How they scored
Score by quarters
Washington 3 0 ?0 0 — ?3
LSU 14 6 14 7 — 41
UW: Travis Coons 34 field goal at 14:03. DRIVE: 3 plays, 16 yards, :51. KEY PLAYS: Thomas Tutogi recovers Odell Beckham Jr.’s fumble on the opening kickoff at the LSU 20. Jaydon Mickens’ can’t handle third-down pass in the end zone. UW 3, LSU 0.
LSU: Alfred Blue 21 run at 11:18 (Drew Alleman kick). DRIVE: 2-38-:39. KEY PLAY: Korey Durkee’s 32-yard punt, three plays after the Tigers’ Brad Wing boomed a 62-yard punt, setting up LSU at the Huskies 38. LSU 7, UW 3.
LSU: J.C. Copeland 1 run at 2:11 (Alleman kick). DRIVE: 7-47-2:32. KEY PLAY: Kenny Hilliard 4 run and UW’s Danny Shelton is called for holding, adding 10 yards to the play and putting the Tigers at the Huskies 33. LSU 14, UW 3.
LSU: Alleman 18 field goal at 10:02. DRIVE: 10-69-5:19. KEY PLAYS: James Wright catches of 23 and 22 yards from Zach Mettenberger help Tigers get a first down at the UW 7. Huskies hold Hilliard to runs of 2 yards and 1 yard, and stop Wright short of the goal line after a 3-yard reception. LSU 17, UW 3.
LSU: Alleman 32 field goal at 5:03. DRIVE: 10-55-3:05. KEY PLAYS: Mettenberger completions of 20 yards to Jarvis Landry and 14 to Blue get the drive rolling. Russell Shepard drops a pass in the end zone. LSU 20, UW 3.
LSU: Hilliard 3 run at 10:35 (Alleman kick). DRIVE: 7-61-2:43. KEY PLAYS: Blue’s 17 run gets the drive started and Beckham’s 24 pass from Mettenberger creates a first down at the UW 6. LSU 27, UW 3. e_SClB LSU: Kadron Boone 32 pass from Mettenberger at 2:51. DRIVE: 10-73-4:36. KEY PLAYS: Spencer Ware’s five runs yield 26 yards and two of the runs convert third downs into first downs. Blue’s 15 rush produces a first down at the Huskies 32. LSU 34, UW 3.
LSU: Hilliard 1 rush at 8:04 (Alleman kick). DRIVE: 13-65-6:44. KEY PLAYS: Wright’s 10 pass from Mettenberger converts a third-and-6 and Hilliard’s 6 run converts a third-and-3. LSU 41, UW 3.
FINAL SCORE: LSU 41, Washington 3.
RECORDS: LSU 2-0, Washington 1-1.
NUMBERS TO KNOW
19 Consecutive wins by LSU in Tiger Stadium, tying a school record and longest-active NCAA streak.
22-4 LSU’s all-time record against Pac-12 teams, including 3-0 against Washington.
39 Nonconference regular-season win streak by LSU, tying FBS record (Kansas State, 1993-2003).
99 Wins for LSU since 2003, tops in the Southeastern Conference.
Three and out
What we learned
The Tigers didn’t play bad against North Texas, just uninspired. Faced with a higher class of opponent in Washington, LSU produced an even more dominant performance, particularly on defense, which smothered the Huskies’ dangerous offense.
The question coming in was, how would LSU’s offensive line respond after the loss of left tackle Chris Faulk? The answer was, they overpowered Washington’s big but less athletic front with Josh Dworaczyk slipping into Faulk’s role. Maybe there will be issues against better defenses, but not Saturday.
Aside from a few dropped passes and a couple of missed opportunities in the red zone, no one could have asked for more of the Tigers in this lopsided contest. LSU will coast past Idaho and into its SEC opener at Auburn in two weeks with a full head of steam.
With Chris Faulk out, how did Josh Dworaczyk do?
