Sunday, September 4, 2011
LSU, Boise State win to continue trends
In the fourth matchup of AP preseason top-five teams meeting in the season opener, another blowout ensued as No. 4 LSU Tigers routed No. 3 Oregon 40-27. LSU won its 34th straight regular season non-conference game and is 29-1 in non-conference games under Les Miles.
The Tigers forced four turnovers and got two rushing touchdowns from Michael Ford to lead the way. Jarrett Lee threw for 98 yards and a touchdown in place of suspended QB Jordan Jefferson.
Oregon lost its fourth straight game against a top-20 non-conference opponent, averaging just 18 points in those games compared to 45 in their other 23 games.
They are also averaging nearly 200 fewer yards per game in those four games (against Boise State, Ohio State, Auburn, LSU).
Oregon started last season with a 12-game winning streak, but has lost its past two games, both against SEC teams. The Ducks scored fewer than half as many points per game against Auburn and LSU and averaged just 83 yards rushing in those two games, compared to 307 per game in their first dozen contests.
In Saturday’s other primetime heavyweight matchup, Kellen Moore continued his huge success against ranked teams, leading No. 5 Boise State to a 35-21 win over No. 19 Georgia. It’s his seventh career win in nine games against ranked opponents and he improves to 39-2 as a starting quarterback.
Since the start of 2008 the Broncos have played eight games against non-conference ranked opponents, winning seven of them. The only loss came by one point in a bowl game against TCU.
It’s Boise State’s first win against an SEC team -- they entered the game 0-4 against the SEC with an average margin of defeat of 22 points. Its last game against an SEC team was a 35-point loss to Georgia in 2005.
It’s Georgia’s fifth straight loss and eighth in its past nine games against ranked teams.