LSU blanks ULL for homecoming, 48-0

It had been 64 years since LSU played Louisiana-Lafayette and it's now 78 years and counting since the Ragin' Cajuns have scored against the Tigers.<br><br>In an evening of complete dominance for the home team, LSU iced away ULL in the first half and coasted to a 48-0 win at Tiger Stadium.

LSU jumped out to a 41-0 lead in the second quarter and used reserves after the opening series of the second half. The Tigers used a balanced offense to post 359 total yards, working from favorable field position throughout the game. Defensively, LSU held the Cajuns to 70 yards of total offense.

 

The only negative news for the Tigers on the night was the loss of running back LaBrandon Toefield to a broken arm in the second quarter. Head coach Nick Saban said he and his staff would decide Sunday whether surgery would be performed on Toefield. The injury may end the season for the junior from Independence who has already undergone reconstructive surgery for torn anterior cruciate ligaments on both of his knees.

 

"All I can do is pray that it is not as bad as it is," said LSU linebacker Bradie James. "We need him out there on that field. Hopefully, he will be back, but as a team we need to support him and make sure he is alright mentally."

 

Taking over for Toefield was redshirt freshman Joseph Addai, who rushed for 98 yards and two touchdowns and caught two passes for 50 yards. His 34-yard scoring run in the third quarter provided the final margin of victory.

 

LSU quarterback Matt Mauck started the night hot, hitting eight of his first ten passes, but cooled in the second quarter for an 8-for-19 performance. His 20-yard touchdown pass to Devery Henderson gave the Tigers a 7-0 lead with 12:14 to go in the first quarter.

 

Mauck connected twice with Michael Clayton – from 36 and 4 yards away - for first quarter scores and a 21-0 LSU advantage. Clayton led LSU's receivers with 3 catches for 56 yards.

 

"Things worked out well in the first quarter," said Mauck. "In the second, we had some of the same mistakes we have been making. We got a little complacent. We need to not look at the scoreboard and keep playing hard the whole game. We ran a lot of the same things we have been doing this year. We executed them better than we have been doing."

 

The LSU defense effectively neutralized the main weapons of UL-Lafayette. Quarterback Jon Van Cleave was sacked five times and completed just 6 of his 20 passes for 41 yards with one interception. His favorite target, Frederick Stamps, ended the game with only one catch for four yards. Van Cleave was pulled from the game in the third quarter, allowing Eric Rekieta to finish the game.

 

The Cajuns were also thwarted on the ground, netting just 17 yards rushing in the game. Running back Jerome Coleman led all ULL rushers with 19 yards on eleven carries, as the Tigers' seven sacks cut drastically into the Cajuns' running numbers.

 

"It was important to be dominant tonight," said LSU defensive end Marcus Spears. "We did not want to play to someone else's level. We wanted to keep the intensity up. I thought this game was good for the state. I think we proved that LSU is the top football team in Louisiana."

 

After Mauck led the first offense in a short drive to open the third quarter, the Tigers turned to their reserves for the rest of the game. Marcus Randall took over at quarterback and Addai became the go-to back with Domanick Davis held back once the game became lopsided.

 

Davis totaled 50 rushing yards on 15 carries with two touchdowns in the second quarter. The Cajuns elected to punt away from Davis most of the night after he returned his first opportunity 41 yards. Eventually, LSU put Davis and Shyrone Carey back to receive punts, forcing ULL to give up field position to the Tigers.

 

Carey eventually became the featured punt returner, eventually breaking a fourth quarter chance for 52 yards. He also had six carries from the tailback spot for 21 yards and made two catches for 12 yards. 


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