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2014 LSU Football Game Notes
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Published: September 15, 2014, 12:00 AM (CT)
Updated: September 20, 2014, 02:16 PM (CT)
by LSUsports.net (@LSUsports), LSU Sports Interactive

 

Game Notes for the 2014 LSU Football team, as well as the weekly opponents' notes, will be published prior to each game.

LSU Football vs. Mississippi State Game Notes

Top 10 LSU Opens SEC Play Against Mississippi State
LSU opens Southeastern Conference play on Saturday when the No. 8 Tigers host undefeated Mississippi State (3-0, 0-0) at 6:06 p.m. in Tiger Stadium. The game is the featured telecast on ESPN this week with Brad Nessler (pxp), Todd Blackledge (analyst), and Holly Rowe (sideline) on the call. LSU (3-0, 0-0) ran its winning streak to six straight overall and to 11 in a row in Tiger Stadium with the 31-0 victory over ULM last week. Coupled with the 56-0 win over Sam Houston State in week 2, the Tigers have posted back-to-back shutouts for the first time since 1985, and it's the first consecutive shutouts in Tiger Stadium for LSU since 1941. LSU goes into the Mississippi State game having held opponents without points for 31 consecutive possessions - a streak that spans 147 minutes and 24 seconds of game time – and for nine quarters. LSU has won 14 straight over Mississippi State and 21 of the last 22 against the Bulldogs. State's last win over LSU came in 1999 in Starkville (17-16) and its last win in Tiger Stadium came in 1991 (28-19). Mississippi State is coming off a 35-3 win over South Alabama last week. It's the first time that LSU and Mississippi State both come into the contest with unblemished records this deep into a season (3 games) since 1919. LSU coach Les Miles is now 98-24 in 10 years with the Tigers. He's the second-winningest coach in school history, trailing only Charles McClendon (137 wins in 18 years). Offensively, LSU is averaging 38.3 points and 440.3 total yards (226.3 rushing, 214.0 passing) per game. QB Anthony Jennings is now 4-0 as a starter, and he's completed 27-of-52 passes for 566 yards and 5 TDs with just one interception. RB Kenny Hilliard leads the Tigers with 215 yards and 3 TDs. He's followed by a pair of freshmen in Leonard Fournette (162 yards, 2 TDs) and Darrel Williams (102 yards, 3 TDs). WR Travin Dural leads LSU with 12 catches for 370 yards and 4 scores. Defensively, LSU leads the SEC in total yards allowed (205.7), pass defense (94.3 ypg) and scoring defense (8.3 ppg). LSU has yet to allow a passing TD, and the Tigers have given up only 3 TDs all season. DB Dwayne Thomas leads LSU with 16 tackles, while DE Danielle Hunter has 15 tackles and 2.5 TFL.

STORYLINES

LSU is 43-3 in night games in Tiger Stadium under Les Miles. LSU's record improves to 43-2 in Saturday night home games under Miles with only two losses coming to No. 1 ranked teams – Florida in 2009 and Alabama in 2012.
 
WR Travin Dural has 19 career receptions and 16 of those catches have resulted in a TD or a first down. Dural is averaging a league-best 30.8 yards per reception this year (12 rec., 370 yards, 4 TDs).

LSU's defense has gone 31 straight possessions without allowing a point. The streak dates back to Wisconsin's first possession of the second half in the season-opener. LSU's shutout streak spans 9 quarters.

True freshmen have accounted for 7 of LSU's 15 TDs so far (RB Darrel Williams 3, RB Leonard Fournette 2, WR Malachi Dupre 1, QB Brandon Harris 1).

LSU has played 17 true freshmen through the first 3 weeks of the season, that's the most for any true freshman class under Les Miles.

LSU won its 400th game in Tiger Stadium last week vs. ULM. LSU is 400-144-18 all-time in Tiger Stadium.

With the win over Wisconsin, LSU has won 22 games under Les Miles when trailing in the fourth quarter. Of those 22 wins, 15 have come against teams ranked in the Top 25.

LSU is 34-3 in games played in September under Les Miles. LSU has won 24 straight September games in Tiger Stadium and the Tigers are 24-1 in September games at home under Miles. The only loss came to Tennessee in 2005. Other two September losses for Miles came at Auburn in 2006 and at Georgia last year.

