Three and out: Sports columnist Scott Rabalais breaks down the Tigers-Gamecocks clash

1. WHAT WE LEARNED

The LSU Tigers aren’t finished yet. Everyone could have written off this 2020 season if LSU lost to South Carolina, but despite facing some daunting issues on offense and defense they dug deep to even their record at 2-2 with a 52-24 win. So if the question is what we learned about LSU, the answer may be that these Tigers have pride and fight.

Watch: LSU's TJ Finley runs, passes for 1st two career TDs early against South Carolina

LSU had to start a true freshman at quarterback against South Carolina, and he only needed one drive to deliver.

2. TRENDING NOW

TJ Finley. Forced to start for injured quarterback Myles Brennan, the Ponchatoula freshman took advantage of a well-crafted game plan and a resurgent ground game (including some of his own) to lead the Tigers to the must-have victory. He was so poised in his first college snaps the question rapidly shifted from “Could he win?” to “Should he replace Brennan?” Yes, and no.

3. FINAL THOUGHTS

These Tigers may be a thin reproduction of the 2019 version, but facing a game that could spell the difference between a winning and losing season, they responded with a clutch victory. There are still big cracks to patch on defense, but if LSU has to go to Auburn next week with Finley starting again it doesn’t look so scary now.

Rabalais: LSU responds to its desperate hour with an all-around clutch effort against S.C.

A pale, gray sky clamped over Tiger Stadium in the hour before kickoff Saturday night.


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