FAYETTEVILLE, Ark — Leonard Fournette scored three times and Derrius Guice had the second-best rushing performance in LSU history, as the No. 19 Tigers drummed Arkansas, 38-10, Saturday night.
LSU (6-3, 4-2 SEC) became bowl eligbile for the 17th-conseutive season while reclaiming “The Boot.” Arkansas fell to 6-4 overall and 2-4 in the SEC.
Fournette scored twice as the Tigers built a 21-0 lead in the first 20 minutes of play and never looked back. The junior ran 17 times for 98 yards with touchdown runs of 5, 7 and 3 yards.
Guice, a sophomore from Baton Rouge, ran for 219 of his 252 rushing yards in the second half. Highlighting the effort was the longest play from scrimmage in LSU history: a 96-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter that put an exclaimation point on a 390-yard rushing tally.
Guice’s 252 yards trails only Fournette’s 284 yards earlier this season against Ole Miss in LSU single-game rushing history. Guice had a career-high 21 carries.
Quarterback Danny Etling was steady for LSU, completing 10-of-16 passes for 157 yards. The Tigers were 6-of-12 on third down and held the ball for 35:11.
The Tigers defense continued to shine, allowing only 81 rushing yards with three sacks in the first half. Linebacker Donnie Alexander’s interception setup an LSU touchdown and Dwayne Thomas’ pick off kept Arkansas out of the endzone. LSU’s Kendell Beckwith also recovered a fumble in the endzone.
Ten of Arkansas’s 13 drives lasted five plays or fewer.
LSU has allowed only 10 touchdowns in nine games this season.
Arkansas was led by quarterback Austin Allen, who was 15-of-31 passing for 210 yards with a 44-yard touchdown and two interceptions.
— Todd Politz, LSU Director of Digital Media … Feature Photo/Steve Franz