Former Parkway standout Brandon Harris made his LSU debut with 4:21 left in the second quarter against Wisconsin Saturday night in the Advocare Kickoff Classic in Houston.
LSU starter Anthony Jennings had struggled to that point and the Tigers trailed 17-7.
Harris handed off to fellow freshman Trey Quinn for a 2-yard gain on his first play. He then kept the ball on a read option play and lost a yard. On third-and-11, Harris was sacked on a blitz by Joe Schobert for an 11-yard loss. Schobert came through the line untouched.
Harris remained on the sideline for the rest of the game as the Tigers rallied from a 24-7 deficit to win 28-24 in the season opener.
Before the game, LSU coach Les Miles told reporters he planned to use both Jennings and Harris. In his postgame press conference, Miles said Jennings managed the game well.
“I would’ve liked to get Brandon Harris in more,” Miles said.
Jennings threw a touchdown pass to John Diarse in the second half after hitting Travin Dural for 27 yards. He also completed a 44-yard pass to Dural that led to a field goal. Jennings passed 12 yards to Diarse on third-and-7 that kept another field-goal drive alive.
But there were three other big factors in the Tigers’ comeback. LSU’s offensive line dominated the second half, creating some big holes in the Wisconsin defense for running back Kenny Hilliard. Also, LSU’s defense, which looked terrible in the first half, came on strong in the second after allowing a long run on the first play that led to the Badgers’ final TD.
Jennings completed nine of 21 passes for 239 yards, including one of 80 yards to Dural for the Tigers’ first-half touchdown.
–Russell Hedges, firstname.lastname@example.org