Sept. 14 was an eventful day in Baton Rouge for college football. The Demons stepped into “Death Valley” to take on the Tigers, who are nationally ranked number four.
Before heading into the stadium to enjoy a nice night of football, Demon fans also got the chance to tailgate.
Many gathered around the NSU tents where the Alumni Association hosted its tailgate.
After tailgating took place, Demon fans headed over to Tiger Stadium to catch the action.
Demon fans showed up in numbers in the stadium that fits up to 102,000 fans. Although there was a lot of purple in the stands, you couldn’t help but notice the sprinkle of orange that also stood out.
The Demons never let the national rank of the Tigers fog their vision.
“This is just another opportunity for us to get better, that is always our focal point,” Head Coach Brad Laird said in a press release before the game.
Coach Laird prepares his team the same way each week, no matter what team is on the other side of the field.
The Demons stayed true to their motto “never yield.” Yielding is definitely one thing that the Demons did not do on Saturday night.
The Tigers received possession of the ball first on Saturday evening, and that’s when things began to get exciting.
The Demons were able to hold the Tigers to a field goal on their first possession.
After holding the Tigers to three, the Demons were able to score the first touchdown of the game during the first quarter. Shifting the momentum, Shelton Eppler connected with Quan Shorts on a 17-yard pass.
Eppler to Shorts is a connection that Demon fans have already seen a lot of this season, but on Saturday the two made a play that shocked the nation. After the touchdown by Shorts, the Demons officially had a lead on the number four ranked team in the nation.
The Demons were able to hold the tigers to just three points in the opening quarter. This was a shock to LSU fans simply because they watched the Tigers score 21 points in their home opener.
Although the Tigers responded with two offensive touchdowns, the Demons were not done yet.
During the second quarter, Shelton Eppler was able to find a wide open David Fitzwater in the back of the end zone for a 26-yard touchdown. This would be the last Demon touchdown of the game, but the Demons kept the fight alive.
Tiger quarterback Joe Burrow is one of the early Heisman candidates for this year’s award, but the Demons made sure they had a say in the discussion.
Late in the second quarter Dylan Wilson was able to catch only the second interception that Joe Burrow has thrown all season.
The Tigers came out determined to make changes in the second half. They scored six second-half touchdowns, and their defense was able to force a shutout.
Although the Demons didn’t come out on top, they got better as a team and have a lot of positives to take into opening week of conference play.
The Demons open up conference play against Houston Baptist on Sept. 21 beginning at 6 p.m.