LSU making a rare trip up north is not quite going according to script for the Tigers, but they still hold the edge on Syracuse at halftime in the Carrier Dome. LSU running back Leonard Fournette has already gone over 100 yards and pulled off one of the more clutch plays we may see today, but LSU is clinging to a narrow 7-3 lead after one half of play against a scrappy Syracuse team.
Credit Syracuse for playing some good physical defense so far, but no matter how inspired they may be there was simply no way to stop Fournette from bailing out his quarterback, Brandon Harris, for a brief moment in the first quarter. With Harris under pressure, he looked behind him to see Fournette calling for the football. Harris got the lateral off just before his knee touched the ground, and Fournette rushed down the field for a 48-yard gain. Later he capped the drive with a touchdown run.
Syracuse’s offense is not getting much to work with against the Tigers defense. Spreading the football out has not led to much most of the time for Syracuse, but the Orange are holding their own in terms of time of possession. Special teams have also helped Syracuse try to generate some momentum, but if the Orange cannot get in the end zone they will fall shy of pulling the upset against LSU.