Senior running back Terrance Magee rushed for a season-high 127 yards and a pair of second-half touchdowns to lead LSU to a 41-3 Southeastern Conference victory Saturday over Kentucky.
Magee helped LSU (6-2, 2-2) open a commanding 41-3 cushion with consecutive third-quarter scoring runs, helping the Tigers extend their stretch of consecutive points scored to 24 and become bowl eligible.
Magee finished off LSU’s opening drive of the second half with a 9-yard run over the left side, the play after his 38-yard burst first down.
Two possessions later Magee ripped off runs of 35 and 23 yards, respectively, the latter coming on a first-down run to account for the Tigers’ final touchdown with 3:27 showing.
LSU rushed the ball 52 times for 303 yards for 6.0 yards per carry. True freshman Darrel Williams added 61 yards on 10 carries.
Sophomore quarterback Anthony Jennings was 7 of 14 for 120 yards and a touchdown to go along with 44 rushing yards on seven carries.
The Tigers defense was impressive in limiting the Wildcats (5-2, 2-2) without a touchdown and 217 total yards with 71 rushing yards on 27 attempts.
Kentucky’s sophomore quarterback Patrick Towles completed 19 of 36 passes for 146 yards.
Special teams played a prominent role in LSU’s establishing a commanding 27-3 halftime advantage.
Tre’Davious White returned his first punt for a touchdown of the season, picking up a key block from Jamal Adams and scoring from 67 yards out for 17-0 lead in the first 10 minutes of play.
The Tigers added 10 points in the final minute of play to stretch their lead to 27-3 with a 32-yard touchdown from Jennings to wide receiver Travin Dural with 44 seconds left.
LSU got the ball right back when defensive end Lewis Neal recovered Trent Domingue’s ensuing kickoff at Kentucky’s 37-yard line, leading to Colby Delahoussaye’s second field goal of the half – a 35-yarder that clanged off the left upright but successfully went through with seven seconds to go.
Magee's 49-yard return of the opening kickoff, coupled with a facemask penalty, led to LSU's opening score of one yard from freshman Leonard Fournette three minutes into the game.
What you need to know
1) LSU had nearly as many return yards (163) and total offense (184) in the first half of play.
2) Tre’Davious White’s 67-yard punt return for a touchdown in the first quarter was LSU’s first since Odell Beckham Jr. did it in 2012.
3) White, who came into the game averaging less than 10 yards per punt return, enjoyed a career night with four returns for 114 yards for an average of 28.5 yards.
4) True freshman running back Leonard Fournette, who gained a career-high 140 yards in last week’s 30-27 win at Florida, actually ranked fourth Saturday with 15 carries for 41 yards and a TD.
5) True freshman Brandon Harris entered the game with 10 minutes remaining and was promptly intercepted in the end zone on his first pass attempt.