LSU will be playing its 70th straight game as a Top 25 team on Saturday vs. Mississippi State, a streak that dates back to the season-opener in 2009. LSU has played 120 of 122 games under Les Miles ranked in the Top 25.

LSU's streak of consecutive weeks in the AP Top 25 is now at 85, the second-longest active streak in college football behind Alabama. It's also the longest stretch in school history.

GAME CENTER

Date/Time: Saturday, September 20 at 6:06 p.m. CT
Location: Baton Rouge, Louisiana – Tiger Stadium (102,321)
Television: ESPN/WatchESPN.com
Radio: LSU Sports Radio Network - 98.1 FM in Baton Rouge
 Sirius Satellite Radio - ch. 84; XM Radio – ch. 84
Series Record: LSU leads, 71-33-3
Series Notes:
LSU and Mississippi State meet for the 108th time on Saturday with the Tigers leading the series, 71-33-3 … It's the first time since 1919 that both LSU and Mississippi State go into the game with an unblemished record this deep (3 games) into the schedule … LSU has more wins over Mississippi State than any other school in the SEC, and they've played the Bulldogs more than any other team in the league … The series dates back to a 52-0 LSU win in 1896 … LSU has won 14 straight and 21 of last 22 against Mississippi State, which includes 11 consecutive wins in Tiger Stadium … The last time Mississippi State beat LSU came in 1999 when they posted a 17-16 victory in Starkville … LSU's won 11 straight over the Bulldogs in Tiger Stadium, a streak that started with a 24-3 victory in 1992 … Mississippi State's last win over LSU in Tiger Stadium came in 1991 by a 28-19 count … This will be the 11th straight game vs. Mississippi State that LSU goes into the game ranked in the Top 25 … During the current 14-game LSU winning streak, the Tigers have scored 40 or more points seven times, and they've gone for at least 30 points in all but two meetings … Also during that stretch, LSU has limited Mississippi State to a touchdown or less seven times … LSU coach Les Miles is 9-0 vs. Mississippi State, which includes a 4-0 record in Baton Rouge … Miles has more wins (9) over Mississippi State than any other team he's faced as a head coach.

NOTEBOOK

Les Miles vs. The SEC
LSU coach Les Miles is 54-22 against SEC teams (all games) since taking over for the Tigers in 2005. The 54 wins include two victories in the SEC Championship Game, while two of the 22 losses include a defeat to Georgia in the 2005 SEC title game and the loss to Alabama in the 2012 BCS National Championship game. In games that count toward the SEC standings, Miles is 52-20. LSU is 29-7 under Miles in SEC home games, including a perfect 4-0 record in 2013.

September Success: LSU Has Not Lost a Home Game in September Since 2005
LSU is 34-3 in games played in September under Les Miles, including 24 straight September games in Tiger Stadium after the 31-0 victory against ULM on Sept. 13. Overall, LSU is 23-1 in September home games under Miles. The only loss came to Tennessee in 2005. The other two September losses for Miles came at Auburn in 2006 and at Georgia in 2013. LSU has played Mississippi State in September five times since 2005, and the Tigers are 5-0. The Tigers have started 4-0 in seven straight seasons, and LSU can make it eight consecutive with a win against the Bulldogs.

Magnolia State Tigers
Three Tigers hail from the state of Mississippi: junior cornerback Jalen Collins (Olive Branch), senior tight end Travis Dickson (Ocean Springs) and true freshman safety Devin Voorhies (Woodville). Dickson's brother, Richard, also played tight end at LSU from 2006-09. Dickson's dad, Dick Dickson, played at Mississippi State in 1976.

Dominant Defense Leads the Way for LSU: No Points Surrendered in Nine Straight Quarters, 31 Drives
Since trailing 24-7 during the third quarter against Wisconsin in the season opener, LSU has outscored its opponents 108-0, including back-to-back shutouts against Sam Houston State (56-0) and ULM (31-0). The Tigers' defense has not allowed a point in nine consecutive quarters and 31 straight possessions. The scoreless streak amounts to 147 minutes and 24 seconds of game action, the longest such streak in the same season since 1962 when the LSU defense held opponents scoreless for 195:24 that spanned the first quarter of the game against Miami on Oct. 13 and lasted through the second quarter of the Ole Miss game on Nov. 3.

