LSU 41, Kentucky 3: Three and out (Terrence Magee breaks loose edition) _lowres

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- LSU coach Les Miles waves to fans as the LSU football team comes down Victory Hill on Saturday.

1. What we learned

The Tigers don’t have to lean on a certain freshman to carry their running game. With Leonard Fournette struggling to get going against the Wildcats, gaining just 40 yards on 15 carries, the Tigers turned to senior running back Terrance Magee to jumpstart their offense. Magee busted runs of 38, 35 and 23 in the second half on his way to 127 rushing yards, his first 100-yard game of the year. Magee didn’t have the great statistical start to the season that some expected, but he’s been solid in two straight games and could be big down the stretch.

2. Trending now

Magee returned the opening kick 49 yards into Wildcats territory, and that was the beginning of a theme for the Tigers, who used the return game to blow the game open while the offense felt out the Kentucky defense. Tre’Davious White’s 67-yard punt return for a touchdown gave the Tigers a 17-0 lead early in the first quarter. The Tigers also recovered a squib kick late in the first half to set up a score and made both of its field goals. A good night for special teams coordinator Bradley Dale Peveto against his former team.

3. Final thoughts

The Tigers were exposed against a few of the better teams in the country earlier this season, but the past couple weeks showed they weren’t ready to be left for dead. LSU manhandled a Kentucky team that came into the game 5-1, and it did it by controlling the game in all three phases. The Tigers still have some work to do and now start a particularly grueling stretch, but they showed against Kentucky they’re not going to just lie down and settle into the back of the pack.