No. 18 LSU 52, Rice 7
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) _ Jamie Howard threw four touchdown passes Saturday night _ three to Sheddrick Wilson _ to lead No. 18 LSU to a 52-7 victory over Rice.
Kendall Cleveland rushed for 46 yards and three touchdowns as LSU (3-1) handed Rice (1-2) its second straight loss.
Howard completed 15 of 23 passes for 356 yards before leaving with 2:42 left in the third quarter. He was not sacked or intercepted and has been intercepted only once this season.
Howard, who considered giving up football to concentrate on baseball after LSU went 4-7 last year, its sixth straight losing season, had matched his touchdown output for the first three games by halftime, tossing three as LSU took a 31-7 lead.
Howard’s 270 first-half yards included a 52-yard touchdown to Wilson in the first quarter, and a 26-yarder to Wilson and a 64-yard touchdown to Eddie Kennison in the second quarter.
Wilson, who had nine receptions for 201 yards, added a 40-yard touchdown in the third quarter.
Kennison had four receptions for 114 yards, rushed twice for 67 yards and returned three punts for 70 yards.
Cleveland scored from 2 yards outs in the second quarter and on 2- and 1-yard runs in the fourth quarter.
LSU had 621 total yards to Rice’s 285.
Andre Lafleur hit a 21-yard field goal and missed a 48-yarder for LSU.
Coming off a 12-6 upset of No. 5 Auburn last week, which vaulted them into the AP rankings for the first time this decade, LSU’s victory over Rice gave them three straight wins for the first time since November 1988.
Josh LaRocca got Rice on the board in the second quarter with a 77-yard touchdown pass to Yoncy Edmonds _ the longest touchdown of LaRocca’s four-year career. LaRocca was 4-of-17 for 131 yards and rushed nine times for 32 yards before being pulled late in the third quarter.
Mike Ruff missed a 40-yard field goal attempt on Rice’s first drive of the game.