 at the South Carolina 41. With his options covered, Harris used his legs to pick up 14 yards and extend the drive, rather than try to force a tight throw. Two plays later Harris found Malachi Dupre in the endzone. Music to Cam Cameron’s ears.

3.       John Battle’s interception late in the 2nd

They call the Tigers “DBU” for a reason.

We haven’t called John Battle’s name much, but that doesn’t mean the playmaking ability isn’t there. With LSU up 14-10, the Gamecocks were driving late in the second quarter with a chance of taking the lead going to halftime, which could have been huge for their momentum. Enter John Battle. His interception off the tipped ball not only erased Carolina’s chances to swing the game, but led to three points for the Tigers and a 17-10 halftime lead.

4.       Leonard Fournette’s 87-yard touchdown run

This one is a little more obvious, but there are several reasons this was a massive play for LSU.

First of all, it set the tone for the second half. Very similar to their match-up with Eastern Michigan, the Tigers didn’t have much breathing room. This opened the game up with a 14-point LSU lead while serving as yet another highlight on Fournette’s Heisman reel.

This play also broke the back of the Gamecocks. South Carolina did a tremendous job keeping Fournette in check throughout the first half, but after the second-longest run of number seven’s career, the Gamecocks defense began to crumble, which leads to our final play.

5.       Derrius Guice’s ridiculous, tackle-breaking, 25-yard run

Just because Fournette’s resting on the sideline doesn’t mean it gets any easier for opposing defenses to stop the Tigers’ running game.

Looking to put the game away, true freshman Derrius Guice took what appeared to be a run for a three-yard loss and turned it into a 25-yard gain, breaking four tackles in the process and showing incredible balance. In fact, Guice outgained Fournette with 161 yards on 16 carries.

With the undefeated Florida Gators coming to town next, this was exactly the type of game the Tigers needed to see some of their offensive potential. If it keeps up, all of those College Football Playoff predictions will start to look like a reality.

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