2009 LSU Football Game Notes : LSU vs. Miss. St., Sept. 26th, 2009

LSU at Mississippi St., Sept. 26, 2009

Seventh-Ranked LSU Travels To Face Mississippi State In Early Kickoff
LSU,
now ranked No. 7 in both the AP and USA Today Coaches Polls, returns to
action on Saturday when the Tigers travel to Starkville to face
Mississippi State. Kickoff for the contest is scheduled for 11:21 a.m.
from Davis Wade Stadium. The game will be televised on the SEC Network.
LSU brings a 3-0 overall record and a 1-0 SEC mark into the game. The
Tigers are coming off a 31-3 non-conference win over
Louisiana-Lafayette last week. LSU is 3-0 for the third straight
season. LSU has won 12 straight games played in the month of September
dating back to the 2006 season when the Tigers lost at Auburn, 7-3, on
Sept. 16. Mississippi State is 2-1 overall and 1-1 in conference play
after its 15-3 win over Vanderbilt last week. LSU has won nine straight
against Mississippi State, including last year’s 34-24 victory in Tiger
Stadium. During that 9-game winning streak against the Bulldogs, LSU
has outscored Mississippi State, 374-105. LSU has also won four
consecutive games in Starkville, including a 45-0 victory on a Thursday
night to open the 2007 season. In its last four trips to Starkville,
LSU has shutout the Bulldogs twice and limited Mississippi State to a
total of 13 points. LSU goes into the State game having gone six
straight quarters without allowing a touchdown. The last TD scored
against LSU came in the second quarter against Vanderbilt. Since then,
the Tiger defense has yielded only a field goal. Through three games,
LSU is allowing 11.7 points and 320 yards (129.3 rushing, 190.7
passing) per game. Offensively, the Tigers are averaging 28.3 points
per game and 325.7 total yards (163.7 rushing, 162.0 passing). QB
Jordan Jefferson paces the Tiger offense as he’s connected on 47-of-73
passes for 475 yards, 5 TDs and just one interception. Charles Scott
has rushed for 164 yards, while Keiland Williams has 164 yards and a
pair of TDs to his credit. LSU’s top receivers are Brandon LaFell (14
rec., 129 yards, 3 TDs) and Terrance Toliver (13 rec., 206 yards, 2
TDs). Defensively, LB Harry Coleman leads the squad with 25 tackles. DE
Rahim Alem leads the team with 3.5 tackles for losses and two sacks,
while his brother Chad Jones is tops on the squad with a pair of
interceptions. LSU PK Josh Jasper is a perfect 5-for-5 on field goals.

LSU at Mississippi St., Sept. 26, 2009

Seventh-Ranked LSU Travels To Face Mississippi State In Early Kickoff
LSU,
now ranked No. 7 in both the AP and USA Today Coaches Polls, returns to
action on Saturday when the Tigers travel to Starkville to face
Mississippi State. Kickoff for the contest is scheduled for 11:21 a.m.
from Davis Wade Stadium. The game will be televised on the SEC Network.
LSU brings a 3-0 overall record and a 1-0 SEC mark into the game. The
Tigers are coming off a 31-3 non-conference win over
Louisiana-Lafayette last week. LSU is 3-0 for the third straight
season. LSU has won 12 straight games played in the month of September
dating back to the 2006 season when the Tigers lost at Auburn, 7-3, on
Sept. 16. Mississippi State is 2-1 overall and 1-1 in conference play
after its 15-3 win over Vanderbilt last week. LSU has won nine straight
against Mississippi State, including last year’s 34-24 victory in Tiger
Stadium. During that 9-game winning streak against the Bulldogs, LSU
has outscored Mississippi State, 374-105. LSU has also won four
consecutive games in Starkville, including a 45-0 victory on a Thursday
night to open the 2007 season. In its last four trips to Starkville,
LSU has shutout the Bulldogs twice and limited Mississippi State to a
total of 13 points. LSU goes into the State game having gone six
straight quarters without allowing a touchdown. The last TD scored
against LSU came in the second quarter against Vanderbilt. Since then,
the Tiger defense has yielded only a field goal. Through three games,
LSU is allowing 11.7 points and 320 yards (129.3 rushing, 190.7
passing) per game. Offensively, the Tigers are averaging 28.3 points
per game and 325.7 total yards (163.7 rushing, 162.0 passing). QB
Jordan Jefferson paces the Tiger offense as he’s connected on 47-of-73
passes for 475 yards, 5 TDs and just one interception. Charles Scott
has rushed for 164 yards, while Keiland Williams has 164 yards and a
pair of TDs to his credit. LSU’s top receivers are Brandon LaFell (14
rec., 129 yards, 3 TDs) and Terrance Toliver (13 rec., 206 yards, 2
TDs). Defensively, LB Harry Coleman leads the squad with 25 tackles. DE
Rahim Alem leads the team with 3.5 tackles for losses and two sacks,
while his brother Chad Jones is tops on the squad with a pair of
interceptions. LSU PK Josh Jasper is a perfect 5-for-5 on field goals.

