Lunch with Coach O: LSU vs. Northwestern St. Preview

Lunch with Coach O: LSU vs. Northwestern St. Preview
LSU head coach Ed Orgeron

BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) - LSU head coach Ed Orgeron met with sports journalists Monday afternoon to preview the upcoming game in Tiger Stadium against Northwestern State University.

The Demons are currently 0-2 following a loss 33-7 to Midwestern State on Saturday.

The Tigers traveled to Texas over the weekend to take on the Longhorns in Austin. LSU exploded offensively in a tough fight against Texas, with a final score of 45-38.

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Senior quarterback Joe Burrow threw for four touchdowns and 471 yards. He was 31-of-39 with one interception. Three LSU pass catchers finished with 100 yards receiving. Justin Jefferson had nine catches for 163 yards and three touchdowns. Ja’Marr Chase snagged eight balls for 147 yards. Terrace Marshall Jr. hauled in six catches for 123 yards and one touchdown.

Clyde Edwards-Helaire led the LSU rushing attack with 87 yards on 15 carries and scored a touchdown. He also had four receptions for 15 yards.

Michael Divinity had 10 total tackles and a sack to lead the Tiger defense. Jacoby Stevens added eight tackles and a sack. Orgeron called Divinity a leader. He added he believes Divinity will continue to improve throughout the season.

Orgeron played defensive line for the Northwestern State Demons in the early 1980s up the road in Natchitoches.

“Looking forward to playing Northwestern, a place I got my degree,” said Orgeron. “Very appreciative of that. The best thing that ever happened. I went to Northwestern and got my degree. And for that, I’m very, very appreciative. Not appreciative of it Saturday night, but I am appreciative.”

Texas Longhorn fans certainly weren’t appreciative of the number of LSU defensive players they saw lying on the turf. The Tigers said they were cramping, while Texas fans believed it was a stall tactic. There had been plenty of talk after the game about the LSU locker room perhaps not having air conditioning, something Coach O was asked about Monday.

“First of all, I called Louisiana Tech and they told us about it. We did some things in the dressing room that were better. It wasn’t great but it was better, at least it was better. They didn’t have air. We had some blowers in there. I don’t think that had as much as playing 93 plays on defense. That had a lot to do with it. Although it was hot, the humidity was 23 percent. It wasn’t like Louisiana. To prevent that, I think more guys will get IVs at halftime. Obviously, with the doctor’s approval,” Orgeron explained.

Texas tweeted a response about the locker room issue Monday evening.

Orgeron said he was very pleased with his team against Texas. He added the players deserve all the credit for their performance. He especially complimented Burrow, Edwards-Helaire, and Jefferson on a third down and 17 in the fourth quarter that resulted in a touchdown. Orgeron noted he will always remember that play.

Defensive linemen Glen Logan and Rashard Lawrence will not play Saturday, according to Orgeron. He added K’Lavon Chaisson is questionable. He also said there is no official word on Ed Ingram. Orgeron talked about the play of safety Marcel Brooks and defensive end Justin Thomas. He said they did well and will probably see more playing time.

Orgeron said LSU’s wide receivers are catching the ball better. He pointed out they caught 24 out of 25 balls, with just one drop.

With this current success, Orgeron said the players need to turn off the “Twitter Machine,” block out the noise, and focus on the task at hand.

After a big win in Texas, the Tigers moved up from No. 6 to No. 4 in the new AP Top 25 Poll and No. 5 in the Amway Coaches Poll.

Orgeron joined the Rich Eisen Show to talk about the impressive win. He explained that he and the entire team have full confidence in Burrow leading the offense down the field. Orgeron stated Burrow is a “baller” and is only getting better.

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The Rich Eisen Show airs daily at 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. ET on AT&T AUDIENCE Network which can be found on DIRECTV Ch. 239.

The No. 4 Tigers will take on the Demons in Death Valley at 6:30 p.m. Saturday.

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