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LSU's 38-6 non-conference home victory over Fresno State on Saturday was strictly business.
It wasn't as dominating or impressive as a 49-0 win over Kentucky the week before, but the 14th-ranked Tigers got the job done before an open date and a Nov. 4 trip to Tennessee.
"I like the way we played," LSU coach Les Miles said. "It was kind of nice to be in a ballgame where they were within two touchdowns (late) and we had to play smart.
"No turnovers. That's certainly a mark of the kind of game that we have to have when we go forward from here."
LSU turned a 16-7 third-quarter lead into a one-sided win with three consecutive touchdowns over the game's final 20 minutes, 40 seconds.
One of those touchdowns came on a 21-yard run by tailback Alley Broussard, who finally showed signs of playing like the back who led LSU in rushing in 2004 before a knee injury took its toll.
The Tigers (6-2) also got a 77-yard touchdown on a punt return from receiver Craig Davis, who later added a 30-yard touchdown reception.
The nation's top-rated defense also did its part by holding Fresno State to 211 total yards.
While the Tigers remain undefeated at home this season with six relatively one-sided wins, they also remain winless in SEC road games this season. Having lost to Auburn and Florida previously, the Tennessee game will be LSU's third SEC road game against a top-10 team.
"It's a huge game for us," cornerback Chevis Jackson said. "We need a victory to continue to keep our goals that we want for the future."
GAME BALL GOES TO: WR-PR Craig Davis -- Davis came through with four catches for 57 yards and a touchdown reception, but, more important, he came through with a big play as a punt returner. In just his second game returning punts for the Tigers Davis returned a punt 77 yards for a touchdown and 14-0 LSU lead in the first quarter. "Returning punts is something that's really starting to get fun for me," Davis said. "I think I can take it back anytime now."
KEEP AN EYE ON: TB Alley Broussard -- Just last week the rumor mill insisted that Broussard had quit the team, but Broussard didn't miss a practice last week. Then he finally came through with a productive game, carrying five times for 67 yards and a 21-yard touchdown run.
QUOTE TO NOTE: "I liked Alley. He's down to 236 (pounds) or 238 from 255. He's obviously quicker and more capable than he was. We look forward to getting him going, especially later (in the season). ... He ran fast and hard. He ran with purpose." -- LSU coach Les Miles on TB Alley Broussard.
LOOKING GOOD: QB JaMarcus Russell -- Russell continued his trend of playing well against the lesser opponents on LSU's schedule, completing 15 of 19 passes for 210 yards and two touchdowns.
WR Dwayne Bowe -- With four receptions for 106 yards and a 58-yard touchdown reception, Bowe tied for LSU's career touchdown-receptions record with 21. He also became the sixth player in LSU history to earn at least 2,000 career receiving yards.
LB Darry Beckwith -- LSU's leading tackler led the Tigers against Fresno State with a career-high 11 tackles.
STILL NEEDS WORK: K-P Chris Jackson -- He averaged 39.8 yards on four punts and did not turn any of his seven kickoffs into touchbacks.
TB Justin Vincent -- He had only one carry for minus-3 yards against Fresno State, and it's becoming more and more obvious he's not going to be the back he used to be before he completes his senior season.
ROSTER REPORT: A midweek injury forced center Brett Helms to miss the game, allowing sophomore Ryan Miller to make his second career start.
Craig Steltz started at strong safety instead of regular starter Jessie Daniels, who is also working through nagging injuries. Steltz made the most of his fourth career start with a career-high 11 tackles.
Previous Report: 10/19/2006