Slow starts for LSU football? Not this week under the lights at Tiger Stadium.
The Tigers got the ball first and wasted no time, going down for a touchdown on an 8-play opening drive, capped off by a catch-of-the-year candidate as freshman Deion Smith went up and over Central Michigan's Donte Kent, and ripped away the ball for an electrifying score.
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The catch on the high ball from quarterback Max Johnson was made all the more impressive by the fact that Kent was in perfect position to make a play on the ball with Smith pinned to his back. But the LSU receiver high pointed the ball for a thrilling highlight that marked just the third catch of his college career.
But the Tigers weren't done there. On the ensuing possession, Derek Stingley Jr. did his No. 7 thing, laying a huge hit and forcing a fumble on a short pass. The ball was scooped up by defensive end Andre Anthony, who sprinted for a touchdown to put the Tigers up 14-0 in a blink.
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LSU followed up on the next possession with yet another takeaway as linebacker Major Burns picked off a Jacob Sirmon pass, delivering the explosive and dominant first quarter that eluded the Tigers a week ago.