LSU football grades vs UAB: Why we gave special teams a D+, offense an A-
LSU's offense played well from start to finish, bouncing back from last week's subpar performance against Arkansas. Jayden Daniels had 270 passing yards and 111 rushing yards just through three quarters. The Tigers (9-2) found the end zone on five of their opening seven possessions.
The Tiger defense struggled to slow down the UAB passing attack at first but played better as the game went on. They allowed just 107 total yards in the second and third quarters, surrendering just a field goal in that span to the Blazers (5-6).
Here are our grades from the LSU win.
LSU scored on four of its opening five possessions. Quarterback Jayden Daniels generated over 300 total yards of offense in the first half, as he bounced back from his poor performance against Arkansas. The only major mistakes LSU made were John Emery's fumbles in the second and fourth quarters.
The Tigers' defense got off to a slow start, allowing UAB quarterback Dylan Hopkins to complete his first eight passes. But they buckled down after that, only allowing three points from the second quarter on.
Special teams: D+
LSU surrendered a 66-yard kick return that would have been a touchdown if it weren't for Jaray Jenkins' high-effort tackle from behind. Kicker Damian Ramos also missed an extra point in the third quarter.
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LSU's defense was caught off-guard in the first quarter and another special teams snafu wasn't a good look for special teams coordinator Brian Polian.
LSU played well enough to win easily but wasn't perfect. Its special teams struggled again and the Emery fumbles weren't a good sign, especially with running back Armoni Goodwin out for the rest of the year with a knee injury, according to ESPN's broadcast.
Koki Riley covers LSU sports for The Daily Advertiser and the USA TODAY Sports South Region. Email him at email@example.com and follow him on Twitter at @KokiRiley.