(Saturday, September 13th)
Final Score: (7) LSU 41, North Texas 3
Baton Rouge, LA (Sports Network) - Charles Scott ran for 102 yards and two touchdowns and Trindon Holliday had a 92-yard punt return for a touchdown to help lead the No. 7 LSU Tigers to a 41-3 drubbing of the North Texas Mean Green at Tiger Stadium.
Andrew Hatch was 10-of-17 for 125 yards and an interception but rushed for 18 yards and a score for LSU (2-0). Brandon LaFell had seven receptions for 69 yards to lead the receiving corps while Quinn Johnson also found the end zone. Holliday finished with 163 yards on four punt returns.
Giovanni Vizza hit on 22-of-40 pass attempts for 149 yards for North Texas (0-3). Casey Fitzgerald had 11 catches for 75 yards and Sam Dibrell nabbed seven balls for 49 yards. Cam Montgomery gained just 33 yards on the ground as LSU held the Mean Green to 44 yards rushing overall.
The Tigers were able to rack up 425 yards of total offense to North Texas' 199 in the home win. The school had made contingency plans to move the game to Dallas, Atlanta, Shreveport or New Orleans with Hurricane Ike approaching but the storm took a turn for the south Texas coastline instead. LSU has already had two games affected by severe weather this season: their opener against Appalachian State on August 30 was moved up from an afternoon start time to a morning kickoff as Hurricane Gustav approached the area, and Gustav's wrath caused damage to Tiger Stadium and forced last Saturday's game against Troy to be rescheduled for November 15.
After a punt by North Texas to start the game, LSU scored on its opening drive less than four minutes into the contest. Hatch hit Chris Mitchell for 19 yards on 3rd-and-9 and Scott rattled off a 39-yard touchdown run on the very next play for a 7-0 lead.
North Texas was able to move the ball downfield on its next possession but Riley Dodge was picked off by Curtis Taylor at the LSU 17 and returned it 37 yards into Mean Green territory. Colt David booted a 41-yard field goal for a 10-0 lead after the Tigers were unable to garner a first down.
After another promising drive was cut short in LSU territory, the Mean Green buried the Tigers at their own eight with a punt and Hatch tossed an interception two plays later giving North Texas the ball at the Tiger 25. The Mean Green, however, couldn't manage a first down and settled for a 33-yard field goal from Jeremy Knott on the first play of the second quarter to cut the lead to seven.
LSU drove for a quick score, though, to go up 17-3 less than two minutes later when Scott found the end zone for the second time on a 43-yard rumble. The Tigers then forced a punt from the Mean Green and Holliday took it 92 yards to the house for a 24-3 advantage with 9:43 to go in the half. David kicked a 37- yard field goal as time expired to send LSU into the break with a 27-3 lead.
It was more of the same from LSU in the third quarter as Holliday returned a punt 59 yards to the Mean Green 36, and Hatch capped the drive with a seven- yard score for a 34-3 lead just past the mid-point of the third quarter.
Hatch then capped the scoring by leading the Tigers on their most impressive drive of the game later in the third. Hatch hooked up with LaFell three times for 37 yards and Johnson took it in from five yards out to finish off a 10- play, 80-yard drive.
LSU has won all three previous meetings with North Texas, and all three were blowouts...North Texas has now lost its first three games by a combined score of 142-35...LSU takes to the road to face No. 9 Auburn next week in an SEC clash.
09/14 00:26:01 ET