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Tigers blowout Wildcats

By Chucky Colin 

The LSU Tigers extended both their overall and SEC winning streak to two games Saturday night as they defeated the Kentucky Wildcats 41-3.

It was the Wildcats worst loss of the season.

LSU jumped out to an early 17-0 lead in the first quarter and never looked back. It was the Tigers’ most points scored in the first quarter of an SEC game since scoring 21 in the opening quarter against Ole Miss in 2011.

The Tigers were led by senior running back Terrence Magee, who rushed for a team-high 127 yards and two touchdowns. He also made a big contribution on special teams as he returned the opening kick off 49 yards and drew a facemask penalty against Kentucky on the play.

“Every time I get the ball I want to go score,” Magee said. “Obviously that doesn’t happen but that has to be your mindset.”

The Tigers utilized a balanced attack as the offense, defense, and special teams all made big plays to get an early lead.

“I think it’s the best overall game of the year we have had thus far start to finish and how wonderful it was to be in Tiger Stadium,” Head Coach Les Miles said.

While the offense scored on its first two possessions the defense forced two straight three-and-outs, one of which led to a 67-yard punt return touchdown by sophomore defensive back Tre’Davious White.

White also had a punt return of 48 yards and finished the night with 114 total punt return yards.

The touchdown by White marked the first special teams touchdown of the year for the Tigers. It also meant that LSU has scored at least one special teams touchdown in all 10 seasons during Miles’ tenure as head coach.

The Tigers decided to run early and often as the team finished with 303 rushing yards. In addition to a good night from Magee, fellow running backs also chipped as Leonard Fournette scored a 1-yard rushing touchdown and Darrel Williams added 61 yards on 10 carries.

The Tigers also converted more than half of their third-down attempts.

While LSU found success running the ball the Wildcats struggled as they managed only 71 rushing yards on 27 carries.

LSU’s defense stifled the Wildcats all game as the Tigers’ defense forced five three-and-outs as well as two turnover on downs. They also finished the game with two sacks.

The Tigers’ defense was led by linebacker Kendell Beckwith and true freshman safety Jamal Adams. Adams finished with eight tackles and a sack while Beckwith finished with nine tackles despite being knocked out off the game early due to injury.

“I can make bigger plays, not just plays that they need, I can make outstanding plays,” Adams said. “Everyday we are just getting better.”

The LSU defense held Kentucky to 217 total yards on offense.

Wildcat’s sophomore quarterback, Patrick Towles completed 19 of 36 passes for 146 yards with his longest being a 33-yard completion to wide receiver Demarco Robinson.

Kentucky managed just 3.4 yards per play.

“We will not let one game define us,” Kentucky head coach Mark Stoops said.

The Tigers nearly doubled the Wildcats in total yards despite having only 120 passing yards.

Starting quarterback, Anthony Jennings completed just 7 of 14 pass attempts with his highlight being a 32-yard touchdown pass to Travin Dural. He also managed to rush for 53 yards.

Backup quarterback, Brandon Harris saw his limited playing time late in the fourth quarter, but by that time the game had already been decided.

Harris entered for the remainder following a 31-yard run by Anthony Jennings. Harris’ only pass attempt was intercepted in the end zone.

Although this may have appeared to be an inefficient game for the Tiger quarterbacks, offensive coordinator Cam Cameron believes that progress was made.

“Two guys are growing day by day, snap by snap and just maturing and understanding what we’re trying to get done here,” Cameron said. “As long as they’re learning and growing and taking care of the football, both of these guys will be fine.”

LSU will look to increase its winning streak to three games and upset a division foe on Oct. 25 as the Tigers face the No. 3-ranked Ole Miss Rebels.

The Wildcats will face another tough SEC challenge for their next game as they face the No. 1-ranked Mississippi State Bulldogs.

Running back, Terrence Magee carries the football(Courtesy of Lsusports.net)

Running back, Terrence Magee carries the football
(Courtesy of Lsusports.net)

Tigers’ defense rebounds against Aggies

By Chucky Colin

 

Baton Rouge – After giving up the most yards allowed during Les Miles’ tenure as head coach in its last outing, the LSU Tigers defense played much better Saturday night against the New Mexico State Aggies.

The Tigers only surrendered seven points, while giving up a total of 274 yards.

They forced four turnovers, with the biggest being a 29-yard interception returned for a touchdown by linebacker Kendell Beckwith late in the first quarter. It was the 14th defensive touchdown for the Tigers under defensive coordinator John Chavis.

“We left a lot of doubt out there last week, we really wanted to come in and play dominate LSU defense all night,” Beckwith said.

The defense set the tone early as Tre’Davious White intercepted the Aggies starting quarterback, sophomore Tyler Rodgers, on the opening drive.

“Everybody had a sour taste in their mouth after last week and we just wanted to execute,” White said.

Despite LSU committing four turnovers in the first quarter, the Aggies were held scoreless during that time.

The Tiger defense was able to force three and outs on two of the four turnovers which helped to minimize the damage.

The only defensive breakdown came in the second quarter as Aggies backup quarterback, Andrew Allen, ran for a 79-yard touchdown, but by that time it was too little, too late as the Tigers had already built a 28-point lead.

The second half consisted of much of the same as the Tigers’ defense forced a turnover on the Aggies’ opening drive. From that point on the defense stifled the Aggies while LSU scored touchdowns on each of its third quarter possessions.

The Tigers held the Aggies to 102 total passing yards and 13 first downs, while allowing only 4 of 17 third down conversions.

Head coach Les Miles believes that this effort is one that the Tigers can build on going forward.

“I felt like we played defense like we’re supposed to, minus one play, and we’re improved and looking forward to resuming conference play,” Miles said.

The Tigers will need similar success against the spread offense next week as they travel to play their SEC West rival, the Auburn Tigers.

LSU Spring Football: Spotlight on the Defense

Spring football on the bayou has returned.

LSU’s defense will take center stage as the Tigers try to replace seven starting positions as a result of the mass exodus of underclassmen to the NFL draft. Barkevious Mingo, Sam Montgomery, Eric Reid, Tharold Simon, and Kevin Minter are among those that will have to be replaced.

Senior safety, Craig Loston, will be one of the players to watch out for this spring. Last season, he recorded 55 tackles with three interceptions. After a rough first few years at LSU, he will be expected to pick up a majority of the workload left by Eric Reid.

Ronnie Feist and Lamin Barrow will looking to replace Kevin Minter at the middle linebacker spot. Barrow started all 13 games last year at linebacker and recorded 104 tackles and recovered two fumbles. Feist didn’t see much action last year but is someone the coaches will have their eye on as a potential starter in 2013.

Danielle Hunter and Jermauria Rasco are names to watch to take the places of Mingo and Montgomery. Also look out for Anthony Johnson and Ego Ferguson on defensive tackle to make more of an impact this season.

Hopefully this spring will provide the Tigers an opportunity to go through their growing pains on the new look defense before opening Aug. 31 in the Cowboys Classic against TCU.