VIRTUAL TIGERS: LSU-Tulane Simulated

If nothing else, the computer has been perfect in accurately predicting the most important part of LSU's season – the "W"s.

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 New Orleans that left five people hurt. The knife used in the stabbings was found in Boudreaux's Metairie, La., home. He has been suspended from the university and the team, and his name no longer appears on the Green Wave's on-line roster.

 

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. While recapping Mississippi's near upset of Florida, this gem came out.

 

"Lovely place, Oxford. It smells like bourbon and Chanel No. 5."

 

One would think the stench of missed opportunity would have to be added to that mix now after the Rebels allowed Florida quarterback Tim Tebow to rush for 166 yards, a record for a Gators quarterback.

 

Mississippi fought back from an early deficit to get within striking distance, but doesn't it seem like that's what they always do? Ah, well, surely that "Western Division Co-Champs 2003" sign hanging up in Vaught-Hemingway Stadium must be providing some consolation.

 

Anyway…

 

 

LSU 38, Tulane 7

 

NEW ORLEANS – All three phases contributed to the Virtual Tigers point total as LSU wasted little time in dispensing with a hapless Green Wave team, 38-7.

 

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 Toledo said. "It looked like we were laying on the turf more than we were playing on it."

 

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

 

Western Division

 

Alabama 28                  Florida State 16

 

Arkansas 35                 North Texas 7

 

Auburn 20                    Florida 38

 

LSU 38                        Tulane 7

 

Mississippi 24               Georgia 17

 

Mississippi St. 17         South Carolina 17

 

 

Eastern Division

 

Florida 38                    Auburn 20

 

Georgia 17                   Mississippi 24

 

Kentucky 45                Florida Atlantic 21

 

South Carolina 22         Mississippi St. 17

 

Tennessee                    OPEN DATE

 

Vanderbilt 31               Eastern Michigan 28


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