2009 LSU Football Game Notes : LSU vs. UL-Lafayette, Sept. 129, 2009

Top 10-ranked LSU Hosts UL-Lafayette In Non-Conference Contest
pair of unbeaten teams will square off on Saturday night in Tiger
Stadium when No. 7/9 LSU hosts Louisiana-Lafayette. Kickoff for the
contest is scheduled for 6:05 p.m. and the game will be televised
nationally on ESPNU. LSU is 2-0 overall and 1-0 in Southeastern
Conference play following last week’s 23-9 win over Vanderbilt. The win
over the Commodores extended LSU’s streak of consecutive Saturday night
wins in Tiger Stadium to 31. UL-Lafayette brings a 2-0 mark into the
game as the Cajuns are coming off a 17-15 win over Kansas State in
Lafayette. Saturday’s game will be the first between the teams since a
45-3 LSU victory to open the 2006 season. The teams also meet in 2002,
a 48-0 LSU victory. Prior to that, the last meeting between the teams
came in 1938. LSU is 21-0 all-time against UL-Lafayette. In addition to
its 31 game winning streak in Saturday night games in Tiger Stadium,
LSU’s other winning streaks to note include: 22 straight victories over
teams from Louisiana; 20 straight non-conference wins; and 11
consecutive wins in September. The 20 straight non-conference victories
is the nation’s longest current streak. LSU hasn’t dropped a
non-conference contest since falling to Iowa, 30-25, in the Capital One
bowl during the 2004 season. Offensively, the Tigers are averaging 27.0
points and 323.5 yards per game (163.5 rushing, 160.0 passing). QB
Jordan Jefferson has completed 31 of 48 passes for 310 yards and 3 TDs.
Keiland Williams (123 yards, 2 TDs) and Charles Scott (101 yards) pace
the rushing attack, while Brandon LaFell (11 rec., 72 yards, 1 TD) and
Terrance Toliver (7 for 138, 2 TDs) lead the receiving corps.
Defensively, LSU is allowing 16.0 points and 344.0 yards per game
(139.5 rushing, 204.5 passing). LB Harry Coleman leads the team with 17
tackles. Other defensive standouts include: LB Perry Riley (12 tackles,
1 TFL), DE Rahim Alem (10 tackles, 2 sacks) and DT Drake Nevis (8
tackles, 3 TFL, 1 sack).

Strong Defensive Effort and Efficient Offense Leads LSU Past Vanderbilt, 23-9
Williams rushed for 71 yards and a pair of TDs and the LSU defense
limited Vanderbilt to just 210 total yards as the Tigers opened
conference play with a 23-9 win over the Commodores on a rainy night in
Tiger Stadium. LSU never trailed in the contest, taking a 7-0 lead on a
6-yard TD run by Williams late in the first quarter. LSU stretched the
lead to 10-0 on a 32-yard field goal by Josh Jasper at the 10:22 mark
in the second quarter. Vanderbilt responded with a 12-play, 80-yard
drive to pull to within 10-7 on a 6-yard run by Larry Smith at the 7:20
mark in the second quarter. LSU need just over a minute to go 64 yards
just before halftime as another Jasper field goal extended the lead to
13-7 at intermission. A third Jasper field goal stretched the margin to
16-7 midway through the third quarter. With the Tiger defense holding
Vanderbilt in check, the LSU offense couldn’t put the Commodores away
though. An errant snap on a punt deep in LSU territory resulted in a
safety for Vanderbilt, pulling the Commodores to within 16-9 with 1:35
to go in the third quarter. LSU’s defense stepped up again the fourth
quarter, halting a Vanderbilt drive at the LSU 23-yard line on an
interception by Brandon Taylor. LSU put the game away with a 7-play,
46-yard drive capped on a 14-yard TD run by Williams with 6:05 to play.
Jordan Jefferson completed 20-of-29 passes for 138 yards, while Charles
Scott added 49 yards on the ground for LSU. LaFell led all LSU
receivers with 7 catches for 38 yards. Harry Coleman paced the defense
with 10 tackles, while Rahim Alem added 7 tackles and a sack.