ä LSU left tackle Chris Faulk, a projected first-round draft pick is likely out for the season after injuring a knee during practice this week. Josh Dworaczyk, who missed last season with a season-ending knee injury suffered during preseason camp, started in Faulk’s place and the LSU offense didn’t miss a beat. The Tigers offensive line overpowered Washington and rushed for 242 yards.
This Price isn’t right
ä Washington quarterback Keith Price completed 17 of 36 passes for 157 yards, no touchdowns and one interception. The LSU defense had Price running for his life most of the game, and when the Tigers hit him they hit him real hard. Then, when he did have time to throw he looked skittish, because he expected pressure.
Blue leaves Huskies seeing red
ä LSU running back Alfred Blue rushed for 101 yards and one touchdown on 14 carries. Blue was one of four Tigers running backs to carry the ball. LSU rushed for 242 yards on 52 carries.
A collection of tweets about the game, including from writers covering the game:
ä “Soooooo Penn State…need a kicker? That was rough to watch. #GetSomeHeight #AnythingYouCanDoICanDoBetter”
Mo Isom @MoIsom
ä “Have to work late tonight but I’ll be sprinting to see the end of the @UWAthletics
football game. Make LSU doubt a moment. Huskies win!”
Brent Lillibridge @BSLillibridge
ä “Have arrived in Baton Rouge. Stepped out of air-conditioned car into a heavy blast of heat.”
Seattle Times beat writer
ä “Do any #Sounders players have college eligibility left? #Huskies need a punter ASAP.”
Mike McCall @McCallAdvocate
ä “in the words of the esteemed Lawrence Taylor, the #LSU D-line is like a pack of crazed dogs.”
Matt Hayes@Matt HayesSN. Hayes is a senior writer for “The Sporting News.”
ä “LSU’s only weakness tonight is receivers dropping the ball. Even Spencer Ware’s trick play pass got dropped.”
Andy Staples@Andy_Staples. Staples is a writer at si.com.
ä “#LSU coach Les Miles asks people to keep seriously injured Tulane safety Devon Walker in their thoughts in his opening postgame remarks.”
ä “#LSU will be heavily favored to extend the non-conference winning streak to a record 40 against Idaho next week.”
ä “Huskies down 20-3 at the half and basically being completely dominated physically.”
Pierce W. Huff
THUMBS UP THUMBS DOWN
ä LSU fans: Thumbs up for their support.
The attendance at Saturday’s game was 92,804, which was the second largest for a home non-conference game. There was an electric atmosphere at the game from the start, and there is no doubt that this fueled LSU into its big victory. The fans in Tiger Stadium created an atmosphere Washington was unequipped for.
ä LSU’s entire team: Thumbs up for their dominance. The Tigers had more than a two-to-one edge in yards against Washington, which was overpowered by LSU’s offensive and defensive lines. LSU used four different running backs and one fullback to rush for more than 150 yards.
ä LSU freshman cornerback Jalen Mills: Thumbs up for a milestone. Mills, who played at DeSoto (Texas) High last year, had his first collegiate interception in the third quarter when he picked off a pass by Keith Price and returned it 4 yards to the LSU 27-yard line.
ä LSU receivers: Thumbs down for drops. LSU doesn’t make public its stats for drops by its receivers, which is a good thing for the psyche of the Tigers receivers. LSU receivers had drops all over the field, including one the Washington red zone and other on a half-back option pass that could have resulted in a touchdown.
ä LSU offense: Thumbs down for failing to do better in the red zone. LSU has failed to score touchdowns on four drives inside its opponent’s 20-yard line. The Tigers had to settle for two Drew Alleman field goals after failing to score on two drives inside the Washington 20-yard line.
ä Washington coach Steve Sarkisian: Thumbs down for bringing a live tiger to a Huskies practice this week. Did Sarkisian really think that amateurish stunt was going to make up for the obviously large talent gap between Washington and LSU and spur the Huskies to one of the biggest upsets of the season?