No. 2 Tigers rout Virginia Tech 48-7

Virginia Tech quarterback Sean Glennon expressed some trepidation in the week leading up to Saturday's game against LSU in Tiger Stadium about the prospect of 92,739 fans screaming and the vaunted LSU defense staring him down. Turns out, Glennon had every reason to be afraid.

LSU's offense dismantled the well-reputed Virginia Tech defense, amassing 598 total yards. LSU's defense smothered speedy Virginia Tech offense, limiting the Hokies to a measly 149 total yards.

Added together, the result was a 48-7 thrashing of the ninth-ranked Hokies by the second-ranked Tigers before the largest crowd in Tiger Stadium history.

The Tigers dominated in every category of the stat sheet and from the opening kick, scoring touchdowns on their first two possessions to effectively salt away the win. LSU improved to 2-0 on the young season while Virginia Tech was left to regroup after falling to 1-1.

LSU spilt the yards between rushing and passing almost directly down the middle, gaining 297 yards on 41 carries and 301 yards on a 22-of-32 performance by the quarterback combo of Matt Flynn and Ryan Perrilloux. Flynn finished with 17 completions in 27 tries and a rushing touchdown. Perrilloux completed all five of his pass attempts, two of which were touchdown passes of 34 and 28 yards.

Keiland Williams paced the Tiger rushing attack by averaging an eye-popping 18 yards per carry on his way to 127 yards on just seven attempts, two of which were touchdowns. Jacob Hester contributed 81 yards on 12 carries and a touchdown. 

Glennon was removed from the game in favor of freshman Tyrod Taylor in the second quarter after completing just 2-of-10 passes for 16 yards and an interception. Taylor faired a little better, completing 7-of-18 passes for 62 yards while accounting for the Hokies' lone score on a 1-yard touchdown run in the third quarter. He led Virginia Tech with 44 rushing yards on nine carries. LSU limited Hokie tailback Branden Ore to just 28 yards on 14 carries.

LSU methodically trudged its way through the sticky air on the game's opening drive. After Virginia Tech's much ballyhooed special teams pinned the Tigers at their own 13 on the kick off return, LSU marched 10 plays in 4:14 to take a 7-0 lead with 10:46 to play in the first quarter. A 28-yard shovel pass on the ninth play from Flynn to Hester highlighted the drive. Hester punctuated it one play later with a 4-yard dive through the middle of the Hokie Defense.

The Tigers scored again before the sting of the first touchdown wore off on the Virginia Tech sideline. LSU started at its 15-yard line this time, shook off the unfavorable field position and drove 85-yard in eight plays to take a 14-0 lead with 5:54 remaining in the first quarter. A 56-yard slant to Brandon LaFell was the drive's long play. A 7-yard scramble by Flynn was its last.

LaFell led all receivers with 125 yards on seven catches.

In two seasons and one game under head coach Les Miles, the Tigers have outscored opponents in Tiger Stadium 157-7 in the first quarter.

LSU moved the ball past midfield again on its next drive but the Tech defense stiffened and forced the Tigers to punt. But, that just gave the Tiger defense a chance to do its part in helping increase the lead. Craig Steltz intercepted a Glennon pass at the Tech 31 on the third play of the ensuing drive giving Colt David the chance to boot a 30-yard field goal on the first play of the second quarter to extend the LSU lead to 17-0.

LSU continued to absolutely dominate on its next possession as Williams needed just one play to extend the Tiger lead to 24-0. The sophomore tailback took an option pitch from Flynn along the right side at the 33, hurdled a blocker at the 40 then out-paced the Hokie defense on his way to a 67-yard touchdown trot.

The Tigers continued to pile up yards on their first possession of the second half as Flynn, LaFell and Hester advanced LSU to the Hokie 10-yard line before the drive stalled. David chipped in a 28-yard field goal to cap the 45-yard, 10 play drive and give LSU a 27-0 lead with 8:30 remaining in the third quarter.

Taylor and Ore finally led the Hokies past midfield and ultimately into the endzone on their second possession of the second half. Taylor scrambled for 37 yards in the 65-yard drive while Ore rushed for 10 and caught a 19-yard shovel pass. A one-yard plunge by the freshman signal caller ended the 8-play drive and cut the LSU lead to 27-7 with 4:38 remaining in the third quarter.

But, the Tigers showed no mercy as 2:54 later they answered the Hokies touchdown with one of their own. Tiger Back-up quarterback Ryan Perrilloux, who had rushed three times earlier in the game, faked a dive into the line before retreating and completing a 34-yard rope to Early Doucet who was galloping at the 10-yard line with no defender within 20 yards. The touchdown pass came just one play after Flynn found Doucet on a 29-yard strike. The score extended LSU's lead to 34-7 with 1:36 remaining in the third quarter.

And then, the Tigers piled on again. Williams added a 32-yard run to his already impressive yardage total to cap an eight-play, 87-yard drive that ate 4:20 off the clock. The David point after extended the LSU lead to 41-7 as the stands emptied.

Then, the Tigers scored again. Perrilloux delivered another accurate touchdown strike, this time to freshman receiver Terrance Tolliver from 28 yards out with 3:18 to play to give LSU its final margin of victory. 

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