Tiger Bait 2011 LSU Blasts #24 Cincinnati Bearcats No Match for Bengals Baton Rouge- The #10 ranked LSU Tigers started the 2011 season with a bang by routing a top 25 opponent in the Game of the Week. Both sides of the ball played exceptional football all day long in a 41-14 drumming. Coach Bulgy made a surprise decision this week announcing that Russell Shepard was going to be the starting quarterback this season for the Tigers. And after the LSU defense forced a 3 and out by the Bearcats he led the offense onto the field. The game plan was obviously to try and ease Shepard into the new role, but he played an outstanding game, and except for a fumble played better than expected. He passed for 150 yards and 2 TD on 13-14 passing. Shepard did just enough through the air to keep the ball moving on the ground. The LSU running backs turned in a 250 yard day on the ground led by Mike Newman who carried 16 times for 116 yards. Returning starter Mike Ford carried 19 times for 88 yards and 2 TD. The Tigers spread the ball out on the ground with 5 players receiving at least 3 carries. The defense played stifling football all day long. The starters came off the field at the beginning of the 3rd quarter and up to that point had allowed zero points and only 110 yards of total offense to the Bearcats quick strike offense. Coach Bulgy emptied his bench however and the wheels seemed to fall off immediately. A beautiful punt by Jared Taylor pinned the Bearcats at their own 6 yard line, and on the first play from scrimmage the CINCI QB heaved a pass 60 yards in the air to a streaking Vidal Hazleton for a 94 yard TD. The Bearcats lined up for the onside kick, and recovered the ball after it bounced off the chest of an LSU player. They immediately scored again to make the score 34-14. And recovered another onside kick to begin a 3rd straight drive. Unfortunately for the Bearcats their QB tossed an interception to Kevin Hatcher who returned the ball 46 yards for a TD to cap the scoring on the day. The Tigers offense rolled up a 400 yard day on offense keyed by the 250 yards they gained on the ground. The defense gave up 269 yards to the Bearcats, but the starters only gave up 110 yards through the 3 quarters.