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LSU halftime update

Posted by ESPN.com's Chris Low

BATON ROUGE, La. -- For all the talk about LSU's quarterback situation this preseason, it's been smooth sailing so far for Andrew Hatch and Jarrett Lee.

The Tigers lead 31-0 at the half over an Appalachian State team that might be the three-time defending FCS national champions, but still a team that's woefully outmanned.

Hatch, who started at quarterback, didn't try to force anything in the first half and looked comfortable running the ball when things broke down. Lee came in midway through the second quarter and led the Tigers on a touchdown drive his first possession.

Lee's 31-yard touchdown pass to Brandon LaFell came on a play where he was flushed out of the pocket a bit. But he stepped up, evaded the pressure to the right -- and most importantly -- kept his eyes down the field. LaFell was wide open for an easy touchdown.

One guy who's going to have a big year for LSU this season is junior tight end Richard Dickson. He finds a way to get open, has really good hands and runs well after the catch. Hatch and Lee have already looked his way on several occasions today.

According to ESPN Research, Appalachian State allowed 32 points and 479 total yards in the win over Michigan one year ago.

Already in the first half, LSU has scored 31 points and gained 323 yards.

The Tigers have been able to play several younger players. True freshman cornerback Patrick Peterson, one of the top prospects in the country a year ago, was in the game in the first quarter.

LSU's defense has been dominant. Appalachian State had 43 yards on its first possession to open the game, but stalled on fourth down at the LSU 35. The Mountaineers have managed just 76 total yards on their five possessions since.

With the early start time and the threat of another hurricane hitting the Louisiana coast, the Tigers have been undaunted and look very much like the same team that won the national championship a year ago.

One thing I'm sure of: Nobody in purple and gold overlooked these Mountaineers.