By Lauren Lenox
After being on the road for the last two weeks with an inconsistent defense, LSU’s defense came out on top during Saturday’s game against the Kentucky Wildcats.
The LSU defense held Kentucky to one field goal, while giving up 217 total yards. Before Saturday’s game, Kentucky was averaging 36.5 points per game.
Kentucky’s offense was stomped by the Tiger defense and could only convert 5 of 17 third-down attempts.
The LSU defense stepped up to hand Kentucky its fourth lopsided loss in its last four trips to Baton Rouge since 2000.
Despite much criticism this season, Head Coach Les Miles and the Tigers have endured. The defense made sure to prove to the world on Saturday that it was in it for the long haul.
LSU set the tone early when sophomore defensive back Tre’Davious White, returned a punt for a 67-yard touchdown which brought momentum for the Tigers.
“It felt great to get that first punt return for a touchdown and to do it in front of our home crowd,” White said.
Sophomore safety Rickey Jefferson interrupted a few passes which could have been Kentucky touchdowns. He was not as impressed with his performance but thought that the defense played well.
“I think I had a chance to get an interception but I jumped a little late,” Jefferson said.
Sophomore linebacker Kendell Beckwith finished with nine total tackles before leaving the game after a hard hit. He was amazed at how his team played and is looking forward to the next game.
“We try to dominate when we go out on Saturdays. We’re improving,” Beckwith said.
Freshman safety Jamal Adams had the only sack for the Tiger defense. Adams helped his teammates out on Saturday with a sack and has since begun thinking ahead to their next game.
After the game, Miles was excited about how the Tigers played. He believes that the football team is finally coming together and hopes that the Tigers will have success in their final four regular season games.
The Tigers will have to repeat their dominance on defense next game as they are set to play a top-five Ole Miss team.