2009 LSU Football Game Notes: LSU at Washington, Sept. 5

LSU Opens Fifth Season Under Les Miles Against Washington

LSU will travel the farthest its ever been – 2,550 miles – for a football game on Saturday when the Tigers open the 2009 season against Washington in Seattle. Kickoff for Tigers and Huskies is set for 9:36 p.m. CT from Husky Stadium. The game will be televised nationally by ESPN. The contest will mark only the second meeting between the two schools, and the first since a 40-14 LSU win over the Huskies in Tiger Stadium in 1983. Its also the first time that the Tigers have played a game on the West Coast since a 1984 contest against Southern Cal (LSU won 23-3). LSU goes into the Washington game ranked No. 9 in the USA Today Coaches Poll and No. 11 in the AP Poll. LSU has been ranked in the preseason AP and Coaches Poll every year since 2001. The Washington contest also marks the first for the Tigers against a Pac-10 team since a 45-3 win over Arizona in Tiger Stadium in 2006. LSU last played at a Pac-10 opponent in 2005 when the Tigers were forced, due to Hurricane Katrina, to travel to Tempe, Ariz., to face Arizona State. LSU used a fourth quarter rally to beat the Sun Devils, 35-31 in what was Les Miles’ first game as the Tiger head coach. The Washington game represents the start of Miles’ fifth season as head coach at LSU. Miles’ first four years at LSU was the best four-year stretch in school history with 42 wins (11 losses), four bowl victories, and a national title. The Tigers go into 2009 with an offense that will be led by sophomore QB Jordan Jefferson and a stable of running backs paced by senior Charles Scott, who rushed for 1,174 yards in 2008. As a group, LSU returns 92.7 percent (2,011 of 2,168 yards) of its rushing game from a year ago. The Tigers also return 88.4 percent (2,314 of 2,617 yards) of its passing game from 2008. Brandon LaFell (63 rec., 929 yards, 8 TDs) and TE Richard Dickson (31-324-5) return as the Tigers’ top two receivers. Defensively, coordinator John Chavis will make his debut against Washington. Chavis has overhauled a Tiger defense that allowed 24.2 points and 325.5 yards per game in 2008. LSU returns its tackles leader (LB Harry Coleman – 71), sacks leader (DE Rahim Alem – 8) and interception leader (CBC Chris Hawkins – 3) from a year ago. The Tigers go into 2009 with new starters at both kicker (Josh Jasper) and punter (Derek Helton).

Tigers Finish 2008 Season In Style With 38-3 Bowl Win Over Georgia Tech

LSU put a season worth of frustration behind it in the Chick-fil-A Bowl as the Tigers capped 2008 with a 38-3 thrashing of 14th-ranked Georgia Tech. The win ran LSU’s record to 8-5 overall marking the ninth straight year in which the Tigers have won at least eight games – a school record. LSU also ended a season with a bowl victory for the fourth straight year. The Tigers opened 2008 with four straight wins and climbed to as high as No. 3 in the nation before a loss to Florida in early October. Of LSU’s five losses in 2008, one came to eventual national champion Florida; one came to then-No. 1 ranked Alabama in overtime and another came at the hands of top 10-ranked Georgia. LSU had top 25 wins over Auburn and Georgia Tech. Last year also saw the Tigers overcome the largest deficit in school history to win a game as LSU came back from being down 31-3 in the third quarter against Troy, to win 40-31.

LSU vs. Washington: The Facts

Date/Time:  Saturday, Sept. 5 at 9:36 p.m. CT
Location: Seattle, Wash. (Husky Stadium – 72,500)
Television:   ESPN (live) — cable ch. 35 and HD ch. 735 in Baton Rouge
  Cox Sports Television (delay) – cable ch. 37 and HD ch. 737 in Baton Rouge
Radio:  LSU Sports Radio Network – 98.1 FM in Baton Rouge
  Sirius Satellite Radio – ch. 219; XM Satellite Radio – ch. 200
Internet:  Geaux Zone on www.LSUsports.net
The Series:   LSU leads 1-0

