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Friday, August 31, 2007

Grand opening

STARKVILLE, Miss. - A Mississippi State booster, or one of those guys who wears a school blazer to the games, sprinted into the pressbox elevator moments after LSU's, season-opening 45-0 victory over the Bulldogs Thursday night.

"Quick, before they score again," he said.

Or quick, before Michael Henig throws another interception.

"It was just one of those nights," said Henig, whose next interception will be his seventh of the season. Former LSU quarterback JaMarcus Russell threw eight all of last year.

Actually, it wasn't one of those nights. Extremely rare is a night when one sees six interceptions by the same quarterback. LSU may be No. 2 in the nation, but it's got to be No. 1 in turnover ratio.

"We want to end the season like that," LSU coach Les Miles said.

The gifts aside, it was a grand opening for LSU, which carried its ranking well. There were some rough spots on offense early on and the Tigers led only 3-0 into the second quarter, but it was still very impressive.

The offense was all over the place. Quarterback Matt Flynn, starting just the second game of his career, completed 12 of 19 passes for 128 yards and two touchdowns. He ran on several designed rushing plays for him and netted 42 yards. Five other rushers carried the ball 347 yards. Six players caught passes. The offense has to be better against Virginia Tech a week from Saturday, but the potential was there.

The defense performed clearly as advertised, holding State to 146 yards, including just 10 on the ground through 26 tries.

There were a few rough spots, but LSU played like its on its way to a national championship or close to it.


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