Date/Time:   Saturday, Sept. 19 at 6:05 p.m. CT 
Location:  Baton Rouge, La. (Tiger Stadium – 92,400)
Television: ESPNU (live) — cable ch. 243 and HD ch. 785 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. 215; XM Satellite Radio – ch. 203
Internet:  Geaux Zone on www.LSUsports.net
The Series: LSU leads 21-0

Series Notes: Teams will meet for the 22nd time on
Saturday in Tiger Stadium … Game will only be the third meeting
between the teams since 1938 … Last meeting came in 2006 when LSU
opened the year with a 45-3 win over the Cajuns … LSU has shutout
UL-Lafayette 16 times in the 21-game series … In 21 games, LSU has
allowed just 22 points to the Cajuns … On the other hand, LSU has
scored 957 points over the 21-game span … LSU is 32-0 all-time
against current members of the Sun Belt Conference (21-0 vs. ULL, 3-0
vs. North Texas, 3-0 vs. Arkansas State, 2-0 vs. Middle Tennessee, 2-0
vs. Troy State, 1-0 vs. Louisiana-Monroe). 

Record 2-0 (1-0 SEC)
Ranking No. 9 Associated Press
  No. 7 USA Today/Coaches
Last Game Sept. 12 in Baton Rouge
  def. Vanderbilt, 23-9
Coach  Les Miles
Career Record   72-32/ninth year
LSU Record   44-11/fifth year
vs. ULL 2-0

Record 2-0 (0-0 Sun Belt)
Ranking NR Associated Press 
  NR USA Today/Coaches
Last Game Sept. 12 in Lafayette, La.
  def. Kansas State, 17-15
Coach  Ricky Bustle
Career Record   34-50/eighth year
ULL Record   34-50/eighth year
vs. LSU   0-2

LSU Hosts UL-Lafayette In Non-Conference Tilt
will play its second straight home game on Saturday when the No. 7/9
Tigers hosts UL-Lafayette in Tiger Stadium. Both teams go into the game
with identical 2-0 records. The Tigers are coming off a 23-9 SEC win
over Vanderbilt last week, while the Cajuns beat Kansas State, 17-15,
in Lafayette. LSU will face UL-Lafayette for the first time since a
45-3 win to open the 2006 season. The UL-Lafayette game is the first of
three contests for the Tigers against teams from Louisiana. LSU is also
scheduled to face Tulane (Oct. 31) and Louisiana Tech (Nov. 14) this

LSU Storylines This Week …
• LSU has won 31 straight Saturday night games in Tiger Stadium with 20 of those victories coming under Les Miles.
• LSU has won 11 straight games during the month of September with the last loss coming at Auburn on Sept. 16, 2006.

LSU currently leads the nation with a 20-game non-conference winning
streak. LSU hasn’t lost a non-conference game since a 30-25 decision to
Iowa in the Capital One Bowl to close out the 2004 season.

LSU Up To No. 7 In Coaches Poll and No. 9 In AP Poll
jumped two spots in both polls this week – rising to No. 7 in the USA
Today Coaches Poll and to No. 9 in the AP Poll. The Tigers opened the
year at No. 9 in the coaches poll and No. 11 in the AP poll. LSU is one
of four SEC teams in the top 10, joining No. 1 Florida, No. 4 Alabama
and No. 5 Ole Miss.

Chavis’ Defense Comes Up Big Against Vanderbilt
defense, under first year coordinator John Chavis, came up big against
Vanderbilt last week, surrendering just a second quarter touchdown to
go with 210 yards of offense (122 rushing, 88 passing). The 88 passing
yards were the fewest allowed by LSU in an SEC game since Nov. 24, 2006
when Arkansas managed just 62 yards passing against the Tigers. In
addition, the 210 total yards were the fewest allowed by the Tigers in
an SEC game since Mississippi State had 146 yards in the 2007
season-opener. It’s also the fewest points allowed in an SEC game by
the Tigers since the season-opener against Mississippi State in 2007.
LSU won that game, 45-0.