Series Notes:

LSU and Washington meet for the second time with the Tigers hold a 1-0 advantage in the series … LSU won the only other meeting between the teams, 40-14, in Tiger Stadium in 1984 … It’s the second time under Miles that the Tigers have opened the season against a Pac-10 team … LSU beat Arizona State, 35-31, in Tempe to open the 2005 season … LSU is 12-3 all-time against the Pac-10 (4-0 vs. Oregon State, 3-0 vs. Arizona, 1-0 vs. Arizona State, 1-0 vs. Washington, 2-1 vs. Oregon, 1-1 vs. Southern Cal, and 0-1 vs. Stanford) …LSU coach Les Miles is 3-1 vs. the Pac-10, which includes a 2-0 mark at LSU. Miles has wins over Arizona and Arizona State while at LSU and he was 1-1 vs. UCLA while the head coach at Oklahoma State.

LSU

Record 0-0 (0-0 SEC) (8-5 in 2008)
Ranking  No. 11 Associated Press
  No. 9 USA Today/Coaches
Last Game   Dec. 31 at Chick-fil-A Bowl in Atlanta
  def. #14 Georgia Tech, 38-3
Coach  Les Miles
Career Record   70-32/ninth year
LSU Record  42-11/fifth year
vs. Washington first meeting

Washington

Record 0-0 (0-0 Pac-10) (0-12 in 2008)
Ranking  NR Associated Press
  NR USA Today/Coaches
Last Game   Dec. 6 at Berkeley, Calif.
  lost to California, 48-7
Coach  Steve Sarkisian
Career Record   0-0/first year
UW Record  0-0/first year
vs. LSU   first meeting

LSU Goes West To Face Washington

LSU will travel over 2,000 miles this week as the Tigers open the 2009 season against Washington in Seattle. The Washington game will mark the longest distance LSU has ever had to travel for a football game. LSU is 1-0 all time against Washington. The only time the teams met came in 1983 in Tiger Stadium when unranked LSU upset then-No. 9 Washington, 40-14, on Sept. 24. LSU brings of nation’s best streak of 19 straight non-conference wins into the Washington game.

LSU Travel Plans

Due to the long distance that LSU must travel for this week’s season opener, the Tigers will change up their travel routine. LSU will depart Baton Rouge a day early, leaving on Thursday evening after practice instead of Friday afternoon. LSU will also spend the night in Seattle on Saturday night (the Tigers always return home immediately following all other road games) and return home on Sunday afternoon.

LSU-Washington Ties

LSU wide receiver coach D.J. McCarthy played football at Washington for three seasons (1991-92-93) and he was a part of the Huskies national title team in 1991. McCarthy is a 1994 graduate of Washington. Washington AD Scott Woodward is an LSU graduate and spent several years serving as the athletic department liaison for the Chancellor’s office earlier this decade. Current Washington chancellor Dr. Mark Emmert held the same post at LSU for several years.

LSU vs. the Pac-10

LSU goes into the Washington game sporting a 12-3 all-time mark against teams from the Pac-10. LSU has faced Oregon State more than any other Pac-10 team and the Tigers are 4-0 against the Beavers. LSU is 3-0 vs. Arizona, 1-0 vs. Arizona State, 1-0 vs. Washington, 2-1 vs. Oregon, 1-1 vs. Southern Cal, and 0-1 vs. Stanford. LSU has never faced UCLA, California or Washington State. LSU coach Les Miles is 3-1 vs. the Pac-10, which includes a 2-0 mark at LSU. Miles has wins over Arizona and Arizona State while at LSU and he was 1-1 vs. UCLA while the head coach at Oklahoma State.

LSU Ranked In USA Today Coaches Poll Top 10 To Start Season For Sixth Straight Year

When LSU kicks off the 2009 season on Saturday against Washington, they will do so ranked among the top 10 teams in the nation. LSU is ranked No. 9 in the USA Today/Coaches Poll. It marks the sixth straight year that the Tigers enter week 1 of the regular season ranked in the top 10. LSU has been ranked in the preseason top 10 every year since the 2004 season. LSU is ranked No. 11 in the AP preseason poll.

