Bowe has career night versus Fresno

Saturday's late night game in Tiger Stadium showed an LSU team that looked like they had something to prove. They played mean, physical and full of emotion as the No. 14 Tigers rolled over west coast opponent Fresno State 38-6.

The team played intense, but Saturday's game was nothing knew to the 2006 Tigers. LSU head coach Les Miles and his squad has rolled over five opponents this year by putting up over 40 points for each game. The team has played its best football at home this season, and Saturday's rain drenched matchup against the Bulldogs looked to be no different than the five games that proceeded.


The contest was marked by big plays and the usual big names that are added to the scoring card every week.


Dwayne Bowe was likely the biggest winner, hauling in a 58-yard touchdown pass from JaMarcus Russell in the fourth quarter to make the game 31-6. The senior receiver caught the ball around the Fresno St. 45-yard line, and then engaged in a twisting and turning run that found him in the end zone with 13:13 left in the game.


The touchdown tied the Miami, Fla. native for LSU's career receiving touchdown record at 21 with Michael Clayton. The touchdown was Bowe's seventh of the season and became the sixth player in LSU history to collect at least 2,000 career receiving yards with the long touchdown.


"It feels great but I am always setting bigger goals," Bowe said. "That one (touchdown record) is over now and now I am going for the bigger goals. I was able to make a great route and some nice moves. You can expect to see some more of that in the future."


Bowe finished the game with 106 yards receiving and now sits at sixth on LSU's career receiving yards list.


"That's a great guy (Clayton) to be compared too," Russell said. "They both did a great job while they were here. I think Dwayne has a lot more to come."


Bowe's large frame played great against the Bulldogs, but another large frame that played well was junior running back Alley Broussard.


Broussard endured an unusual week in preparation for Saturday's non-conference game when rumors exploded across the Tiger Nation that Broussard would be transferring to another school due to a lack of carries this season.


Two years ago, Broussard was possibly the best back in the Southeastern Conference with a 250-yard performance against Ole Miss in 2004. So far this season, the Lafayette native has accounted for only 202 yards on 49 carries.


But Broussard enjoyed a stellar night against Fresno State when he dashed for 67 yards on only five carries. The junior added a touchdown in the third quarter when he broke away for a 21-yard touchdown run to make the game 24-6. In the fourth, Broussard grabbed his longest run of the night on a 38-yard rush to the left side.


"He is in there busting his tail working out and training to be out there running," defensive back Craig Steltz said. "The coaches think a lot of him because he has been working hard. The couple of periods we go against the offense in practice, he was busting his tail running."


Miles said following the contest that Broussard had been practicing hard and had lost almost 20 pounds. It was believed over the past few weeks the reason Broussard was not receiving many attempts was because of the extra weight the coaching staff had asked him to lose in fall camp that he was still carrying around.


"He is obviously quicker and more capable than he was earlier in the season," Miles said. "We look forward to getting him going. He ran fast and hard and ran with purpose."


A third name was added to the score card early in the contest when Craig "Buster" Davis returned a punt 77 yards for his first punt return score of his career. The senior receiver returned the first punt return for a touchdown this season in the first quarter and did so with excellent blocking and tremendous speed once he hit the sideline.


LSU has now returned a punt for a touchdown in six straight seasons. The last year the Tigers failed to return a punt for a score was in 2001.


"It was a shock to me," Davis said. "I had great blocking. It's starting to get fun. Now I'm starting to feel like I can break one anytime I want now."


But Davis was not done yet. The New Orleans native pulled in a 30-yard pass from Russell early in the fourth quarter to make the final score of 38-6. Davis finished with 57 yards on four receptions and a touchdown.


Russell finished the game completing 15-of-19 for 210 yards and two touchdown throws, including three sacks.

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