LSU ran for a season-high 273 yards with eight different runners carrying the ball, led by 80 from Alley Broussard and 77 from Joseph Addai.
STILL NEEDS SOME WORK
QBs JaMarcus Russell and Marcus Randall continued to share the job with mixed results. Randall completed 4 of 6 passes for 78 yards and Russell completed 2 of 5 attempts for 24 yards. Both must continue to improve to help LSU finish strong down the stretch.
LSU fans will argue that senior center Ben Wilkerson should not have been in the game at all when he suffered a knee injury on the final play of the Vanderbilt game, but it's too late to change anything now. Wilkerson is scheduled for surgery on his ruptured patella tendon and will miss the rest of the season. He was generally considered one of the top centers available in the 2005 NFL draft, but this injury will hurt both the Tigers' offense and his draft status. "As everybody will say, 'Why was he in there with the score 24-7?' " coach Nick Saban said. "We didn't make wholesale substitutions at any positions." ...
With Wilkerson out, LSU will likely move junior Rudy Niswanger from guard to starting center. Niswanger, who has started every game this season, started for the second time at left guard while Brian Johnson made his second start of the season at right guard. ... The Tigers also lost freshman wide receiver Xavier Carter for 4 to 6 weeks with a fractured collarbone. Carter has caught five passes for 118 yards and two touchdowns in his first college season.
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