On the opening Saturday of the college football season, there was just one match-up between two teams ranked in the top 15. Those two teams were the 13th-ranked LSU Tigers and the 14th-ranked Wisconsin Badgers from NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas, and it turned into a real barn-burner.
When all was said and done, the LSU Tigers had defeated the Wisconsin Badgers 28-24.
Upon coming out onto the field, the Badgers owned the game. They stopped LSU on their first drive and then went 76 yards on six plays to score a touchdown on a 45-yard scamper by running back Reggie Love, and it looked like the Tigers weren’t even on the field.
A few minutes later, Rafael Gaglianone hit a 51-yard field goal with ease to put the Badgers up 10-0.
LSU only needed one play to get on the board though and it was an 80-yard pass from Anthony Jennings to Travin Dural for 80 yards and a touchdown. Dural got behind the Badgers’ defense and just caught it in stride to head to the end zone.
After that, the Badgers scored one more touchdown to go into halftime with a 17-7 lead. Once the half was over, Wisconsin went down the field with pure ease as Corey Clement scored on a two-yard run to go up 24-7.
From there, a different LSU team appeared to come onto the field. It started with two field goals from kicker Colby Delahoussaye (30-yard and 47-yard). Next up, Anthony Jennings found John Diarse for a tackle-breaking touchdown run from 35 yards out.
LSU’s defense held the Badgers again, and then gave the ball back to the Tigers’ offense. Kenny Hilliard used speed and power to find the end zone and put the Tigers ahead for the first time all night at 28-24.
After that, both teams traded the ball back and forth, and that included an interception by LSU’s Jalen Mills to stop a promising Badger drive.
Wisconsin got the ball at their own 10-yard-line with less than two and a half minutes to go, and needed a touchdown. LSU’s defense stepped up again and forced the Baders to kick from their own end zone with 1:40 left to play.
The Badgers were betting on their defense holding the Tigers and using all three of their timeouts. Unfortunately for them, the Tigers used power running, got one first down, and then ran out the clock.