MORGANTOWN, WV - SEPTEMBER 24: Tyrann Mathieu #7 of the Louisiana State University Tigers intercepts a pass against the West Virginia Mountaineers during the game on September 24, 2011 at Mountaineer Field in Morgantown, West Virginia. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

LSU Vs. West Virginia Final Score: Just Another Tigers Road Conquest, 47-21

LSU has now handled its third ranked team away from Death Valley this year, meaning top 25 voters should have no problem moving the Tigers to No. 1.

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Jarrett Lee Raises LSU's Ceiling, And It's Not That Big Of A Surprise

Did the apocalyptic nature of Jarrett Lee's 2008 mistakes distract us from the caliber of quarterback he could become? Is he even better for LSU than the 2011 version of Jordan Jefferson would have been?

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LSU Vs. West Virginia Final Score: Tigers Stake Claim To No. 1 Ranking

The LSU Tigers have now beaten three ranked teams away from Baton Rouge, adding a 47-21 win over the West Virginia Mountaineers in Morgantown to takedowns of the Oregon Ducks and Mississippi St. Bulldogs. That's a better resume than any other two teams in the country combined. But the Oklahoma Sooners will probably hang on to their AP top spot, and the Coaches' Poll may catch on to LSU around Week 11 or so, because that's how these things work. To BlogPoll!

The story of the game: special teams. That's not really a story. It's a pair of words. Here's the story: LSU's special teams play was far, far better than WVU's was. The Eers started inside their own 20 on seemingly every drive, and LSU scored a 99-yard kick return touchdown that killed West Virginia's last charge. That plus four forced turnovers, and Dana Holgorsen's productive offense essentially did a whole lot of nothing.

To illustrate: Geno Smith broke a school record, throwing for 463 yards on 63 attempts, yet his team lost by 26 points. LSU's offensive stat line doesn't look like that of a 47-point team ... Spencer Ware and Michael Ford had big days on the ground, but Jarrett Lee only threw for 180 yards.

Just goes to further show how much talent this LSU team has. Every player that takes the field, even on special teams, feels like a threat to change the game. The Tigers have put themselves to the test more than any other team in the country, and they've yet to show any signs of struggle in doing so.

For discussion, head to LSU blog And The Valley Shook and West Virginia blog The Smoking Musket. Also, check out this week’s college football TV schedule, and stay tuned to SB Nation’s college football news hub and Week 4 college football coverage for more.

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LSU Vs. West Virginia Score, Fourth Quarter: Morris Claiborne Shushes WVU Crowd

Just when it looked like the West Virginia Mountaineers were going to surge past the LSU Tigers, special teams struck again. Late in the third, Dustin Garrison scored on a short run to pull WVU within six points after LSU led by 20 at the half. The play capped a 90-yard drive that had taken just over a minute and brought the Mountaineer Field crowd to full boil, but then ...

LSU Tigers return man Morris Claiborne battled his way to a 99-yard touchdown return that took everything back down a notch. Special teams has been the difference in this game.

West Virginia has 200 more yards than do the Tigers and Geno Smith very well could go over 500 yards passing, but LSU simply has too much talent and depth. Even if WVU didn't have especially bad special teams, it would still be a mismatch.

With the deck stacked against them, the Eers are going to have to come up with enough big plays to make up for another quarter's worth of likely rotten field position.

For discussion, head to LSU blog And The Valley Shook and West Virginia blog The Smoking Musket. Also, check out this week’s college football TV schedule, and stay tuned to SB Nation’s college football news hub and Week 4 college football coverage for more.

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West Virginia Vs. LSU Score: Second-Half Momentum Swinging In Morgantown

The West Virginia Mountaineers finally got back on the scoreboard early in the third quarter, with Geno Smith concluding a drive by hitting Tyler Urban for a 12-yard score to make it 27-14. Just before the touchdown, and for the second time this game, a LSU player (Michael Brockers this time) suffered an unconvincing injury as WVU operated from its no-huddle. Coach Dana Holgorsen could be clearly seen on television saying, "That's b-------" while shaking his head.

Here! Take a look! (Click to animate, via @bubbaprog)

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West Virginia's defense has come back to life as well, forcing a punt. Brad Wing remains LSU's punter, so of course it was a fantastic punt, but Smith has already brought the Eers out of harm's way.

For discussion, head to LSU blog And The Valley Shook and West Virginia blog The Smoking Musket. Also, check out this week’s college football TV schedule, and stay tuned to SB Nation’s college football news hub and Week 4 college football coverage for more.

