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Football Holds Nation's No. 1 Spot in Total Defense
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Published: October 10, 2006, 12:00 AM (CT)
Updated: October 29, 2009, 03:22 AM (CT)
by LSUsports.net (@LSUsports), LSU Sports Interactive

BATON ROUGE -- For the second straight week, LSU ranks No. 1 in the nation in total defense as the Tigers are holding opponents to 209.2 yards per game.

The 14th-ranked Tigers, who host Kentucky this week, are rated among the top 10 in the nation in a total of six defensive categories. LSU is also No. 1 in the nation in pass efficiency defense with an 85.27 rating and they are No. 3 in scoring defense, allowing only 10.0 points per game.

LSU’s defense has yet to allow a 300-yard game this year as the most yards gained against the Tigers through the first six weeks of the season came against Florida when the Gators had 288 yards.

Other top 10 defensive category rankings for LSU include: No. 4 in pass defense (135.3 yards per game), No. 9 in interceptions (10) and No. 9 in sacks (3.3 per game).

The Tigers go into the Kentucky game having intercepted at least one pass in seven consecutive games, a streak that started against Miami in the last year’s Peach Bowl.

Offensively, the Tigers are second in the Southeastern Conference and No. 18 in the nation in scoring with a 33.3 average. The Tigers are third in the league and No. 30 in the nation in total offense with an average of 396.3 yards per contest. In terms of passing yards, LSU, behind quarterback JaMarcus Russell is second in the conference and No. 18 in the nation with 260.8 yards per game.

Individually, Russell is second in the SEC and 11th in the nation in pass efficiency with a 164.8 rating. Through six games, Russell has connected on 105 of 156 passes for 1,474 yards and 11 touchdowns. Russell is also second in the league and No. 18 in the nation in total offense with 252.3 yards per game.

Russell’s top receiving target has been Craig Davis, who ranks third in the league and No. 33 in the nation with 5.5 receptions per game. Through six games, Davis has caught 33 passes for 479 yards and one touchdown.

LSU safety Craig Steltz continues to lead the SEC in interceptions with four, which also puts him eighth in the nation. Steltz had his streak of games with an interception snapped last week against Florida. Steltz had intercepted a pass in four straight games before the Florida contest.

Despite not having a sack against Florida, LSU defensive end Tyson Jackson continues to lead the conference in total sacks with 5.5 to his credit. LSU’s Chase Pittman is eighth in the league in sacks with four.

 

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