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Jefferson has finally cracked No. 1 LSUs starting lineup. Whether he stays there
remains to be seen. Alfred Blue and Kenny Hilliard each scored two touchdowns,
and the Tigers overcame a lacklustre first-half to defeat Western Kentucky 42-9
on Saturday night. “I dont think this was in any way an impassioned effort by
our guys, but I think they did the things that they needed to do to ensure
victory,” coach Les Miles said. “The decision made the staff and myself on the
quarterbacks, that is a one-game decision and well kind of go from there.” One
week after playing most of LSUs 9-6 overtime victory at Alabama, Jefferson got
the start against the Hilltoppers, hitting 8-of-14 passes for 168 yards,
including a 59-yard scoring strike to Rueben Randle. LSU (10-0) came in favoured
by nearly six touchdowns, but led only 14-7 at halftime. The Tigers then
dominated the second half to reach 10-0 for the first time since 1958, when they
won a national championship. The victory also was Miles 100th as a head coach,
his 72nd at LSU. “We just were flat,” said LSU defensive end Barkevious Mingo,
who had eight tackles including one sack. “There really is not much you can say
about that. Early on we were just not ready to play. “This game kind of woke us
up and we wont let this happen any more games this year. The Alabama game is
over now. We are going to move on and hopefully play for a lot more the rest of
this season.” Keshawn Simpson had a two-yard touchdown run for Western Kentucky
(5-5), which saw its winning streak end at five. Hilltoppers quarterback Kuwaun
Jakes completed 11-of-24 passes for 97 yards and was intercepted once by
linebacker Tahj Jones. LSUs defence held Bobby Rainey, who came in averaging 138
yards rushing, to 85 yards on 28 carries. “We played hard and didnt give up,”
WKU coach Willie Taggart said. “We scored more points than Alabama. I believe we
were going to win, but I knew it wouldnt happen if we didnt play perfect.” While
LSU struggled to run early, the Tigers eventually wore the Hilltoppers down and
finished with 291 yards on the ground, led by Blues 119 on nine carries.
Jefferson, who lost his starting job when he was arrested in connection with an
August bar fight and then suspended for LSUs first four games, has become
increasingly involved in the Tigers offence since his return. Last weeks victory
at Alabama marked the first time all season he played the majority of the snaps,
taking over in that game for good after Jarrett Lee had thrown his second
interception of the contest in the third quarter. Miles had not announced
whether Lee or Jefferson would start during the week leading up to LSUs
homecoming date with the Hilltoppers. Shortly before kickoff, Lee was announced
as the starter over the public address system, but Jefferson took the field for
the first series. Jefferson played until 12 minutes remained in the fourth
quarter, when Lee relieved him and immediately drove LSU 82 yards in 14 plays,
10 of them runs, before hitting Kadron Boone with a five-yard scoring pass. “We
thought we might go with Lee a little earlier than that, but Western Kentucky
kind of proved to throw some wrinkles at us that we didnt necessarily
anticipate,” Miles said, referring to WKUs frequent blitzing. “We liked
Jefferson in there in that situation.” Randle praised the play of Jefferson, who
LSU did not make available for interviews. “We left a couple of plays out there
we could have made for him, but he did a great job executing the game plan and
getting the job done,” Randle said. LSU led 21-7 after Hilliards first TD from
one yard out capped an eight-play, 68 yards drive, but Antonio Andrews returned
the ensuing kickoff 73 yards for WKU, and a few plays later, the Hilltoppers
were threatening to cut the deficit back to one score with second-and-goal on
the LSU 2. Western Kentucky then attempted three straight runs, all stuffed by
the LSU defence, giving the Tigers the ball on downs at their own one. The
Hilltoppers salvaged two points when they forced Jefferson into an intentional
grounding penalty in the end zone for a safety. But three plays after WKU
received the ensuing free kick, Jakes passed was tipped and intercepted by Jones
on the Hilltoppers 42. Two plays later, Blue burst through the middle of the
line untouched for a 45-yard touchdown, to make it 28-9. LSU went ahead 35-9
when Blue added his second touchdown from four yards out early in the fourth
quarter. “I dont think the score represents how the game went,” Rainey said. “In
the first half, we were up there with the No. 1 team in the country.” Western
Kentucky, in contention to win the Sun Belt Conference, kept it interesting
throughout the first half, forcing LSU to punt twice, recovering Odell Beckham
Jr.s fumble on a kickoff return and dominating time of possession, 20:01 to
9:59. When LSU took the lead on Randles TD catch on the Tigers second
possession, the Hilltoppers responded with a 10-play, 65-yard touchdown drive to
tie the game at seven. Jakes kept the drive alive with a 10-yard completion to
Mitchell Henry at the LSU 19, then found Jack Doyle at the two to set up
Simpsons score. WKU even set up a go-ahead field goal attempt in the second
quarter, but Casey Tinius 49-yard kick was short and wide right. Western
Kentucky had entered the game allowing on 99 yards rushing per game during its
previous five contests—all victories—and dared LSU to throw by packing the
middle of the field with defenders. When the Tigers stubbornly tried to run
anyway, they stalled. When Jefferson threw, they scored. One LSUs second scoring
drive, Jefferson completed consecutive passes of six yards to Spencer Ware, 29
