No. 1-ranked LSU stayed unbeaten with little fanfare Saturday, rolling past Kentucky 35-7 at Tiger Stadium in a game that lacked the sizzle of an impressive first month when the Tigers won three games away from home against ranked opposition.
Freshman receiver Odell Beckham Jr. supplied the game’s most memorable moment with a 51-yard zig-zag catch-and-run for a touchdown, Alfred Blue came off the bench to anchor a running game that operated without leading rusher Spencer Ware most of the day and LSU’s defense returned to its nasty form of the first three weeks.
For some unexpected drama, senior quarterback Jordan Jefferson saw his first action of the season after being reinstated from a suspension following his arrest.
Jefferson sneaked in from the 1-yard-line on fourth down for the first touchdown of the day for the Tigers (5-0, 2-0 SEC) after being greeted with a smattering of boos from the home crowd.
Despite that dash of ugliness, LSU didn’t have much trouble with the Wildcats (2-3, 0-2) with a mood in the stadium that was lethargic at times.
The Tigers limited UK to 155 total yards, forced eight three-and-outs and never let the Cats find a comfort zone. Kentucky produced 100 yards on its final two series, including a 70-yard TD drive to avert the shutout.
With the Wildcats unable to maneuver, the Tigers offense was able to play close to the vest with 46 running plays. Blue led the way with 16 carries for 72 yards and his second touchdown of the season.
Freshman Terrance Magee also got his first action in the backfield, carving out 38 yards and plunging in from a yard out for his first career score.
LSU also got a defensive touchdown from a familiar source when cornerback Tyrann Mathieu dumped Kentucky quarterback Max Smith for a sack, knocked the ball loose, scooped it up and rambled 23 yards to pad the lead to 28-0 late in the third period.
The Tigers finished with 348 total yards, with Jarrett Lee passing for 169 despite a handful of drops.
Now the Tigers redirect their focus to a showdown with 12th-ranked Florida next week at home. The Gators invade Tiger Stadium for a 2:30 p.m. kickoff.
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