This Day vs. Night Thing In Tiger Stadium
facts indicate that LSU plays better at night in Tiger Stadium than
they do during the day. The numbers show that since 1960, LSU is
210-59-4 (.777) at night under the lights compared to a 21-25-3 (.459)
mark in Tiger Stadium during the day. Since 2000, LSU is 55-10 overall
at home, which includes a 44-4 (.917) mark at night in Tiger Stadium
and an 11-6 (.647) record during the day. Prior to 2000, LSU had only
won 10 games at home during the day in 32 tries. From 1960 to 1999, LSU
posted a 10-19-3 (.359) record at home during the day.  The following
is a breakdown of LSU’s night record, day record and overall record in
Tiger Stadium since 1960:

Decade  Record at Night   Record during the day   Overall Tiger Stadium Record
1960-69   47-9-2    2-2-1      49-11-3
1970-79   51-12-1    1-2      52-14-1 
1980-89   38-16-1    3-5-2      41-21-3
1990-99   30-18     4-10      34-28
2000-09   44-4      11-6      55-10  
TOTALS 210-59-4   21-25-3    231-84-7

LSU’s Won 31 Consecutive Saturday Night Games In Tiger Stadium
goes into the UL-Lafayette game having won 31 straight Saturday night
games in Tiger Stadium. LSU’s streak of consecutive Saturday night wins
in Tiger Stadium goes back to the 2002 season when the Tigers beat Ole
Miss, 14-13, to get the run started. The last time LSU lost a Saturday
night game in Tiger Stadium came against Alabama on Nov. 16, 2002 by a
31-0 count. Les Miles has accounted for 20 of the 31 victories. LSU has
dropped a night game in Tiger Stadium since the 2002 season, but it
came on a Monday night against Tennessee in 2005.

Here’s a year-by-year look at the Saturday night winning streak in Tiger Stadium:
Year   Sat. Night Wins   Opponent(s)
2002   1  Ole Miss
2003   4  UL-Monroe, W. Illinois, Auburn, La. Tech
2004   6  Oregon St., Arkansas St., Troy, Vanderbilt, Alabama, Ole Miss
2005   3  Auburn, North Texas, Appalachian State
2006   7  UL-Lafayette, Arizona, Tulane, Kentucky, Fresno St., Alabama, Ole Miss
2007   5  Va. Tech, Middle Tennessee, Florida, Auburn, La. Tech
2008   4  North Texas, Miss. State, Tulane, Troy
2009   1  Vanderbilt

Miles is 25-5 Overall and 12-5 In SEC Games In Tiger Stadium
goes into the UL-Lafayette game with a 25-5 overall mark and a 12-5 SEC
record under Les Miles in games played in Tiger Stadium. Of LSU’s five
home losses under Miles, three have come in overtime – 30-27 loss to
Tennessee on a Monday night in 2005; a 50-48 triple-overtime loss to
Arkansas on a Friday afternoon in November of 2007; and a 27-21
overtime loss to No. 1 Alabama last year.

LSU Leads Nation With 20 Straight Non-Conference Wins
its win over Washington, LSU has now won 20 straight non-conference
games, a streak that dates back to the start of the 2005 season. LSU
coach Les Miles is a perfect 20-0 in non-conference games at LSU. The
20-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 725-191 Under Miles
coach Les Miles is 20-0 in non-conference games with the Tigers and in
those 20 contests, only seven teams. A year ago, LSU went 5-0 in five
non-conference games, outscoring opponents 195-60. In the 20
non-conference games the Tigers have played under Miles, LSU has
outscored its opponents 725 to 191 or by an average of 36.3 to 9.6.

LSU’s Won 18 Straight Overall On ESPN Family Of Networks
brings an 18-game winning streak on the ESPN family of networks into
the UL-Lafayette game. The 18-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 17 straight victories on the all sports network. Breaking
down the 18-game streak has the Tigers winning 10 straight on ESPN, six
in a row on ESPN2, and one each on ESPNU and ESPN Classic.