LSU Records Back-to-Back Shutouts for First Time Since 1985
After beating Sam Houston State 56-0 and ULM 31-0, it marked the first time LSU has shut out opponents in back-to-back games since 1985 when the Tigers defeated Kentucky 10-0 on Oct. 19 and beat Ole Miss 14-0 on Nov. 2.
It is also the first time since...
LSU recorded two straight shutouts at home since 1941 when the Tigers tied Mississippi State 0-0 on Oct. 11 and beat Rice 27-0 on Oct. 18.
LSU had back-to-back shutouts in the same venue since the 1958 season in Tulane Stadium when the Tigers defeated Tulane 62-0 on Nov. 22 and beat Clemson 7-0 in the Sugar Bowl on Jan. 1, 1959.
LSU earned wins in two straight shutouts in Tiger Stadium: Nov. 30, 1940 in a 14-0 win versus Tulane and Sept. 20, 1941 in a 25-0 victory against Louisiana Tech.
LSU posted back-to-back shutout wins at Tiger Stadium in the same season since 1940: Oct. 19 vs. Mercer (40-0) and Oct. 26 vs. Vanderbilt (7-0).

LSU Defense Stout Against the Pass; Ranks First Nationally in Pass Defense Efficiency
Through three games LSU has only allowed 283 passing yards for an average of 94.3 yards per game through the air, a figure that ranks first in the Southeastern Conference and third nationally. What's more impressive is that the Tigers lead the nation in pass defense efficiency with a rating of 59.5. LSU opponents have only completed 33-of-82 passes and have thrown four interceptions.
Here are some notes on the defense after two games:
LSU ranks first in the SEC and third nationally in total defense, giving up 205.7 yards per game.
The Tigers are first in the SEC and second nationally in scoring defense at 8.0 points per game.
LSU is second in the league and 10th nationally in third-down defense as opponents have only converted 25.6 percent of third downs (11-of-43).
The Tigers are second in the league and ninth nationally in first downs defense having given up only 34 through three games (15 rushing, 14 passing, 5 by penalty).
LSU is second in the SEC and third nationally in red zone defense at 50 percent. Opponents have reached the red zone four times and have only scored twice.
LSU's two shutouts give the Tigers 258 all-time (including eight ties) and eight under Les Miles.
LSU did not allow ULM to gain a first down by rushing. That's the first time the Tigers have accomplished the feat since Sept. 14, 2002 vs. Miami (OH).
LSU only allowed six first downs by ULM, the lowest total since allowing six against Northwestern State on Sept. 10, 2011. The last time an LSU defense allowed less than six was Sept. 12, 1997 when Arkansas State only had five.
LSU's seven sacks against Sam Houston State are the most in a game since Nov. 3, 2007 at Alabama when the Tigers recorded seven. The last time LSU had more than seven sacks in a game was Nov. 19, 1994 when LSU had nine vs. Tulane.
In the opener, LSU held Wisconsin to 8-for-24 passing for 50 yards, no touchdowns and two interceptions. It is the first time LSU allowed 50 or fewer passing yards since Nov. 19, 2011 when the Tigers limited Ole Miss to 47 passing yards, and it ranks as the second-fewest total allowed since Sept. 11, 1999 when North Texas only had 10 yards passing.
LSU only allowed 2.1 yards per pass attempt (50 yards on 24 attempts) against the Badgers, and that figure ranks as the lowest allowed during the Les Miles era at LSU and third lowest by the Tigers dating back to 1992.
Here are the three games with the lowest yards per pass attempt allowed since 1992:
Yds/Pass Attempt Avg. Passing Comp.-Att., Yds. Opponent
0.6 3-16, 10 yards vs. North Texas on Sept. 11, 1999
2.0 8-26, 53 yards vs. Louisiana-Lafayette on Oct. 5, 2002
2.1 8-24, 50 yards vs. Wisconsin on Aug. 30, 2014