yards to Beckham, 24 yards to Chase Clement, setting up Hilliards one-yard
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in the new CBA to let him go.OKLAHOMA CITY —When Lil Wayne turned down
Kevin Durants invitation to watch the Oklahoma City Thunder in Game 4 of the
Western Conference finals, he missed quite a show by the three-time scoring
champion. Durant scored 18 of his 36 points in a scintillating final 7 minutes,
Serge Ibaka added a career-high 26 points and the Thunder evened the series at
two games apiece by beating the San Antonio Spurs 109-103 Saturday night. After
seeing his teams 15-point lead dwindle to four, Durant took over midway through
the fourth quarter by scoring all 16 of the Thunders points during a span of
just over 5 minutes to keep the Spurs at bay. “I didnt tell myself that I need
to go score because what we were doing was working,” Durant said. “We were
passing the ball and guys were making shots. ... I just wanted to stick with
what we were doing, but it started to open up for me and I could see some lanes
that gave me some opportunities to make some shots.” With All-Star teammate
Russell Westbrook limited to seven points, Durant did almost all of the damage
late to send the series back to San Antonio all square for Game 5 on Monday
night. Durant, who finished behind only LeBron James in MVP voting, hit three
straight jumpers, the last one coming after he bumped into Tony Parker in the
lane to draw a foul and set up a three-point play. Then he attacked the rim for
his next three baskets, getting to the line again when he was fouled on a layup
off of James Hardens alley-oop. Durant hit another jumper after coming off a
Westbrook screen for the last basket in his personal run—and the Spurs were
still within striking distance. Rookie Kawhi Leonard bracketed a pair of
3-pointers around that Durant jumper, and the Spurs were only down 102-96 with
1:24 left. The Spurs succeeded in getting the ball out of Durants hands on the
next possession, only for him to provide the assist on Hardens 3-pointer from
the left wing that bumped the lead to nine. “When a player that talented gets
hot, its really hard to contain,” San Antonios Manu Ginobili said. “We tried
different things and they didnt work. “He scored a bunch in a short period of
time. When we tried to blitz or really help, he kicked it and they made big
shots.” Durant hit two free throws in the final minute to help close it out. “We
tried to do a couple of different things but his play was better than anything
we did defensively, thats for sure,” Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said. “He
finished it off in fine fashion.” Before the game, Durant said he still hoped to
convince Lil Wayne to come see a game in Oklahoma City after the rapper created
a stir before Game 3 by tweeting he was denied access and followed it up by
saying he felt “unwanted” at Chesapeake Energy Arena. With another biig closing
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to be calm and composed and poised in those situations and make the right
basketball play,” Durant said. “I just try to calm down and go with my
instincts.” Oklahoma City is trying to become the 15th team in NBA history to
overcome an 0-2 deficit in a seven-game series, and the eighth to do it since
2004. The Thunder avoided an even trickier task by winning. Only eight teams
have ever overcome a 3-1 hole, and only two had done it while needing two wins
on the road—the 1995 Rockets and 1968 Celtics. “Weve just got to go down
there with the mindset that were going to play hard every possession, play
together like weve played in these last two games and well see what happens,”
Durant said. “Weve just got to keep believing, man, and well be fine.”
Tim Duncan had 21 points for San Antonio, which had won 20 in a row before
losing Game 3. Leonard added 17 points and nine rebounds. The Spurs wiped away
most of a 15-point deficit with a run that coincided with Popovich turning to
DeJuan Blair, whos had some notoriously big games against the Thunder but had
occupied a spot on the bench for most of the playoffs after starting 62 of the
66 regular-season games. Blair sprung free for a layup early in an 18-5
comeback, and Ginobilis 3-pointer from the top of the key trimmed Oklahoma Citys
lead to 73-71 with 1:16 to go in the third quarter. The Spurs were within four
after Duncans left-handed runner with 6:55 left in the game. Thats when Thunder
coach Scott Brooks called a timeout, and Durant came out of it firing away. He
made seven of his last eight shots and also finished with eight assists and six
rebounds. “It was hard because were on a run, we were feeling good about
ourselves and we just couldnt make a stop,” Ginobili said. Ibaka made all 11 of
his shots—and all four of his free throws—to lead a strong performance
from Oklahoma Citys frontcourt while Durants usual running mates, Westbrook and
Harden, both struggled. Ibaka, starting centre Kendrick Perkins and reserve
Nick Collison combined to go 22 for 25 from the field for 49 points. Westbrook
missed eight of his 10 shots and Harden was limited to eight points. The Thunder
shot 56 per cent and outrebounded San Antonio 41-31. Oklahoma City pulled ahead
to stay with a 12-3 run early in the second quarter with Durant and Westbrook
both taking a break. Westbrook nailed a 3-pointer from the left side soon after
returning to provide the Thunders first double-digit lead at 43-33 with 4:44 to
go before halftime. NOTES: After committing a post-season-worst 21 turnovers in
Game 3, San Antonio had 10 that led to 11 Oklahoma City points. ... Ryan
Seacrest sat in the front row near midcourt. ’ ’ ’ 

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