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QB's career day helps Tigers crush Bulldogs

By TIMES WIRES
Published October 1, 2006


BATON ROUGE, La. - JaMarcus Russell threw for a career-best 330 yards and matched a school record with 14 consecutive completions Saturday as No. 9 LSU beat Mississippi State 48-17 on Saturday.

Russell threw three touchdowns and was 18-of-20 without an interception.

LSU led 35-0 early in the second quarter, prompting thousands to leave at halftime. A 52-minute delay while a thunderstorm rolled through in the third further emptied the stands.

The Bulldogs gained 24 yards and managed one first down on their first five possessions. The Tigers' first five series ended with touchdowns.

Two early scores were set up by long passes over the middle from Russell to Dwayne Bowe.

The first went between three defenders for 25 yards, setting up a short touchdown toss to Craig Davis. Bowe's 41-yard reception to the Bulldogs 6 led to Charles Scott's touchdown run and a 14-0 lead.

On his third series, Russell found Early Doucet for a 37-yard score.

Later, Russell shredded tacklers, rolled out and threw a 55-yard pass tight end Richard Dickson caught at the Bulldogs 2.

The play made Russell 7-of-8 for 202 yards and two touchdowns through the first quarter. Four seconds into the second quarter, Scott muscled his way in from the 1.

Russell hit Bowe in the back of the end zone for a 6-yard touchdown before Mississippi State finally sustained a drive into scoring position. Blake McAdams' 32-yard field goal made it 35-3 late in the first half.

No. 15 Tennessee 41, Memphis 7

MEMPHIS - Erik Ainge threw four touchdowns as the Vols rolled a year after having to rally to beat the Tigers 20-16.

Ainge was 23-of-27 for 324 yards, including a 51-yard touchdown to Jayson Swain, 84-yarder to Robert Meachem and 7-yarder to Bret Smith. The Vols had 566 yards to Memphis' 121, the fewest allowed by the Vols since Fresno State's 117 in 2003.

The Vols opened the second half with a scoring drive capped by Swain's touchdown for a 20-0 lead. He caught the pass along the sideline behind his defender and ran across the field to score.

After Memphis punted, Tennessee started at its 3 and needed just five plays before Meachem's score.

He leaped to catch the ball and kept running but was crowded on the sideline. Smith pushed two defenders out of the way, and Meachem ran untouched to the end zone.

Kentucky 45, Cen. Mich. 36: Andre Woodson threw a career-high four touchdowns for the host Wildcats. Down 28-0 in the first half, the Chippewas cut it to 38-36 on Dan LeFevour's 23-yard pass to Bryan Anderson with seven minutes left in the game. But after false start penalty, they failed on the two-point conversion when Trevard Lindley batted down a pass. A short ensuing kickoff and personal foul moved Kentucky into scoring position, and Rafael Little's 4-yard run sealed it.

VANDY 43, Temple 14: Cassen Jackson-Garrison and Jared Hawkins ran for two touchdowns for the host Commodores, who rushed for 279 yards. Down 24-0, the Owls' Tim Brown scored on a 78-yard run as time expired in the first half. Temple tried an onside kick to open the second half. But Vanderbilt recovered at its 48. Five plays later, Hawkins scored on a 13-yard run.