The quarterback situation for LSU just got murkier — or clearer — depending on your point of view.
Just moments after Jarrett Lee was announced as the starter for Saturday’s game against Western Kentucky — to a large roar from the LSU fans in Tiger Stadium — fellow senior Jordan Jefferson trotted out to make his first start of the season.
Jefferson played all of the first three quarters, completing 8 of 14 passes for 168 yards and a touchdown while rushing five times for a net 20 yards.
It was the latest step in a comeback from a four-game suspension to start the season for Jefferson stemming from his alleged role in an Aug. 19 bar fight.
“We kind of liked how Jefferson played the last game” against Alabama, said LSU coach Les Miles after the 42-9 victory. “It was a game decision.”
Lee, LSU’s starter through its first nine games, didn’t take the field until 12 minutes remained in the game, a game the No. 1-ranked Tigers already led 35-9 at that point.
Lee preceded to lead LSU on a 14-play, 82-yard scoring drive, capped by a 5-yard touchdown pass in the right flat to wide receiver Kadron Boone.
“We thought that we may go with Lee a little earlier than that,” Miles said. “Western Kentucky proved that they could throw some wrinkles at us that we did not anticipate. We described to Jarrett Lee that he would play. Frankly, we would have considered him from the third series on.”
As for where LSU’s quarterback situation goes from here, Miles said starting Jefferson was a “one-game decision.
“I’m not certain Lee might not start,” Miles said. “We’ll make a decision as we go forward. It’s nothing locked in stone in any way.”
Neither Lee nor Jefferson were made available to the media the entire week, including after Saturday’s game.
Saturday’s victory was the 100th career win for Miles over 11 seasons at LSU and Oklahoma State.
Miles is now 72-17 at LSU after going 28-21 at Oklahoma State from 2001-04.
“I have been fortunate to lead a lot of quality teams on the field,” Miles said. “That doesn’t happen without great assistants, players and teams. I am just a recipient of being with some real quality people.”
Miles ranks third on LSU’s all-time coaches’ win list behind only Charles McClendon (137-59-7, 1962-79) and Bernie Moore (83-39-6, 1935-47).
And the winners are …
Senior soccer goalkeeper Mo Isom was named LSU’s homecoming queen during festivities at halftime of Saturday’s game.
Fellow senior Zachary Corbin was named homecoming king.
Play of the game
A 41-point underdog coming into the game, Western Kentucky was still making things uncomfortable for LSU down 21-9 late in the third quarter. Then a sequence of plays finally broke the game open for the Tigers.
First, linebacker Tahj Jones intercepted a tipped pass from WKU quarterback Kawaun Jakes as he was pressured by defensive tackle Michael Brockers, giving LSU the ball at the Hilltoppers’ 42.
Kenny Hilliard was thrown for a 3-yard loss, but on second-and-13 from the 45, Alfred Blue took a handoff from Jefferson on a trap play up the middle and scored virtually untouched. His touchdown finally broke the game open for LSU, giving the Tigers a 28-9 lead with 2:53 left in the third.
Defensive end Kendrick Adams (knee) was held out of Saturday’s game. He was replaced in the starting lineup by Barkevious Mingo.
LSU starting left tackle Chris Faulk went down briefly with 5:47 left in the third quarter but quickly jogged off. He was replaced by Greg Shaw.
Did you know?
LSU’s 291 net yards rushing were the Tigers’ most since they rushed for 321 yards against Louisiana Tech on Nov. 10, 2007.
Crunching the numbers
LSU is now … 35-0 against current members of the Sun Belt Conference (1-0 vs. WKU) … 50-4 in night games under Miles, including 31-1 in Saturday night home games … 37-0 in its last 37 regular-season non-conference games, including 27-0 under Miles … 16-0 in its last 16 home games … 59-25-3 in homecoming games, including 11 straight wins.
The Tigers hit the road again Saturday as they play at Ole Miss (2-8, 0-6 SEC), which is coming off a 27-7 home loss to Louisiana Tech. Kickoff is set for 6 p.m. on ESPN from Vaught-Hemingway Stadium in Oxford. … Jefferson’s 59-yard TD pass to Rueben Randle in the first quarter was LSU’s longest offensive play this season. … Keshawn Simpson’s 2-yard TD run was the first touchdown allowed by LSU in the first quarter this season. … The safety on Jefferson’s intentional grounding in the end zone was LSU’s first since the 2009 Mississippi State game. … Middle linebacker Kevin Minter had a career-high 11 tackles. … LSU held a pregame moment of silence for former team doctor Fraser Landreneau, a Baton Rouge neurosurgeon who died Monday.