Brennan throws 4 TDs as No. 20 LSU rebounds with win at Vanderbilt

Brennan throws 4 TDs as No. 20 LSU rebounds with win at Vanderbilt
Myles Brennan during the first half of a game between LSU and Vanderbilt at Vanderbilt Stadium in Nashville, Tenn. on Saturday, Oct. 3, 2020. (Source: Gus Stark/Gus Stark / LSU Athletics)

NASHVILLE (WAFB) - No. 20 LSU picked up its first win of the season with a rout of Vanderbilt in Nashville, Tenn.

The Tigers (1-1, 1-1 SEC) cruised to a 41-7 victory over the Commodores (0-2, 0-2 SEC). They bounced back with balance on the offense and much better play from their secondary.

Myles Brennan was 23-of-37 for 337 yards and four touchdowns. He also threw an interception. His pass was high and behind Racey McMath and was picked off by Randall Haynie. He completed passes to 11 different players. The offensive line and his ability to move in the pocket helped Brennan “stay clean,” finishing the evening without getting sacked.

Terrace Marshall Jr. had two catches for 67 yards. Both were touchdown receptions. Lutcher’s Jontre Kirklin had three catches for 65 yards and two touchdowns. It was the first two touchdowns of his career as a Tiger. Tight end Arik Gilbert caught four passes for 43 yards.

John Emery Jr. led the ground attack. He had 12 carries for a career-high 103 yards (8.6 avg.) and a touchdown. Freshman Josh Williams had eight carries for 30 yards. Tyrion Davis-Price rushed the ball eight times for 29 yards.

The LSU defense held Vanderbilt quarterback Ken Seals to 113 yards passing and one touchdown. The Tigers sacked him three times and intercepted him twice. Andre Anthony, Siaki Ika, and Travez Moore were able to get Seals down in the backfield. Though not recording a sack, Ali Gaye was able to get pressure, getting two hits on the quarterback. Plaquemine’s Todd Harris returned from injury and picked off Seals in the end zone in the fourth quarter. Later, freshman Eli Ricks got his second interception of the season.

JaCoby Stevens led the defense with 11 tackles (5 solo). Jabril Cox had seven tackles (6 solo), including a tackle for loss. He also got a hit on the quarterback. Anthony and Derek Stingley both had six tackles. Freshman Jaquelin Roy of U-High only had one tackle but recorded two QB hits.

Cade York was 2-of-2 on field goal attempts. The first was a 53-yarder. He later was true from 31 yards out. Both were in the third quarter. Also on special teams, Stingley racked up 92 punt return yards, including one that went for 48.

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