LSU’s Won 11 Straight And 13 of Last 14 In September
brings an 11-game winning streak in games played in September into the
UL-Lafayette 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
14-2 in September games with the Tigers. LSU’s last loss in Tiger
Stadium in September came against Tennessee in overtime in 2005 in a
game that was played on a Monday night. LSU hasn’t lost a September
Saturday night game in Tiger Stadium since the 2000 season when UAB
stunned the Tigers by a 13-10 margin.

LSU vs. Louisiana Schools
The Tigers bring a
127-25-8 mark all-time against teams from Louisiana into the Tulane
contest. The Tigers have won 22 straight games against in-state
opponents. LSU’s last loss to an in-state foe came in 1982 when Tulane
posted a 31-28 win over LSU in Tiger Stadium.

Jefferson Shines In Season-Opener; Off To Fast Start
sophomore QB Jordan Jefferson has performed well in the first two games
of the season as he’s connected on 31-of-48 passes for 310 yards. He’s
also added 52 rushing yards. Jefferson’s 31 completions in his first
two games of the season are the most by an LSU quarterback since Rohan
Davey completed 32 passes in the first two games of the 2002 season.
Jefferson opened the year by throwing 3 TD passes in the win over
Washington and by doing so, he joined JaMarcus Russell (2006 vs.
UL-Lafayette), Matt Mauck (2003 vs. UL-Monroe) and Davey (2000 vs.
Western Carolina) as the only quarterbacks who have tossed 3 TDs in a
season opener for the Tigers in the modern (SEC) era. Jefferson goes
into the UL-Lafayette game having thrown 94 straight passes without an
interception, a streak that goes back to the start of the Arkansas
game. The school record for passes attempted without an interception is
137 set by Alan Risher in 1982. Jefferson, who has a 3-1 record as
LSU’s starting quarterback, has not thrown an interception in his four

Jefferson Youngest Starting QB In SEC; Youngest LSU QB To Start Season-Opener Since 1945
Jordan Jefferson is the youngest starting quarterback in the SEC.
Jefferson, who has four career starts to his credit, was 19 years and
11 days old when he took the first snap against Washington. Jefferson
was the youngest quarterback to start a season-opener for the Tigers
since Y.A. Tittle in 1945. That year, Tittle was 18 years, 11 months
and 6 days when LSU opened the season against Rice. Here’s a look at
some of the younger quarterbacks who started season-openers at LSU:

Year   Player    Age      Results
1945   Y.A. Tittle   18 yrs., 11 months, 6 days  def. Rice, 42-0
2009   Jordan Jefferson   19 years, 11 days   def. Washington, 31-23
1980   Alan Risher   19 yrs., 4 months, 1 day  lost to Florida State, 16-0
1986   Tommy Hodson  19 yrs., 7 months, 16 days  def. Texas A&M, 35-17
1996   Herb Tyler     19 yrs., 9 months, 1 day def. Houston, 35-34

Dickson In Position To Break Every Tight End Receiving Record at LSU
TE Richard Dickson came into the 2009 season with a shot at breaking
every school record for receiving at his position. For his career,
Dickson has caught 72 passes for 818 yards and 10 touchdowns. His 10 TD
receptions tie with Brad Boyd for the school’s career mark for a tight
end, while his 72 catches are No. 4 in school history and his 818 yards
are No. 5 in school history. The following is a look at Dickson’s
career receiving numbers and who he’s chasing to become the most
productive tight end in school history

Category     Dickson’s Numbers  LSU Record Holder
Career Receptions   72   Mitch Andrews (87)
Career Receiving Yards   818   David LaFleur (881)
Career Receiving TDs    10   tied with Brad Boyd (10)
Note: These are stats for players at the tight end position

Alem Racks Up The  Sacks – Career Total Now at 12
a pair of sacks in LSU’s first two game, DE Rahim Alem has run his
career sack total to 12. Alem goes into the UL-Lafayette contest have
recorded a sack in four of LSU’s last five games dating back to 2008. A
year ago, Alem led the Tigers with 8.0 sacks, which ranked as the
ninth-highest total in school history. Alem earned SEC Defensive Player
of the Week honors for his performance against Vanderbilt.

