No. 25 Tigers off and running in win over No. 8 Hurricanes
ARLINGTON, Texas — Nick Brossette and Joe Burrow waited a long time for their chance to be impact players. They helped No. 25 LSU make a strong opening statement.
Brossette ran for 125 yards with his first two career touchdowns and grad transfer quarterback Burrow, who appeared in 10 games the past two seasons at Ohio State, won his first college start as the Tigers beat No. 8 Miami 33-17 on Sunday night.
“I knew I needed to be patient and humble, and that my time would come,” said Brossette, who had only 96 yards rushing all last season for the Tigers as a third-string junior.
Once the game started, the Hurricanes never really backed the bravado they showed in a feisty exchange of words and some shoving between the teams during warmups about 75 minutes before kickoff.
LSU led 27-3 by halftime after Jacob Phillips returned an interception 45 yards for a touchdown.
“Regardless of what’s out there and what people say, we believe in each other in that room, and we proved it tonight,” Tigers coach Ed Orgeron said about the perception that his team was the underdog.
Miami, which has lost four games in a row since a 10-0 start last season, never got to celebrate with that gaudy turnover chain that comes out when the Hurricanes get a takeaway.
“We certainly had some things go well and some things not well,” said Miami coach Mark Richt, in his third season at his alma mater. “A lot of self-inflicted wounds, not to take anything away from what LSU did. They beat us soundly.”
LSU went ahead to stay in the final minute of the first quarter after Burrow changed a play at the line of scrimmage. Brossette then took an inside handoff and went untouched down the middle of the field for a 50-yard TD run that snapped a 3-3 tie.
“I saw the goal line,” Brossette said. “It opened up, which shocked me. I put my head down and ran.”