BATON ROUGE, La. -- LSU is making a statement at Tiger Stadium.
The Tigers completely dominated Washington in the first half to take a 20-3 to halftime. Touchdown runs by Alfred Blue and J.C. Copeland in the first quarter and two field goals by Drew Alleman got the Tigers going in a half where LSU enjoyed a 232-81 total yards advantage.
Stat of the half: 13-5. The first down disparity between the Tigers and Huskies. LSU moved up and down the field at will while UW quarterback Keith Price, with no running game to to support him, was harassed the entire first half where he completed 10 of 23 passes for 81 yards.
Player of the half: Zach Mettenberger was 9-for-14 for 129 yards and it would have been better had Tigers receivers not dropped four passes, including a touchdown.
What's working for LSU: The Tigers completely stymied UW's running game, holding the Huskies to minus-11 yards on nine carries. On offense, the Tigers mixed the run and pass well, rushing for 105 yards to complement Mettenberger's passing. There is little that didn't go well for the Tigers.
What's not working for LSU: Twice, LSU had to settle for field goals in the red zone. That, along with the shaky hands by the receivers, kept the Tigers from scoring much more. And receiver Odell Beckham, Jr., who dropped three passes, also fumbled the opening kickoff, leading to UW's field goal.