Final season’s 45-38 win LSU notched over Texas at Royal-Memorial Stadium was one in all school soccer’s most thrilling video games of 2019. A simulation of the game performed by 247Sports national college football writer Brandon Marcello confirmed that whereas the rematch between the Longhorns and Tigers set for Sept. 12 in Baton Rouge may not be as excessive scoring, it needs to be each bit the thriller on the finish primarily based on the digital end result.
Utilizing a duplicate of NCAA Soccer 14 (the ultimate version of the franchise launched to this point by EA Sports activities) and up to date fan-made rosters to simulate the 20 games 247Sports has ranked as the nation’s best in 2020, Marcello’s simulation had LSU beating Texas in a nail-biter, 20-13.
Fortunately for Texas, the simulation has no bearing on the real-life end result when the 2 applications collide. In any other case, the tip of the return bout at Tiger Stadium would produce one of many largest what-if moments in Longhorn historical past.
After main the offense down the sector and organising store with a first-and-goal on the LSU 4-yard line with 44 seconds remaining in regulation, Sam Ehlinger didn’t get to complete the drive. Initially injured by LSU’s Tyler Shelvin after a 2-yard acquire, Ehlinger’s last play of the simulation was a slant into the tip zone on third-and-goal meant for Brennan Eagles.
Ehlinger was dominated to have suffered a bruised shoulder and could be compelled to overlook two quarters of motion with a purpose to heal. Consequently, Casey Thompson was the person taking the snap on fourth-and-goal, a play the place LSU’s Siaki Ika compelled an incomplete move with the Longhorns mere ft away from both sending the sport to extra time or getting an opportunity to win it in regulation.
The simulation coming right down to Texas needing to make performs across the aim line echoed a sequence from final season’s loss to the Tigers.
Within the first quarter, the Longhorns had 4 performs from the LSU 8-yard line and failed to return away with factors as Keaontay Ingram dropped a would-be landing from Ehlinger on a beautifully-designed fourth-and-goal play from the 2-yard line. After an interception by Joseph Ossai gave Texas the ball proper again on the LSU 4-yard line, Ehlinger wound up getting dumped for a 2-yard loss on fourth-and-goal from the 1-yard line.
Ehlinger completed the simulation 20-for-25 passing for 180 yards and an interception to associate with 58 speeding yards on 17 official makes an attempt. The speeding numbers are nearly equivalent to the 60 yards on 19 carries and one landing Ehlinger ran for on the LSU protection in 2019, however the burnt orange devoted would definitely desire a passing efficiency akin to the career-high 401 yards Ehlinger threw for whereas tying a career-high with 4 landing passes on a 31-for-47 evening by means of the air in final 12 months’s assembly with LSU.
Within the simulation, Roschon Johnson (10 carries, 53 yards speeding, six receptions, 23 yards receiving) scored the one landing of the sport for Texas on a 7-yard run to cap an 11-play, 77-yard drive to open the sport. LSU led by as many as 10 factors, 17-7, however Cameron Dicker hit a 43-yard discipline aim on the ultimate play of the primary half and nailed a 42-yarder on the ultimate snap of the third quarter to place the Longhorns ready to win the sport within the last body.
LSU’s first landing within the simulation noticed the Tigers make the most of a brief discipline. A 1-yard landing run by operating again Chris Curry punctuated a 6-play, 53-yard drive to present the Tigers a 10-7 lead after security Jacoby Stevens intercepted Ehlinger on third-and-17 by stepping in entrance of a deep ball meant for Tarik Black.
Quarterback Myles Brennan (23-for-29, 190 yards) capped a 13-play, 81-yard drive within the second quarter with an 8-yard landing run. Curry (77 yards) and Brennan (25 yards) paced a run sport for the Tigers that solely averaged 3.6 yards per speeding try when making an attempt to maneuver the ball on the Longhorns on the bottom.
B.J. Foster, Juwan Mitchell and DeMarvion Overshown led the defensive effort with every Longhorn recording seven tackles and a deal with for loss (Foster added a move breakup). Ta’Quon Graham (three) and T’Vondre Sweat (two) recorded a number of tackles for loss whereas Keondre Coburn got here away with the protection’s solely sack of Brennan.
— to 247sports.com