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NCAA Game Summary - UL-Lafayette at LSU

(Saturday, September 19th)

Final Score: (9) LSU 31, UL-Lafayette 3

Baton Rouge, LA (Sports Network) - Jordan Jefferson threw a pair of touchdown passes to Brandon LaFell, as the ninth-ranked LSU Tigers handled the UL- Lafayette Ragin' Cajuns, 31-3, at Tiger Stadium.

Jefferson completed 16-of-25 passes for 165 yards and an interception for the Tigers (3-0), who beat Washington and Vanderbilt to start the season. Charles Scott rushed for 63 yards on 12 carries and also caught a TD pass. LaFell caught three passes for 57 yards. Terrance Toliver brought in six passes for 68 yards. Trindon Holliday had a rushing touchdown for the victors.

"Again, when you play a state school, and they play for backyard bragging rights when you put a school in our shadow, you have to read the press clippings week-in and week-out. We get a great effort. I thought we saw that today. I liked our defense. I thought our defense played hard and tackled crisply and played the way an LSU defense is expected to play. I liked everything about it," LSU head coach Les Miles said.

Chris Masson connected on 16-of-36 passes for 159 yards and two interceptions for the Cajuns (2-1), who beat Southern University and Kansas State to begin the season. Ladarius Green hauled in six balls for 64 yards, while Undrea Sails rushed for 48 yards on 17 carries in defeat.

"We are going to find the positives in this game and build on those. We are going to look at the negative things we did and the plays we didn't make and make them next time. That is the way this team is going to be. That is a heck of a football team in that locker room. I'm so proud of how they played the game. We just didn't come out on the right end," Cajuns head coach Rickey Bustle said.

LSU scored the only points of the first quarter. Jefferson hit LaFell with a 16-yard TD strike to put the Tigers ahead 7-0 with just over three minutes left in the frame. The six-play drive covered 62 yards and lasted less than 2 1/2 minutes.

On the ensuing Cajuns possession, Chad Jones intercepted a Masson pass and returned it deep into UL-Lafayette territory as the first period clock ran out. Louisiana State scored on the first play of the second stanza, as Holliday scampered into the end zone from 11 yards out to make it a 14-0 game.

The Cajuns used a 40-yard Tyler Albrecht field goal on their next drive to cut the deficit to 14-3. UL-Lafayette's defense forced LSU to go three-and-out. The Cajuns set up a 4th-and-1 at the Tigers' 34. Masson tried a QB sneak, but the LSU defense didn't let him gain the yard that he needed.

Josh Jasper's 52-yard field goal as the first half came to an end gave the Tigers a 17-3 margin.

Louisiana State scored a TD on its first possession of the third stanza to build a comfortable 24-3 lead. The seven-play, 58-yard drive was topped off with a 20-yard touchdown pass from Jefferson to LaFell with 10:53 remaining in the quarter.

The Tigers' defense came up with another big stop during the Cajuns' next drive. UL-Lafayette marched down the field and set up a 1st-and-goal at the LSU 3. After gaining just two yards over the first three downs, Sails fumbled the ball on 4th-and-goal.

Jarrett Lee's one-yard TD pass to Scott with under six minutes to play in the fourth capped the scoring in the contest.

Game Notes

The Tigers return to SEC action next week when they travel to Mississippi State. The Cajuns travel to Nebraska next weekend.

09/19 23:21:25 ET