With the loss, EMU fell 1-4, (0-2 MAC). Louisiana State lifted its record to a perfect 4-0.
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The defense matched the physicality of the Tigers, and brought consistent pressure to the LSU backfield. The Eagles finished with five tackles for loss and two sacks. That paid off in defending the LSU passing game, as they held the Tigers to just 80 yards through the air.
Individually for the Eagles, Brogan Roback guided the offense with 17-of-23 passing for 161 yards and one touchdown. On the ground, Darius Jackson led the way with 19 carries for 66 yards and a score. Through the air, tight end Sam Browning had a career day with six catches for a career-high 87 yards.
Defensively, Clay Dawson led the Eagles with a career-high 13 tackles, two of which were for a loss. He also recorded his second sack on the season. Nathan Adams also recorded a career high in stops, finishing second for EMU on the day with 10, including one for loss.
The Tigers scored on their first two possessions of the game to jump out to a quick 14-0 lead. They took that lead into the second quarter, but the Eagles began to rally.
On the possession following the second touchdown, the Eagles pieced together a promising drive before they were halted by an LSU interception. LSU could not capitalize on the turnover as the EMU defense forced a three and out, highlighted by the sack by Dawson.
The Green and White continued to battle in the second quarter and limited damage on one promising LSu drive, holding the Tigers to a field goal after a nice pass breakup in the end zone by Juan Giraldo. Following a field goal, LSU took a 17-0 lead.
The Eagle offense then came to life, putting together an eight play, 58-yard drive to get on the board. The drive was highlighted by a 30-yard pass to Browning to put EMU in the red zone. Running back Shaq Vann finished the trip with a six-yard rush to the outside. It was the Eagles' first rushing touchdown against an SEC opponent since 2009.
The Eagles were not done yet. On the ensuing LSU drive, the defense got in on the action with a sack. The ball popped in the air and picked-off by defensive end Luke MacLean, who returned it 13-yards to the LSU three yard-line. It was the first turnover committed by the Tigers on the 2015 season.
The Eagles capitalized quickly on the excellent field position as two plays later, Jackson piled his way into the end zone and cut the Tiger lead to 17-14. It was Jackson's fifth consecutive game with a touchdown.
The Tigers responded before the half with a field goal and took the 20-14 lead into halftime.
LSU jump-started the second half as on the first play from scrimmage it scored on a 75-yard rushing touchdown to extend the lead, 27-14.
The Eagles continued to battle after the long score, holding the Tigers to only one more field goal in the third quarter before embarking on another scoring drive.
Drive highlights included a 33-yard screen pass to Vann, as well as a 13-yard pass to Cody Tuttle. The Eagles then capitalized on a 12-yard touchdown pass to Dustin Creel. The Eagles went for two on the point after touchdown and were successful on a trick play where Eddie Daugherty threw a strike to Roback to cut the lead to 30-22 just before the fourth quarter.
The Tigers attack proved to be too much for the Eagles in the fourth stanza as they pulled away with a pair of touchdowns, including one on a pick six, to complete the 22-point victory.
The Eagles now return to MAC play as they host the University of Saturday, Oct. 10.