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LSU Too Much for Western Kentucky: Fan’s Reaction
Our #1 LSU Tigers were clearly unfocused to start the game against Western Kentucky on Nov. 12. The talent gap between the teams would show up in the second half, but the Hilltoppers were hanging tough in the first half. Playing against LSU for the first time in Tiger Stadium, Western Kentucky was not intimidated and answered LSU's first touchdown with one of their own. The halftime score was LSU 14, Western Kentucky 7. Hit the upset alert button? Not so much. LSU went on to win the game 42-9.
LSU scored 28 second half points to run away with the game for Les Miles' 100th win. I was impressed that our Tigers kept talented Western Kentucky running back Bobby Rainey bottled up and under 100 yards rushing. LSU's one offensive mistake gave the Hilltoppers their only second half points. After the LSU defense made a goal line stand, LSU couldn't move the ball out of the shadow of their own endzone. Jordan Jefferson, who got the start at quarterback, was pressured in the endzone and flagged for intentional grounding for a safety.
The offense for our guys got rolling in the second half. Alfred Blue did not start but made the most out of his touches. On only nine carries, he rushed for 119 yards and 2 touchdowns. Jefferson was 8/14 passing for 168 yards and a touchdown. He also rushed 5 times for 20 yards. Jarrett Lee came into the game in the fourth quarter. He surprised me by running a package that Jefferson had been running this season, including option plays. Lee finished the game with a touchdown on 2/4 passing and one rush for 15 yards. The rushing game racked up 291 yards and four touchdowns on 40 carries.
The defense held Western Kentucky to 226 total yards and only 97 passing yards. During LSU's second half point spree, the Hilltoppers managed just 86 yards. Rainey averaged 163 all-purpose yards in 2011. LSU held him to 100 yards. His longest play was a 14 yard rush. A 17 yard loss while attempting a halfback pass erased Rainey's 100 yard rushing game. No running back has put up a 100 yard game against LSU this year.
As an LSU fan, I was a little frustrated to see the team come out lacking in intensity but I wasn't ever worried that they wouldn't pick up their play.
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