Charles Scott rushed for a career-high 160 yards on 16 carries, including touchdowns of 8 and 29 yards, and No. 7 LSU rolled to 41-13 victory over Appalachian State on Saturday.
"It really doesn't matter to us" who plays quarterback, Scott said. "The (offensive) line is doing great right now, and they're only going to get better. Our rushing game is going to be the strength of this team and we're going to get those guys in the pocket comfortable."
Andrew Hatch, who transferred from Harvard in 2007, took the field on the Tigers' opening three series, which produced 17 points.
LSU coach Les Miles also gave redshirt freshman Jarrett Lee a chance. Both threw their first touchdown pass as a Tiger, but the real damage was done on the ground. LSU, which averaged about 214 yards rushing per game last season, finished with 266 against the Mountaineers.
Hatch was 7-for-14 passing for 77 yards, including a 17-yard TD to Demetrius Byrd. He also ran for 43 yards. Lee was 6-for-10 for 116 yards, with scoring passes of 31 and 39 yards to Brandon LaFell. Lee also threw an interception that set up an Appalachian State field goal.
"We ran the football like we needed to," Miles said.
"We probably tried to force the pass as best we could just to get some of these young guys some experience."
The Tigers raced to a 31-0 lead in the first half and maintained a comfortable lead as reserves filtered in the rest of the way.
FURMAN 62, MARS HILL 14
In Greenville, S.C., Jordan Sorrells passed for three touchdowns and rushed for another to lead Furman.
The Paladins scored 31 second-quarter points to take a 38-0 lead into halftime.
Sorrells was 19-for-26 for 218 yards with scoring passes of 22, 8 and 54 yards.
WOFFORD 38, PRESBYTERIAN 21
In Spartanburg, S.C., Wofford scored 38 of the final 45 points after spotting Presbyterian an early 14-point lead.
Dane Romero rushed for 100 yards and three touchdowns for Wofford, while Ben Widmyer threw for 138 yards and a score. He also ran for 107 yards.
Presbyterian's Tim Webb was 37-for-56 for 351 yards and three touchdowns.