Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Bilo's Quick Citrus Bowl Recap

LSU 29, Louisville 9

Leonard Fournette's absence meant nothing at all to the LSU Tigers, as they defensively dominated Louisville and Heisman winner Lamar Jackson in Orlando. LSU capped their 17th straight season with at least 8 wins, and won in their 17th straight bowl appearance. Louisville, who had started 9-1, lost their 3rd straight game to end the 2016 season.
Derrius Guice had a huge day as the star back, as he rushed for 138 yards and a score, and also added a score as a receiver in the win. Guice, not Fournette, was named as a quarter finalist for my All-Bilo RB of the Year for 2016. It was Guice's 6th 100 yard effort of the season, and his 4th straight game with a score.
LSU moved to 2-2 in the Citrus Bowl all time, while Louisville is now just 4-3 in their last 7 bowl appearances. LSU finished 3-2 against top 25 opponents this season, while Louisville finished 1-2.
Jackson had a nightmare of a game, as he passed for a season low 153 yards, while he was held to just 33 yards rushing on 26 carries. He finished just 10/27 passing in the loss. He failed to score for the first time since November of 2015.
Danny Etling ended the season on a high note for LSU, as he passed for 217 yards and a pair of TDs. Malachi Dupree was his best benefactor, having caught 7 passes for 139 yards in the win.
LSU finished with 394 total yards, and finished 7/17 on 3rd downs. Louisville was held to just 220 yards, and was a miserable 2/17 on 3rd down conversions.
LSU DE Arden Key set an LSU single season record for sacks with his 12th of the season.

2017 Openers: Louisville vs. Purdue @ Indianapolis (9/2); LSU vs. BYU @ Houston (9/2)

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