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Louisiana State showed why they are ranked No. 1 in the NCAA on Saturday, beating Western Kentucky 42-9 at home to continue their undefeated record. LSU quarterback Jordan Jefferson helped move the ball downfield for scoring chances, throwing for 168 yards on eight catches, and scoring one touchdown.
Rueben Randle was the main target for Jefferson, making three catches for a total of 76 yards and one touchdown. Running back Alfred Blue was also a big part of the Tigers’ offense, gaining 119 yards on nine carries and two touchdowns. Western Kentucky put up a great fight throughout the game, with quarterback Kawaun Jakes only throwing one interception on 24 attempts that gained 97 yards.
Running back Keshawn Simpson and Bobby Rainey moved the ball downfield for the Hilltoppers, gaining 121 yards on 33 rushing attempts. LSU was the first to score ten minutes into the first quarter with a 59-yard pass from Jordan Jefferson to Rueben Randle. The Hilltoppers were able to move the ball downfield late in the first quarter to tie up the game with the help from a two-yard rushing touchdown from Keshawn Simpson.
The Tigers were the only ones to score in the second quarter, with running back Kenny Hilliard scoring a touchdown with three minutes left, giving LSU the 14-7 lead going into the second half. LSU scored yet again seven minutes into the second half, with Hilliard running in another touchdown after a progression of plays that moved 71 yards in seven plays.
The final points scored for Western Kentucky were done on a safety that happened with five minutes left in the quarter, making the score 21-9. However, LSU’s Alfred Blue ran down the middle on a 45-yard touchdown play two minutes after the safety, putting the nail in the coffin for any opportunity of the Hilltoppers coming back.
The final quarter began with Blue running in another touchdown for LSU after a series of plays that had the ball move 47 yards in five plays. The Tigers did not stop going for more points until there were five minutes left in the game, when replacement quarterback Jarrett Lee threw a 5-yard touchdown pass to Kadron Boone which secured the victory.
No. 1 LSU (10-0) will travel to face Ole Miss next Saturday, while Western Kentucky (5-5) will travel to face the University of North Texas.
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