8:00 PM ET, October 29, 2005
Tiger Stadium, BATON ROUGE, LA
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) -- LSU coach Les Miles hoped to rest some key players and give his reserves extended playing time against North Texas.
Shyrone Carey ran for two scores and fellow backup tailback Justin Vincent added a TD run and No. 7 LSU rolled past North Texas 56-3 Saturday night in a game that had been postponed by Hurricane Katrina.
"We needed to get those guys established as players," Miles said. "Both played well in my mind. They will have to be figured in strongly in the stretch run."
The Tigers (6-1) won their fifth straight and their 13th consecutive nonconference game.
The Mean Green (2-5) lost for the fifth time in six games. North Texas, which has won the Sun Belt Conference each of the last four seasons, dropped to 3-29 all-time against SEC teams.
Vincent rushed for 70 yards on 12 carries and Carey finished with 44 yards on eight carries. Both got additional playing time as Joseph Addai, the leading rusher in the Southeastern Conference, left the game after two series in the first quarter.
Addai had three carries for 7 yards and a touchdown before sustaining an ankle injury that Miles said was not serious.
"When Joseph went down, it just gave us an opportunity to get into the game and get some touches," Carey said. "We were given the opportunity to produce. We wanted the coaches to see that they have two other backs that can produce and that they should have confidence in us."
Vincent, who rushed for more than 1,000 yards as a freshman two years ago, scored on a 1-yard run late in the third quarter for his first touchdown since the second game of last season.
JaMarcus Russell completed 17-of-21 passes for 244 yards and a touchdown in three quarters of play. Backup Matt Flynn threw three touchdown passes, two to Early Doucet in the fourth quarter. Flynn completed all seven of his passes for 139 yards.
"I dont necessarily want to go into a game where Im ahead and throw the football as much as I did," Miles said. "Matt Flynn is a guys that needs to get a lot of snaps, and were throwing the ball to some guys that are not necessarily our first-line guys."
North Texas, which came into the game third to last in the country in scoring with an average of 10 points per game, got its only points on Nick Bazalduas 50-yard field goal, his longest of the season, just before halftime.
North Texas had a few other scoring opportunities denied by the Tigers. Kyle Williams blocked Bazalduas 24-yard attempt in the second quarter and Craig Steltz intercepted Daniel Meager's pass after North Texas had reached the LSU 27 on the first possession of the second half.
Jamario Thomas was stopped for no gain on fourth-and-goal from the Tigers 1 late in the third quarter.
The Tigers scored their most points of the season and outgained the Mean Green 566-206.
"We were in over our heads," North Texas coach Darrell Dickey said. "These guys are really good, and they played very well. We didnt play as well. We played very hard; we just didnt make plays to stay in the game."
Top 25 Overview
It was over when... Take your pick. When it was rescheduled from Sept. 3, when it kicked off tonight, or when LSU scored its first TD just 3:28 into the game.
Gameball goes to... Backup QB Matt Flynn. He went 7-for-7 for 139 yards and 3 TDs in the fourth quarter. Although we're not sure about the wisdom of throwing that much with a 35-3 lead after three periods.
Stat of the game... 9: North Texas came into the game last in the country in scoring offense at 10 points per game. That average is now lower by one point.
Team Stat Comparison
|3rd Down Conversions||5-16||5-7|
|4th Down Conversions||0-1||0-0|
|TD||11:32||JOSEPH ADDAI 3 YD RUN (COLT DAVID KICK)|
Drive info: 7 plays, 69 yards.
|TD||2:06||SHYRONE CAREY 23 YD RUN (COLT DAVID KICK)|
Drive info: 9 plays, 71 yards.
|TD||11:47||SHYRONE CAREY 1 YD RUN (COLT DAVID KICK)|
Drive info: 7 plays, 42 yards.
|TD||4:24||DWAYNE BOWE 15 YD PASS FROM JAMARCUS RUSSELL (COLT DAVID KICK)|
Drive info: 6 plays, 64 yards.
|FG||0:10||NICK BAZALDUA 50 YD FG|
Drive info: 5 plays, 28 yards.
|TD||0:30||JUSTIN VINCENT 1 YD RUN (COLT DAVID KICK)|
Drive info: 6 plays, 99 yards.
|TD||13:51||XAVIER CARTER 49 YD PASS FROM MATT FLYNN (COLT DAVID KICK)|
Drive info: 1 plays, 49 yards.
|TD||9:55||EARLY DOUCET III 40 YD PASS FROM MATT FLYNN (COLT DAVID KICK)|
Drive info: 4 plays, 54 yards.
|TD||3:32||EARLY DOUCET III 6 YD PASS FROM MATT FLYNN (COLT DAVID KICK)|
Drive info: 9 plays, 67 yards.