Fortune gave the Huskies a break early, as LSU returner Odell Beckham fumbled the opening kickoff. But on a 20-yard field, Washington moved the ball only four yards and settled for a field goal. Washington finished the first quarter with just 18 yards of total offense. Keith Price was an inaccurate 5-13 for 21 yards, and the run game was held to -3 yards.
Meanwhile, LSU racked up 114 yards in the quarter. The Tigers struck first after a Korey Durkee punt from Washington's six-yard line traveled only 32 yards. Alfred Blue ran for a 21-yard touchdown just two plays later.