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By: Scott Crumbly
SEC Digital Network
BATON ROUGE, La. – No. 3 LSU came into Saturday’s game against Pac 12 foe Washington with a perfect 28-0 record in non-conference regular season games under head coach Les Miles. Thanks to an impressive overall performance in Death Valley, the Tigers pushed that record to 29-0 with a 41-3 win over the Huskies.
After Washington struck first with a field goal, LSU used a ground-and-pound approach to take control of the ballgame. The Tigers ran the ball 24 times in the first half of play, totaling 102 yards on the ground to go along with two touchdown runs from Alfred Blue and J.C. Copeland. The Huskies, on the other hand, were held to -11 yards on the ground in the half by the stout LSU defense, and the Tigers to a 20-3 lead into the locker room.
Hilliard managed to score twice more on the ground in the second half, and LSU was simply too powerful for Washington. Overall, the Tigers outrushed the Huskies by a tally of 242 yards to 26.
LSU field general Zach Mettenberger did not have to carry the load through the air thanks to his team’s dominant rushing performance, but he rounded out the evening with 195 yards and one passing touchdown for the Bayou Bengals.
Passing – Zach Mettenberger, 12-of-18, 195 yards, TD
Rushing – Alfred Blue, 14 car, 101 yards, TD
Receiving – James Wright, 5 rec, 75 yards
Passing – Keith Price, 17-of-36, 157 yards, INT
Rushing – Erich Wilson II, 5 car, 25 yards
Receiving – Austin Seferian-Jenkins, 6 rec, 51 yards