LSU In Season-Openers

LSU brings an 82-28-5 overall mark in season-openers into the Washington game. The Tigers have won six straight and 12 of their last 13 season-openers. LSU’s only season-opening loss over the past 13 years came at Virginia Tech by a 26-8 count in 2002. Last year, the Tigers rolled to a 41-13 win over Appalachian State in Tiger Stadium to open the season.

Miles In Season Openers

LSU coach Les Miles is 5-3 in season openers in his eight previous years as a head coach. Miles is 4-0 in season openers at LSU, beating Arizona State, 35-31, in Tempe in 2005 followed by a 45-3 win over Louisiana-Lafayette in 2006, a 45-0 victory over Mississippi State in 2007 and the 41-13 victory over Appalachian State last year.

LSU Leads Nation With 19 Straight Non-Conference Wins

LSU goes into its game with Washington having won 19 straight non-conference games, a streak that dates back to the start of the 2005 season. LSU coach Les Miles is a perfect 19-0 in non-conference games at LSU. The 19-game non-conference winnings streak ranks first nationally. LSU’s last non-conference loss came during the 2004 season when Iowa scored on the final play of the game to beat LSU, 30-25, in the Capital One Bowl. LSU hasn’t lost a regular season non-conference contest since dropping a 26-8 decision to Virginia Tech in the 2002 season opener.

LSU Hasn’t Been Kind To Non-SEC Foes; Tigers Have Outscored Them 694 to 170 Under Miles

LSU coach Les Miles is 19-0 in non-conference games with the Tigers and in those 19 contests, only six teams – Arizona State, Notre Dame, Louisiana Tech, Ohio State, Appalachian State, Tulane and Troy – have reached double-figures in points against LSU. A year ago, LSU went 5-0 in five non-conference games, outscoring opponents 195-60. In the 19 non-conference games the Tigers have played under Miles, LSU has outscored its opponents 694 to 170 or by an average of 36.5 to 8.9.

LSU’s Won 16 Straight Overall On ESPN Family Of Networks; Streak At 15 On ESPN

LSU brings a 16-game winning streak on the ESPN family of networks into the Washington game. The 16-game streak goes back to the 2005 season when Tennessee rallied for a 30-27 overtime win over the Tigers on a Monday night in a game televised by ESPN2. Since then, the Tigers have reeled off 16 straight victories on the all sports network. Breaking down the 16-game streak has the Tigers winning nine straight on ESPN, six in a row on ESPN2, and one on ESPN Classic. In ESPN only games, the Tigers have won 15 straight, a streak that dates back to the 2002 season.

LSU’s Won 9 Straight And 11 of Last 12 In September

In addition to its 19 game non-conference winning streak, LSU brings a 9-game winning streak in games played in September into the Washington contest. LSU hasn’t lost a game in September since a 7-3 setback to Auburn on Sept. 16, 2006. Overall, LSU coach Les Miles is 12-2 in September games with the Tigers.

LSU Won No. 700 In 2008 Finale

LSU won the programs 700th game last year against Georgia Tech in the Chick-fil-a Bowl. Currently, LSU is one of only 12 schools in college football’s highest division that have won 700 games during their history.

LSU To Start A New Quarterback In Season Opener For Third Straight Year

LSU will start a new quarterback in a season opener for the third straight year against Washington as sophomore Jordan Jefferson will take the first snap for the Tigers. Jefferson, who was offensive MVP of last year’s Chick-fil-A Bowl, will be making his third career start for the Tigers, all of which have come away from Tiger Stadium. Jefferson is 1-1 as LSU’s starting quarterback – beating Georgia Tech in the Chick-fil-A Bowl and losing to Arkansas in Little Rock in last year’s regular season finale. LSU started the 2007 season with a new quarterback when Matt Flynn took the opening snap, while last year, Jarrett Lee made his first career start in the opener against Appalachian State. JaMarcus Russell was the last LSU quarterback to serve as starter for more than one year (2005-06).