9:00 PM ET, October 21, 2006
Tiger Stadium, BATON ROUGE, LA
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) -- Three remaining members of LSU's last national championship team quickly turned the Tigers' closest home contest into yet another lopsided victory.
"You always want to dominate a team but sometimes it just doesn't fall that way," said LSU linebacker Darry Beckwith, part of a defense that has not allowed a touchdown in nine quarters. "We had some adversity tonight and we overcame it."
LSU (6-2) has registered lopsided victories in all six of its home games, but this one was closer than the others for the better part of three quarters.
Fresno State kicker Clint Stitser made field goals of 35 and 29 yards, the second one getting the Bulldogs (1-6) as close as 17-6 midway through the third quarter.
But the Tigers responded with a six-play, 67-yard scoring drive capped by Broussard's 21-yard touchdown run. Bowe scored on LSU's next drive, hauling in a pass over the middle from JaMarcus Russell and breaking away from several pursuers for a 58-yard score.
In the process, Bowe tied the LSU record for career touchdown receptions. The senior receiver has 21 touchdown catches in his career and has at least four more regular season games to pass current Tampa Bay Buccaneers receiver Michael Clayton for the school record.
He also surpassed the 2,000-yard mark for his career, now with 2,033.
"I was able to make a great route and some nice moves. You can expect to see more of that in the future," Bowe said. "I'm going for the bigger goals."
On the next drive, Russell hit Davis with a 30-yard pass to make it 38-6 with just under 10 minutes remaining.
Russell was 15-of-19 passing for 210 yards and two touchdowns, playing into the fourth quarter at home for the first time this season.
LSU used seven running backs in racking up 184 yards rushing, led by Broussard's 67 yards on five carries.
LSU coach Les Miles, who had benched Broussard a week earlier, was pleased.
"He's obviously quicker, obviously more capable than he was at the beginning of the season and we look forward to getting him going, especially this last month," Miles said. "He ran fast and hard. He ran with purpose."
Fresno State quarterback Sean Norton, who played well in relief of Tom Brandstater in a lopsided loss to Hawaii a week earlier, was named the Bulldogs starter this week and completed 13-of-20 passes for 134 yards against LSU. He was sacked four times, however, and did not lead a touchdown drive. It was the fourth time this season LSU's defense has held an opponent out of the end zone.
"This is not the type of season we envisioned with this team, but I think we're going to grow from this," Fresno State coach Pat Hill said. "We felt we could come in, if we made some plays, compete and win. LSU has got great athletes."
LSU also held running back Dwayne Wright, who came in averaging 113 yards, to 43 yards on 15 carries.
"It's just a shame that a team with a 6-2 record like that and the way football is right now is considered not being in" the national title picture, Hill said. "That team can play with anybody in the country."
The opening kickoff was delayed about 19 minutes because of lightning that struck nearby during heavy rain in the hours leading up to the game and the stadium appeared to be less than half full. The rain had stopped by the time the game had gotten under way, but the field was saturated and splashed as players were tackled.
Not that the sloppy turf slowed down LSU, which has made a habit of fast starts at home.
On LSU's opening drive, Trindon Holliday took a pitch and bolted through huge hole off tackle before bouncing outside for a 38-yard touchdown. Minutes later, Davis cleanly hauled in a punt, darted past a handful of tacklers, then sprinted along the sideline for a 77-yard score to make it 14-0 before seven minutes had elapsed.
LSU has outscored visiting teams by a combined total of 94-0 during the first quarter of six games in Death Valley.
Top 25 Overview
It was over when... LSU running back Alley Broussard scored on a 21-yard touchdown run to put the Tigers up 24-6.
Gameball goes to... Dwayne Bowe. Bowe caught a 58-yard touchdown pass to tie the LSU record for career scoring catches. Bowe also passed the 2,000-yard mark for his career.
Stat of the game... 94. LSU has outscored visiting teams by a combined total of 94-0 during the first quarter this season.
Team Stat Comparison
|3rd Down Conversions||1-12||3-9|
|4th Down Conversions||0-1||1-1|
|TD||10:52||TRINDON HOLLIDAY 38 YD RUN (COLT DAVID KICK)|
Drive info: 5 plays, 62 yards.
|TD||8:17||CRAIG DAVIS 77 YD PUNT RETURN (COLT DAVID KICK)||0||14|
|FG||6:19||CLINT STITSER 35 YD FG|
Drive info: 6 plays, 36 yards.
|FG||2:21||COLT DAVID 44 YD FG|
Drive info: 9 plays, 53 yards.
|FG||8:30||CLINT STITSER 29 YD FG|
Drive info: 7 plays, 40 yards.
|TD||5:40||ALLEY BROUSSARD 21 YD RUN (COLT DAVID KICK)|
Drive info: 6 plays, 67 yards.
|TD||13:13||DWAYNE BOWE 58 YD PASS FROM JAMARCUS RUSSELL (COLT DAVID KICK)|
Drive info: 4 plays, 72 yards.
|TD||9:28||CRAIG DAVIS 30 YD PASS FROM JAMARCUS RUSSELL (COLT DAVID KICK)|
Drive info: 5 plays, 77 yards.