They weren’t saying “boo” Saturday night at Tiger Stadium. No, they were saying “Bluuuue!”
LSU running back Alfred Blue, a forgotten man in the team’s multipronged running back committee, burst loose for 119 yards and two touchdowns on only nine carries as the Tigers handled Western Kentucky 42-9 on homecoming night.
The nine carries matched Blue’s total from the previous three games combined. He didn’t get a carry against Alabama, but was the Tigers’ leading rusher against Western Kentucky.
“This is LSU. We’ve got a lot of great running backs in the room with me,” Blue said. “When you get your opportunity, you’ve just got to seize it. I try to stay humble and wait for my opportunity.”
Blue, without a carry the first two quarters, knew he’d have his opportunity when the Tigers took the field for the second half.
WKU had held Spencer Ware, Michael Ford and the usually potent LSU ground game to 81 yards in the first half.
The Tigers, a six-touchdown favorite, were nursing a 14-7 lead.
“Y’all are better than this,” Blue said LSU assistant Frank Wilson told the running backs. “I’m challenging one of y’all to step up.”
Blue got the call on LSU’s third offensive snap of the second half, carrying 15 yards around left end. On the next play, he went 13 yards. He was just getting warmed up.
Late in the third quarter, with LSU facing a second-and-13 from the WKU 45, quarterback Jordan Jefferson gave the ball to Blue on a read-option play. Blue made a move at the line. A crater-sized running lane greeted him.
“Touchdown,” Blue recalled thinking. “Nothing but the end zone.”
Blue followed the long touchdown run with a 4-yard score early in the fourth quarter, the latter capping a 72-yard drive in which the former Hahnville High School star carried four times.
Before long, the “Bluuuue” birds at Tiger Stadium were chirping.
“This team’s so deep and has so much talent,” offensive lineman T-Bob Hebert said. “It seems like one of those guys has ‘their night’ every Saturday. It’s always somebody’s time to shine.”
Blue cruised by his previous career high — 72 yards rushing against Kentucky earlier this year — with the highest single-game rushing total by an LSU back this year. He did it all in one half of football.