LSU dominates Tulane, 42-0

Staff Writer
Gonzales Weekly Citizen
LSU’s Rueben Randle streches for extra yardage on an 11-yard reception in the second quarter of the Tigers’ 42-0 victory Friday night at Tiger Stadium.

BATON ROUGE - Ninth-ranked LSU exploded for a season-high 455 yards of offense in a 42-0 rout of Tulane Saturday night in Tiger Stadium.

LSU (7-1) claimed its 18th-straight win over the in-state rival, propelled by four rushing touchdowns, including two from running back Charles Scott.

Scott finished with 112 rushing yards, including scoring runs of 4 and 8 yards.

"I feel like we made strides toward being the team that we want to be," Scott said after the game.

The Tigers also found success in passing, as wide receiver Brandon LaFell caught two touchdown passes. The scores move him into second on the LSU's career list.

Quarterback Jordan Jefferson was on the other end of the two scoring plays. He finished with 163 passing yards.

LaFell caught four passes for 85 yards, while Terrance Toliver added 59 yards on four catches.

"The offensive line gave me great time whenever I needed to pass and our running game looked really good," Jefferson said. "We're just looking real good right now."

Plenty of reserve players were able to get some experience after LSU built a safe lead.

Backup running back Stevan Ridley picked up 73 yards and a 10-yard touchdown run with just over a minute remaining.

Tulane (2-6) has lost four straight games this season. The last time the Green Wave beat the TIgers was in 1982, which was also Tulane's last win against a team ranked in the top 25.

Tulane coach Bob Toledo knew it would be tough to be competitive against LSU. He pointed out that LSU held a 21-0 lead at the half. That lead was duplicated in the second half as the Tigers tacked on three more scores.

"They're good," Toledo said. "They are bigger, faster and stronger than we are. Their X's are bigger than our X's, and their O's are bigger than our O's, plain and simple."

Tulane's leading rusher, Andre Anderson, carried 11 for just 27 yards.

The Halloween night game marked the 50th anniversary of Heisman Trophy winner Billy Cannon's 89-yard punt return that led the Tigers to victory over Ole Miss in 1959. LSU went on to win the national championship that year.

After showing the grainy, dark video of the score, the crowd welcomed Cannon to the field to a standing ovation.

Many fans seemed to take their trick-or-treating to Tiger Stadium for the night as plenty of costumes were found throughout the crowd.

Even LSU's Mike the Tiger mascot got into the act by dancing to Michael Jackson's "Thriller" routine.

The only louder cheer from the mascot's dance came when Scott bulled his way into the end zone moments later for LSU's third touchdown.

And though the crowd may have been impressed by Mike's moves, it was hard to top the juking and weaving Russell Shepard showed off as he galloped over the goal line for LSU's first touchdown of the night.

The opening score was set up when Daniel Graff blocked a punt and Stefoin Francois recovered at the Tulane 23.

The focus now turns to LSU's date with second-ranked Alabama in Tuscaloosa on Saturday. The nationally-televised game will kickoff at 2:30 p.m.

"We understand that it’s just a step, just a game that we needed to finish the way it did as we go forward," LSU coach Les Miles said. "We're looking forward to the rest of this season to play well and play our best."

LSU running back scores his second touchdown of the night on an 8-yard run.