LSU Tigers Beat Ranked West Virginia Amid Boos, Now Tennessee
Written by  {ga=admin} // Sunday, 26 September 2010 11:08 //

staton1A 60-yard punt return for a touchdown by LSU Tigers cornerback Patrick Peterson gave the 15th-ranked Tigers a 17-point lead, and the Tigers suffocating defense allowed only 157 yards in a 20-14 victory over No. 22 West Virginia on Saturday night before 92,575 booing fans.


"I was just in the locker with an undefeated team, 4-0 in college football team," said Tigers coach Les Miles, who refuses to apologize for his quarterback's poor play. "I think there are a lot of teams that would like to be in that position. We just played our second nationally ranked team and won. Our team is playing great on defense."

The Tigers improved to 4-0 over-all and face Tennessee on Saturday in Tiger Stadium. The matchup will kick off at 2:30 p.m. on CBS-TV. The Volunteers (2-2) edged UAB 32-29 in double overtime on Saturday.

The fourth-quarter booing was directed at the Tigers offensive coaching staff and quarterback Jordan Jefferson's lackluster performance with 10-of-22 passing game for only 75 yards and had two interceptions.  It was his lowest yardage total of the season as the junior quarterback took another step back.

"That booing is one of those things you put in the back of your mind because it's not conceivable that anybody in the right frame of mind who wears an LSU jacket or T-shirt and comes into our stadium, who has the LSU license plate, who cares so much and is so passionate for these things, could possibly boo," said  Miles. "I've got to be honest with you. I've never booed anybody in my life. -- only because I realize how hard it is to play."

Jefferson's passes were high and low and generally off target had Tigers receivers ducking for cover from Mountaineers defensive backs and linebackers.

"I had a couple of dropped balls and a couple of non-accurate throws that I've just to work on," said Jefferson. "I'm not really frustrated. We're 4-0. What's there to be frustrated about? I'm not worried about what my critics say, what fans say, what the media says. We're 4-0. What more can you want?"

Fans and media know that 75 yards passing and having a one-dimensional is not going to work when the Tigers get into Florida and Alabama later this season.

"Our quarterbacking has to get better," admitted Miles. "It's that just that simple. Our guys know it. We're going to work on it."

Tigers backup quarterback Jarrett Lee entered the game for one series and Jefferson returned to run out the clock. The Tigers were penalized 12 times for 120 yards, keeping the Tigers' offense from making first downs.

LSU tailback Steven Ridley was LSU's biggest offensive weapon, out-gaining his teammates with 20 carries for 116 yards and 1-yard run. The rest of the Tigers combined for 114 yards, two for personal fouls, and Peterson got a penalty for dropping the ball in the end zone and going into a Heisman Trophy pose.

The Tigers defense allowed only 58 yards rushing with Noell Devine averaging only 2.6 yards per carry, and Geno Smith completed fewer than half his passes, 14-of-29 for just 119 yards.

LSU's mix-and-match blitzes and changing defenses caused the West Virginia offense a lot of problems. West Virginia's biggest problem was threw speed of LSU's defensive front, especially when the Tigers rushed the passer.

LSU jumped out to a 17-0 lead courtesy of a fumble recovery by freshman cornerback Tyrann Mathieu that led to a seven-yard TD drive and a 49-yard field goal by Josh Jasper, and a scintillating 60-yard punt return by Peterson. The Tigers got only two first downs and 80 yards in the first half.

Miles didn't want to get into a conversation who would be his starting quarterback against Tennessee.

Cornerback Tyrann Mathieu picked off his first career pass early in the second quarter, It was LSU's sixth pick in the last two games.  CB Patrick Peterson returned a punt 60 yards for a TD in the second quarter. It was his second punt return for a TD this  season. The other was an 87-yarder against North Carolina in the opener...Peterson became the first player in LSU history to return multiple punts for TDs since Skyler Green had two in in 2003.. LB Kelvin Sheppard had a game-high 11 tackles (5 solo)..,LSU extended its nation-leading winning  streak of 31 games over non-conference opponents in the regular season, and LSU also won its 29th straight game in Tiger Stadium, dating back to 2000 lost to UAB, 13-0.....by keeping West Virginia of the  end zone in the first quarter, LSU ran its streak of consecutive regular-season games without allowing a first-quarter TD to 12 straight games.

TIGERS NOTEBOOK: PK Josh Jasper booted a 49-yard FG in the second quarter and added a 23-yarder he is now 9-of-10 for the season and 28-of-32 for his career. He remains LSU's career leader in FG percentage (.875). For his career, he is 6-of-8 from 40 yards or more. Beyond 50 yards, he is 3-of-4, With his two FGs, Jasper moved into sole possession of eighth place in LSU career FGs, eclipsing Chris Jackson (26; 2003-06). With his two PATs, Jasper improved to a perfect 50-of-50 for his career....DT Pep Livingston blocked his first career FG attempt...RB Steve Ridley recorded his third rushing TD of the season and sixth of his career on a 1-yard run in the first quarter. He scored s rushing TD for the third straight game, a first fora Tigers RV since Charles Scott did so in five straight games in 2008. Ridley rushed for 116 yards on 20 carries, his second 100-yard rushing game of the season and his career. He rushed for 159 yards against Vandy...

Tight end Deangelo Peterson started his first game of the season after suffering an injured foot during fall camp...LSU recognized the 1970 team before the game, The squad went 903 and won the SEC...Two members of the Hornets administration took in first game in Tiger Stadium. GM Dell  Demps and assistant GM Tim Connolly were in  attendance. The team opens training camp on Tuesday...

by Ed Staton

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