(Saturday, November 1st)
Final Score: (15) LSU 35, Tulane 10
Baton Rouge, LA (Sports Network) - Charles Scott ran for 114 yards and scored a touchdown on just 12 carries as the 15th-ranked LSU Tigers posted a 35-10 victory over the Tulane Green Wave at Tiger Stadium.
Jarrett Lee was 8-for-20 on pass attempts for 99 yards with a TD strike to Brandon LaFell, who finished with three catches for 48 yards.
Keiland Williams and Stevan Ridley both scored rushing touchdowns for LSU (6-2), which returns to conference play next Saturday with a heavyweight SEC West battle against second-ranked Alabama. The Crimson Tide and Tigers are 1-2, respectively, in the West standings.
"I think our offense rushed the football and threw the football with balance to a point, but seemed to be plagued by mistakes and things that we must correct before we play again," LSU head coach Les Miles said. "We have some work to do. We might welcome the No. 1 team in the country here next week and we look forward to playing them."
The Tigers began a string of five straight home games with last Saturday's crushing defeat, 52-38, to then ninth-ranked Georgia, sending the defending national champions to their second loss in three games at the time.
"What we did see was a better defense and I thought we rushed the football better. Certainly we are still making mistakes at times, but I didn't think that was a team that has peaked at play," Miles said.
Top-ranked Texas was knocked off by the sixth-ranked Red Raiders of Texas Tech later Saturday in thrilling fashion, 39-33, on quarterback Graham Harrell's 28-yard touchdown pass to Michael Crabtree with one second remaining.
Kevin Moore and Joe Kemp split time under center for Tulane with Moore completing 6-of-11 passes for 44 yards and Kemp hitting on 5-of-12 throws for 40 yards in the loss.
Travis Burks provided the only fireworks with a 43-yard interception return for a score for Tulane (2-6), which has lost four in a row and 17 straight meetings in the series.
The Tigers overwhelmed the Green Wave with 330 yards of total offense to 163 for Tulane.
"We're struggling making plays right now," Tulane head coach Bob Toledo said. "They played some bump and run on us, and we couldn't separate from their defensive backs. Our receivers had a hard time getting open, and we didn't have a lot of time to throw the football. We didn't have the ball a lot because we couldn't convert and make first downs. We were a little mismatched tonight, and it was hard to move the ball. When they wanted to run the ball, it was hard for us to stop them."
LSU opened with a thorough eight-play, 86-yard drive with a healthy dose of Scott, who finished it off with a seven-yard score.
Tulane added a 48-yard field goal from Ross Thevenot with 3 1/2 minutes to play in the first, but the Tigers took over the game for good starting in the second stanza.
Lee hooked up with LaFell on a 14-yard TD at the end of an 11-play drive with just over two minutes remaining in the half.
With Tulane facing a 3rd-and-9 on its ensuing possession, Kemp was sacked and lost a fumble to Chris Hawkins, who scooped it up and rumbled 24 yards for the score and a 21-3 halftime lead.
LSU opened the second half by moving the ball 61 yards, buoyed by a 28-yard hookup from Lee to LaFell, and Williams capped it with a three-yard score.
The Green Wave put together their best drive of the game in the next series, but Thevenot missed from 31 yards to spoil a 13-play, 66-yard trek.
Burks picked off a Lee offering and took it back 43 yards for the score to make it a 28-10 game midway through the final quarter, but the Tigers stopped Tulane on its next series and put together a game-sealing, 54-yard drive that Ridley capped with a two-yard score.
LSU leads its local rival by a 68-22-7 count in the all-time series...The Tigers have now won 24 straight outings against non-conference foes at Tiger Stadium...LSU has also not dropped back-to-back games since 2002 and is 8-0 under Miles following a loss...The Tigers rushed for 231 yards with Richard Murphy (54), Ridley (51) and Williams (51) taking turns spelling Scott.
11/02 01:22:27 ET