R.J. Jackson Has Career Night Against Vanderbilt
WR R.J. Jackson produced a career performance against Vanderbilt with 6
catches for 55 yards, including a long of 30 yards that setup a field
goal for the Tigers just before halftime. Prior to the Vanderbilt game,
Jackson had just one reception for minus-1 yard in his career.  Jackson
is currently LSU’s third-leading receiver thru two games.

Toliver Makes The Most Of His Receptions
Terrance Toliver has made the most of his receptions this year as he’s
averaging a whopping 19.7 yards on his seven catches this year. Toliver
opened the season with 4 receptions for 117 yards and a pair of TDs vs.
Washington. Of his 117 yards against Washington, 88 came after the
catch. Tolliver scored on plays of 45 and 39 yards against the Huskies.
He followed that with 3 catches for 21 yards against Vanderbilt.

Shepard Wows The Crowd In First Game In Tiger Stadium
QB Russell Shepard saw his first collegiate action against Vanderbilt
and he showed why he was one of the top all-around prep prospects a
year ago. In just a handful of plays, Shepard accounted for 27 rushing
yards on three carries and he caught a pass for a 6-yard gain (although
he did fumble the ball away after he made the catch). He had a long run
of 13 yards and he averaged just over 8 yards for his four touches.
Shepard lined up a both quarterback and wide receiver for the Tigers
against Vanderbilt. 

LSU Has Used 5 First-Time Starters In 2009
games into the 2009 season and LSU has already had five players make
their first career start. Three Tigers started the first game of their
career against Washington and then two more followed last week against
Vanderbilt. The following is a look at LSU’s first-time starters this

Game    First-Time Starters
Washington    T-Bob Hebert (C), Josh Dworaczyk (LG), Lazarius Levingston (DE)
Vanderbilt     Brandon Taylor (SS), Chancey Aghayere (DE)

He Must Be A Former Lineman
One look at LSU’s
results in relation to rushing the football and it’s easy to figure out
that head coach Les Miles is a former offensive lineman. In 54 games
under Miles, LSU’s success is easy to predict when it comes to net
rushing yards. Get to 100 yards rushing and LSU will more than likely
win as the Tigers are 40-5 under Miles when that happens. Hold the
opponent to fewer than 100-yards and the Tigers are 29-3. An even more
telling stat is that when LSU rushes for 100-plus yards and holds the
opponents to fewer than 100-yards, the Tigers are 28-0. The following
is a look at LSU’s rushing numbers during the Miles era and have the
Tigers have fared in those games:

Year   LSU 100+   LSU 100-  Opp 100+   Opp 100-  LSU 100+/Opp 100-
2005   10-0    1-2  3-1  8-1  7-0
2006   10-0    1-2  5-0  6-2  6-0
2007   11-2    1-0  3-2  9-0  8-0
2008   8-3  0-2  2-5  6-0  7-0
2009   2-0  0-0  2-0  0-0  0-0
Totals  41-5    3-6  158     29-3    28-0

A Unique Situation At Left Tackle – 2 Players Have Accounted For Last 93 Starts 
left tackle Ciron Black goes into the UL-Lafayette game having started
42 straight games, all coming at left tackle. Since the start of the
2002 season, a stretch that spans 94 games, only two players have
started at left tackle for the Tigers – Black and Andrew Whitworth.
Whitworth, now a starting tackle for the Cincinnati Bengals, set an LSU
record by starting 52 straight games for the Tigers from 2002-05. Black
then picked up where Whitworth left off, starting the next 42 games at
that position for the Tigers. Black’s 42 straight starts ranks as the
second-longest active streak in college football.

