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Alfred Blue continues to roll as starter

September, 9, 2012
BATON ROUGE, La. -- Spencer Ware was healthy and running hard. Michael Ford looked fast and Kenny Hilliard was a load.

Alfred Blue, however, did nothing to indicate that he isn't LSU's main running back going forward during LSU's 41-3 romp over Washington Saturday.

Blue turned in his second straight 100-yard game to start the season, rambling for 101 yards and a touchdown on a mere 14 carries.

"It means I've just started out great," said Blue, a junior who jumped LSU's top two rushers from last season, Ware and Ford, to become the starter at the end of August camp. "But I've just got to keep on running hard, running physical and helping my team win."

Blue was a little opportunistic in becoming a starter. Ware, last season's opening day starter and second-leading rusher for the season, had a nagging leg injury and did not play in last week's 41-14 season-opening win over North Texas. Ford, the Tigers' leading rusher last season, had an academic issue that was cleared up during the UNT week that allowed him to play, but deep off the bench.

Blue, third on the team last season with 539 yards, took advantage by going for 123 yards on 14 carries in the opener and showed it was no fluke against a better defense in the second game, getting outside at will, including a 21-yard touchdown run for LSU's first score of the night.

He became the first Tiger since Charles Scott in 2008 to break 100 yards in the first two games for the Tigers.

Ford added 48 yards on 10 carries, Hilliard had 46 yards on 13 carries with two touchdowns and Ware rushed for 38 yards on eight carries in his season debut.

LSU has record night

September, 9, 2012
BATON ROUGE, La. -- LSU's 41-3 win over Washington allowed the Tigers to tie an FBS record with 39 consecutive non-conference, regular-season wins.

"I think that speaks to the strength of the school and the opportunities for all the athletes with the want and desire to participate," LSU coach Les Miles said."

LSU also tied the school record with its 19th straight win at Tiger Stadium. The current Tigers roster has 61 players who have never lost at home.

"Not a bad night," Miles said. "Nice to be a Tiger."

Especially a Tiger coached by Miles. The eighth-year LSU coach improved to 77-18 and 29-0 in regular-season non-conference games. He's 34-1 overall against non-conference opponents, with the one loss coming against Penn State in the Capitol One Bowl at the end of the 2009 season. Penn State later had to vacate the win in the aftermath of the Jerry Sandusky scandal.

LSU has also won 23 consecutive games in September.

Instant analysis: LSU 41, Washington 3

September, 8, 2012

No. 3 LSU's home date with Washington was one of the biggest nonconference games on the docket for Week 2 of the 2012 season. Unfortunately for football lovers it didn't live up to that billing, as the Tigers steamrolled the Huskies in a 41-3 white-washing. Here's the quick gist from Baton Rouge, La.

It was over when: LSU running back Kenny Hilliard dove into the end zone early in the third quarter to give the Tigers a 27-3 lead. The score gave LSU a lopsided scoreline to go along with what was an absolutely dominating box score. The Tigers outgained Washington 437 yards to 183 and limited the Huskies to a startling 26 yards rushing. Red zone woes forced the Tigers to settle for two field goals in the second quarter, holding them to a modest 20-3 lead at halftime. Hilliard's touchdown broke that open.

Game ball goes to: Alfred Blue continued his strong start to the season with a 101 yards on just 14 carries. On LSU's second possession of the night, he coasted untouched through the Washington defense for a 21-yard touchdown and a 7-3 lead that the Tigers would not surrender. It was Blue's second straight 100-yard game, making him the first LSU back to open the season with two 100-yard games since Charles Scott in 2008.

Injury bug: Washington had already lost starting right tackle Ben Riva and starting running back Jesse Callier in the season opener. Those injury woes continued early on Saturday night when the Huskies lost another offensive tackle, Erik Kohler, to a re-aggravated knee injury. The Huskies' ability to protect quarterback Keith Price was already an issue, and the loss of Kohler only exacerbated that. Price was on the run for his life all night and finished with just 157 yards and an interception.

Dropping the ball: LSU quarterback Zach Mettenberger had a solid night in his second outing. He completed 12 of 18 passes for 195 yards and a touchdown. That said, the Tigers' receivers did him no favors by dropping five passes on the night. LSU wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. had an especially forgettable night, as he dropped several passes in addition to fumbling away the kickoff that led to Washington's lone field goal.

What it means: Not much we didn't already know. The Tigers took care of business with a 38-point win despite some sloppy mistakes, but this was never supposed to be a major test on the schedule. The Huskies look like they'll go as far as their quarterback can carry them this season -- but that won't be far if they can't find a running game to keep defenses honest and off Price's back.

Halftime analysis: LSU 20, UW 3

September, 8, 2012
BATON ROUGE, La. -- LSU is making a statement at Tiger Stadium.

The Tigers completely dominated Washington in the first half to take a 20-3 to halftime. Touchdown runs by Alfred Blue and J.C. Copeland in the first quarter and two field goals by Drew Alleman got the Tigers going in a half where LSU enjoyed a 232-81 total yards advantage.

Stat of the half: 13-5. The first down disparity between the Tigers and Huskies. LSU moved up and down the field at will while UW quarterback Keith Price, with no running game to to support him, was harassed the entire first half where he completed 10 of 23 passes for 81 yards.

Player of the half: Zach Mettenberger was 9-for-14 for 129 yards and it would have been better had Tigers receivers not dropped four passes, including a touchdown.

What's working for LSU: The Tigers completely stymied UW's running game, holding the Huskies to minus-11 yards on nine carries. On offense, the Tigers mixed the run and pass well, rushing for 105 yards to complement Mettenberger's passing. There is little that didn't go well for the Tigers.

What's not working for LSU: Twice, LSU had to settle for field goals in the red zone. That, along with the shaky hands by the receivers, kept the Tigers from scoring much more. And receiver Odell Beckham, Jr., who dropped three passes, also fumbled the opening kickoff, leading to UW's field goal.



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