Through four games, the computer has given the Tigers the nod as the winner in all four of their contests and, in some cases, has been nearly spot-on with the scoring. But not even the computer could have predicted one thing about LSU's upcoming opponent.
LSU has had its share of legal run-ins over the course of the last few months, but nothing like what now-former Tulane running back Ray Boudreaux got himself involved in two weekends ago, according to an AP story that was published September 22, 2007.
Boudreaux was arrested on five
counts of attempted murder in connection with a stabbing in
There is no humor in that situation, so don't think for a moment any is trying to be established here. All of the circumstances have not been made public, but this certainly seems like the act of a desperate, troubled individual in need of help. Hopefully, he will receive it.
We can find the humor in a jab taken on
ESPN last Saturday night against another of LSU's former great rivals, though.
One would think the stench of
missed opportunity would have to be added to that mix now after the Rebels
LSU 38, Tulane 7
Tigers quarterback Matt Flynn came out throwing for a second consecutive week, and the results were much the same as in his previous outing. Even without Early Doucet in the lineup, Flynn was still able to torch Tulane's secondary early and often. That included on LSU's first play from scrimmage when Brandon LaFell slipped past the Green Wave and surfed 58 yards following Tulane's first three-and-out of the morning/afternoon.
Flynn's day would be finished after he completed 11 of 14 passes for 265 yards with three touchdowns and one interception. Ryan Perrilloux came on in relief after the Tigers had already put up 31 points and was a modest 2-of-3 passing for 27 yards with one interception.
Without Doucet around, LaFell led the receiving corps with five catches for 147 yards and two touchdowns, an average of 29.4 yards per catch. He was followed by Ricky Dickson, who had two catches for 23 yards, Trindon Holliday, who had two catches for 17 yards, and Terrance Toliver, who added two catches for 78 yards and a touchdown.
"When the bulk of your offense
consists of four three-and-outs and a pick-six, it's kind of difficult to beat
the No. 2 team in the nation," Virtual Tulane head coach Bob
LSU's special teams secured the Tigers' second score of the day when Jared Mitchell returned a punt 86 yards and Toliver was on the receiving end of a 65-yard pass from Flynn on LSU's second possession. That score put the Tigers ahead 21-0 in the first quarter and helped put LSU on cruise control for the remainder of the contest. A 36-yard Colt David field goal constituted the remainder of the Tigers' scoring for the first half.
To open the third quarter, LSU began its fifth possession of the game at its own 32-yard line and took just three plays to score once more. This time, Flynn hit LaFell on a 62-yard touchdown strike to help put the Tigers ahead 31-0. LSU would add one final score when Jacob Cutrera took an interception back 61 yards for a touchdown.
Tulane quarterback Scott Elliot would end his day completing 11 of 15 passes for 182 yards with one touchdown and one interception. His touchdown pass came late when he capped a nine-play, 82-yard drive with a short pass in the left flat that turned into a 54-yard score. The Green Wave's ensuing onsides kick failed, and the Tigers simply ran out the clock from there.
Defensively for LSU, Tyson Jackson contributed three sacks, while Marlon Favorite added two of his own. On the turf of the Superdome, the Tigers looked faster than they have all season, and that team speed was simply more than Tulane could handle.
HOW THE SEC FARED
LSU 38 Tulane 7