10:00 PM ET, September 6, 2003
Arizona Stadium, TUCSON, AZ
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) -- LSU made a rare trip to the West and came away with its most one-sided road win in 45 years.
Matt Mauck completed nine of 10 passes for 137 yards and a touchdown, then watched the reserves finish off 13th-ranked LSU's 59-13 rout of Arizona on Saturday night.
Joseph Addai carried 18 times for 86 yards and a pair of scores in LSU's most lopsided road victory since the Tigers beat Tulane 62-0 in 1958.
Not that it impressed LSU coach Nick Saban much.
"There are things we're going to have to get better at when we play good football teams," he said.
It was the third-worst home loss for the Wildcats, behind a 75-0 beating by Michigan State in 1949 and a 65-12 loss to Colorado in 1958.
The Tigers (2-0) had not won a nonconference road game since a win at Tulane in 1994, but their first game against a Pac-10 foe in 19 years was no contest.
Mauck scored on a four-yard run and connected with Michael Clayton on a 48-yard touchdown play as the Tigers scored on their first six possessions and led 38-0 at the half.
"With this offense, if we execute and do the things we're coached to do, we should be able to do that every game," Mauck said. "But obviously I was a little surprised by how many points we were able to score so quick."
LSU didn't punt until eight minutes remained in the game.
"They just thoroughly whipped us," Arizona coach John Mackovic said.
A crowd of 46,110, many of them lured by Arizona's 42-7 season-opening victory over UTEP a week earlier, watched as the Wildcats (1-1) succumbed quickly.
"They weren't as fired up as I thought they'd be," LSU safety Jack Hunt said. "The little bit they had, we snuffed it out the first two series. We let them know we were here to play."
The gathering included more than 5,000 rowdy LSU fans who drowned out the Arizona crowd as the margin grew.
"I didn't even feel like we were playing an away game," Saban said.
The Tigers took the opening kickoff and went 80 yards in 15 plays, converting three third-down situations on the way. LSU got a break when, on third and seven from its 23, Mauck's 12-yard pass to Clayton was ruled complete when replays showed the receiver dropped the ball.
Addai's 1-yard touchdown plunge capped the drive, which consumed the first 6:25 of the game.
After Arizona went three-and-out, Shyrone Carey's 35-yard punt return set up Ryan Gaudet's 47-yard field goal to make it 10-0 with 4:23 to go.
On the Wildcats' next possession, quarterback Nic Costa was hit by Lionel Turner and fumbled. LSU's Kirston Pittman recovered at the Arizona 9. Two plays later, Addai scored on an eight-yard option play.
The next time they had the ball, the Tigers converted on third-and-18 when Mauck threw to a wide-open Clayton for a 21-yard gain to the Wildcats' 34. Mauck's four-yard keeper on an option play made it 24-0 with 12:52 remaining in the in the half.
Mauck's 48-yarder to Clayton put LSU up 31-0 with 9:32 still to go in the half.
LSU gained 125 yards in the first quarter to Arizona's minus-5. The Tigers had a 331-67 yardage advantage by halftime.
The Wildcats' two quarterbacks, Costa and Ryan O'Hara, were a combined 1-for-12 for 19 yards in the first half.
Mauck returned to the game to direct a scoring drive to start the second half, then left for the night.
"I'm very shocked," Costa said. "We felt we really had a good game plan. I don't if we were overconfident or what happened."
Skyler Green's 62-yard punt return wrapped up LSU's scoring with 5:40 to go.
LSU has outscored its first two opponents 108-21.
|3rd Down Conversions||7-12||1-13|
|4th Down Conversions||1-1||0-1|
|TD||8:35||JOSEPH ADDAI 1 YD RUN (RYAN GAUDET KICK)|
Drive info: 15 plays, 80 yards.
|FG||5:21||RYAN GAUDET 47 YD FG|
Drive info: 4 plays, 0 yards.
|TD||4:23||JOSEPH ADDAI 8 YD RUN (RYAN GAUDET KICK)|
Drive info: 2 plays, 9 yards.
|TD||13:52||MATT MAUCK 4 YD RUN (RYAN GAUDET KICK)|
Drive info: 9 plays, 57 yards.
|TD||9:32||MICHAEL CLAYTON 48 YD PASS FROM MATT MAUCK (RYAN GAUDET KICK)|
Drive info: 5 plays, 80 yards.
|TD||5:20||DEVERY HENDERSON 55 YD PASS FROM MARCUS RANDALL (RYAN GAUDET KICK)|
Drive info: 6 plays, 80 yards.
|TD||10:41||SHYRONE CAREY 1 YD RUN (CHRIS JACKSON KICK)|
Drive info: 5 plays, 38 yards.
|TD||12:49||JUSTIN VINCENT 1 YD RUN (CHRIS JACKSON KICK)|
Drive info: 9 plays, 65 yards.
|TD||10:42||ZEONTE SHERMAN 1 YD DEFENSIVE FUMBLE RETURN (BOBBY GILL KICK)||52||7|
|TD||5:40||SKYLER GREEN 62 YD PUNT RETURN (CHRIS JACKSON KICK)||59||7|
|TD||4:01||CLARENCE FARMER 11 YD RUN (MISSED KICK)|
Drive info: 6 plays, 45 yards.