Five True Freshmen Have Played For The Tigers So Far
members of LSU’s heralded 2009 signing class have seen action this
year. The following is a look at the true freshmen who have played this
season and the games in which they have appeared:

Rueben Randle (WR) – Washington, Vanderbilt
Craig Loston (S) – Washington
Josh Downs (DT) – Washington, Vanderbilt
Morris Claiborne (CB) – Washington, Vanderbilt
Russell Shepard (QB) – Vanderbilt

Taking Note On The Tigers Under Miles (Since 2005)
are some notable trends for LSU in the 55 games its played under head
coach Les Miles … LSU is 28-0 under Les Miles when rushing for 100 or
more yards and holding the opponent to less than 100 rushing yards …
The Tigers are 41-5 when rushing for 100 yards or more … On the
contrary, the Tigers are just 3-6 under Les Miles when failing to reach
the 100-yard mark in net rushing yards … The Tigers are 32-3 when
leading after the first quarter with the only losses during that span
coming against Tennessee in 2005, Arkansas in 2007, and Alabama in 2008
– all three of which were overtime losses … LSU is 42-7 when scoring
20 or more points and 35-5 when scoring 25 or more points … The
Tigers are 29-3 when holding opponents to fewer than 100 yards rushing,
while the record goes to 15-8 under Miles when allowing opponents to go
over the 100-yard mark.

LSU’s Best After Dark; Tigers Have Won 25 Of Last 26 Night Games
games in Tiger Stadium seem to bring out the best in LSU. However,
lately LSU has been at its best no matter the location just as long as
it dark outside. LSU goes into the UL-Lafayette  game with a 25-1 mark
in its last 26 night games. (Note: NCAA determines that a kickoff at 5
p.m. or later is a night game). Florida snapped LSU’s streak of
consecutive night wins at 19 on Oct. 11, 2008. LSU’s streak of 25 wins
in its last 26 night games includes two wins this year, seven games in
2008 and 2007, eight in 2006 and the win over Miami in the Chick-fil-A
Bowl to cap the 2005 season. Prior to the Florida game on Oct. 11,
2008, LSU hadn’t lost a night game since a 34-14 loss to Georgia in the
SEC Championship Game in 2005. Overall, LSU coach Les Miles has guided
the Tigers to a 31-3 mark in night games.

Charles Scott Goes Over 1,000-yard Mark
Charles Scott topped the 1,000-yard rushing mark in 2008, going for
1,174 yards and 18 touchdowns in what was one of the most productive
seasons in school history for a running back. Scott’s 1,174 rushing
yards is the fifth-highest total in school history, while is 18 rushing
TDs ranks No. 2 all-time. Scott goes into 2009 looking to become the
first LSU running back since Kevin Faulk to rush for 1,000 yards in
back-to-back seasons. Faulk did it three straight years from 1996 to
1998. Only three players in LSU history have had back-to-back
1,000-yard rushing seasons – Charles Alexander (1977-78), Dalton
Hilliard (1984-85) and Faulk (1996-97-98).

LSU Returns Top Rusher, Receiver And Passer For First Time Since 1997
the first time since the 1997 season, LSU returns its top three hands
on offense in terms of rushing, passing and receiving. This year,
Charles Scott returns as the Tigers leading rusher from a year ago,
while Brandon LaFell returns as the top receiver from 2008 and
quarterback Jarrett Lee comes back after leading the Tigers in passing
yards. In 1997, running back Kevin Faulk, quarterback Herb Tyler and
wide receiver Larry Foster all returned on offense after leading the
Tigers in rushing, receiving and passing from the year before.

Cap and Gown Tigers
Three current members of the
LSU football team – DE Rahim Alem, WR R.J. Jackson and DT Charles
Alexander – have already earned their Bachelor’s degree from the

Two Brothers Start For Tigers On Defense — Alem and Jones
had two brothers starting on defense against Washington in the
season-opener as DE Rahim Alem (formerly Al Jones) and FS Chad Jones
both started. It is the first time brothers started in the same game
for the Tigers since 2005 when FB Kevin Steltz and S Craig Steltz both
started in a win over Appalachian State.

