Shreveport Times Brooks suffers another Tiger Stadium blowout

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    BATON ROUGE ? What's 30 years?

    Coach Rich Brooks brought his Oregon team here on Oct. 22, 1977, and lost 56-17 to LSU in front of 59,017.

    Brooks brought his Kentucky team here Saturday night and fell 49-0 in front of 92,148.

    "Obviously, we weren't interested in playing, or we weren't ready," Brooks said. "And that's my responsibility. Our punt team was a disaster tonight. Our kickoff return was a disaster. We obviously failed to do anything good tonight. LSU is really a good football team. Like I said last week, it's hard to understand that they're sitting here with two losses at this point because they've got some really good players."

    Kentucky, which came in with the worst defense in the Southeastern Conference across the statistical board and one of the worst in the nation, allowed 546 total yards to the 14th-ranked Tigers.

    "They can throw it," Brooks said. "They can run it. We didn't stop them. They just took it right down the field and just gashed us."

    LSU quarterback JaMarcus Russell completed 15-of-18 passes for 226 yards and two touchdowns in just over a half against former LSU coach Mike Archer's defense. Wide receiver Dwayne Bowe led all receivers with 111 yards on six catches and three touchdowns. He became the first LSU receiver to catch three touchdowns in a game since Devery Henderson did so in the 33-30, Blue Grass Miracle victory over Kentucky in 2002. Henderson's last one in that game was for 75 yards on the last play of the game.

    "They threw the ball at will on us," Brooks said. "We were not covering tightly. We were not rushing the passer well. The combination is deadly against with as much talent and with a quarterback who can do the things that this guy (Russell) can do."

    LSU scored touchdowns on its first four possessions for a 28-0 lead midway in the second quarter.

    "From the beginning, it was a slow start," Kentucky linebacker Joe Schuler said. "We obviously didn't come to play today."

    Freshman tailback Charles Scott led all rushers with 56 yards on nine carries as LSU totalled a season-high 274 yards on the ground.

    "We needed a performance like this," said tailback Jacob Hester, who gained 44 yards on 13 carries. "We showed that we can still put up a lot of points on the board and what we are capable of on offense. I think we came out and proved that we are still a good team and still in the hunt."

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