On the day most expected Kenny Hilliard to be passed on the LSU depth chart by yet another young star running back, the nephew of former New Orleans Saints running back Dalton Hilliard was the star himself.
Hilliard rushed for 110 yards on 18 carries with a touchdown to lead the Tigers to a come-from-behind, 28-24 win over Wisconsin at Reliant Stadium in Houston. Hilliard added two receptions for 22 yards, and when LSU needed one final first down to run out the clock in the final minutes, Hilliard delivered that, as well.
The door for Hilliard's senior season to be a memorable one flung wide open last January when LSU running backs Jeremy Hill and Alfred Blue both declared for early draft eligibility. But touted freshman Leonard Fournette, considered the nation's No. 1 running back out of high school, was widely expected to take a commanding presence in the LSU backfield.
That might yet happen for Fournette, but it didn't happen Saturday night.
Fournette rushed eight times for just 18 yards and did most of his damage on five kickoff returns.