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After its 51-0 homecoming beatdown of Louisiana-Monroe, LSU remained No. 5 in the BCS Standings, the AP Top 25, and No. 6 in the USA coaches poll, and the Harris Interactive Polls released on Sunday.
LSU (9-1) gained 24 points in the AP poll, 22 points in the coaches poll and 20 points in the Harris Poll. The coaches and Harris polls figure into the BCS Standings.
The top five teams in the BCS Standings: 1) Oregon 2) Auburn 3)TCU 4) Boise State and 5) LSU.
LSU scored 31 points off five Louisiana-Monroe turnovers in a 51-0 blowout on Saturday night at homecoming in Tiger Stadium that was half full at the end.
The No. 5 Tigers improved to 9-1 under coach Les Miles for the third time. The Tigers host SEC rival Ole Miss on Saturday at 2:30 p.m. on CBS.
Miles' take on the game: "I like the fact that our team played for four quarters and executed and did the things we asked them to do. We're weren't perfect in any way, but I like we did the things we came to do and that was be a dominant team and to do so for four quarters.
"Defensively, we were exactly that with two defensive touchdowns and several turnovers. Offensively, we had the short field and I want to say scoring drives of less than 20 yards four times. Any time you get into a short-yardage game, the opportunity to put a lot of yards on the stat sheet is not there. We still need to improve in all phases."
ULM coach Todd Berry was pointing fingers, but only at himself after his team was shut out for the first time this season.
"I didn't like our offense's eyes when we wen tout on the field," said the coach. "I want to see their eyes lit up. Most of the time our offense's eyes have been lit up. They weren't lit up going out onto the field, and that bothered me. Obviously, I didn't inspire them."
LSU cornerback Ron Brooks started the scoring with a 32-yard interception return before fellow corner Patrick Peterson set up another score with an 85-yard interception return to the ULM 12. Peterson didn't reach the end zone because he ran out of gas.
In the third quarter, defensive end Lavar Edwards returned a fumble 28 yards for a touchdown to give the Tigers multiple defensive touchdowns for the first time since Oct. 12, 1991, against Arkansas State,
In the fourth quarter, safety Craig Loston intercepted at the Tigers 28 to preserve the shutout. The Tigers converted the turnover into a Michael Ford 17-yard touchdown.
Middle linebacker Kelvin Sheppard, who forced the fumble that Edwards picked up, had a team-high eight tackles including 1.5 for loss.
When the Tigers couldn't punch in touchdowns, Josh Jasper booted field goals from all distances. He made a career-best 53-yarder -- which tied the longest in the SEC this season --and also was successful from 45 and 29 yards.
With its defense putting the Tigers in a short field for most of the game, LSU managed only 251 yards of total offense. Tigers rushers gained 156 yards on 39 carries.
Running back Stevan Ridley had 67 yards rushing on 14 carries with two touchdowns. Richard Murphy added 44 yards while Alfred Blue had 32. Spencer Ware had a 5-yard touchdown run and finished with 12 yards.
Quarterbacks Jordan Jefferson and Jarrett Lee split snaps, though neither was called upon to make plays down the field.
Jefferson started and was 4-of-10 for 51 yards while Lee was 4-of-12 for 44 yards. Neither was intercepted. Wide receiver Terrance Toliver led all receivers with 42 yards on 3 catches.
"It was a great game," said Toliver, "We put 50 on the board. The defense stepped up and they had two touchdowns. Our offense could have done better. We ran the ball well."
Lee was looking ahead. "We have two big gsmes ahead of us," said the quarterback. "Ole Miss has beaten us in these past two years. We just need to keep focused coming off this game.
"We've got a great stable of running backs. They did a great job for us tonight."
Somebody asked Jefferson about LSU's chances of making it to the National Championship Game.
Anything can happen at any moment," said Jefferson."We just need to make sure that we finish strong. and we'll go from there. Anything can happen in the SEC Championship. We're just trying to put ourselves in a position that we want to be in."
The Warhawks, who recieved $850,000 for playing in Tiger Stadium, played in front of the third largest crowd in school history with 92,518 fans in attendance at the beginning.
Former Tigers Devery Henderson and Randall Gay (now with the Saints) and former quarterback Matt Flynn (now with the Packers) were recognized during the game. Flynn, who quarterbacked the 2007 national champion Tigers, received a football and a hug from Miles.
Tigers quarterback T.C. McCartney got in his first Tigers game, but did not attempt a pass, despite chants of "Let him throw" from the student section.
Miles on playing numerous players who have had very little action this season:
"We played some guys we felt we had to get snaps to. I wanted to see J.C. Copeland play, He got 10 or 15 snaps, and I enjoyed that. We got Alfred Blue in there carrying the ball. Spencer Ware carried some balls.We threw to a couple of receivers that we were throwing to for the first time this year. I liked how we played."
Miles on how his team will react to Auburn winning the SEC West spot in the SEC Championship Game:
"We are going to focus on Whit we can control. There are some good football teams in the SEC West. If you watch how these games play out, away from us, you can see that, again, the SEC Western Division is very, very strong. We are going to continue to play and take them one at a time, and we'll see how it fares."
The coach forgot to close with "Have a nice day."
WDAM-TV in Hattiesburg is reporting that three Southern Mississippi football players were seriously wounded in a shooting early Sunday morning. The school has refused to comment of the report, but head coach Larry Fedora and several members of the football team were seen at a local hospital throughout Sunday morning. According to the TV station, the incident that led to the shootings began inside Remington's Hunt Club at about 1:20 in the morning. The incident spilled outside, where the three football players were reportedly shot. Southern Mississippi defeated Central Florida 31-21 at Orlando....
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