The visiting Wildcats had offered
some resistance to opponents so far this season and even beaten three out of six
of them entering Saturday's contest. But,
The Tigers gouged the Wildcat
defense for 546 total yards; 268 on the ground and 278 in the air. Meanwhile the
LSU defense held
The win improved LSU's record to
5-2 overall and evened its conference record to 2-2 while Kentucky sank to 3-4
overall and 1-3 in the SEC. LSU plays host to its last non-conference opponent
of the season next week when Fresno State comes to Baton Rouge.
"This team (
Perhaps the Tigers were venting
some frustrations after a tough road loss much like Miles suggested they did
when Tulane was demoralized by LSU 49-7 earlier this year just a week after
dropping a heart breaker to
LSU was led by its offensive star JaMarcus Russell who gave way to backups early in the third quarter after leading his team to its fifth touchdown in six possessions. Russell ended the game with 15 completions in 18 attempts for 226 yards and two touchdowns.
Jacob Hester started at tailback for the first time in his career and handled the rushing duties admirably in the first half with 44 yards on 13 carries and two touchdowns. He eventually gave way to Charles Scott, who rushed nine times for 58 yards. Scott eventually gave way to Keiland Williams who rushed eight times for 47 yards.
Kentucky Coach Rich Brooks said he knew the LSU defense was very good and his team did little to counter the Tiger defensive attack.
"It's hard to understand that they're (LSU) sitting here with two losses at this point because they've got some really good players," he said. "They can throw it. They can run it. And, their defense was as good as advertised."
LSU scored the first opportunity it
had by driving straight at Kentucky with an eight play march that featured three
passes by Russell and five runs by Hester. The drive was buoyed by an
interference and personal foul penalty whistled against
The Tigers scored from seven-yards out again a little more than 4:00 later when Russell scrambled right and found a wide-open Dwayne Bowe in the back of the north end zone. The pass capped a six-play, 63-yard drive that lasted just 2:30 and was highlighted by a 30-yard reverse by diminutive speedster Trindon Holiday. The Colt David point after gave LSU a 14-0 advantage with 4:50 to play in the opening quarter.
Bowe was Russell's favorite target, hauling in six passes for 111 yards and three touchdowns.
Hester scored again the next time LSU touched the football, this time on a 4-yard jaunt into the south end zone early in the second quarter. He scampered untouched on the last play of a nine-play, 61 yard drive that consumed 5:00 and gave LSU an overwhelming 21-0 lead with 12:55 to play in the first half.
Not wanting to bore the home crowd with drives longer than five plays all night, LSU scored on its next possession in just two plays. Russell passed for 15 yards to tight end Richard Dixon on the first, then 48 yards to Bowe on the second to give LSU a four-touchdown advantage. The pass to Bowe was Russell's 10th completion of the game in 10 attempts for 165 yards and the two touchdown passes to Bowe. The David kick gave LSU a 28-0 lead with 8:59 to play.
The pile on continued on the first possession of the second half as LSU scored against the Wildcats in just four plays seemingly without breathing hard. Scott scooted for 38 yards on the first play of the drive and Early Doucet moved from receiver to quarterback to scoot for 12 yards on the drive's last play. Doucet skipped into the south end zone untouched, ending a four-play drive that traveled 65 yards in 1:57 and gave LSU a 35-0 lead with 12:59 remaining in the third quarter.
LSU switched to back up quarterback Matt Flynn on its next possession but the result was exactly the same. Except for a one-yard loss on a sack on the drive's first play, Flynn seamlessly guided LSU on a 43-yard scoring effort, completing passes to Bowe when Scott wasn't carrying the ball. Bowe reeled in a 23-yard completion two plays before catching an eight-yard pass for his third touchdown of the night. The easy score staked the Tigers to a 42-0 advantage with 8:28 remaining in the third quarter.
The Wildcats sought to redeem
themselves a bit on the ensuing possession by driving inside the LSU 15-yard
line thanks to a 38-yard completion by Woodson to Keenan Burton. But, the Tigers
took the scoring chance away on a 3rd-and-6 play when cornerback Jonathan Zenon
tipped a pass away from
This time, the Tigers drove the length of the field after taking over deep in their territory. Flynn claimed the drive's big play with a 27-yard scramble to set up a 1st-and-goal at the Wildcat 2-yard line. Flynn threw his second touchdown pass of the contest on the next play, finding fullback Shawn Jordan who curled out of the backfield to the goal line. The short pitch and catch capped a nine-play drive that traversed 92 yards of turf in 2:53 and gave LSU a 49-0 lead with 13:05 remaining.
"We started fast," Miles said. "We came out and scored quickly. The defense played well. We had the balance that we are looking for, both run and pass. We didn't have a turnover. We played like we were supposed to. It's nice to be back on track."