Senior running back Jacob Hester, given the start by LSU coach Les Miles because the Tigers season opener was on the road against a conference divisional opponent, didn't disappoint. On the first play from scrimmage, Hester lined up next to quarterback Matt Flynn in a shotgun formation, took a handoff, and rumbled through the heart of the Bulldogs defense 72 yards for a touchdown to put the Tigers ahead 7-0.
Following that one-play scoring drive, however, LSU's offense went stagnant for the remainder of the first half until Hester busted another long run. This time he covered 78 yards for his second touchdown of the night. In the interim, the Tigers defense contributed a 31-yard scoop-and-score, and Colt David hit a 29-yard field goal to help put LSU up 24-0 at the break.
Flynn finished the night hitting on just 4-of-11 passes for 56 yards with one touchdown and one interception, while Hester carried seven times for 161 yards and two scores.
Early Doucet hauled in two receptions for 42 yards and was joined in the receiving corps by Brandon LaFell and Terrance Toliver. LaFell and Toliver's only receptions went for touchdowns of 48 and six yards, respectively.
"You aren't going to beat many
teams with 120 yards of total offense,"
Michael Henig completed 7-of-14
passes for 80 yards with no touchdowns and two interceptions to comprise the
bulk of the Bulldogs' frail passing attack. Running back Anthony Dixon was
limited to just 35 yards on 18 carries, and Tony Burks' four catches for 35
On its second possession of the third quarter, LSU padded its lead with a four-play, 45-yard drive when Flynn hit Toliver at the goal line on a six-yard strike. That play was set up by a 35-yard pass to Doucet.
With a commanding lead, Miles sent in embattled LSU quarterback Ryan Perrilloux to run the offense for the remainder of the night, and he didn't disappoint. Perrilloux connected on his first and only two passes of the game, the second of which was a 48-yard strike to LaFell to extend the lead to 38-0.
In total, the Tigers outgained the
Bulldogs on offense, 282-120, and won the turnover battle by two. Because of the
two, one-play scoring drives by Hester, LSU held onto the ball a total of just
6:43, as compared to
How the ESPN/USA Today Coaches' Poll fared.
(1) USC 49
(16) Rutgers 49
How the SEC fared.
(2) LSU 38