No. 13 LSU shuts down BYU, 27-0

The Standard Journal - - NATIONAL SPORTS - Associated Press Sports Writer

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — The New Eng­land Pa­tri­ots traded quar­ter­back Ja­coby Bris­sett to the In­di­anapo­lis Colts for re­ceiver Phillip Dorsett.

The deal was an­nounced Satur­day in ad­vance of the dead­line for NFL teams to set their 53-man ros­ters for the start of the reg­u­lar sea­son.

In sep­a­rate deals, the Pa­tri­ots sent undis­closed draft picks to Seat­tle for de­fen­sive end Cas­sius Marsh, and traded an­other draft pick to Detroit for cor­ner­back John­son Bade­mosi. Marsh was a fourth-round draft pick in 2014 and Bade­mosi was an un­drafted free agent in 2012.

New Eng­land’s trade with the Colts fills needs for both teams. By bring­ing in Bris­sett, the Colts add some depth at quar­ter­back with An­drew Luck still work­ing his way back from shoul­der surgery. Bris­sett, a thir­dround pick in 2016, started two games as a rookie last sea­son while Tom Brady served his fourgame “De­flate­gate” sus­pen­sion.

By adding Dorsett, a first-round draft pick in 2015, the Pa­tri­ots get an­other ca­pa­ble pass catch- er with Ju­lian Edel­man out for the sea­son with a knee in­jury.

The ad­di­tion of Marsh could help fill New Eng­land’s need at edge rusher after rookie Derek Rivers was side­lined dur­ing the pre­sea­son with an in­jury. Bade­mosi gives New Eng­land some depth in the sec­ondary after Cyrus Jones suf­fered a knee in­jury dur­ing the Pa­tri­ots’ pre­sea­son fi­nale.

NEW OR­LEANS — Der­rius Guice looks like he can thrive in LSU’s new of­fense and the Tigers’ in­ex­pe­ri­ence on de­fense does not ap­pear to be a li­a­bil­ity what­so­ever.

Guice rushed for 120 yards and two touch­downs, and No. 13 LSU never al­lowed BYU’s of­fense to cross mid­field in a 27-0 de­feat of the Cougars on Satur­day night.

Louisiana na­tive Ed Org­eron was able to cel­e­brate a largely stress­free vic­tory in his maiden sea­son opener as LSU’s head coach, but also saw his of­fense squan­der scor­ing chances that could have made the re­sult even more lop­sided.

“We had some mis­cues down on the goal line but a lot of it is just some first-game stuff,” quar­ter­back Danny Etling said. “It’s good to get it out of the way. You want to cut down on those mis­takes, but all in all I thought it was a pretty good night.”

The good news for LSU was that a de­fense with four true fresh­men in the start­ing lineup — and with­out in­jured top pass rusher Ar­den Key — held BYU to fewer than 100 yards. And the last time LSU played in the Su­per­dome, it was the Tigers who didn’t cross mid­field dur­ing a loss to Alabama in the 2012 na­tional ti­tle game.

“Peo­ple were jok­ing about years ago the LSU of­fense the last time in this place, but look what our de­fense did,” de­fen­sive end Rashard Lawrence said. “We knew what the stats were on the side­lines for a large por­tion of the fourth quar­ter. We were check­ing the yards and just en­courag- ing the guys in there once the starters came out to just keep hold­ing them.”

Op­er­at­ing an over­hauled of­fen­sive scheme un­der new co­or­di­na­tor Matt Canada, LSU piled up enor­mous sta­tis­ti­cal ad­van­tages but stalled four times in­side the BYU 20 — twice com­ing away with no points, once be­cause of a missed field goal and once be­cause of a failed run on fourt­hand-goal from the 1.

The Tigers out­gained BYU (1-1) 479 yards to 97, and Etling proved right those team­mates and coaches who said he has looked more ac­cu­rate since re­cov­er­ing from off­sea­son back surgery. Etling com­pleted 14 of 17 passes for 173 yards, in­clud­ing com­ple­tions of 52 yards to D.J. Chark and 32 yards to Rus­sell Gage. He did not have a touch­down pass, but didn’t turn the ball over, ei­ther.

Etling did “ex­actly what we asked him to do tonight,” Org­eron said. “He did fan­tas­tic. But It goes to show you the hard work he did all sum­mer. He learned. He stud­ied. The guy’s a re­lent­less worker. Our guys be­lieve in him.”

The game was sup­posed to be played in Hous­ton, but was moved be­cause of flood­ing caused by Hur­ri­cane Har­vey. Still, the “Texas Kick­off” logo was on the Su­per­dome field and the LSU band played “Texas My Texas” be­fore kick­off.

Cougars QB Tan­ner Mangum was 12 of 24 for 102 yards while un­der rou­tine pres­sure. He was sacked three times.

“They showed some of the best de­fense I’ve seen in col­lege foot­ball,” BYU coach Kalani Si­take said. “We just couldn’t get any­thing go­ing.”

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