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Southeastern falls to highly-ranked LSU 31-0 at Tiger Stadium

Posted: Saturday, September 8, 2018 | Views: 1382

Southeastern falls to highly-ranked LSU 31-0 at Tiger Stadium

Southeastern Falls at No. 11/15 LSU


BATON ROUGE, La. – A 24-0 halftime deficit was too much for the Southeastern Louisiana football team to overcome in a 31-0 loss to No. 11/15 LSU in the pre-conference finale for both teams Saturday night in Tiger Stadium.


The Lions (0-2), playing the in-state Tigers (2-0) for the first time since 1949 and only the second time in school history, controlled the action after the half but could not avoid their first shutout loss since 2012.


“LSU has a great football team with tremendous players on both sides of the ball,” Southeastern head coach Frank Scelfo said. “We made too many mental mistakes and unforced errors – turnovers and pre-snap penalties - against a team as talented as the Tigers. I can’t fault our effort tonight, but as we move forward, we have to play smarter. We – players and coaches – have to use this as a learning experience and get better from here.” 


After host LSU was able to build a big lead in the first half, the second half went SLU’s way everywhere but the scoreboard. The Lions outgained their nationally-ranked FBS foe, 217-78, over the final two quarters, but could not find a way to put points on the board.  


Southeastern also finished with an 18-15 advantage in first downs. LSU’s dominance in the first half allowed them to out-gain the Lions, 335-254, for the game, though SLU finished with just under 35 minutes of time of possession. 


Junior quarterbacks Chason Virgil and Lorenzo Nunez displayed their varied skills, splitting time under center for the second straight game. Virgil completed 23-of-33 passes for 189 yards and an interception, while Nunez was the Lions’ leading rusher, finishing with 64 yards on 11 carries. 


Junior Juwan Petit-Frere was once again Southeastern’s leading receiver, finishing with five catches for 60 yards. The Lion running game was held to just 65 net rushing yards thanks in large part to a relentless LSU pass rush that recorded five sacks – four in the first half. 


Junior defensive back Matthew Wright led the Lions with seven tackles, while junior linebacker Kyle Nevels and sophomore linebacker Isaac Adeyemi-Berglund were each credited with six stops. Adeyemi-Berglund and junior linebacker Mike Mason were each credited with sacks, while junior defensive back Dejion Lynch led SLU with three pass breakups.


The LSU offense was paced by senior running back Nick Brossette, who finished with 137 yards on 19 carries. Junior quarterback Joe Burrow completed 10-of-20 passes for 151 yards and two touchdowns – connecting on scores to freshman Ja’Marr Chase and sophomore Stephen Sullivan. 


The Tiger defense forced Southeastern into three turnovers and had five sacks. Junior linebacker Devin White led the Tigers with 11 tackles and a forced fumble, while sophomore defensive end Neil Farrell, Jr. recorded a team-high 1.5 sacks.  


After SLU held the Tigers to three-and-out on the opening drive, the Lions picked up a pair of first downs before a pair of negative plays put them in a third-and-long situation. Senior running back Darren Johnson was stripped by White and sophomore defensive back Grant Delpit fell on the loose ball at the Lion 34-yard line. 


Five plays later, Chase hauled in a nine-yard scoring pass from Burrow to give LSU a 7-0 lead with 7:15 left in the opening quarter. 


After Southeastern was forced into a three-and-out, LSU junior receiver Jonathan Giles returned the ensuing punt 20 yards to set the Tigers up at the SLU 46-yard line to start its next drive. 


LSU again took advantage of the short field and the seven-play drive ended with Burrow scampering in from a yard out for a 14-0 lead with 3:20 remaining in the first quarter. 


The Tigers drove into Southeastern territory on their next drive. However, Adeyemi-Berglund collected a sack on third-and-long and LSU had to settle for a 50-yard field goal by junior kicker Cole Tracy, extending the lead to 17-0 with 11:21 left in the first half. 


Southeastern moved into LSU territory for the first time on its next possession, but a pair of penalties backed the Lions up and SLU eventually had to punt. A sack by Mason highlighted a three-and-out for LSU on its next trip. 


A 34-yard punt by sophomore Zach Van Rosenberg gave the Lions the ball at their own 46-yard line. However, the Tigers forced another three-and-out to spoil the Lions’ good field position. 


Both defenses stiffened for the remainder of the quarter until LSU added to its lead on the final play of the first half. Sullivan hauled in a 40-yard Hail Mary pass from Burrow to send the Tigers into the break with a 24-0 lead. 


After the two teams traded punts to open the second half, Southeastern managed its best drive of the game to that point, moving to the LSU 36-yard line. However, on fourth-and-short, Virgil was stopped cold on a quarterback sneak to allow LSU to keep the Lions off the board. 


Neither team would score in the third quarter, but Southeastern controlled the action. The Lions outgained LSU, 114-51, in the quarter and headed to the final period still down, 24-0. 


