The LSU Tigers recorded one of the most dominant non-conference wins of the 2012 in Week Two, as they defeated the visiting Washington Huskies 41-3 in Tiger Stadium. UW, widely viewed as an ascending team and one of the better squads in the Pac-12, had nearly pulled off the upset against the Tigers in 2009, and were looking to make a statement against one of the top teams in the country. Head coach Les Miles made sure his team would not let that happen, as the Huskies were no match for the Bayou Bengals, who scored 41 unanswered points after Washington opened the game with a field goal.
LSU’s punishing defense limited standout UW quarterback Keith Price to just 157 yards on 17-of-36 attempts, and sacked the overwhelmed signal caller four times as well. Offensively, the Tigers stuck largely to the running game, a game plan that has worked well for them in the past. Junior Alfred Blue led the way with 14 carries for 101 yards and a 21-yard touchdown run, while running mate Kenny Hilliard chipped in 46 yards and a pair of touchdowns. QB Zach Mettenberger looked more comfortable in his second start as a Tiger, completing 12-of-18 passes for 195 yards and a 32-yard touchdown pass to WR Kadron Boone. Of particular importance was the outstanding play of the offensive line, which played its first game without left tackle Chris Faulk, who is out for the season with a knee injury, and did not allow a sack to the attacking Huskies’ defense. Senior Josh Dworaczyk filled in admirably at Faulk’s spot, and the line should continue to be a team strength as the season progresses. The Tigers have one more game, against Idaho in Week Three, before the SEC opener against Auburn on September 22, so look for Miles to continue to build his team’s depth and confidence against the Vandals. LSU has already experienced a lot of adversity in the early 2012 season, but the struggles seem to have strengthened the team, and the Tigers again look like one of the nation’s most complete teams.
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