Defense Leads Tigers Past UL-Lafayette, 31-3
Another
solid defensive effort combined with a pair of touchdown receptions by
Brandon LaFell helped lead LSU to a 31-3 win over Louisiana-Lafayette
in Tiger Stadium. The win was the 21st straight non-conference win by
the Tigers. LSU got on the board first, going 62 yards on six plays
capped with a 16-yard TD pass from Jordan Jefferson to LaFell to give
the Tigers a 7-0 lead at the 3:09 mark in the first quarter. After a
Chad Jones interception gave the Tigers the ball deep in UL-Lafayette
territory, the Tigers needed just one play – an 11-yard run by Trindon
Holliday – to stretch the lead to 14-0 at the 14:52 mark of the second
quarter. LSU led 17-3 at halftime after Josh Jasper connected on a
52-yard field goal as time expired in the second quarter. LSU took the
opening kickoff of the second half and drove 58 yards on seven plays
capped with 20-yard TD pass from Jordan to LaFell to give the Tigers a
21-3 lead. A goal line stand highlighted the defensive effort by LSU in
the third quarter as the Tigers turned back the Cajuns on three
straight rushing attempts from the 1-yard line. LSU added its final
points late in the fourth quarter when Jarrett Lee hit Charles Scott
for a 1-yard TD pass. Jefferson finished 16-of-25 for 165 yards and a
pair of TDs. Scott led the Tigers rushing attack with 63 yards and
LaFell was tops in receiving with six catches for 68 yards and a pair
of scores.

Date/Time: Saturday, Sept. 26 at 11:21 a.m. CT
Location: Starkville, Miss. (Davis Wade Stadium – 55,082)
Television: SEC Network (live) cable ch. 7 and HD ch. 707 in Baton Rouge
 Cox Sports Television (delay) – cable ch. 37 or 737 in Baton Rouge
Radio: LSU Sports Radio Network – 98.1 FM in Baton Rouge
 Sirius Satellite Radio – ch. 215; XM Satellite Radio – ch. 141

The Series: LSU leads 66-33-3
Series Notes:
LSU and Mississippi State will play for the 103rd time with the Tigers
holding a 66-33-3 advantage in the series that dates back to 1896 …
The Tigers have played MSU more than any other team … The series
dates back to a 52-0 LSU win in 1896 … LSU is 11-6-2 all-time in
games played in Starkville … LSU has won nine straight and 16 of the
last 17 with the Bulldogs … LSU’s won four straight and eight of the
last nine in Starkville … State’s last win over LSU came in
Starkville in 1999 by a 17-16 count … LSU has scored 30 or points
against Mississippi State in nine straight and 10 the last 11 games
dating back to 1998 … LSU coach Les Miles is 4-0 vs. Mississippi
State.

LSU

Record 3-0 (1-0 SEC)
Ranking No. 7 Associated Press
 No. 7 USA Today/Coaches
Last Game Sept. 19 in Baton Rouge
 def. UL-Lafayette, 31-3
Coach Les Miles
Career Record 73-32/ninth year
LSU Record 45-11/fifth year
vs. MSU 4-0
 
Mississippi State

Record 2-1 (1-1 SEC)
Ranking NR Associated Press
 NR USA Today/Coaches
Last Game Sept. 19 in Nashville, Tenn.
 def. Vanderbilt, 15-3
Coach Dan Mullen
Career Record 2-1/eighth year
MSU Record 2-1/eighth year
vs. LSU first meeting

LSU Heads To Starkville To Face Mississippi State
LSU
plays its second road game of the year on Saturday when the
seventh-ranked Tigers travel to Starkville to face Mississippi State.
LSU goes into the game with a 3-0 overall mark and a 1-0 SEC record.
LSU is coming off a 31-3 win over Louisiana-Lafayette last week. LSU’s
SEC win came over Vanderbilt in week 2 by a 23-9 count. Mississippi
State is 2-1 overall and 1-1 in conference action following last week’s
15-3 victory over Vanderbilt.

