LSU's Daniels has career game in pummeling of Grambling

 Jayden Daniels threw a career-high five touchdown passes, all in the first half, leading No. 14 LSU in a 72-10 rout of Grambling on Saturday night.

Bouncing back from a season-opening loss to Florida State a week earlier, LSU (1-1) scored touchdowns on its first 10 possessions and was led by Daniels' career passing game. 

The senior quarterback went 18 for 24 for 269 yards. Daniels got things going for LSU on its opening drive. Daniels led an eight-play, 

77-yard march that was punctuated by a 25-yard touchdown pass to Brian Thomas Jr. After Daniels connected with Malik Nabors for his third touchdown early in the second quarter, 

Grambling (0-2) kicker Tanner Rinkler missed a 23-yard field goal try and LSU countered with TDs on three consecutive possessions to put the game out of reach.

Logan Diggs scored on a 3-yard run and Daniels found Thomas with a 10-yard touchdown pass. He also hit Kyren Lacy with a 3-yeaer scoring strike that gave LSU a 42-10 lead.

Daniels gave way to backup Garrett Nussmeier at the start of the second half. The five touchdown passes by 

Daniels were the most for an LSU quarterback in a game since Max Johnson against Central Michigan in 2021.

One of the few bright spots for Grambling was the first-half performance of sophomore running back Chance Williams, who had seven carries for 106 yards.

Grambling's lone touchdown came on its first possession when Myles Crawley found JR Waters on a 13-yard scoring pass. Rinkler added a 24-yard field goal on the team's second possession.

LSU's 72-point performance was its highest scoring game since a seven overtime loss to Texas A&M in 2018.


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