SYRACUSE, N.Y. – Leonard Fournette posed for a photo with former Syracuse great Floyd Little after leading Louisiana State to another victory, a fitting end to another stellar day for him.
Fournette ran for a career-high 244 yards and two touchdowns, Tre'Davious White returned a punt 69 yards for another score, and No. 8 LSU held off fired-up Syracuse 34-24 on Saturday.
"He told me I did a great job," Fournette said of Little, a three-time All-America at Syracuse in the mid-1960s. "My job is to make one man miss, and that's what I did."
It was the second consecutive 200-yard game and fifth straight 100-yard game for Fournette, and it was a fitting place for him to shine again.
Syracuse's tradition is based on its stellar running backs from the past, the great Jim Brown, Heisman Trophy winner Ernie Davis and Little among them. The Carrier Dome field is named in honor of Davis, the first black player to win the coveted trophy (1961).
Fournette gained 48 yards to set up his 14-yard scoring run in the first quarter, breaking alone into the secondary after quarterback Brandon Harris flipped him the ball at the last second on a scramble.
He added a 62-yard TD run that gave LSU a 24-10 lead late in the third quarter.
Fournette also had an 87-yard scoring run nullified by a false start.
"Too many big plays," Syracuse coach Scott Shafer said. "We were just about there. A couple of plays here and there was the difference. We left a lot of plays on the field. We could have beat this team."
Fournette entered the game with six touchdowns, three in each of the Tigers' season-opening victories over Mississippi State and Auburn, and was averaging 193.5 yards rushing per game. He boosted his season total to 621 yards.
LSU (3-0) used big plays to hand Syracuse (3-1) its first loss despite being called for 14 penalties for 120 yards.
Syracuse had been giving up an average of less than 50 rushing yards a game.
"We weren't a dominant team today," LSU coach Les Miles said. "We have characteristics of a dominant team, but we didn't dominate this opponent."
Junior college transfer Zack Mahoney, the fifth-string quarterback in preseason, made his first start for the injury-plagued Orange and finished 16-for-38 for 154 yards and three touchdowns.