LSU Storylines This Week …

LSU has won 9 straight and 16 of the last 17 games against Mississippi State.
LSU has won 12 straight games during the month of September with the last loss coming at Auburn on Sept. 16, 2006.
LSU
defense hasn’t allowed a TD in last six quarters and the Tigers have
held its last two opponents to less than 300 total yards in both games.

LSU has won 7 straight and 26 of its last 27 night games but the
Tigers have lost five consecutive games that have had a daytime kickoff.

LSU’s Mississippi State Ties
Two coaches on the
LSU staff have ties to Mississippi State – defensive line coach Brick
Haley and secondary coach Ron Cooper. Haley coached the defensive line
at Mississippi State from 2004-06, while Cooper served as the defensive
coordinator for the Bulldogs in 2003. The dad of LSU starting tight end
Richard Dickson played football for Mississippi State in the 1970s.

Magnolia State Tigers
LSU has three scholarship
players on its roster who call the state of Mississippi home: starting
tight end Richard Dickson (Ocean Springs), backup running back Stevan
Ridley (Natchez) and backup quarterback Chris Garrett (Tupelo). In
addition, running backs coach Larry Porter was born in Jackson.

LSU Ranked No. 7 In Both Polls This Week
LSU
jumped two spots in the AP Poll this week, going from No. 9 to No. 7
following the win over UL-Lafayette. LSU remained at the No.7 spot in
the USA Today Coaches Poll for the second straight week. LSU is one of
four SEC teams in the top 10 this week joining No. 1 Florida, No. 3
Alabama and No. 4 Ole Miss.

Chavis’ Defense Comes Up Big Again; Tigers Haven’t Allowed A TD For Six Quarters
For
the second straight week, LSU’s defense, under first year coordinator
John Chavis, has come up big for the Tigers. Against UL-Lafayette last
week, LSU limited the Cajuns to just a field goal and only 272 total
yards. The Tiger defense also had a goal line stand in the third
quarter, turning back UL-Lafayette on three straight plays from the
1-yard line. A week earlier against Vanderbilt, LSU surrendered 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 was 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.

Tigers Taking Advantage Of Interceptions
LSU has
made the most of its interceptions so far this season as the Tigers
have turned three of the four interceptions into points – one being
returned for a TD and the other two led to offensive scores. Against
Washington, LSU LB Jacob Cutrera returned an interception 29-yards for
a first quarter touchdown. Last week against UL-Lafayette, Chad Jones
picked off two passes and both of those resulted in TDs by the Tiger
offense on their ensuing possession.

Brothers Jones and Alem Sparking Tiger Defense
You
don’t have to look any further than brothers Chad Jones and Rahim Alem
(formerly Al Jones) to see who’s been the key to LSU’s success on
defense this year. Alem is the unquestioned leader of the Tiger
defensive front, while Jones is the quarterback in the secondary for
the Tigers. Alem, a defensive end, leads the Tigers in both tackles for
losses (3.5-17 yards) and sacks (2-12 yards), while Jones, the free
safety, is first on the squad in interceptions (2) and he’s fifth in
total tackles (13).

Miles Goes Into State Game With an 11-5 Record in SEC Road Games
LSU
coach Les Miles goes into the Mississippi State game with an 11-5
record in SEC road games. Miles and the Tigers were 2-2 in SEC road
games last year. In his first year with the Tigers, Miles won all four
of his SEC road games in 2005 followed by a 2-2 record in 2006 and a
3-1 mark in 2007. Of Miles’ 11 SEC road wins, five have come against
teams ranked in the top 20. Miles is 6-1 in SEC road games against
unranked teams.

Miles Is 23-10 In SEC Regular Season Games
LSU
coach Les Miles is now 23-10 in SEC regular season games after its win
over Vanderbilt in week. 2. Miles was 7-1 in 2005 in conference games
followed by a 6-2 record in both 2006 and 2007 and a 3-5 mark a year
ago.

