Updated: Saturday, September 25, 2004 9:31 PM EDT
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(13) LSU 51, Mississippi St 0
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BATON ROUGE, Louisiana (Ticker) -- Mississippi State coach Sylvester Croom called it "a good old-fashioned butt-whooping." Louisiana State coach Nick Saban said he hopes to see more of the same.

Alley Broussard rushed for three first-half touchdowns as No. 13 LSU - showing no aftereffects from a heartbreaking loss last week - rolled to a 51-0 Southeastern Conference victory over Mississippi State.

Broussard, who rushed 13 times for 72 yards, scored on runs of 11 and one yard in the first quarter. His 16-yard scoring jaunt in the second period gave the Tigers a 21-0 lead.

The three-touchdown advantage was more than enough for Saban's club as the defense made life miserable for the Bulldogs' offense. Mississippi State (1-3, 0-2 SEC West) managed just 130 total yards, including only 39 on the ground, and LSU posted its biggest winning margin in an SEC game since a 61-6 home victory against the Bulldogs in 1969.

"I'll be very honest with you. I told the players that I never dreamed that we would get drummed like that," said Croom, in his first season at Mississippi State and the SEC's first African-American head football coach. "We thought we had good plans, but right now we don't execute very well. We don't block very well, and we sure don't tackle very well."

LSU (3-1, 1-1) also got a score from its defense when end Marcus Spears stepped in front of Omarr Conner's pass and raced 35 yards to put the Tigers on top, 27-0.

The Tigers played three quarterbacks. Each directed scoring drives and combined to complete 18-of-23 passes for 327 yards. LSU rolled up 599 yards of offense, ran 81 plays compared to 48 for Mississippi State and converted 12-of-15 third downs.

Starting quarterback Marcus Randall played the first four series and was 7-of-7 passing for 103 yards. Third-team freshman Matt Flynn had the Tigers' longest completion, a 67-yarder to freshman Xavier Carter to make it 48-0 early in the fourth quarter.

The Tigers lost four fumbles and committed nine penalties, but LSU never punted, had a time-of-possession advantage of nearly 18 minutes and produced five defensive turnovers, including four interceptions.

"There's been too much focus on what we did (in 2003)," said Saban, referring to the Tigers' BCS national championship, "and not enough on what we'll do. I hope we'll continue to be the kind of team we were today - the kind that plays physically and aggressively and gives ourselves a chance to win, game in and game out. I don't know if we have the wherewithal to do it, but that's what we've got to have."

The Tigers, who allowed a touchdown in the final 75 seconds and lost their SEC opener, 10-9, at Auburn last week, have won five straight and 12 of the last 13 against Mississippi State.

"Coach challenged us to go out and do something, and I thought we did a pretty good job," said LSU freshman quarterback JaMarcus Russell, who was 9-of-12 passing for 137 yards and a touchdown and ran eight yards for a TD.

Conner, the Bulldogs' starting quarterback, threw three interceptions and exited the game after suffering a bruised right knee on the second offensive play of the second half. Conner will undergo an MRI on Sunday.


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