Like the Tigers' other victims this
"We didn't play with any confidence at all, and it was not aggressive in that first quarter," Croom said. "And when we play teams of the caliber of LSU the only chance you have to beat them is to be aggressive and go out there and look them in the eye and challenge them. We talked about that all week, and that was the idea we tried to sell to our players, that we were going to look them in the eye and challenge them. Then from there whatever happens happens, but we didn't do that early."
Both LSU and MSU ran 14 offensive plays in the first quarter, but the difference came in what they did with them. While the Bulldogs picked up just two first downs and went three and out three times, the Tigers outgained MSU, 212 yards to 24. JaMarcus Russell was 7-of-8 for 202 yards during the first 15 minutes of play and found the end zone twice on passes to Early Doucet and Craig Davis.
It took 95 years, but for the
second time in school history, LSU has opened its first four games of the season
at home with 40-point performances. The Tigers beat each of their first three
home foes by 42 points and added a 31-point blistering of MSU to their current
résumé. In 1911, LSU posted a 5-0 record at home, shutting out each of those
five teams. The Tigers beat Southwestern Louisiana, 42-0; Louisiana Normal,
A CENTURY OF
Although LSU has 64 wins over
The Tigers have won seven straight
Jerry Stovall is the last head
coach in LSU history to suffer more than one loss to
A PASSING TOUCHDOWN FROM AN OPPONENT
Four games, three quarters and a rain delay transpired in the 2006 season before LSU allowed an opponent to score a touchdown on a pass completion.
With 9:57 to go in the fourth quarter, Omarr Conner connected with Tony Burks on a 46-yard scoring pass in the Tigers' end zone that LSU defensive back Sammy Joseph failed to completely defend against.
The Tigers had been just one of two teams left in the nation last Saturday not to have given up a touchdown by way of pass.
WHO CAUGHT THAT?
With time running out in the first
quarter and the Tigers looking for their third score of the day, Russell dropped
back to pass and, after scrambling a bit, launched a ball downfield. He never
saw the catch, he only knew that Craig Davis was coming across the field to get
True freshman Richard Dickson, a