Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl


(17) Miami (FL) 3

(9-3, 4-2 away)

(6) LSU 40

(11-2, 6-2 home)

Coverage: ESPN

7:30 PM ET, December 30, 2005

Georgia Dome, Atlanta, GA

1 2 3 4 T
#17MIA 3 0 0 03
#6LSU 3 17 14 640

Top Performers

Passing: M. Flynn (LSU) - 196 YDS, 2 TD

Rushing: J. Addai (LSU) - 24 CAR, 130 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: B. Davis (LSU) - 5 REC, 99 YDS, 1 TD

LSU's Flynn to face tough Miami defense in first start

ATLANTA (AP) -- LSU quarterback Matt Flynn has a tough assignment in his first start -- attacking the vaunted Miami defense Friday night in the Peach Bowl.

Flynn, filling in for the injured JaMarcus Russell, is preparing for a unit that leads the nation in pass defense, ranks second in scoring defense at 11.9 points per game and third in total defense.

No. 9 Miami (9-2), which beat Florida 27-10 in last year's Peach Bowl, can be expected to pressure Flynn early in attempts to force mistakes out of the sophomore from Tyler, Texas. But it's not all about the pass rush.

"We still have to prepare the same for the scheme that they're going to run," Miami cornerback Kelly Jennings said.

Flynn has appeared in 24 games as a backup but has thrown only 36 passes.

"What I'm going to be trying to do is put my team in the best situation to win and not try to make every play myself," Flynn said.

Jimbo Fisher, offensive coordinator for 10th-ranked LSU, believes Flynn is ready.

"He's worked very hard in practice and his knowledge of what we do is tremendous," Fisher said. "I think Matt's ready for this challenge.

"Now, unfortunately we're playing one heck of a football team to open up your first game. I don't think that's very easy."

Miami defensive coordinator Randy Shannon is not expecting LSU to make dramatic changes with the new quarterback.

"You can't change what you do because you miss one player in the game," he said. "The guy's taken reps in practice all year long. They have things that he can do and he's been there, so they're going to run their scheme.

"They may have little wrinkles here and there that we'll have the adjust to in the first quarter, and then get the rhythm of what they're doing."

LSU (10-2) will be making its second straight appearance in the Georgia Dome. The Tigers lost 34-14 loss to Georgia in the Southeastern Conference championship game Dec. 3.

That loss dropped LSU from No. 3, a spot held by Miami before a 14-10 loss to Georgia Tech on Nov. 19.

The key to Georgia Tech's success against Miami was relentless defensive pressure. The Yellow Jackets sacked Miami quarterback Kyle Wright seven times.

LSU has the defensive talent to produce similar results. The Tigers, led by defensive tackles Kyle Williams and Claude Wroten, are No. 5 in total defense and No. 8 in scoring defense.

"LSU obviously has a great defense," Miami offensive coordinator Dan Werner said. "Their D-line is as good or better than anybody we've seen so far this year. They've got a blitzing scheme that will cause a lot of problems."

The result could be a low-scoring game.

"It's got to be an NFL-type mentality," Miami coach Larry Coker said. "This is probably not a nine yards to the right, touchdown to the left, type game. I hope it is from our standpoint, but we've got to have positive plays and don't turn the ball over and realize sometimes a punt is not the worst thing that can happen."

Miami's offense is at less than full strength with starting receiver Ryan Moore suspended for the game by Coker. Lack of depth at the position might be all the reason Coker needs to give versatile threat Devin Hester, a starting cornerback and dangerous return specialist, more time at receiver.

"Santa delivered a huge package under the tree and we may expand his package a little bit," Coker said when asked about the an expanded role for Hester.

Wright says Hester, who also has lined up at running back, can affect a game "without even doing anything."

"When he lines up in the backfield, you hear the defense changing the play," Wright said. "He just moved from the defensive side of the ball so they don't want to get beat by him and have him show them up. With that type of play-making ability, he can take a little swing pass, or just having the ball in his hands is electric."


Passing Leaders

B. Kaaya58.531982612
J. Heaps50.05100
A. Jennings48.91611117
B. Harris55.645262

Rushing Leaders

D. Johnson24216526.810
J. Yearby865095.91
L. Fournette18710345.510
T. Magee1125715.13

Receiving Leaders

P. Dorsett3687124.210
C. Walford4467615.47
T. Dural3775820.57
M. Dupre1431822.75