No. 1 LSU looks to home game against Florida

Staff reports
Here is a preview of the Tigers Roar page in the Oct. 6 issue of the Gonzales Weekly Citizen.

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 ball 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 in the 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.

LSU defensive end Sam Montgomery was named the Southeastern Conference Defensive Player of the Week following his performance against Kentucky. He led the LSU defense with six total tackles, two for losses, including 1.5 sacks, in the win.

The LSU defense held Kentucky to just 155 total yards, 70 of which came after the Tigers had built a 35-0 lead late in the fourth quarter.

LSU (5-0, 2-0 SEC) next hosts No. 17 Florida (4-1, 2-1 SEC) on Oct. 8 at 2:30 p.m. in Tiger Stadium. CBS?will broadcast the game. Fans attending are encouraged to wear gold.

For the first time since 2007, LSU returned to Tiger Stadium with the No. 1 ranking in the AP Top 25 last week. After a 35-7 victory over Kentucky, the Tigers held on to the top spot in the writers’ poll on Sunday.

After the Tigers traded places with Alabama for the second and third spots in the coaches poll and then being tied with the Tide last week, LSU regained the No. 2 ranking.

Also notable, LSU’s match-up with SEC foe Tennessee on Saturday, Oct. 15 in Knoxville will be broadcast by CBS.

Kickoff between the Tigers and the Vols is set for 2:30 p.m.

LSU wide reciever Odell Beckham Jr. breaks away on a touchdown pass.