LSU Best In SEC Over Past 6 Seasons
Since the
start of the 2003 season, LSU has posted a 66-15 mark, which ranks
first among all SEC teams. LSU’s 65 wins is four more than second place
Georgia. The following is a look at how the SEC stacks up over since
the 2003 season:

Team   W-L    Bowls  SEC Titles  Top 25s
LSU    66-15   6  2  5
Georgia   62-18   6  1  5
Florida  61-19   6  2  4
Auburn   57-20   5  1  4
Tennessee  50-28   4  0  4
Alabama  47-32   5  0  2
Arkansas   42-34   3  0  1
So. Carolina    40-35   3  0  0
Kentucky  34-42   3  0  0
Ole Miss   34-39   2  0  2
Vanderbilt     26-47   1  0  0
Miss. State     24-49   1  0  0

LSU Among Nation’s Best Over Last 6 Years
addition to leading the SEC in terms of wins over the last six years,
LSU ranks among the best in the nation for number of victories since
the start of the 2003 season. LSU has recorded 66 wins since the start
of the 2003 season, a figure that ties with Texas for No. 4 nationally.
The following is a look at the teams with the most wins since 2003:

Rank  Team   Wins
1. Southern Cal   73
2. Boise State     70
3. Oklahoma     67
4. LSU    66
  Texas   66
6. Ohio State  64
7. Georgia   62
8  Florida  61
  Utah    61 
10.    Va. Tech   60
Top 10 Tiger Stadium Crowds
is an updated top 10 list of all-time top Tiger Stadium crowds heading
into Saturday night’s Tulane game. BOLD indicates crowds from the 2009
  Attendance  Opponent    Date   Outcome
1. 93,039 Alabama  Nov. 8, 2008    UA, 27-21 (OT)
2. 92,910 Florida  Oct. 8, 2007    LSU 28-24
3. 92,904 Georgia Oct. 25, 2008   UGA 52-38
4. 92,739 Virginia Tech  Sept. 8, 2007    LSU 48-7
5. 92,710 Mississippi State Sept. 27, 2008  LSU 34-24
6. 92,664 Auburn Oct. 22, 2005   LSU 20-17 (OT)
7. 92,649 Ole Miss Nov. 22, 2008  Ole Miss, 31-13
8. 92,606 Arkansas Nov. 23, 2007  Ark. 50-49 (3OT)
9. 92,589 Alabama  Nov. 11, 2006  LSU 28-14
10.    92,530 South Carolina Sept. 22, 2007  LSU 28-16

Tigers Rank No. 4 Nationally In Winning Percentage Away From Home Since 2003
ranks fourth nationally in winning percentage in games played away from
Tiger Stadium since the start of the 2003 season with a 28-9 mark and a
75.7 winning percentage. The following is a look at the top winning
percentages in college football in away or neutral site games since the
start of the 2003 season:

Rank  Team   W-L    Pct.  
1. Southern Cal   36-6    .857
2. Texas   32-7    .821
3. Boise State     30-9    .769
4. LSU    28-9    .757
5. Georgia   30-10   .750
6. Ohio State  24-10   .705
7. W. Virginia  26-11   .703
8. Boston College 26-13   .667
  TCU     26-13   .667
10.    Florida  25-13   .658

Streaking Tigers
Several Tigers bring streaks into the season-opener at Washington:
Starts: Ciron Black (42), Lyle Hitt (22), Harry Coleman (15), Joseph
Barksdale (15), Richard Dickson (15), Charles Scott (15) and Chris
Hawkins (15).
Consecutive Games With A Reception: Brandon LaFell
(30, 29 straight multiple-reception games), Richard Dickson (13) and
Terrance Toliver (12).

LaFell Fifth In Nation in Consecutive Games With A Catch
Brandon LaFell takes a streak of 30 consecutive games with a reception
into the UL-Lafayette game. That streak ranks as the fifth-longest
current streak in NCAA FBS. LaFell’s streak is the longest in the SEC.
Here is a look at the top five:

Name (School)   Games 
Bryan Anderson (Central Michigan)    42
Naaman Roosevelt (Buffalo)   40
Duke Calhoun (Memphis) 39
Dennis Pitta (BYU)     32
Brandon LaFell (LSU)    30

Who’s In The Press Box and Who’s On The Field For LSU
Here’s the location for the LSU coaching staff during the game on Saturday:

