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Louisiana State 55, Georgia Southern 3
When: 7:30 PM ET, Saturday, August 31, 2019
Where: Tiger Stadium, Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Temperature: 90°
Head Official: Jason McArthur
Attendance: 97420

Joe Burrow tied an LSU single-game record with five touchdown passes in a little more than a half of play as No. 6 LSU routed outmanned Georgia Southern 55-3 in the season opener for both teams Saturday night in Baton Rouge, La.

Operating a scheme installed by first-year passing game coordinator Joe Brady, a former New Orleans Saints assistant, Burrow completed 23 of 27 passes for 278 yards and connected with nine different receivers.

Terrace Marshall Jr. caught three touchdown passes and Ja'Marr Chase and Justin Jefferson had one each.

Burrow, who finished last season with four touchdown passes in being named MVP of a Fiesta Bowl win against UCF in January, left Saturday's game after one third-quarter possession and was replaced by Myles Brennan.

The Tigers split the running game among five running backs but totaled just 122 yards on 33 carries.

LSU's first five possessions ended with touchdowns before the Tigers punted on their sixth possession. They added another touchdown on their next possession, the final one in the first half.

On Burrow's final possession, he guided the Tigers to freshman Cade York's 39-yard field goal and a 45-3 lead.

Brennan's first possession ended with a 2-yard touchdown run by Lanard Fournette and York added a 48-yard field goal in the fourth quarter.

Though most of the preseason attention surrounding LSU focused on the revamped offense, the Tigers defense also was outstanding against the Eagles, who won 10 games a year ago.

Georgia Southern gained just 98 total yards -- 24 passing and 74 rushing -- and they turned the ball over twice. The Eagles had just eight first downs, converting 1 of 12 third downs.

LSU figures to get a much stiffer challenge next Saturday when it faces preseason No. 10 Texas in Austin, Texas.

Georgia Southern hosts Maine in its home opener next Saturday.

--Field Level Media

Top Game Performances
Georgia Southern   Louisiana State
Logan Wright Player Clyde Edwards-Helaire
13 Attempts 9
37 Yards 45
2.8 Avg Yards 5.0
0 Touchdowns 1
0 Long 0
Georgia Southern   Louisiana State
Khaleb Hood Player Justin Jefferson
1 Receptions 5
12 Yards 87
12.0 Avg Yards 17.4
0 Touchdowns 1
0 Long 0
Team Stats Summary
  Yards Scoring Defense
Team Tot Rus Pas TD FG INT Sck FF
Georgia Southern 98 74 24 0 1 0 0.0 0
Louisiana State 472 122 350 7 2 0 2.0 2