Aug 31, 2007

LSU Shuts Out Miss St 45-0

It wasn't the offensive showcase or defensive clinic that was expected, but LSU turned sloppy conditions and seven takeaways into a 45-0 rout of the Miss. St. Bulldogs.

LSU QB Matt Flynn was efficient in his first ever regular season start. The "running back by committee" approach was solid, and WR Early Doucet showed why he'll follow Dwayne Bowe and Craig Davis as a first round pick next season. The LSU defense was, as expected, the strong point for the Tigers. They forced six interceptions, three from S Craig Steltz, and never let the Bulldogs get into a rhythm.

On the negative side, the offensive line struggled at times and the offense never seemed to find their own rhythm. The playbook and gameplan wasn't likely used at full force, but it still would have been nice to see more new wrinkles and more dominance from the #2 team in the country.

All in all, it was a solid performance and after a so-so first half, the Tigers laid the hammer down in the second half. It was also positive to see the backups such as QB Ryan Perriloux and RB Richard Murphy get some extended playing time in a round SEC game.

Next week, Virginia Tech will travel to Tiger Stadium in a match up of two Top 10 teams.

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