Travin Dural: LSU's Explosive Playmaker
Sophomore wide receiver Travin Dural has opened the 2014 season as one of the most explosive players in the country. Dural has caught 12 passes for 370 yards and four touchdowns this season for an average of 30.8 yards per reception. Sixteen of his 19 career catches have resulted in either a first down or touchdown.
He currently ranks first in the SEC and fifth nationally with four touchdown receptions, and he is second in the league and seventh nationally in receiving yards (370). He is third in the SEC and 12th in the nation with 123.3 receiving yards per game.
His 94-yard touchdown reception on the first play from scrimmage for LSU is a school record, breaking the previous long pass of 82 yards by Steve Ensminger to Carlos Carson in 1978 versus Georgia. The 94-yard TD pass tied LSU's longest offensive play from scrimmage as well as it matched a 94-yard rushing touchdown by Sal Nicolo at Rice on Oct. 4, 1952 and a 94-yard run by Jesse Fatheree at Georgia on Nov. 16, 1935.
His 80-yard TD reception against Wisconsin in the opener ranks as the fourth-longest passing play in LSU history.
He is only the second LSU player in history to score a touchdown on his first three receptions in a game. Dural caught three balls for three TDs against Sam Houston State. Carlos Carson had five catches for five TDs against Rice in 1977.
Dural became the first Tiger to go over 100 receiving yards in his first career start since Dwayne Bowe hauled in five catches for 103 yards and one touchdown in his first start against Oregon State on Sept. 4, 2004.
His 291 receiving yards were the most through the first two games of a season by any player in LSU history.
Here is a list of the LSU players with the most receiving yards through the first three games of a season in school history:
1. Michael Clayton 423 yards 2003
2. Josh Reed 384 yards 2001
3. Josh Reed 380 yards 2000
4. Todd Kinchen 378 yards 1990
5. Travin Dural 370 yards 2014

Anthony Jennings Leads the Nation in Passing Yards Per Completion
Sophomore quarterback Anthony Jennings has completed 27-of-52 passes for 566 yards and five touchdowns, and he has made the most of his throws. Jennings ranks first nationally in passing yards per completion at 20.96 and fifth nationally in passing yards per attempt at 10.9. This continues a trend started last season under LSU offensive coordinator Cam Cameron. In 2013, Zach Mettenberger ranked second nationally in both passing yards per completion (16.1) and passing yards per attempt (10.4).

National Leaders in Passing Yards Per Completion (Through Week 3)
1. Anthony Jennings, LSU - 20.96
2. Seth Russell, Baylor - 20.19
3. Justin Thomas, Georgia Tech - 19.40
4. Travis Wilson, Utah - 18.58
5. Rakeem Cato, Marshall - 18.33

National Leaders in Passing Yards Per Attempt (Through Week 3)
1. Seth Russell, Baylor - 12.3
2. Travis Wilson, Utah - 11.7
3. Marcus Mariota, Oregon - 11.4
4. Gunner Kiel, Cincinnati - 11.3
5. Anthony Jennings, LSU - 10.9

LSU Streak of Consecutive Weeks In AP Top 25 Reaches 85 Straight
LSU's streak of consecutive weeks in the AP Top 25 has reached 85, which ranks second to only Alabama in terms of current streaks. This marked the 14th consecutive season that the Tigers were ranked in the preseason polls as LSU came in at No. 13 in both the Associated Press and the Amway Coaches Top 25 polls. LSU has been ranked in both the Coaches and AP polls every week since the start of the 2009 season. Since Les Miles took over at LSU, the Tigers have been represented in the AP and Amway Coaches' Poll 146 of the 149 weeks. The exception came during the final three polls of the 2008 season. In addition, since the start of the 2002 season, LSU has played 155 of 159 games ranked in the top 25, including 120 of 122 games under Miles. LSU has a 96-22 record in games played as a Top 25 team under Miles. The only two games that LSU didn't play as a Top 25 team during the Miles era came in 2008 against Arkansas in the regular-season finale and Georgia Tech in the Chick-fil-A Bowl. LSU finished the 2013 season ranked No. 14 in the AP and Coaches polls. It was the fifth straight season the Tigers finished the year ranked. The following is a look at the longest current streaks for teams in the AP Top 25:
Team Consecutive Weeks In AP Poll
1. Alabama 100
2. LSU 85
Consecutive Final AP Poll Appearances
No. Team Last Year Out
7 Oregon 2006
6 Alabama 2007
5 LSU 2008

