While a big part of Saturday's game centered on who played quarterback for the Tigers and when, both Jordan Jefferson and Jarrett Lee made a mark.
Jefferson's 59-yard touchdown pass to Rueben Randle was LSU's longest play of the season, surpassing a 57-yard bomb from Lee to Randle against Florida. It was the Tigers' fourth pass of 50 yards or more this season and the seventh ball Randle has caught for 40 yards or longer.
The early TD pass was the 31st of Jefferson's career, which is tied for seventh on LSU's all-time chart with Matt Flynn and Alan Risher.
Lee was also in that tie until he zipped a 5-yard touchdown to Kadron Boone in the fourth quarter, his 32nd, which elevated him into sixth place all-time.
The strike to Boone was Lee's 14th TD pass this season, which equals his 11-game total in 2008. To top things off, Lee even broke off a 15-yard scramble, the longest run of his career.
By making his first start of the 2011 season, Jefferson also improved his record as a starter to 21-7.
Running back roundup
Alfred Blue erupted for 119 yards on nine carries – all in the second half – and registered a pair of touchdowns.
|Alfred Blue: 119 rushing yards, 2 TDs|
It was Blue's first 100-yard performance the first time he had reached the end zone twice. He became the fourth Tigers' back to score at least two touchdowns in a game, joining Spencer Ware, Michael Ford and Kenny Hilliard.
Hilliard has done so twice after he poked in for a pair of 1-yard scores Saturday to finish with a strange line: 4 carries for 0 yards and 2 TDs.
Blue now has six rushing touchdowns, which matches Ware and Ford for the most on the team.
Ford came on strong in the second half as well with 58 of his 62 yards – 52 on an 82-yard touchdown drive in the final period.
With 144 yards the last two weeks, Ford has upped his season total to 575 yards, just 5 behind Ware for the team lead.
Ware had 39 yards on six carries Saturday, all in the first half.
Although the LSU defense clamped down on Western Kentucky running back Bobby Rainey at times, he managed to peck away and wound up with 85 yards on 28 carries.
Rainey's total was the second most the Tigers have allowed this season to Alabama's Trent Richardson, who ran for 89 yards -- his season-low -- the week before. Rainey was at 102 yards until he lost 17 when he was looking to throw a halfback pass late in the game.
"He was a hard runner and was tough to tackle at times," defensive end Barkevious Mingo said.
Moving the chains
After Beckham's fumble, Tyrann Mathieu stepped back in as the punt returner and delivered a season-best 29-yard return early in the third quarter to set up a short 46-yard touchdown drive.