BATON ROUGE, La. - With a running game like LSU's, maybe it
doesn't matter who plays quarterback.
Charles Scott rushed for a career-high 160 yards on 16 carries,
including touchdowns of 8 and 29 yards, and LSU rolled to 41-13
victory over Appalachian State on Saturday.
LSU coach Les Miles finally answered the question of who his
starting quarterback would be when Harvard transfer Andrew Hatch
took the field on the Tigers' opening three series, which produced
17 points. Miles also gave redshirt freshman Jarrett Lee a chance
to run the show. Both threw their first touchdown passes as Tigers,
but the real damage was done while they handed off.
LSU finished with 266 yards rushing. Hatch was 7-of-14 passing
for 77 yards, including a 17-yard TD to Demetrius Byrd. He also ran
for 43 yards. Lee was 6-of-10 for 116 yards with scoring passes of
31 and 39 yards to Brandon LaFell. Lee also threw an interception
that set up a Mountaineers' field goal.
With Hurricane Gustav moving into the Gulf of Mexico, kickoff
was moved up from 4 p.m. to 10 a.m. so the game would end well
before authorities planned to initiate one-way traffic along major
evacuation routes away from Louisiana's coast.