Tiger Stadium's New Look in 2014
Ranked annually as the top venue in college football, Tiger Stadium is in its 91st year dating back to 1924 when the stadium was built. It's also the 84th year of Saturday night football in Death Valley. LSU has put together an impressive 59-7 home record under Les Miles, which includes a 31-0 mark against non-conference foes. With a new capacity of 102,321 starting in 2014, Tiger Stadium ranks sixth nationally in total capacity. LSU owns a 400-144-18 (.728) all-time record in Tiger Stadium. Here are some of the key additions in the Tiger Stadium South End zone expansion:
320,000 total square feet
66 Premium suites
3,000 Club Seats
Upper Concourse with 1,400 general public seats and space for standing room only patrons
Two 40' X 70' HD video screens (with two new ribbon boards)
Construction officially began Sept. 10, 2012, and the contract completion date was Aug. 22, 2014.

Anthony Jennings Orchestrates a Second Fourth-Quarter Comeback in His Young Career
Sophomore quarterback Anthony Jennings, making only his second career start, calmly led LSU to victory after facing an 11-point fourth-quarter deficit to Wisconsin in the opener. It's the second time in his young career that he has guided LSU to a comeback win in the game's last stanza.
Jennings finished the game 9-for-21 passing for 239 yards and two touchdowns, and he was 2-for-3 passing for 63 yards, including a 36-yard TD pass to John Diarse in the fourth quarter.

LSU Has 22 Fourth-Quarter Comebacks Under Les Miles
LSU has won 22 games under Les Miles despite trailing in the fourth quarter, including the season opener against Wisconsin. The Tigers rallied to overcome an 11-point fourth-quarter deficit to beat the Badgers, 28-24. The following is a look at LSU's fourth quarter comebacks under Miles, how many points the Tigers had to overcome in the final frame to win and the quarterback who engineered the comeback:
Year Opponent Situation Results QB
2005 at Arizona St. scored TD with 1:13 left W, 35-31 Russell
 (LSU trailed 17-7 entering 4Q; LSU scored 28 4Q points)
2005 Florida scored TD with 12:35 left W, 21-14 Russell
 (LSU trailed 17-14 in 4Q)
2005 Auburn kicked FG with 1:40 left to force OT W, 20-17 Russell
 (LSU trailed 17-14 with less than 5 minutes to play)
2006 at Tennessee scored TD with 9 seconds left W, 28-21 Russell
 (LSU trailed 24-21 with less than 8 minutes left in 4Q)
2006 Ole Miss scored TD with 14 sec. left to force OT W, 23-20 OT Russell
 (LSU trailed 20-7 with less than 9 minutes left in 4Q)
2007 Florida scored TD with 1:06 left W, 28-24 Flynn
 (LSU trailed 24-14 to start 4Q)
2007 Auburn scored TD with :01 left W, 30-24 Flynn
 (LSU trailed 24-23 with 3:12 left in the 4Q)
2007 Alabama scored TD with 1:26 left W, 41-34 Flynn
 (LSU trailed 34-27 with 4:53 left in 4Q)
2007 Tennessee scored TD with 9:54 left W, 21-14 Perrilloux
 (LSU trailed 14-13 with less than 10 minutes left in 4Q)
2008 at Auburn scored TD with 1:03 left W, 26-21 Lee
 (LSU trailed 21-20 with 4:00 left in 4Q)
2008 Troy scored go-ahead TD with 4:50 left W, 40-31 Lee
 (LSU trailed 31-10 to start 4Q)
2009 at Georgia scored go ahead TD with 0:46 left W, 20-13 Jefferson
 (LSU trailed 13-12 with 1:09 left)
2009 Arkansas kicked FG w/ 4 sec. left to force OT W, 33-30 Jefferson
 (LSU trailed 30-27 with 1:18 left)
2010 Tennessee scored TD with 0:00 left in 4Q W, 16-14 Lee/Jefferson
 (LSU trailed from 11:34 left in game to final play)
2010 at Florida scored TD with 0:06 left in 4Q W, 33-29 Lee
 (LSU trailed 29-26 with 3:21 left in game)
2010 Alabama scored go ahead TD w/ 8:13 left in 4Q W, 24-21 Jefferson
2010 Ole Miss (LSU trailed 36-35 with 4:57 left in game) W, 43-36 Jefferson
2011 at Alabama trailed 6-3 to start 4Q W, 9-6 OT Jefferson
2012 South Carolina kicked FG with 6:37 left to take lead W, 23-21 Mettenberger
 (LSU trailed 14-10 entering 4Q)
2012 Ole Miss scored go ahead TD w/15 seconds left in 4Q W, 41-35 Mettenberger
 (LSU trailed 28-20 entering 4Q and 35-28 with 11:11 to play)
2013 Arkansas scored go-ahead TD w/1:15 left in 4Q W, 31-27 Jennings
 (LSU trailed 27-21 to start 4Q)
2014 Wisconsin scored go-ahead TD w/9:41 left in 4Q W, 28-24 Jennings
 (LSU trailed 24-13 to start 4Q)

