BATON ROUGE, Louisiana (Ticker) -- LSU coach Nick Saban still hasn't made up his mind on a quarterback.
Saban watched Marcus Randall and JaMarcus Russell both play effectively as No. 4 LSU trounced Arkansas State, 53-3, and matched its longest winning streak in 32 years.
The defending national champions were coming off last week's 22-21 overtime win over Oregon State in which Russell relieved an ineffective Randall, then was replaced after cramping up. Neither signal-caller played particularly well against the Beavers.
Saban decided to start Randall, a senior, but went to Russell, a redshirt freshman, late in the first quarter. The duo alternated and was much better than last week as the Tigers (2-0) toyed with the Indians (0-2).
Randall completed 5-of-7 passes for 59 yards and a touchdown to Corey Webster in the first quarter. Russell was 7-of-11 for 151 yards and a pair of TD tosses to Dwayne Bowe that made it 30-0 midway through the second quarter. The Tigers led 37-0 at halftime and 50-3 through three quarters.
"Coach told us before the game we were both going to get about 15 plays (to start the game)," Russell said. "We did a little bit better job executing. I have more confidence in myself after tonight."
Saban went to his third-string quarterback, redshirt freshman Matt Flynn, late in the first half and substituted liberally as LSU outgained Arkansas State, 461-201.
"I thought all three quarterbacks were excellent," said Saban, who said Wednesday he would no longer discuss with the media who would start at quarterback. That day he described a Baton Rouge TV station's viewer poll to select the starter as "heartless" and "tasteless."
LSU scored on seven of its first eight offensive possessions, including the first five. Randall led the Tigers to two touchdowns and a field goal in the first 10 minutes.
"After last week, it almost felt like a loss," Randall said. "And after a loss the best thing to do is to get back out there as soon as possible. I was ready to play."
Justin Vincent had 102 yards and a pair of scores on 13 carries for the Tigers, who have won 10 straight games for the first time since 1971-72.
Vincent also contributed on special teams, forcing a fumble on the Indians' first kickoff return to set up the Tigers' second touchdown.
Arkansas State twice moved inside the LSU 30, with Eric Neihouse missing a 37-yard field goal in the first quarter and kicking a 34-yarder with 8:51 remaining in the third period.
ASU's Nick Noce completed 9-of-18 passes for 147 yards, including 60- and 40-yarders to Chuck Walker.
The Indians are 0-3 against LSU and 1-42-3 all-time against Southeastern Conference members.
"(LSU was) very big, very fast and very physical," said Arkansas State coach Steve Roberts, whose team allowed more than 50 points for the second straight week and the fifth time in its last 11 games. "I can't say it was fun. You just go out and do the best you can. Fight, scratch and claw for anything you can get."