LSU delivers a workmanlike performance to thunder past Northwestern State 49-3 Saturday at Tiger Stadium in a tuneup for SEC play.
The No. 2-ranked Tigers (2-0) were never seriously in trouble against the FCS Demons, scoring the game's first touchdown and then adding six TDs on the next eight possessions to methodically pull away.
Quarterbacks Jarrett Lee and Zach Mettenberger each directed the offense for a half and combined to hit on 17-of-21 passes for 225 yards and a touchdown pass apiece – Lee to DeAngelo Peterson and Mettenberger to Kadron Boone.
In between those aerial scores, LSU grinded away at Northwestern State on the ground with Spencer Ware and Michael Ford each plowing into the end zone twice and Alfred Blue picking up his first TD of the season.
Ford paced the Tigers with 72 rushing yards on 13 carries, while Blue added 53 on 15 totes.
Rueben Randle was the receiving star with five catches for 121 yards, 43 of those on the LSU's first play from scrimmage.
Northwestern State had one bright spot, scoring the first points it ever has vs. LSU on John Shaughnessy's 44-yard field goal in the first quarter. The Demons managed only 95 total yards and were limited to -4 on the ground on 27 attempts.
With the lopsided victory in the books, LSU shifts its focus to a short week and a road trip to Starkville, Miss., to face 16th-ranked Mississippi State, which fell at Auburn on Saturday, 41-34.
The Tigers and Bulldogs meet at 7 p.m. Thursday at Davis Wade Stadium.
Tigers barrel past Demons 49-3
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