LSU needed to begin a true freshman at quarterback against South Carolina, and he just needed one drive to provide.

With Myles Brennan hurt, TJ Finley got the nod with LSU (1-2) in desperate requirement of a win. With few signs of nerves, he directed the Tigers on a 16-play, 7-minute scoring drive that he capped off with a 1-yard touchdown run after a pair of offside charges by the defense.

He finished all three of his passes on the drive and carried the ball 4 times for 8 yards.

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The Tigers led 10-7 at the end of the very first quarter, with Finley opening up the passing game a growing number of. He finished 12 of his first 14 passes for 129 backyards in spite of a handful of offending charges and alignment problems.

His very first passing rating came on the Tigers’ very first drive of the 2nd quarter on a 9-yard toss to a wide-open Terrace Marshall in the right corner of completion zone. It was Marshall’s eight touchdown catch of the season and put LSU up 17-7.

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