LSU Has FBS' Best Record When Trailing in the Fourth Quarter Since 2005
Since head coach Les Miles' first season at LSU in 2005, no team has a better record in games when trailing in the fourth quarter. Not only does LSU lead the nation with 22 comeback wins during that span, the Tigers are the only team to have a winning record when trailing in the final quarter.
Here is a look at the teams with the best record when trailing in the fourth quarter since 2005:
Team W-L Record Win Pct.
LSU 22-21 .512
Texas 18-31 .367
Ohio State 9-21 .300
Boise State 7-16 .304

LSU's Comeback Victory Against Wisconsin Ranks Fourth Among the School's Best Since 1960
LSU rallied from 17 point down in the fourth quarter to beat Wisconsin, 28-24. That ranks as the fourth-largest deficit the Tigers have overcome since 1960. Here is a list of the top five comeback wins based on largest deficit:
Date Opponent Largest Deficit Final Score
11/15/08 Troy 28 (31-3 with 11:13 in 3rd Quarter) 40-31
10/29/77 vs. Ole Miss (Jackson) 21 (21-0 with 7:00 in 2nd Quarter) 28-21
09/07/96 Houston 20 (34-14 with 5:57 in 3rd Quarter) 35-34
08/30/14 vs. #14 Wisconsin (Houston) 17 (24-7 with 12:24 in 3rd Quarter) 28-24
11/03/79 vs. Ole Miss (Jackson) 17 (17-0 with 10:48 in 2nd Quarter) 28-24

LSU Extends FBS Record for Consecutive Non-Conference Regular Season Wins to 48
LSU increased its Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) record for consecutive non-conference regular season wins to 48 after the Tigers defeated ULM, 31-0, in Tiger Stadium on Sept. 13. The streak dates back to the 2002 season and now includes eight wins over ranked opponents after beating No. 14 Wisconsin in the season opener. The Tigers broke the FBS record for consecutive non-conference regular season wins in 2012, surpassing the mark of Kansas State who claimed 39 straight from 1993-2003. The Tigers haven't lost a non-conference regular season game since falling at Virginia Tech, 26-8, in the 2002 season opener in Blacksburg, Va., on Sept. 1. Les Miles has accounted for 38 of the 48 wins during the streak, and he is 38-0 all-time in non-conference regular season games in his tenure at LSU. Former coach Nick Saban accounted for the 10 other victories from 2002-04. Under Miles, the Tigers have outscored non-conference regular season opponents a combined 1,925-519. Here is a look at the top four in FBS all-time consecutive non-conference regular season wins:
Team Years Win Streak
1. LSU 2002-present 48
2. Kansas State 1993-2003 39
3. Miami 1985-88 36
4. Wisconsin 2003-13 35

LSU Is 44-2 In Non-Conference Games Under Les Miles
LSU holds a 44-2 record in non-conference games in Les Miles' tenure. LSU's only two non-conference losses under Miles came against Penn State in the Capital One Bowl to end the 2009 season and to Clemson in the Chick-fil-A Bowl on Dec. 31, 2012. Of the 44 wins under Miles against non-conference opponents, 13 have come against Top 25 teams, 36 have come by double-digits and LSU has scored 40 or more points in 26 of the 44 games.

