Rice allows LSU to pad its stats

Burrow throws for 307 yards

BATON ROUGE — LSU finally found a palatable recipe for its offense Saturday night.

It was really pretty simple.

Just serve it over Rice.

Mostly, though, it was simplified.

Even the passing game worked.

It wasn’t the most electric game Tiger Stadium ever saw, but LSU did pretty much what it wanted against the outmanned Owls in rolling to a 42-10 victory on a chilly night.

It came after head coach Ed Orgeron insisted the Tigers simplify an offense that had lost its way since a big win over Georgia last month.

"We simplified and our guys knew what to do," Orgeron said. "We did the things we could do well and you could see it — run the ball, play-action pass. Deep passes. Protect the quarterback."

The Tigers led 28-3 at the half and the starting offense added another touchdown in the third quarter before turning it over to backups for another score in the fourth quarter.

"I feel like everyone just loosened up," said running back Nick Brossette, who rushed for 69 yards and a pair of touchdowns. "The last couple of weeks we had all been tight. Everyone else had just loosened up and we were having fun. That allowed us to just relax and go out there and make plays for each other."

If No. 10 LSU (9-2) never threatened the balky 42-point spread that Las Vegas put on the game, the Tigers at least pleased their head coach on senior night.

"All of our seniors got to play and we played most of the young guys," Orgeron said.

Rice didn’t score a touchdown until the final 4 minutes of the game when the Tigers had the third-string defense in.

"It was really important for us to get back on track in all aspects because we have a huge road game coming up this coming week," safety Grant Delpit said. "I believe our confidence has risen as a unit and that can only help us against Texas A&M."

"Good night for the Tigers," Orgeron said. "I thought out offense got back on track. On defense I thought we did really well."

But he also knows it will get a lot tougher next week against Texas A&M after disposing of lowly Rice (1-11), which finished its season with 11 consecutive losses.

"Obviously this is where we want to be," Orgeron said. "We want to win 10 games. We want to play in a New Year’s Day bowl."

Nothing LSU could have done Saturday had any effect on that, but Orgeron liked the tune-up for the showdown at Texas A&M.

The Tigers finished with 552 yards and their 372 yards in the air was the most passing yards since 2013 when Zach Mettenberger matched it against Georgia in a losing effort.

"I think for the confidence of this offense it was important for us to click tonight," quarterback Joe Burrow said. "We wanted to move the ball without any hesitation or road blocks. For the most part I think we did that.

"We wanted to throw the football," Orgeron said. "We wanted to get the rhythm back, the protection back, feel good about completing some passes."

Burrow said offensive coordinator Steve Ensminger came to him Saturday morning with the mandate.

"He said he wanted to throw the heck out of the ball," said Burrow. "So I was kind of expecting to throw the ball as much as I did tonight."

Burrrow completed 20 of 28 passes for a career-high 307 yards and two touchdowns despite playing only one series of the second half before backup Myles Brennan finished the game in his first action of the season.

"It felt good to get hit," said Brennan, who completed 4 of 6 passes for 65 yards.

Stephen Sullivan led the Tigers with 94 yards on four catches while tight end Foster Moreau went out with a bang in his final home game with a career-high five receptions for 69 yards.

Sullivan and Moreau each had touchdown grabs from Burrow, Sullivan for 38 yards and Moreau from 18.

LSU didn’t punt until midway through the third quarter, although a lost fumble deep-sixed one first half drive and Burrow took an ill-advised sack to end the first half to sabotage a 2-minute drill.

"We’ve got a big week ahead of us," Orgeron said. "But I know we’re going to be ready for it."

<span>LSU  42 | Rice  10</span>

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      <p class="p1"><strong>Do carpenter bees/bumblebees sting?</strong>

      <p class="p2">Some do, some don’t.

      <p class="p2">A bee stinger is a modified egg-laying tube — it’s called an ovipositor — so that means only female bees sting. Male bees will make noise and behave aggressively, but they can’t cause any harm.

      <p class="p2">The carpenter bee and bumblebee are often mistaken for each other because both are big and furry. But the first has a hairless abdomen, and the second is covered with hair.

      <p class="p2">Carpenter bees live in solitary pairs and make their homes in wood. The males stand guard outside their nests, which are easily identified by their circular openings, while female carpenter bees stay inside and tend to their eggs.

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      <p class="p2">“The holes are neatly chewed and 1/2 inch in diameter; each hole is identical,” reads an LSU AgCenter fact sheet.

      <p class="p2">“The tunnels initially go across the grain of the wood then turn at right angles to go with the grain and extend for 4 to 6 inches. Bees will sometimes use the same tunnels and will sometimes extend the tunnels. Some are up to 10 feet long.”

      <p class="p2">The males, hovering at the entrances to their nests, will behave aggressively if they feel threatened, dive-bombing and chasing other flying insects, along with any birds or people who happen to pass by.

      <p class="p2">The females are generally docile, but they will sting if provoked. And because their stingers lack barbs, they can sting repeatedly.

      <p class="p2">Bumblebees are social insects and live in colonies, which — depending on the species — can be found underground or above the ground. They will behave aggressively if they’re disturbed. And, like carpenter bees, they have smooth stingers and can sting multiple times.

      <p class="p2">“Nesting sites include clumps of dry grass, old bird nests, abandoned rodent burrows, old mattresses, car cushions or even in or under old abandoned buildings,” reads the website of Texas A&amp;M’s Extension Service.

      <p class="p2">“Most colonies contain a few hundred bees although thriving colonies can contain up to 2,000 bees. Nests may be up to 12 inches in diameter and may have several entrances.”

      <p class="p3"><strong>Online:</strong> www.lsuagcenter.com; https://texasinsects.tamu.edu.

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