Ninth ranked LSU was a heavy favorite over Eastern Michigan Saturday night in Tiger stadium, and while the Tigers didn't dominate from start to finish, their strong running game paced them to a 44-22 victory.

LSU running back Leonard Fournette rushed for 233 yards and 3 touchdowns, his third straight game with more than 200 yards rushing, an SEC record.

"There's not a time that you hand (Leonard Fournette) the ball that he doesn't have an opportunity to hit home," said LSU head coach Les Miles. ""Nice to have a back that set an all-time SEC record."

As a team, LSU rushed for 399 yards against an Eagles team that ranks last in FBS in rushing defense.

Sophomore Darrell Williams added 89 yards on the ground, while quarterback Brandon Harris carried 5 times for 26 yards and a score.

However, LSU's passing game was disappointing, managing only 80 yards on 4 completions. Harris throw one pick, but it was multiple drops by Tiger receivers that was alarming.

"I think they take for granted the snaps," said Miles of the LSU wide receivers. "My message to them, 'Don't do that.'..."We'd have thrown for 180, 200 if we'd just caught balls."

Defensively, the Tigers held the Eagles to 255 total yards, forcing 3 turnovers, all interceptions.

LSU linebacker Deion Jones scored the final touchdown of the game when he picked off an Eagles pass, taking it 26 yards to the house.

The Tigers (4-0, 2-0) return to SEC play next week, looking to stay unbeaten in a road matchup with South Carolina (2-3, 0-3).

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