Early Start
The 11:21 a.m. kickoff against
Mississippi State will be the earliest start time for the Tigers since
last year’s season-opener against Appalachian State in Tiger Stadium.
Last’s year game against Appalachian State was moved to 10 a.m. due to
Hurricane Gustav. LSU won that game, 41-13. LSU has won its last four
games that have started before noon. In addition to its win over
Appalachian State, LSU other’s victories in the streak include a 34-9
win over Tulane on Sept. 29, 2007 in an 11 a.m. start; a 48-17 win over
Mississippi State on Sept. 30, 2006 in an 11:30 a.m. start; and a 51-0
win over Mississippi State on Sept. 25, 2004 in an 11:30 a.m. start.
LSU’s last loss in a game that started before noon came in 2002 when
the Tigers dropped a 35-20 decision to Texas in the Cotton Bowl in a
game that kicked off at 10 a.m.

LSU’s Best After Dark
Night 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.
After the win over UL-Lafayette, LSU has now won 26 of its last 27
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. Prior to the Florida game on Oct. 11, 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
32-3 mark in night games.

LSU’s Won 12 Straight And 14 of Last 15 In September
LSU
brings a 12-game winning streak in games played in September into the
Mississippi State 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 15-2 in September games with the Tigers.

Jefferson Shines In Season-Opener; Off To Fast Start
LSU
sophomore QB Jordan Jefferson has performed well in the first three
games of the season as he’s connected on 47-of-73 passes for 475 yards.
He’s also added 77 rushing yards. Jefferson completed 31 passes in
LSU’s first two games, which were 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 had his
streak of passes thrown without an interception snapped at 100 last
week against UL-Lafayette. Jefferson, who has a 4-1 record as LSU’s
starting quarterback, has only thrown one interception in his five
career starts.

Jefferson Youngest Starting QB In SEC; Youngest LSU QB To Start Season-Opener Since 1945
LSU’s
Jordan Jefferson is the youngest starting quarterback in the SEC.
Jefferson, who has five 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

LaFell Moving Up The LSU Career Record Books
Senior
WR Brandon LaFell continues to make an impact in the LSU career record
books. LaFell, who opted to return for his senior season, leads the
Tigers in receptions (14) and touchdowns (3). Against UL-Lafayette, he
finished with three catches for 57 yards, including two scores. It was
the third two-touchdown game of his career. LaFell now stands in a
seventh-place tie with Josh Reed (1999-2001) and Ken Kavanaugh Sr.
(1937-39) in LSU career receiving touchdowns with 17. LaFell is just
two scores from the top three and nine touchdowns away from tying the
school record set by Dwayne Bowe (2003-06) with 26. LaFell has also
moved into the LSU career receptions top 10. He sits at 132 career
catches and is tied for ninth in that category with Tony Moss
(1986-89).

Dickson In Position To Break Every Tight End Receiving Record at LSU
Senior
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 75 passes for 835 yards and 10 touchdowns. His 10 TD
receptions tie with Brad Boyd for the school’s career mark for a tight
end, while his 75 catches tie him with Malcolm Scott for No. 2 in
school history and his 835 yards is No. 4 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 75 Mitch Andrews (87)
Career Receiving Yards 835 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
With
a pair of sacks in LSU’s first three games, DE Rahim Alem has run his
career sack total to 12. Alem goes into the Mississippi State contest
having recorded a sack in four of LSU’s last six 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
Senior
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 three games.

Shepard Makes The Most Of His Touches
LSU QB
Russell Shepard makes the most of his touches as he’s averaging 6.75
yards every time he gets his hand on the football. Shepard, who has
lined up at both quarterback and receiver for the Tigers, had rushed
for 48 yards on seven carries (6.9 avg) and he’s caught one pass for a
6-yard gain. 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. Last week vs. ULL, Shepard rushed for 21 yards on four
carries.

LSU Has Used 7 First-Time Starters In 2009
Two
games into the 2009 season and LSU has already had six players make
their first career start. Four 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
year:

Game First-Time Starters
Washington T-Bob Hebert (C), Josh Dworaczyk (LG), Lazarius Levingston (DE), Derek Helton (P)
Vanderbilt Brandon Taylor (SS), Chancey Aghayere (DE)
UL-Lafayette Mitch Joseph (TE)

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 56 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 42-5 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 3-0 0-0 3-0 0-0 0-0
Totals 42-5 3-6 16-8 29-3 28-0

A Unique Situation At Left Tackle – 2 Players Have Accounted For Last 94 Starts
Starting
left tackle Ciron Black goes into the Mississippi State game having
started 43 straight games, all coming at left tackle. Since the start
of the 2002 season, a stretch that spans 95 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 43 straight
starts ranks as the second-longest active streak in college football.

