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Saturday, September 05, 2009

LSU has a game on its hands

BATON ROUGE - No. 11 LSU took a punch in the mouth and appeared stunned at first, but it has recovered with a flourish and took a 10-7 lead over Washington with 5:49 to play in the first quarter on a 24-yard interception return by middle linebacker Jacob Cutrera.

There were seven interception returns for touchdowns in LSU games last season, but they were all by other teams. Cutrera, a senior from Lafayette, returned the favor to help LSU start the 2009 season by picking off Washington quarterback Jake Locker.

The Tigers drew within 7-3 against 18-point underdog Washington with 6:03 to play in the first quarter as Josh Jasper kicked a 24-yard field goal after a 62-yard drive in 12 plays. LSU had reached the UW 4-yard line but could not punch it in. Fifth-year senior left tackle Ciron Black was called for offsides on a third-and-goal play. Black appeared to be yelling at quarterback Jordan Jefferson after the play as Jefferson looked confused throughout the drive.

Washington, meanwhile, looked like it was capable of a mammoth upset on its first drive. The Huskies charged 85 yards in 10 plays to take a 7-0 lead with 10:35 to go in the openng quarter on a 12-yard touchdown pass from Locker to James Johnson.

LSU may have a game on its hands.

"That Husky dog may have its bite back," ESPN announcer Bob Davie said.

"Game on," LSU sideline reporter Jordy Hultberg said.

Washington converted a third-and-12 play on its first drive with a 51-yard Locker completion that totally shredded an LSU blitz. Locker has found other gaping holes in LSU's new defense of new defensive coordinator John Chavis, who gave up more than 100 yards of offense in the first quarter.


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