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LSU Vs. West Virginia Halftime Score: Tigers Pouncing On Mistakes

LSU Tigers cornerback Tyrann Mathieu is going to become the second straight Tigers defender to make noise as a Heisman dark horse. He wears the same number as Patrick Peterson did, too. After peeling off his seventh fumble recovery of the past two seasons in the first quarter, he tipped and grabbed Geno Smith pass and returned it to the West Virginia Mountaineers goal line.

Two plays later, Jarrett Lee zipped the ball into a tumbling Chase Clement's hands to push the score to 27-7, LSU. Oh, and Mathieu knocked down the half-ending hail mary.

The Tigers aren't completely dominating this game (WVU has more total yards and first downs), but they've made fewer whoopsies (one turnover to three) and have fixed themselves a terrific field position advantage. Your most valuable player tonight, besides Mathieu, might be Tigers punter Brad Wing, who's forced WVU into starting three drives within its own five.

On an earlier third-and-one, the entire WVU defense chomped (not just bit!) on a play fake that left Odell Beckham wide open for a 52-yard touchdown pass to make it 20-7. The Eers had just gotten on the board when Geno Smith found Stedman Bailey for a 20-yard score.

LSU's Craig Loston appeared to suffer a concussion when his head collided with Tavon Austin's hip during a punt return. He was able to walk off the field after showing medical personnel he was able to move his neck without difficulty.

For discussion, head to LSU blog And The Valley Shook and West Virginia blog The Smoking Musket. Also, check out this week’s college football TV schedule, and stay tuned to SB Nation’s college football news hub and Week 4 college football coverage for more.

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PHOTO: Dana Holgorsen Is Watching You

If you hadn't figured it out by now, West Virginia head coach Dana Holgorsen is both intense and photogenic.

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Via Kegs N Eggs.

Other fun facts! The Google search suggestions for Dana Holgorsen are not so flattering.

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Just further proof that Holgo is the best coach ever.

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LSU, West Virginia Game Update: Tyrann Mathieu Everywhere, Tigers Extend Lead

LSU's Brandon Taylor picked off Geno Smith after a ball bounced off Tavon Austin's hands. Just like earlier, the mistake lead to a Tigers touchdown, a 22-yard Michael Ford touchdown. It's 13-0, Tigers, after a mishandled extra point.

It could be worse right now, considering the Mountaineers made another significant mistake just before this one.

Tyrann Mathieu forced the seventh fumble of his young LSU Tigers career -- young as in he's a true sophomore -- wrenching the ball away from a West Virginia Mountaineers receiver who probably thought the play was just about over. Not much came of that drive, but he slid in to down the ensuing punt at the three. He's pretty good at sports.

WVU receiver Stedman Bailey and LSU corner Morris Claiborne got into it on the second Eers drive. Ferocious blocking by Bailey led to a little extra shoving, which brought on a flag and had Les Miles sending Claiborne to the sidelines.

For discussion, head to LSU blog And The Valley Shook and West Virginia blog The Smoking Musket. Also, check out this week’s college football TV schedule, and stay tuned to SB Nation’s college football news hub and Week 4 college football coverage for more.

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LSU Vs. West Virginia Score: Jarrett Lee, Rueben Randle Strike First

The West Virginia Mountaineers kicked off a rare national showcase with a promising 15-yard pass from Geno Smith to Stedman Bailey, but a penalty set up a third-and-billion. Their punting game, statistically the worst in the nation, lived up to its reputation by gifting the LSU Tigers a 14-yard punt, which set up an 11-yard touchdown pass from Jarrett Lee to Rueben Randle.

LSU receiver Russell Shepard's return inspired Lee to take a shot downfield, but nothing came of it. WVU's defense looks lively, devouring Spencer Ware in the backfield on a second-down play, though they're having a hard time getting off the field. Lee converted a pair of third-and-longs -- both of them right over cornerback Pat Miller.

Randle, who caught one of those conversions, now has 256 yards and three touchdowns on the year.

Most importantly, here's LSU's Sam Montgomery trying to hug a ref.

For discussion, head to LSU blog And The Valley Shook and West Virginia blog The Smoking Musket. Also, check out this week’s college football TV schedule, and stay tuned to SB Nation’s college football news hub and Week 4 college football coverage for more.

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LSU Vs. West Virginia Game Time, TV Schedule, Spread And More

LSU travels to Morgantown to take on the West Virginia Mountaineers in a clash between ranked teams

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