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LSU blows out Vanderbilt in SEC opener

LSU’s Joe Burrow

NASHVILLE – Joe Burrow and the fourth-ranked LSU Football team continued to set records and put up video-game numbers, as the Tigers defeated Vanderbilt, 66-38, on Saturday afternoon.

LSU (4-0, 1-0 SEC) scored its most points against a conference opponent in regulation in school history, as Burrow and wide receiver Ja’Marr Chase torched Vanderbilt (0-3, 0-2 SEC).

Burrow completed 25-of-34 yards for 398 yards with a school-record six touchdowns. Chase became the third LSU receiver to score at least four touchdowns in a game while posting 229 receiving yards – fourth-most in LSU history.

Chase caught a game-high 10 passes, while Terrace Marshall Jr. added four catches for 75 yards and Racey McMath had five catches for 48 yards and a touchdown.

LSU’s Clyde Edwards-Helaire earned his third career 100-yard rushing game with 106 yards on 14 carries including a 9-yard touchdown that capped the Tigers’ 28-point first quarter.

Defensively, Nashville native Jacob Phillips led the Tigers with 10 tackles, while freshman cornerback Derek Stingley Jr. and Nashville native JaCoby Stevens each had interceptions.

LSU’s Micah Baskerville was the star of special teams, coming up with a 46-yard return of an onside kick to the Vanderbilt 1-yard line and blocking a punt and recovering the ball in the end zone for a touchdown.

After an open date on Sept. 28, the Tigers return for consecutive home games on Oct. 5 and 12 against Utah State and Florida.