Halftime analysis: LSU 17, West Virginia 7


BATON ROUGE, La. -- Quick halftime analysis from Tiger Stadium, where No. 15 LSU leads No. 22 West Virginia 17-7:

Turning point: LSU star Patrick Peterson struck a Heisman pose after an electrifying 60-yard punt return for a touchdown put the Tigers ahead 17-0 in the second quarter. Another turning point for West Virginia came when star tailback Noel Devine suffered a bruised right toe in the first quarter. He only took one more carry after that before heading into the locker room for further examination.

One team has its Heisman candidate, while the other may have to do without.

Best player in the half: Peterson. In addition to his punt return, he also got credit for blocking a West Virginia field goal. And he has played his usual lockdown defense at cornerback. There's no question he's the best player on the field.

Stat of the half: LSU has only 80 yards of offense yet leads by 10. The two special teams plays by Peterson have made the difference.

Best call: Not that he had a lot of choice, but Bill Stewart went for it on fourth-and-2 late in the half from the LSU 9. Quarterback Geno Smith picked up the first down on a keeper, and that led to a touchdown pass to Stedman Bailey that got West Virginia back into the game.