- Heather Dinich, ESPN Staff Writer
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Turning point: LSU cornerback Patrick Peterson returned a punt 87 yards for a touchdown with about four minutes remaining in the second half. He was untouchable as he sprinted down the sideline in a play that swung the momentum in the Tigers’ favor as they pulled ahead 23-10.
Stat of the half: All three of LSU’s touchdowns in the second quarter were scored on plays of 50 yards or more and took less than 30 seconds total. The Tigers scored on a 50-yard run, a 51-yard pass, and Peterson’s 87-yard return. North Carolina is obviously missing its seven starters on defense in giving up those big plays, but one of those ineligible players -- defensive tackle Marvin Austin -- has a prime seat in the stands.
Best player in the half: Patrick Peterson. He has been electric as a kick returner and his speed is phenomenal. He had three punt returns for 144 yards and one touchdown to go with one kick return for 11 yards. It's hard not to wonder what he'd do on offense.