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
He also surpassed the 2,000-yard mark for his career, now with
"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
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,
"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.