No. 1 LSU dominates Kentucky in 35-7 win

Michael Tortorich
LSU cornerback Tyrann Mathieu goes airborne to force a fumble against Kentucky. Mathieu recorded a sack, forced fumble, fumble recovery and touchdown after the return on the play.

BATON ROUGE - After a season-opening month with just one home game, LSU returned to Tiger Stadium with the No. 1 ranking and enough firepower to blast SEC foe Kentucky for a 35-7 victory Saturday.

The top-ranked Tigers (5-0, 2-0 in SEC) toyed with the Wildcats through the afternoon as LSU controlled the entire game.

LSU's defense showed its strength once again this week as cornerback Tyrann Mathieu recorded an impressive touchdown. The New Orleans native flew in on a blitz to jar the bar away from quarterback Maxwell Smith. Mathieu then scooped up the fumble and scampered 23 yards for a touchdown.

The defensive score gave LSU a 28-0 advantage with 4:30 to go in the third quarter.

A highlight for the offense came when quarterback Jarrett Lee connected with Odell Beckham Jr. who weaved his way to a 51-yard touchdown.

Lee finished with 169 passing yards, including a 37-yard thrown to Rueben Randle to set up a touchdown.

Quarterback Jordan Jefferson scored on his first play of the season, crossing the goal line on fourth-and-1. Jefferson returned to the lineup earlier this week after serving a suspension.

Quarterback Zach Mettenberger also saw playing time, taking snaps on LSU's final drive.

Former Hahnville High standout Alfred Blue stepped in at running back after starter Spencer Ware suffered an injury. Blue ran for 72 yards on 16 carries, and scored on a 1-yard touchdown in the third quarter.

Freshman running back Terrence Magee, a Franklinton product, added 38 yards on 12 carries in his first action at LSU. He also added a 1-yard score.

The Tigers next host No. 12 Florida on Oct. 8 at 2:30 p.m. in Tiger Stadium. ?

LSU wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. jumps for a catch over Kentucky cornerback Anthony Mosley.