But back to Perrilloux. His line according to ESPN is 20 for 26, 298 yards passing, 3 touchdowns, and 1 interception along with 8 rushes for 37 yards. That would give him a one-game GeauxTuscaloosa Quarterback Productivity Index of 10.74 yards/play, good for 2nd place on the week behind Tim Tebow. Incidentally, because Perrilloux not has extensive statistics and has been the primary QB in a game, he can now be ranked in the SEC GTQBPI standings. He is currently ranked #1 with a 12.15 yards/play GTQBPI. Tim Tebow is 2nd with 12.07 yards/play.
Granted, the entire Florida offense runs through Tebow, and Ryan has gotten most of his stats against MTSU.
I didn't watch any of the game, because of the aforementioned wedding reception in Jackson, Mississippi. I managed to listen to the first LSU drive and the final quarter on the radio. How impressive is this team? Well, last night's 44 points represented the lowest offensive output of the season, and we did it with our backup quarterback and without our #1 receiver. All the while we've given up a total of 7 points on the entire season.
Got that? Our lowest offensive point total for a single game is more than 6 times the total number of points we've given up the entire season. Auburn's offense gave up as many points yesterday as our whole team has given up ALL SEASON.
Think about what it takes to accomplish that. It requires performance by all three phases of the game. First and foremost, your defense has to be outstanding to give up only 7 points in 3 games. Second, your offense can't commit turnovers deep in your own territory, and we have not. In fact, last night's game saw us commit our first two turnovers of the season, and only one put MTSU in good field position, but the defense held. Third, you can't give up big returns on special teams. Fourth, with the blowouts we've had, even your backups have to play well to avoid giving up points, and they have. The backup defense hasn't given up a point, and the backup offense hasn't committed a turnover.
So, let's give out our congratulations.
- Congratulations to Ryan Perrilloux for getting his first college start and playing very well.
- Congratulations to Demetrius Byrd for catching his first touchdown pass of his career.
- Congratulations to Jared Mitchell for having the biggest game of his career, catching 6 passes for 82 yards while taking on a bigger role in the absence of Early Doucet.
- Congratulations to Richard Murphy for scoring his first career touchdown.
- Congratulations to Ricky Dixon for catching his first pass (for 9 yards).
- Congratulations to Andrew Hatch for getting his first game action at quarterback.
If I have any concerns about this game, it is that for the second consecutive game, a running QB was able to move the ball. Tyrod Taylor led Virginia Tech to the only points that have been scored against LSU this season, and Dwight Dasher moved the ball (albeit against the 2nd string) better than the starter did, and ended up as his team's leading rusher. This is not a concern going against Blake Mitchell and South Carolina, b a certain Mr. Tebow is coming to town a few weeks. Tebow is a lot better than Dwight Dasher. Bo Pelini is going to have to figure out how to make this defense account for a running quarterback a little better.