Tulane performed about to the level
as expected and things likely won't get any better when
But the good thing about this two-game lull in the schedule, the Tigers can get all the kinks worked out before they face the second major obstacle of this 2006 season – a trip to Gainesville and a showdown with the Florida Gators.
The biggest problem with having
back-to-back snoozers is the fact that all anyone wants to talk about is what
went wrong two weekends ago in
All three of those components took a turn for the better in the Tulane game. Fisher opened up the playbook a little more thus allowing Russell to use his talents to direct the LSU offense. And Charles Scott emerged as the running back to beat in the Tigers' crowded cabin.
All of that and more as we break down LSU's performance versus Tulane.
Many people thought Fisher and Les
Miles got too conservative in the 7-3 loss at
The Tigers were predictable on offense typically running on first down. Plus, Miles refused to give the ball the talented freshmen Charles Scott and Keiland Williams and insisted on sticking with Justin Vincent, Alley Broussard and fullback Jacob Hester.
Obviously in the Tulane game, Miles decided to experiment a little.
The Tigers opened the game in a spread formation with Russell in the shotgun. One discussion that arose last week was that with Russell at the helm, Fisher should revert back to the playbook he had when Rohan Davey was quarterback.
The Tigers' offense looked very similar to that 2001 team with Russell throwing the ball all over the place. The bubble screen returned to the Tigers' repertoire and the end-around play was used as well.
Miles started Vincent at tailback, but quickly opted for Scott after Vincent managed just six yards on his first two carries. Vincent never returned to the action.
Alley Broussard didn't play in the game.
Scott, in the meantime, erupted for
101 yards on 15 carries and scored two touchdowns in an impressive performance.
The true freshman showed the burst LSU needed in the
Russell was an impressive 17 of 23 for 198 yards and a pair of touchdown passes to Early Doucet. Doucet scored three touchdowns in the game, including his first-ever rushing touchdown on an end-around in the first quarter.
All of LSU's quarterbacks played in the game, that included fourth-string walk-on James Welker.
In all, LSU gained just 373 yards on the night, but the Tigers executed well and made the most of every opportunity.
For the fifth straight game, the LSU defense nearly pitched a shutout.
But defensive coordinator Bo Pelini doesn't care, considering the fact he has held the Tigers' last five opponents to a combined 23 points.
LSU emerges from the Tulane game ranked as the No. 1 defense in all of college football allowing a mere five points per game. The Tigers did surrender 231 yards of total offense to the Green Wave and a rare touchdown, but LSU was again dominant the entire way.
Tulane coach Chris Scelfo was very impressed with what he saw.
"They're 10th-ranked, the No. 1 ranked defense in the country," Scelfo said. "They're a dad gum good football team."
One thing is for sure in a 49-7 victory, Chris Jackson got a lot of work.
Special teams rarely play a big role in a blowout of this magnitude, but the Tigers were flawless in the kicking game against Tulane.
Colt David extended his lengthy streak of made PATs to 54 in a row.
LSU did a great job of pressuring the Green Wave specialists. Tulane punter Barrett Pepper spent most of the game running for his life punting six times for a 36 yard average. Green wave kicker Ross Tevenot attempted one field goal, a 44-yarder in the second quarter, but it was blocked.
It was a breath of fresh air to see the coaching staff open up the playbook a little bit in terms of how JaMarcus Russell performed in the game.
The offense showed a few more wrinkles that will be effective is several of the bigger games on down the schedule. The emergence of Scott will play a huge factor in the future success of the LSU offense. It is disappointing to see Vincent and Broussard fall by the wayside, but it is apparent they haven't fully regained the burst of years past.
Miles seems to have this team
headed in the right direction and another solid week of practice and another
dominating performance against a lame opponent like