The LSU Tigers opened up their conference play this week on the road in Nashville, Tennessee against the Vanderbilt Commodores. Vanderbilt came into this game a twenty four point underdog at home and one of the weaker teams in the conference. These two teams only play about every 5-6 years as they come from different divisions in the conference but who couldn’t enjoy a trip to Nashville. LSU came out of the gates hot scoring four touchdowns in the first quarter and taking a commanding 28 to 7 lead. Quarterback Joe burrow continued his hot streak completing 25 of 34 passes for 398 yards and tying a school record with six, count them, six touchdown passes. The true superstar of the game those was stud wide receiver Jamaar Chase, who returned to the field after missing out on last week’s game due to a violation of team rules. Chase accounted for 229 of Joe Burrow’s 398 yards and added four touchdowns to the stat sheet as well. He made dazzling catch after dazzling catch and the sophomore receiver implanted his name as one of the best wide receivers in all of college football. LSU again was able to allow some of the younger guys and back ups to get their fair share of playing time as they held a commanding lead for pretty much the whole entire game. It is always a plus when you are able to get those kind of players some much needed experience as they are the future of the program. Despite giving up 38 points the defense played well. They need to make a few adjustments as the schedule gets tougher down the road but highly touted defensive coordinator, Dave Aranda, will be on top of it as the weeks go by. LSU has one more cupcake team in the way of their difficult part of the season, as they take on Utah State next week in Death Valley. A game that should be another blow out, although you never want to speak to soon.
I had said in the previous post that I had hoped to make it to Nashville but was unable to travel as I had to attend a funeral for a friend on Saturday. A friend that struggled with the disease of addiction and lost the battle as he overdosed in his own mother’s home. I had brought my sobriety to light in the intro post to this blog and it is something I will hold near and dear to my heart. It is never easy to see someone you know and care about be unable to take control of their life and lose that fight. My heart goes out to him and his family and I always do my best to remind people of the seriousness of this disease. I want people to know that I am always available to talk about it or point someone in the right direction for help. We never know when our last day may be, so we must cherish every moment. God bless.