Everyone knew that the LSU Tigers football team would have a great defense this year, but many wondered about the offense. Once starting quarterback Jordan Jefferson was suspended, there was even more doubt that the Tigers could produce with the ball. Well, LSU scored hung almost half of a hundred on Northwestern State at Tiger Stadium on Saturday, September 10, 2011.
Coming off a 40-27 victory over then No. 3 Oregon, the Tigers wanted to make sure that they’re excitement over a new No. 2 ranking did not get the best of them. It most certainly did not as LSU welcomed the Demons into Baton Rouge and sent them packing after a 49-3 victory that saw two great quarterback performances along with a strong running game.
Picking up just where they left off against the Ducks last week, LSU gave the ball to running back Michael Ford who carried 13 times for 78 yards and two touchdowns. Spencer Ware worked in a very limited capacity in getting 20 yards on only six carries but also had two touchdowns.
Back-up Alfred Blue came out in the second half and racked up 63 yards and one touchdown as well.
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Things started out a bit slow for the Tigers with a touchdown pass from Jarrett Lee to Deangelo Peterson being the only scoring they did for almost a quarter and a half. NW State even pulled within 4 after a 44-yard field goal early in the second quarter gave them a little hope.
That was all she wrote for the Demons though.
LSU marched off 42 unanswered points over the course of the rest of the game, and even saw the back-ups come in to start the second half. That includes back-up (former third string) quarterback Zach Mettenberger taking over for Lee and showing that he is no slouch.
Lee left the game going 8-of-9 for 123 yards and a touchdown. Mettenberger’s first-ever in-game action showed why the LSU faithful are so happy he is in purple and gold. The young quarterback finished the night 8-of-11 for 89 yards and one touchdown.
Just because the offense did so well though is no reason to overlook the extremely strong defense of LSU which continued to impress.
Northwestern State was held to 127 total yards and only seven first downs for the entire game. The Tigers registered one sack and an interception on a night that saw many defensive starters also sitting early in the night.
It’s going to be a short week for Les MIles and LSU as they travel to play Mississippi State on Thursday, September 15, 2011. The Bulldogs lost to Auburn 41-34 on Saturday.
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