September 15, 2019 / 3:27 AM / a month ago

No. 4 LSU rolls past in-state rival Northwestern State

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Sep 14, 2019; Baton Rouge, LA, USA; Northwestern State Demons quarterback Shelton Eppler (5) throws against the LSU Tigers during the first quarter at Tiger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

Joe Burrow and LSU’s passing game continued rolling for the No. 4 Tigers in a 65-14 victory against visiting FCS opponent Northwestern State in Baton Rouge, La., on Saturday night.

Burrow, who passed for the second-most yards in school history (471) in a 45-38 victory at then-No. 9 Texas a week earlier, was nearly flawless against the in-state rival Demons (0-3). He completed 21 of 24 for 373 yards and two touchdowns with one interception before leaving the game late in the third quarter.

Terrace Marshall Jr. caught both of Burrow’s touchdown passes as he had his second multi-touchdown game and increased his season touchdown-reception total to six as LSU improved to 3-0. Justin Jefferson added 124 receiving yards on five catches.

Clyde Edwards-Helaire and Tyrion Davis-Price had two touchdown runs each, and Burrow and John Emery Jr. had one each.

Shelton Eppler completed 21 of 38 passes for 225 yards and two touchdowns for NSU, which trailed just 24-14 at halftime.

Burrow guided the Tigers to touchdowns on their first three possessions of the third quarter, and Myles Brennan produced a touchdown drive on his first after relieving Burrow.

LSU outgained NSU 241-61 in the third quarter as they took a 51-14 lead into the fourth quarter. Freshman Trey Palmer returned a punt 54 yards for a touchdown, and Davis-Price ran 2 yards for the final score.

LSU finished with 610 yards, including 488 passing. NSU finished with 278 yards, 232 passing.

It was the 800th victory in LSU history.

The Tigers scored first on Cade York’s 26-yard field goal, but NSU answered with a 17-yard touchdown pass from Eppler to Quan Shorts.

LSU had consecutive touchdowns on a 4-yard run by Edwards-Helaire and a 14-yard pass from Burrow to Marshall for a 17-7 lead.

The Demons got within three when Eppler threw a 26-yard touchdown to David Fitzwater, but moments later Edwards-Helaire ran 3 yards for another touchdown.

Burrow’s one miscue came late in the second quarter when he threw an interception to Dylan Wilson that set up NSU at the LSU 17, but the Demons stalled and missed a 35-yard field goal.

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