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
The touchdown tied the
"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
But Broussard enjoyed a stellar
"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,"
Russell finished the game completing 15-of-19 for 210 yards and two touchdown throws, including three sacks.