Plays that changed the game: LSU

August, 31, 2014
Aug 31
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HOUSTON -- For a large portion of three quarters, Wisconsin controlled Saturday night’s Advocare Texas Kickoff game. But about the time “Jump Around” blared from the stadium loudspeakers and giddy Wisconsin fans obliged, LSU began reversing its fortunes.

The No. 13 Tigers reeled off 21 unanswered points in a 28-24 win over No. 14 Wisconsin on Saturday at NRG Stadium thanks to the help of some timely strong defense and three huge plays. Let’s take a look at the plays that changed the game.

Slippery Diarse

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A textbook comeback route turned into a huge play thanks to the tackle-breaking of LSU redshirt freshman receiver John Diarse. The LSU offensive line provided good protection, Anthony Jennings hit Diarse squarely in the chest, and the 6-foot, 210-pound Diarse did the rest, shaking off three would-be Wisconsin tacklers en route to a 35-yard touchdown on third-and-20. The Tigers went for a two-point conversion and succeeded to narrow Wisconsin’s lead to 24-21 with 12:08 to go in the fourth quarter.

Timely turnover

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On second-and-12 on the ensuing Wisconsin drive, quarterback Tanner McEvoy tried to find tight end Troy Fumagalli on the left side of the field. LSU safety Jalen Mills beat Fumagalli to the ball. The timing by Mills was perfect and he went up against a much bigger guy (Fumagalli is 6-foot-5, 246 pounds; Mills is 6-0, 194) and stole the ball away to give the Tigers the ball back with 11:26 remaining.

Hilliard to the house

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LSU, which struggled to develop a consistent running game throughout the night, smelled blood and took over the line of scrimmage on the ensuing drive. With momentum shifting and Wisconsin missing two injured starters on the defensive line, the Tigers simply handed the ball to Kenny Hilliard three times, letting him and the LSU front do the rest. The third time they did, they created a big hole in the middle of the field which Hilliard sprinted right through for a 28-yard touchdown, giving the Tigers the lead with 9:41 left. Wisconsin would get the ball back, but the Tigers didn’t yield another point and escaped the Bayou City with a victory.
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Kenny Hilliard run for 4 yds to the LSU 46 for a 1ST down
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Leonard Fournette run for a loss of 3 yards to the Wisc 44
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Kenny Hilliard run for 17 yds to the Wisc 48 for a 1ST down
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Tanner McEvoy pass intercepted Ronald Martin return for a loss of 8 yards to the Wisc 32
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Kenny Hilliard run for 28 yds for a TD
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Kenny Hilliard run for 17 yds to the Wisc 36 for a 1ST down
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Tanner McEvoy pass intercepted Jalen Mills return for no gain to the LSU 47
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(Two pt pass, A. Jennings pass to T. Quinn GOOD)
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Colby Delahoussaye 47 yd FG GOOD
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Anthony Jennings pass complete to John Diarse for 12 yds to the Wisc 33 for a 1ST down
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Anthony Jennings sacked by Marcus Trotter for a loss of 3 yards to the Wisc 8
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Colby Delahoussaye 30 yd FG GOOD
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Anthony Jennings pass complete to Travin Dural for 44 yds to the Wisc 8 for a 1ST down

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