Wildcats Downed By No. 13 LSU
Sept 7, 2003
By BOB BAUM
AP Sports Writer
TUCSON, Ariz. - Matt Mauck completed nine of 10 passes for 137 yardsand a touchdown, then watched the reserves finish off 13th-ranked LSU's 59-13rout of Arizona on Saturday night.
Joseph Addai carried 18 times for 86 yards and a pair of scores in LSU'smost one-sided road victory since the Tigers beat Tulane 62-0 in 1958.
It was the third-worst home loss for the Wildcats, behind a 75-0 beating byMichigan State in 1949 and a 65-12 loss to Colorado in 1958.
The Tigers (2-0) had not won a nonconference road game since a win at Tulanein 1994, but their first game against a Pac-10 foe in 19 years was no contest.
Mauck scored on a four-yard run and connected with Michael Clayton on a48-yard touchdown play as the Tigers scored on their first six possessions andled 38-0 at the half.
LSU didn't punt until eight minutes remained in the game.
A crowd of 46,110, many of them lured by Arizona's 42-7 season-openingvictory over UTEP a week earlier, watched as the Wildcats (1-1) succumbedquickly.
The Tigers took the opening kickoff and went 80 yards in 15 plays,converting three third-down situations on the way. LSU got a break when, onthird and seven from its 23, Mauck's 12-yard pass to Clayton was ruled completewhen replays showed the receiver dropped the ball.
Addai's 1-yard touchdown plunge capped the drive, which consumed the first6:25 of the game.
After Arizona went three-and-out, Shyrone Carey's 35-yard punt return set upRyan Gaudet's 47-yard field goal to make it 10-0 with 4:23 to go.
On the Wildcats' next possession, quarterback Nic Costa was hit by LionelTurner and fumbled. LSU's Kirston Pittman recovered at the Arizona 9. Two playslater, Addai scored on an eight-yard option play.
The next time they had the ball, the Tigers converted on third-and-18 whenMauck threw to a wide-open Clayton for a 21-yard gain to the Wildcats' 34.Mauck's four-yard keeper on an option play made it 24-0 with 12:52 remaining inthe in the half.
Mauck's 48-yarder to Clayton put LSU up 31-0 with 9:32 still to go in thehalf.
Marcus Randall, who was 10-for-15 for 162 yards, replaced Mauck and threw a55-yard scoring pass to Devery Henderson to make it 38-0 with 5:20 left in thehalf.
LSU gained 125 yards in the first quarter to Arizona's minus-5. The Tigershad a 331-67 yardage advantage by halftime.
The Wildcats' two quarterbacks, Costa and Ryan O'Hara, were a combined1-for-12 for 19 yards in the first half.
Mauck returned to the game to direct a scoring drive to start the secondhalf, then left for the night.
Skyler Green's 62-yard punt return wrapped up LSU's scoring with 5:40 to go.
LSU has outscored its first two opponents 108-21.
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