In The Press Box:
Gary Crowton, Offensive Coordinator
Ron Cooper, Defensive Backs Coach

On The Field:
Les Miles, head coach
John Chavis, defensive coordinator
Brick Haley, Defensive Line
D.J. McCarthy, Wide Receivers
Larry Porter, Running Backs
Joe Robinson, Special teams/Defensive Line
Greg Studrawa, Offensive Line
Don Yanowsky, Tight Ends

Game 1 Notes vs. Washington
• LSU ran just 48
offensive plays in the season-opener against Washington. The 48
offensive plays were the fewest by an LSU team since the 1965 season
when the Tigers mustered just 45 snaps in a 23-0 loss to Ole Miss on
Oct. 30. LSU, 5-1 and ranked No. 5 in the nation at the time, managed
just 52 yards of offense that day against the Rebels. 
Jacob Cutrera intercepted a pass on his first play (Washington’s first
play of second drive) and returned it 29 yards for a TD. Cutrera became
the first LSU player to return an interception for a TD since CB
Jonathan Zenon did it against Tennessee in the 2007 SEC Championship
Game. He’s the first linebacker to do it since Kenny Hollis scored on a
3-yard interception return against Tennessee in 2005.

LSU Has Become D-Line U.
You can now refer to
LSU as D-line U as the Tigers have made it a habit of producing
All-Americans and NFL Draft picks from its defensive line. Since the
2003 season, LSU has had five defensive linemen earn a total of six
First-Team All-America honors and nine members of its defensive line
selected in the NFL Draft. In 2007, DT Glenn Dorsey became the most
decorated defensive player in school history – winning four national
awards – on his way to becoming the fifth overall pick in the 2008 NFL
Draft. In the spring of 2009, Defensive end Tyson Jackson became the
highest LSU defender ever picked in the NFL Draft, going No. 3 overall
to Kansas City. The following is a look at the accomplishments by the
LSU defensive line since 2003:

2003   DT Chad Lavalais – First-Team All-America; 5th round NFL Draft pick
  DE Marquise Hill – 2nd round NFL Draft pick
2004   DE Marcus Spears – First Team All-America; 1st round NFL Draft pick
2005   DT Kyle Williams – First Team All-America; 5th round NFL Draft pick  
  DT Claude Wroten – First Team All-America; 3rd round NFL Draft pick
  DE Melvin Oliver – 6th round NFL Draft pick

2006   DT Glenn Dorsey – First Team All-America
  DE Chase Pittman – 5th round NFL Draft pick

2007   DT Glenn Dorsey – First Team All-America; 1st round NFL Draft pick (No. 5 overall)

2008   DE Tyson Jackson – 1st round NFL Draft pick (No. 3 overall)
  DT Ricky Jean-Francois – 7th round NFL Draft pick

An Offseason of National Championships for Chad Jones and Trindon Holliday
safety Chad Jones and running back/return specialist Trindon Holliday
became national champions during the football off-season. Jones was an
outfielder and key relief pitcher for LSU’s 2009 College World Series
champion baseball team. Jones maintained a 2.70 ERA in 6.2 innings
pitched while walking three and striking out seven. He tossed three
innings and did not allow a run or a hit in three appearances at the
College World Series, which earned him the nickname “Dreadlocks of
Doom”. Jones came on in relief of starter Anthony Ranaudo in the
deciding Game 3 of the CWS Championship Series against Texas and was
brilliant. He did not allow a run in 1.2 innings of work while walking
none and striking out two. Prior to spring football practice, Jones
played in the outfield and batted .343 (12-for-35) with a homer, six
RBI and eight runs scored. Along with former WR Jared Mitchell, Jones
and he became just the second and third athletes in school history to
win national titles in multiple team sports. Both were members of the
2007 BCS national championship team. Holliday, meanwhile, became the
100-meter dash national champion at the 2009 NCAA Outdoor Track and
Field Championships. Holliday clocked 10.00 in the national final of
the 100-meter to claim the title. The time was the fastest of any
player in the history of college football.