LSU wakes up in second half

No. 1 LSU was probably due for a snoozer.

The Tigers did plenty of snoozing in the first half Saturday, but turned a 7-7 game into a blowout in the second half and cruised to a 42-9 victory against Western Kentucky at Tiger Stadium.

There won't be a lot of style points associated with this one, but LSU doesn't need style points. All the Tigers (10-0, 6-0) need to do is keep winning. They travel to Ole Miss next week and then it's the biggie against No. 8 Arkansas on Nov. 25.

After the emotional 9-6 overtime win against Alabama last week, LSU was noticeably flat in the first half. The Tigers fumbled three times, but lost only one. The defense also gave up a long scoring drive in the first quarter, but didn't give up much of anything after that.

Jordan Jefferson made his first start of the season at quarterback for LSU and went most of the way. He was 8-of-15 for 168 yards and threw a 59-yard touchdown pass to Rueben Randle. The Tigers also rushed for 290 yards.

It wasn't their most impressive performance of the season, not even close. But they've done enough, with the six wins over nationally ranked foes, that simply winning the rest of the way will ensure them one of those top two spots in the final BCS standings and a spot in the Allstate BCS National Championship Game.