Tigers trounce North Texas, Auburn game next!

BATON ROUGE – After a bizarre week that did not allow the 7th ranked LSU Tigers a chance to play a game due to Hurricane Gustav, the Tigers got back to work against North Texas in their final tune up before SEC play begins.

The Tigers had an easy time against the Mean Green posting a 41-3 win over North Texas to improve their record to 2-0. The Tigers' amassed 425 yards of total offense while LSU’s Defense held the Mean Green to 199-yards.

North Texas was shut down as they averaged only 3.3 yards per play and managed just 44 net yards rushing on 18 carries. The Mean Green fell to 0-3 on the season under second year head coach Tom Dodge.

“I think our team will find that as we move forward, we’ll win games. I think the team we played will vie for their conference championship and will have an opportunity to do some things later in the year,” said LSU Coach Les Miles.

Miles improved to 16-0 against non-conference teams and will open the 2008 SEC slate this Saturday on the Plains in Auburn. The Tigers have not won at Auburn since the 1998 season.

Tigers Running Back Charles Scott once again rushed for over 100-yards for the LSU Offense. Scott carried the ball seven times for 102-yards and two touchdowns. Richard Murphy added 36-yards on five carries.

Trindon Holiday had a huge game for LSU racking up 163-yards on four punt returns including a 92-yard return for a touchdown. Coach Les Miles praised his speedy return specialist.

He’s worked awfully hard fielding balls, and he’s not only a better punt returner, but he’s a much better receiver. He has really acquired the skill of receptions, and I feel much more comfortable with him back in there. This was the big game for him, and it’s right in time. I look forward to him doing that again and again for us.”

The Tigers played three quarterbacks in the game with Freshman Jordan Jefferson making his first appearance as an LSU Tiger. Andrew Hatch started for the Tigers and completed 10-of-17 passes for 125-yards and Jarrett Lee was 10-of-18 for 84-yards.

Not all good news came out of the Tigers 41-3 win over North Texas as Senior Middle Linebacker Darry Beckwith left the game in the first half with a knee injury. Beckwith looked to have gotten blocked in the back and left the field on crutches in the first half.

Now the Tigers open SEC play against Western Division rival Auburn. The Tigers improved to 3-0 last week with a 3-2 win over the Mississippi State Bulldogs in Starkville.

LSU’s last trip to Auburn resulted in a 7-3 loss for the Purple and Gold. The game will be nationally televised on ESPN with Kickoff slated for 6:45 PM.

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