9:22 PM ET, September 8, 2007
Tiger Stadium, BATON ROUGE, LA
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) -- LSU didn't need any small-school sacrificial lambs on its early season schedule to post a couple of gaudy blowouts. The tenacious Tigers made Virginia Tech look like a pushover instead of the ninth-ranked team in the nation.
Keiland Williams ran for 126 yards and two touchdowns and quarterback Matt Flynn led LSU to scores on four of its first five possessions as the Tigers cruised to a 48-7 victory over the uncharacteristically hapless Hokies on Saturday night.
The performance was so overwhelming that head coach Les Miles spent his opening comments trying to dissuade people from saying things that might go to his players' heads.
"You can save the accolades. We've just won two games and we have a lot of football to play," Miles said. "Don't make too much of this. It's all about what we have to get done in the future."
But there was little Miles could say to undercut what everyone saw -- LSU (2-0) looked awesome in handing Frank Beamer his most lopsided loss since he took the head coaching job at Virginia Tech in 1987, and the national title talk will only ramp up among Tigers fans.
The vaunted Virginia Tech defense, the best in the land the past two seasons, was getting pushed around. By contrast, LSU drove Virginia Tech starting quarterback Sean Glennon from the game midway through the second quarter.
"I don't think comparisons were made throughout the week that related that" performance by the LSU defense, Miles said. "Our defense is going to play that way. That's how they're trained and we look forward to seeing that every Saturday."
Williams highlighted a stunning first half for the Tigers with a career-long 67-yard run for a touchdown.
LSU had a 24-0 lead after the first 18 minutes and outgained Tech 327-40 in the first half -- a week after its 45-0 dismantling of Southeastern Conference rival Mississippi State.
Williams added a 32-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter. Jacob Hester had 81 yards rushing, scored LSU's first touchdown, and also caught a pass for 28 yards.
Flynn didn't last the whole game either, but only because there was little need for him to play much beyond the third quarter. He ran for a touchdown early in the game and wound up with 217 yards passing.
"What a football team. They really took it to us," Virginia Tech coach Frank Beamer said. "We're certainly disappointed in how we played, but certainly, give LSU a lot of credit for that. ... They got us good."
Virginia Tech (1-1) did not score until 4:38 remained in the third quarter, when backup quarterback Tyrod Tylor ran in from a yard out.
That made it 27-7, but LSU got those points back when backup quarterback Ryan Perrilloux found Early Doucet wide open for a 34-yard TD. Perrilloux also connected with freshman Terrance Tolliver for a 28-yard score.
The Hokies and their fans received an unusually cordial welcome to 92,000-seat Tiger Stadium after a week in which Miles and LSU team captains published a letter asking fans to be mindful of the shootings at Virginia Tech's campus last April. The venomous chants of "Tiger Bait!" that normally greet visiting team buses outside the stadium were all but muted while many fans clapped respectfully instead.
Shortly before kickoff, the Tiger Stadium crowd stood in applause as public address announcer Dan Borne asked them to "celebrate the resiliency and pride of the Virginia Tech community."
Then a trio of sky divers landed on the field, one flying a banner of Virginia Tech orange and maroon with a red ribbon in the center.
Then, for the first time in the 114 years of football at LSU, the Tiger marching band played Virginia Tech's alma mater before the national anthem.
The Southern hospitality ended there.
LSU bolted to a 14-0 lead in the first nine minutes on methodical drives of 87 and 86 yards. Hester and Flynn capped the Tigers' first two possessions with short rushing touchdowns, while LSU's defense did not allow a first down in the first quarter.
Curtis Taylor put Glennon flat on his back with a sack on a corner blitz three plays into Tech's first drive. The Hokies longest play from scrimmage during the opening 15 minutes was Glennon's eight-yard scramble. On that same drive, LSU safety Craig Steltz intercepted his fourth pass of the young season, giving the Tigers the ball on the Tech 21.
That set up Colt David's 30-yard field goal for a 17-0 lead to open the second quarter.
On LSU's next drive, Williams took an option flip from Flynn, hurdled a tackler before accelerating down the sidelines, then cutting across the field, for his long touchdown.
Glennon lasted one more unproductive drive before Beamer replaced him with more mobile Taylor with about six minutes remaining in the first half.
Top 25 Overview
It was over when... Matt Flynn ran in the Tigers' second TD of the first quarter with six minutes remaining. LSU scored 27 points before Virginia Tech was able to put a point on the board.
Gameball goes to... Keiland Williams. LSU's sophomore running back made the Hokies' D look like Swiss cheese. Williams finished the day with 127 yards and two touchdowns on just seven carries (an average of 18.1 yards per carry.)
Stat of the game... 149. Virginia Tech finished with just 149 total yards. LSU doubled that number just in the air. The Tigers proved they're formidable on both sides of the ball.
Team Stat Comparison
|3rd Down Conversions||2-14||9-15|
|4th Down Conversions||1-2||0-0|
|TD||10:46||Jacob Hester 3 Yd Run (Colt David Kick)||0||7|
|TD||05:54||Matt Flynn 7 Yd Run (Colt David Kick)||0||14|
|FG||14:55||Colt David 30 Yd||0||17|
|TD||11:55||Keiland Williams 67 Yd Run (Colt David Kick)||0||24|
|FG||08:30||Colt David 28 Yd||0||27|
|TD||04:38||Tyrod Taylor 1 Yd Run (Jud Dunlevy Kick)||7||27|
|TD||01:36||Early Doucet 34 Yd Pass From Ryan Perrilloux (Colt David Kick)||7||34|
|TD||09:29||Keiland Williams 32 Yd Run (Colt David Kick)||7||41|
|TD||03:18||Terrance Toliver 28 Yd Pass From Ryan Perrilloux (Colt David Kick)||7||48|