BATON ROUGE, Louisiana (Ticker) -- Joseph Addai rushed for a career-high 88 yards and Domanick Davis scored two touchdowns as No. 23 Louisiana State utilized its ground game and rolled to its first victory of the season, 35-10 rout over The Citadel.
The Tigers opened the season with a tough loss to Virginia Tech but bounced back with a dominant performance over the Bulldogs, a member of the Division I-AA Southern Conference. Louisiana Tech has won its last eight home openers dating to 1994.
Addai led the assault, but Davis ran 15 times for 86 yards and LaBrandon Toefield gained 85 yards on just six carries as LSU (1-1) gained 400 yards of total offense, including 293 on the ground.
"I thought we did a good job tonight on the offensive line," LSU coach Nick Saban said. "We rushed for a lot of yards and I think that is a real compliment to the offensive line."
The Tigers are 14-1 when gaining at least 400 yards in Saban's three seasons.
Davis opened the scoring with a 22-yard touchdown run less than three minutes ino the game and added an eight-yard TD early in the second quarter as the Tigers jumped out to a 28-0 lead.
"I was very pleased with the way we played in the first half," Saban said. "I am happy because we won and I was really happy with the way we played today. I think we played aggressively today. I think we wanted to establish the fact that we were going be a tough, physical team. I still thought it was the most important thing for our team to do."
Davis also had a punt return touchdown called back on a penalty for the second straight game.
Toefield had a 59-yard touchdown run in the first quarter and quarterback Matt Mauck scored on a six-yard run less than three minutes into the second half.
"It was a big improvement from last game offensively," said Mauck, who completed just 8-of-18 passes for 90 yards. "It was a win, and that was the most important thing. We plan on improving each week and getting better game after game."
Jeff Klein completed 11-of-25 passes for 100 yards as The Citadel (0-1) was limited to 236 offensive yards.
"We played a lot of people and a lot of young got to go on the field and get a lot of experience," coach Ellis Johnson said. "There were some positive things that I think that we can build on. I think that we will find some positive things on the film that I think that we can build on."
"Going into halftime could have been a bigger hole than it really was," Klein said. "We knew that we were not getting any continuity offensively. We had a good play here and a good play there in the first half, but we just could not put a drive together."
Neil Broughton helped The Citadel avoid a shutout with a one-yard TD run with 5:30 left in the third quarter. Travis Zobel kicked a 36-yard field goal 61 seconds in the final period to make it 28-10.
Louisiana State's Damien James returned an interception 32 yards for a touchdown with 10:36 left for the game's final margin. It was James' second career touchdown and first since 2000.