The Lions again moved deep into Tiger territory on a methodical drive that took the game into the fourth quarter and saw Southeastern convert on a pair of fourth downs. However, LSU sophomore defensive back Greedy Williams picked off a Virgil pass at the LSU six-yard line to end the SLU scoring threat and spoil a 14-play, 78-yard Lion march from their own one-yard line.


SLU forced a three-and-out on the ensuing Tiger drive and a 12-yard punt return by junior Devonte Williams set the Lions up at their 49-yard line. Southeastern answered with another methodical drive, as both Nunez and Virgil converted fourth-and-short opportunities to keep the march alive, as SLU moved inside the LSU five-yard line. 


However, on third-and-goal, a bad snap sailed well over Nunez’s head. LSU sophomore safety JaCoby Stevens scooped the loose ball on the run and raced 64 yards to the Lion 18-yard line with only a great effort by Nunez on a shoestring tackle. Four plays later, sophomore Clyde Edwards-Helaire bulled in from seven yards out to provide LSU with the final 31-0 margin.  


Southeastern will open its home and Southland Conference schedule next Saturday, hosting defending league champion Central Arkansas at 7 p.m. in Strawberry Stadium. Saturday is Faculty, Family and Band Day in Hammond, America. Southeastern faculty and staff will receive two free tickets with the presentation of their University I.D. at the ticket office prior to game day or ticket booth on game day.   


Local high school band and spirit members will be present for the Spirit of the Southland’s halftime show.  Also, fans will have the opportunity to stop by Hammond’s Helm Paint location to get a free color-changing cup for free drinks all season.


The SLU-UCA game will be televised on ESPN+ and via the app. The game can also be heard on the Southeastern Sports Radio Network (KSLU-FM (90.9), Kajun 107.1 FM, The Highway 104.7 FM and WFPR 1400 AM). Fans can also listen live at and via the Radio FX and TuneIn Radio apps.


SLU – 0 0 0 0 – 0 (0-2)

LSU – 14 10 0 7 – 31 (2-0)


Scoring Summary

1st Quarter

LSU – Chase 9 pass from Burrow (Tracy kick), 7:15

LSU – Burrow 1 run (Tracy kick), 3:20

2nd Quarter

LSU – Tracy 50 FG, 11:21

LSU – Sullivan 39 pass from Burrow (Tracy kick), 0:00
3rd Quarter

No scoring
4th Quarter

LSU – Edwards-Helaire 7 run (Tracy kick), 2:03

                                                                            SLU        LSU

FIRST DOWNS                                                  18           15                                                                                                                                                                                                                     
RUSHES-YARDS (NET)                                  42-65      35-184                                                                                                        

PASSING YDS (NET)                                       189         151         

Passes Att-Comp-Int                                          34-23-1   20-10-0                        

TOTAL OFFENSE PLAYS-YARDS                76-254    55-335                                                                     

Fumble Returns-Yards                                        0-0          1-64                                                        

Kickoff Returns-Yards                                       0-0          0-0                                

Punt Returns-Yards                                             1-12        1-20        

Interception Returns-Yards                                 0-0          1-0                            

Punts (Number-Avg)                                           6-42.5     6-44.3                                    

Fumbles-Lost                                                      2-2          0-0                                                                                           

Penalties-Yards                                                   9-45        7-84                                           

Possession Time.                                                 34:56      25:04                       

Third-Down Conversions                                    4-of-19   4-of-11                                                                                                                  

Fourth-Down Conversions                                  5-of-6     0-of-0                                                   

Red Zone Scores-Chances                                  0-1          4-4                                                                                         


RUSHING: SLU – Nunez 11-64, D. Johnson 8-32, D. Williams 10-10, Becnel 1-5, T. Jones 1-4, Team 1-(-15), Virgil 9-(-35). Totals – 42-65. LSU – Brossette 19-137, Edwards-Helaire 8-27, Burrow 8-20. Totals – 35-184.


PASSING: SLU – Virgil 23-33-1-189-0, Nunez 0-1-0-0-0. Totals – 23-34-1-189-0. LSU – Burrow 10-20-0-151-2. Totals – 10-20-0-151-2.


RECEIVING: SLU – Petit-Frere 5-60, D. Johnson 5-17, Schwebel 4-26, Jackson 4-24, M. Williams 2-38, D. Williams 2-10, Turner 1-14. Totals – 23-189. LSU – Chase 3-25, Sullivan 2-54, Moreau 2-47, Brossette 1-12, Marshall 1-8, Jefferson 1-5. Totals – 10-151.


A – 96,883.



For season ticket information and individual game tickets, please contact the Southeastern Athletics Ticket Office at (985) 549-5466 or visit The Lions will welcome conference foes Central Arkansas (Sept. 15), Northwestern State (Sept. 29), Houston Baptist (Oct. 13 – Homecoming), Abilene Christian (Oct. 20 – Hall of Fame Game) and McNeese (Nov. 3) to Strawberry Stadium. 



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