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Saturday, November 04, 2006

What Balance

LSU's talent finally showed in a significant game all over the field in its 28-24 win over Tennessee Saturday.
The 478 total yards the Tigers amassed was the most given up by a Tennessee team since the SEC Championship Game loss to undefeated Auburn in 2004.
Quarterback JaMarcus Russell's talent is well chronicled, but other players shined throughout this game. Freshman tailback Keiland Williams looked very good in gaining 53 yards on 17 carries. Jacob Hester continued to be steady at tailback with 52 yards on six carries. The coaches have finally started working scatback Trindon Holliday in consistently. He was a treat to watch as he gained 26 yards on three carries.
The Tigers even faked a punt with Chris Jackson rambling for 18 yards. Nine players carried the ball. Seven caught the ball.
LSU gained 231 rushing on 45 plays and 247 passing on 36 passes.
"They showed what we thought we would see," Tennessee defensive tackle Turk McBride said. "They knew we would come off the ball, and they tried to do a lot of misdirection things like blocking down and pulling the guard."
Other than Russell's three interceptions and a Dwayne Bowe fumble and a few dropped passes, LSU's offense rolled.
"If we execute the plays that are called, with our offense and the players that we have on our team, I don't think there's any defense that can stop us," wide receiver Early Doucet said.
Russell was particulary adept at converting third and fourth downs. He finished 11-of-17 in such situations, including a third and 20, a fourth and eight on the last drive and the third and goal that ended the game.
"JaMarcus is tremendous," UT defensive end Xavier Mitchell said.



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