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No. 25 LSU Tops Miami of Ohio

September 15, 2002

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BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) _ Matt Mauck threw three touchdown passes as 25th-ranked Louisiana State easily defeated Miami of Ohio 33-7 Saturday night.

The Tigers (2-1) were in no danger of losing, but they had some problems against the overmatched RedHawks (1-2). LSU had trouble with penalties, committing nine for 87 yards.

In the third quarter alone, LSU had six for 60 yards. The Tigers had first-and-goal on the Miami 6-yard line, only to back up to 3rd-and-goal on the 46 and finally settle for a 41-yard field goal by John Corbello, his fourth of the game.

LSU was dominant on the ground as running back LaBrandon Toefield, who had offseason knee surgery, seems to have regained his form from 2001, when he was a first-team All-SEC selection.

Toefield rushed for 111 yards on 17 carries, as LSU outgained the RedHawks 207 yards to 29 on the ground.

Domanick Davis had 51 yards rushing, 35 yards receiving and 116 yards on five punt returns.

Mauck completed 15 of 26 passes for 215 yards and three touchdowns. He was not intercepted.

LSU had 422 total yards to 224 for Miami of Ohio and held the ball almost 11 minutes longer than the RedHawks.

Miami quarterback Ben Roethlisberger was 22-of-34 for 195 yards and a touchdown. He was intercepted once and sacked three times.

Cal Murray led the RedHawks in rushing, but with only 18 yards on 6 carries.

It was a lackluster first half, with Corbello supplying three of the scores.

Corbello opened the scoring with two first-quarter field goals _ a 42-yarder and a 29-yarder with 8:24 that gave the Tigers a 6-0 lead. He also made a 35-yarder in the second quarter.

Mauck hit Michael Clayton for the first of two scores in the first half, an 8-yard TD pass with 2:55 left in the first quarter that made it 13-0 LSU.

Miami didn’t make it past its own 35-yard line before their final drive of the first half. The RedHawks penetrated LSU territory for the first time with less than three minutes left in the half and put together a 10-play scoring drive.

Roethlisberger moved the team 87 yards before connecting with Korey Kirkpatrick on a 7-yard TD pass that cut LSU’s lead to 16-7 with 50 seconds remaining. On the drive Roethlisberger was 7 of 8 passing for 84 yards.

LSU answered with its most impressive drive of the half, going 71 yards on five plays, with Mauck finding Clayton again. The 24-yard pass made it 7-23 at the half.

After Corbello’s 41-yard field goal field goal in the third quarter, Mauck closed out the scoring with a 6-yard TD pass to Demetri Robinson with 10 seconds left, extending the lead to 33-7.

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