A win against
If the word "futility" wasn't in
So what did the Tigers teach everyone last Saturday night? Well, they showed they do have the ability to put together a complete game (not perfect, but complete) versus a lesser-caliber opponent. They have the ability to refocus after a disappointing loss, make necessary adjustments to be successful and produce a nearly unstoppable juggernaut.
What still remains to be proven is whether they can put together the same type of performance against what will be considered a quality opponent – at home or on the road.
Thankfully, we don't have to grade the Bulldogs after their loss to Vanderbilt
LSU scored touchdowns on its first four possessions, JaMarcus Russell completed his first 12 attempts and the backups saw appreciable playing time. Running game by committee – nine different Tigers recorded at least one rush – worked for 268 yards, an average of 6.2 yards per carry. After a weekend that saw LSU turn the ball over five times, the Tigers had no turnovers against the Wildcats.
Dwayne Bowe had a career night with six receptions for 111 yards and three touchdowns, Jacob "The Punisher" Hester had 15 touches that accounted for 63 yards and two touchdowns, two tight ends had receptions and fullback Shawn Jordan hauled in a touchdown pass from two yards out.
Russell definitely read the defense
Bo Pelini's group hasn't had a poor
performance all season. Against
Tyson Jackson continued LSU's
streak of at least one interception per game this season and two more sacks
bring the Tigers' tally up to 22 for the year.
The Wildcats were just 5 of 17 on third down conversions, had only two drives that lasted longer than 3:07 and made it to the opposite side of the field on just four possessions.
Well-oiled machine comes to mind.
Improvement over the previous test
for sure. Craig Davis looked like he had been returning punts all his life even
though he had never fielded a kick before and had everyone wondering why he
hadn't be placed in that position before. From a coverage perspective,
But the punting is still in
Then, instead of booming the ball
deep on kickoffs,
Colt David missed LSU's only field goal attempt of the night, a 43-yarder. He did extend his consecutive PAT streak to 62.
A solid gameplan offensively and
defensively to be sure, and the coaching staff definitely had the Tigers focused
after the loss to
Cheers for giving JaMarcus Russell a trip to the bench at an appropriate time, but jeers for having some of the defensive starters in the game as long as they were.
GRADE: A –
OPPOSING COACH'S GUTS
Normally we don't grade opposing coaches, but we're going to make an exception here.
On two separate occasions the Wildcats had the opportunity to bring in the field goal unit and try to get some points on the board when the game was well out of hand. Instead of settling for a moral victory, Kentucky Coach Rick Brooks made the call to try to pick up first downs or get the ball in the end zone. It didn't workout, but Brooks showed his team, and everyone else, settling for three just to get a zero off of the scoreboard wasn't an option.