Five True Freshmen Have Played For The Tigers So Far
Five
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, UL-Lafayette
Craig Loston (S) – Washington
Josh Downs (DT) – Washington, Vanderbilt, UL-Lafayette
Morris Claiborne (CB) – Washington, Vanderbilt, UL-Lafayette
Russell Shepard (QB) – Vanderbilt, UL-Lafayette

Taking Note On The Tigers Under Miles (Since 2005)
Here
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 42-5 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 33-3 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 43-7 when scoring
20 or more points and 36-5 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.

Charles Scott Goes Over 1,000-yard Mark
LSU’s
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).

Two Brothers Start For Tigers On Defense — Alem and Jones
LSU
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 Returns Top Rusher, Receiver And Passer For First Time Since 1997
For
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
university.

LSU Best In SEC Over Past 6 Seasons
Since the
start of the 2003 season, LSU has posted a 67-15 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 67-15 6 2 5
Georgia 63-18 6 1 5
Florida 62-19 6 2 4
Auburn 58-20 5 1 4
Tennessee 50-29 4 0 4
Alabama 48-32 5 0 2
Arkansas 42-35 3 0 1
So. Carolina 40-35 3 0 0
Kentucky 35-42 3 0 0
Ole Miss 35-39 2 0 2
Vanderbilt 26-48 1 0 0
Miss. State 25-49 1 0 0

LSU Among Nation’s Best Over Last 6 Years
In
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 71
3. Oklahoma 68
4. LSU 67
 Texas 67
6. Ohio State 65
7. Georgia 63
8 Florida 62
9. Utah 61
 Va. Tech 61

Tigers Rank No. 4 Nationally In Winning Percentage Away From Home Since 2003
LSU
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 36-7 .841
2. Texas 33-7 .825
3. Boise State 31-9 .769
4. LSU 28-9 .757
5. Georgia 31-10 .756
6. Ohio State 24-10 .714
7. W. Virginia 26-12 .684
8. TCU 27-13 .675
9. Florida 25-13 .658
10. Auburn 21-11 .656

Streaking Tigers

Several Tigers bring streaks into the season-opener at Washington:
Consecutive
Starts: Ciron Black (43), Lyle Hitt (23), Harry Coleman (16), Joseph
Barksdale (16), Richard Dickson (16), Charles Scott (16) and Chris
Hawkins (16).
Consecutive Games With A Reception: Brandon LaFell
(31, 30 straight multiple-reception games), Richard Dickson (14) and
Terrance Toliver (13).

LaFell Fifth In Nation in Consecutive Games With A Catch
WR
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) 43
Naaman Roosevelt (Buffalo) 41
Duke Calhoun (Memphis) 40
Dennis Pitta (BYU) 33
Brandon LaFell (LSU) 31

LSU Leads Nation With 21 Straight Non-Conference Wins
With
its win over UL-Lafayette, LSU has now won 21 straight non-conference
games, a streak that dates back to the start of the 2005 season. LSU
coach Les Miles is a perfect 21-0 in non-conference games at LSU. The
21-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.

This Day vs. Night Thing In Tiger Stadium
The
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
211-59-4 (.778) at night under the lights compared to a 21-25-3 (.459)
mark in Tiger Stadium during the day. Since 2000, LSU is 56-10 overall
at home, which includes a 45-4 (.918) 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 45-4 11-6 56-10
TOTALS 211-59-4 21-25-3 232-84-7

LSU’s Won 32 Consecutive Saturday Night Games In Tiger Stadium
With
its win over UL-Lafayette, LSU has now won 32 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 21 of the 32 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 2 Vanderbilt, UL-Lafayette

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.
LSU LB 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.

Game 2 Notes vs. Vanderbilt
LSU senior Rahim
Alem was named defensive player of the week in the SEC for his play in
the Tigers’ 23-9 win over Vanderbilt. Alem recorded a career-best seven
tackles, a sack and a pass breakup in the victory.

Game 3 Notes vs. UL-Lafayette
LSU stretched its non-conference winning streak to a nation’s best 21 straight
FS Chad Jones became the first Tiger to intercept two passes in a game since Chris Hawkins did it against Auburn in 2008
LSU ran its streak of not allowing a TD to six consecutive quarters.

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
Free
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.