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No. 2 LSU Shuts Out Mississippi St. In Opener 45-0

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Published:   |   Updated: March 26, 2013 at 07:04 PM

STARKVILLE, Miss. - The second-ranked LSU Tigers made it look easy against Mississippi State.

Amazingly easy.

LSU intercepted MSU quarterback Michael Henig six times and pulled away in the second half, drubbing the outmanned Bulldogs, 45-0, on Thursday night at Scott Field.

LSU has now won 15 of its last 16 games against the Bulldogs, with the lone exception being State's 17-16 victory over the Tigers in 1999.

LSU needed 20 minutes on the stadium clock to score its first touchdown, but once that happened, the Bulldogs were almost helplessly behind.

Henig, State's junior quarterback, threw four interceptions in the first half, which led to all 17 of the Tigers' first-half points.

Henig finished the night 11 of 28 for 120 yards with six interceptions. He was replaced by freshman Wes Carroll midway through the fourth quarter.

LSU scored on the final play of the first half, with sophomore running back Keiland Williams finding the end zone from 1 yard out. LSU had to drive just 41 yards for the touchdown after Curtis Taylor returned an interception 22 yards.

LSU scored on its first possession of the second half, extending its lead to 24-0. Matt Flynn fired an 11-yard touchdown pass to the Tigers' Early Doucet in the right corner of the end zone.

LOUISVILLE 73, MURRAY ST. 10: New coach. Same old Brian Brohm.

The Louisville quarterback threw for 375 yards and four touchdowns and the 10th-ranked Cardinals sparkled in Coach Steve Kragthorpe's debut, drilling overmatched Murray State.

Brohm led Louisville (1-0) to touchdowns on each of the Cardinals' first eight drives, guiding an attack that looked awfully similar to the wide-open system that former coach Bobby Petrino used to lead the Cardinals to national prominence.

Louisville rolled up 655 yards of total offense, and worked with a stunning efficiency. The Cardinals averaged a touchdown once every four plays in the first half, and their longest scoring drive with the starters in took all of 2:58.

Brohm, who decided to return for his senior year rather than enter the NFL draft last spring, completed 16 of 21 passes, most of them to wide-open receivers who met little resistance against a team that features 72 underclassmen.

Harry Douglas caught five passes for 151 yards and two touchdowns, the first on Louisville's first play from scrimmage in the first half, the other on Louisville's first play from scrimmage in the second half.

Tight end Gary Barnidge had four receptions for 46 yards and two scores and running back Sergio Spencer rushed for 60 yards and two touchdowns as Louisville scored on all but one possession.

By the time Brohm put a towel over his shoulder 20 seconds into the second half, the Cardinals led 56-10.

RUTGERS 38, BUFFALO 3: There's more to No. 16 Rutgers than Ray Rice running. There's also Tiquan Underwood catching and Mike Teel throwing.

Rice rushed for 184 yards and three touchdowns, Underwood had 10 catches for a school-record 248 receiving yards and two TDs and Teel passed for a career-best 328 yards as the Scarlet Knights opened their most anticipated season with a win.

Coming off an 11-2 season and its first bowl victory, Rutgers gave the crowd of 43,091 - the third-largest at home in school history - plenty to cheer about, scoring touchdowns on its first three series and rolling up 563 yards in total offense against a Buffalo team that won two games last season and is picked to finish around the bottom of the Mid-American Conference again this year.

Rice, who rushed for 1,794 yards last season, scored 20 touchdowns and finished seventh in the Heisman voting, scored on runs 34, 12 and 41 yards.

Teel, who completed 16 of 23 passes, and Underwood combined on scoring pass plays of 65 and 66 yards. Teel's final pass was a 20-yard, fourth-quarter pass that pushed Underwood past the old school mark of 237 yards set by Jack Emmer against Holy Cross in 1966.

Kordell Young returned the opening kickoff 56 yards and the Scarlet Knights needed only three plays to go 43 yards. Rice went the final 34 off the left side of his line for a 7-0 lead just 1:21 after the kickoff.

KENTUCKY: Linebacker Mikhail Mabry will be out indefinitely after suffering a broken thumb in practice Thursday, the school said. Mabry will undergo surgery today.

USC: Center Matt Spanos has a torn right triceps and won't play Saturday night when the top-ranked Trojans open their season against Idaho.

He will be replaced by Jeff Byers, who will move to center from left guard. Alatini Malu probably will start at left guard.

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