Les Miles said this summer he expected to feature two tailbacks in his talented stable.
Why limit options?
Saturday night, LSU rode the backs of four quality ball carriers en route to a dominating win over visiting Washington in Tiger Stadium.
Inside. Outside. Left. Right. The Tigers did what they wanted, when they wanted to a tune of 242 yards, against a pourus Husky defensive front.
“We wanted to play a very physical style of game tonight,” Miles said. “We rushed the football physically. That’s always been characteristic of LSU.”
Junior Alfred Blue continued his outstanding play, backing up his 123-yard night against North Texas with 101 more against the Huskies.
Blue took his second carry of the night 21 yards to pay dirt off the offensive left side, and the former Hahnville standout remained consistent throughout the game, rushing for 53 yards in the first half and 48 more after intermission.
“In practice, (running backs) Coach Frank (Wilson) told us we had to come out and be doiminant,” Blue said. “I just had the mindset to come out and be a dominant runner tonight.”
Blue’s buddies got in on the act, too.
Sophomore Kenny Hilliard toted the rock 13 times for 46 yards, and he plunged into the end zone twice, marking the second week in a row that he reached crossed the goalline a pair of times. Five times now the youngster has scored multiple touchdowns in a game.
Junior Michael Ford joined the party with 48 yards on 10 carries, and fellow junior Spencer Ware made his season debut by bowling over Washington tacklers for 41 mauling yards.
“I felt like I needed to let out some anger,” Ware said. “But I still have some left inside of me, so expect to see it soon.”
Ware, LSU’s starting tailback for the first half of 2011, feasted on a tired Husky defense. Last season Ware did the early pounding and was followed by the fresh legs of Blue and Ford.
This year it’s Blue softening opponents up in the early going.
“It feels the same,” Blue said. “As a runner, you got to be dominant. You’ve got to bring the pounding to them. That’s what we do. It was good to see Spencer out there delivering that pounding.”
Blue’s 100-yard plus performance marked the 30th game a Tiger back has eclipsed the century mark under Miles. LSU has won 28 of those contests.
No doubt junior signal caller Zach Mettenberger appreciated the efforts.
“We’re gonna look for that every week,” Mettenberger said. “That’s LSU football, and it makes my job easy.”