Tigers start throwing, then run over Mizzou in Orgeron debut

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BATON ROUGE, LA - OCTOBER 01: Interim head coach Ed Orgeron watches the game against the Missouri Tigers at Tiger Stadium on October 1, 2016 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

In Ed Orgeron’s debut as LSU head coach, the Tigers started throwing, then ran over Missouri.

The Tigers started the game with four consecutive pass plays, then rushed for 418 yards in a 42-7 rout of Missouri. The Tigers did so without running back Leonard Fournette, who missed his second game with an ankle injury.

Derrius Guice rushed for 163 yards and three touchdowns, all in the first three quarters. Running back Darrell Williams rushed 21 times for 130 yards and three touchdowns.

Danny Etling passed for 216 yards. LSU’s 634 yards of total offense was a school record in a Southeastern Conference game.

“The whole week the state of Louisiana was on fire,” said Orgeron, who took over for the fired Les Miles after last Sunday’s loss to Auburn.

LSU held the football for more than 42 minutes. The Tigers had four scoring drives of 80 yards or more for the first time since a 2001 win over Alabama.

LSU’s defense came within a whisker of its first shutout in SEC play since 2007. Missouri scored on a trick play, a throw back pass to quarterback Drew Lock in the fourth quarter.

LSU plays at Florida Saturday. Kickoff is 11 am central time.