Even after posting 90 points in
their first two contests, the LSU offense has struggled this season with
consistent execution. Last week at
After three games, the Tigers didn't have one rusher over 100 yards.
"[Scott] got loose the first couple of times, and we decided to stay with him a little bit," LSU head coach Les Miles said. "It's nice to have a back with over 100 yards. That's nice to have happen. He ran the football well and caught the football well."
Scott, a 5-11, 211-pound freshman
tailback from Saline,
Players and coaches since fall camp have always spoken very highly of Scott, but because he lacked experienced, the balk of the carries this season have gone to struggling running backs Justin Vincent and Alley Broussard.
After the lack of a rushing attack
"He ran hard and its fun watching him run," offensive tackle Will Arnold said. "I'm glad he had a good game. I'm glad we had a good game. We needed that. It was good. [Scott's] a real good guy, works real hard. He's not going down with just one guy on him."
Scott is now the first true
freshman to rush for 100 yards in a game since Vincent gained 117 yards against
Setting up the run for Scott was a group of men that have been under heavy scrutiny lately. The offensive line executed early and often in Saturday's game opening huge holes for backs to run through and protecting their quarterback.
Last week, Miles said the offensive line was always just a half-second off from turning a block that would spring their running back down the field for 10 yards. The offensive line practiced hard and improved over the week according to Miles, and it showed.
"We talked about no more messing
around and establishing the run,"
The offensive line opened holes and protected their quarterback all night giving up one sack, and starting quarterback JaMarcus Russell paid them back with a numbing block of his own on an Early Doucet touchdown run.
Miles said after the game that he didn't get a good look at the block, but if he blocked too hard he is going to be mad at him.
"When you weight 255 pounds, you think you are a guard," Miles said.
Russell on the other hand said it was fun running down field to advance the runner.
"It's just getting my guy down," Russell said. "I think we did a better job at execution this week. I saw a lot of great blocks. As long as we are focused and look at the small details we can do as much as possible."
Overall, the LSU rushing game accounted for 35 of its 49 points including 172 total rushing yards.
The Tigers came out throwing the ball because Tulane was playing man coverage according to Miles. Miles said he thought passing the ball early against that coverage offered them the best opportunity to score.
Last week after
"I think coach [Jimbo] fisher thought we could come out and throw the ball and set things up by getting the receivers involved," Doucet said. "Our passing game, all the guys are mature and I think we are going to play a big part on this team, even in the running game by throwing blocks and opening things up."