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Updated: Sunday, September 15, 2002 1:28 AM EDT
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(22) LSU 33, Miami Ohio 7
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BATON ROUGE, Louisiana (Ticker) -- Matt Mauck's arm and John Corbello's leg propelled No. 22 Louisiana State to a 33-7 victory over Miami of Ohio.

Mauck tossed three touchdowns and Corbello kicked a school record-tying four field goals as the Tigers (2-1) had a second consecutive easy triumph after an 18-point loss to Virginia Tech.

Domanick Davis had 202 all-purpose yards and LaBrandon Toefield added 111 yards on 17 carries for LSU, which has a week off before commencing Southeastern Conference play against Mississippi State on September 28.

"The thing I liked the most was that we established something tonight after not establishing an identity the first two games," said LSU coach Nick Saban, whose squad outgained Miami, 422-224. "We really hadn't dominated anybody for 60 minutes yet."

"We played a very good football team tonight who was ready to play," Miami coach Terry Hoeppner said. "That's as good as they've looked this season and we didn't respond as coaches or players. We got whipped every way that we could get whipped."

One week after throwing for just 90 yards in a 35-10 win over The Citadel, Mauck was 15-for-26 for 215 yards with no interceptions. After two early field goals by Corbello, Mauck put LSU ahead 13-0 with a nine-yard toss to Michael Clayton with 2:55 left in the first quarter. Davis set up the touchdown with a 57-yard punt return.

"We needed to get out to a good start," said Hoeppner, whose team suffered its worst loss and scored its fewest points in his four-year tenure. "We needed to put a big drive together and put some points on the board. We needed to keep our defense off of the field and we just had too many communication errors. This was an environment where you can't hear and we responded to that horribly tonight."

The RedHawks got within 16-7 on an eight-yard touchdown pass from Ben Roethlisberger to Korey Kirkpatrick with 49 seconds left in the half, but Mauck marched the Tigers quickly back down the field and threw a 24-yard touchdown to Clayton just 34 seconds later to give LSU a 23-7 advantage at the break.

Corbello, who had not attempted a field goal in either of the Tigers' first two games, added a 41-yarder with 4:49 left in the third quarter and Mauck completed the scoring with a six-yard pass to Demetri Robinson with 10 seconds left in the period.

Roethlisberger was 22-for-34 for 195 yards, one touchdown and one interception for the RedHawks (1-2), who lost their second straight game.

"Defensively, the team was effective in stopping their quarterback, who is a fine player," Saban said. "We did a good job taking their receivers away down the field."


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