Sunday, 02 October 2011 14:08
LSU Tigers Stays On Mountaintop With Win Over Kentucky
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LSUNo. 1-ranked LSU remained on the mountaintop  with a defense that smothered Kentucky 35-7 on a windy day in Tiger Stadium.

For the second week, LSU remained was voted No. 1 by the Associated Press college football poll.  The Crimson Tide of Alabama, also an SEC powerhouse has climbed over Oklahoma for the second spot. 

 Tigers starting quarterback Jarrett Lee was able to make the most of a windy morning and early afternoon despite only 8-of-21 passing for 169 yards, including a 51-yard touchdown to freshman Odell Beckham Jr.

Tyrann Mathieu again wowed the Tigers fans with a spectacular sack, strip, scoop and touchdown in the third quarter. The sophomore out of St. Augustine gave the Tigers a 28-0 lead with a leaping blitz and strip followed by a scoop at the 23-yard line and a waltz into the end zone.

The Wildcats (2-3, 0-2 SEC) had only 59 yards of total offense until adding 66 on their only scoring drive late4 in the fourth quarter. They averaged just 1.4 yards per play in the first three quarters.

"I felt like our defense came out and set the tone for the day," said Tigers coach Les Miles in his postgame briefing. "We played intense football from the start to the finish and gave up very few big plays. Ultimately over time it allows the offense to stay patient and do things they need to do to throw the ball throughout the game and not be in a hole."

LSU had 10 tackles for a loss of 34 yards including five sacks. The Tigers had 348 total yards on 67 plays.

Quarterback Jordan Jefferson saw his first action of the season after returning from suspension. He was booed as he replaced Lee. He scored on fourth-and-1 to cap the Tigers' first scoring drive. He did not attempt a pass, finishing with four carries for 29 yards.

Zack Mettenberger, who'll be the Tigers' starting quarterback next season, also took some snaps in the final drive of the game.

"When Jordan scored that first touchdown, and Jarrett Lee celebrated, that's when I knew right then, that the word   "team" means so much more," Tigers defensive end Sam Montgomery." told the media. "We're all a big family again."

"We will use Jefferson in a variety of ways," said Miles, who did not allow Jefferson to talk with the media. "At different times, we will need every skill and every collectible attribute of our team."
 After his touchdown with the crowd cheering, Jefferson celebrated with Lee and gave high fives to the entire offensive line.

"We're happy to have him back, " said Lee. "He's got a great attitude. He's a great person. He's won games for us in the past."

Beckham led the Tigers receivers with three catches for 75 yards,while Russell Shepard added two catches for 35 yards.

After starting running back Spencer Ware, who suffered an injury in the first quarter, left the game, Alfred Blue helped the Tigers rushing attack overcome a slow start by gaining 72 yards on 16 carries with a one-yard touchdown.

Freshman running back Terrance Magee saw his first action at LSU, as the Franklinton, La. native had 38 yards on 12 carries and a one-yard touchdown.

'Our offense can't do that to our defense," offered Wildcats coach Joker Phillips. "We can't go three-and out, three-and out and three-and-out and put our defense in that tough situation going against a talented football team."

What makes an LSU fan football happy? The Tigers going undefeated, winning the national championship and firing the head coach...Tigers coach Les Miles said  he didn't talk to Jordan Jefferson after he was booed at Saturday game because "I thought he could handle that 2,500 fans that are a little disposed to demean someone who is busting his his tail to do everything he can to help LSU."...

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