LSU's 52-7 Under Les Miles When Winning The Turnover Battle
LSU is 52-7 under Les Miles when winning the turnover battle. Against ranked teams under Miles, LSU is 22-5 when having fewer turnovers than its opponent. LSU defeated No. 14 Wisconsin, 28-24, and forced two Badgers' turnovers while only committing one. The only seven losses for the Tigers under Miles when having fewer turnovers than their opponent have come against Alabama and Clemson in 2012, Arkansas in 2008, Arkansas and Kentucky in 2007, Auburn in 2006 and Tennessee in 2005. In Miles' tenure at LSU, the Tigers have a combined turnover margin of +62. LSU was +20 in 2011 and +16 in 2012.

Colby Delahoussaye Picks Up Where He Left Off; Ranks Second Nationally in Career FG Percentage
Sophomore placekicker Colby Delahoussaye, a semifinalist for the Lou Groza Award as a redshirt freshman in 2013, continued his outstanding accuracy to open the 2014 season. He has nailed all three field goal attempts in 2014. He currently ranks No. 2 nationally in career field goal percentage at 94.1 (minimum 15 attempts among active players according to the NCAA). For his career, he is now 16-of-17 in field goals, including a perfect 4-for-4 mark on attempts from 40-49 yards. Last year as a freshman, Delahoussaye shattered the LSU record for most consecutive field goals to start a career by converting his first nine attempts. The previous record was seven straight by David Browndyke in 1986.
Active Career Field Goal Percentage National Leaders (Minimum 15 Attempts)
1. Roberto Aguayo, So., Florida State - 96.4 percent (27-of-28)
2. Colby Delahoussaye, So., LSU - 94.1 percent (16-of-17)
3. Michael Geiger, So., Michigan State - 90.0 percent (18-of-20)
4. Jared Roberts, Sr., Colorado State - 86.5 percent (32-of-37)
5. Mike Hunnicutt, Sr., Oklahoma - 85.9 percent (67-of-78)
 
The Aussie Punting Connection
Since the 2011 season, LSU has had the unique connection of having an Australian native punter. Brad Wing, a native of Melbourne, was a 2011 first-team All-American and served as the Tigers' punter in 2012 as well. Junior Jamie Keehn took over punting duties in 2013 and will retain the starting position this season. Keehn, a native of Queensland, is the second-oldest player on the LSU team after turning 25 on August 4. Only walk-on senior defensive back Luke Boyd is older at 27. Keehn did not play high school football and did not start punting until August 2011. Wing and Keehn did not know each other until both arrived at LSU. Keehn, a preseason third team All-SEC selection, is averaging 44.4 yards per punt and has placed 10 of his 17 punts inside the 20-yard line through the first three games of the 2014 season.

LSU Has Scored 20 Special Teams TDs In Les Miles Era
LSU has recorded 20 special teams touchdown under Les Miles, including the most recent one when Odell Beckham Jr. became the first player in school history to return a missed field goal for a touchdown in 2013. Beckham caught a missed 59-yard field goal in the third quarter of the UAB game and raced a school-record 109 yards (statistically 100 yards) for the score. Under Miles, LSU has returned 11 punts for touchdowns, 3 kickoffs for touchdowns, 2 blocked field goals returned for touchdowns, 1 blocked punt return for a TD, 1 return on a fumbled punt, 1 on a fake field goal and 1 on a missed field goal. LSU has scored at least one special teams touchdown in all nine previous seasons under Miles. LSU is 18-1 in games when scoring a special teams touchdown. The following is a breakdown of LSU's special teams touchdowns under Miles:
Year Opponent Play Results
2013 UAB Odell Beckham Jr. 100-yard missed field goal return LSU def. UAB, 56-17
2012 Ole Miss Odell Beckham Jr. 89-yard punt return LSU def. Ole Miss, 41-35
 North Texas Odell Beckham Jr. 70-yard punt return LSU def. North Texas, 41-14
2011 Georgia Tyrann Mathieu 62-yard punt return LSU def. Georgia, 42-10
 Arkansas Tyrann Mathieu 92-yard punt return LSU def. Arkansas, 41-17
 West Virginia Morris Claiborne 99-yard kickoff return LSU def. W. Va., 47-21
 Oregon Tyrann Mathieu 3-yard return of a fumbled punt LSU def. Oregon, 40-27
2010 North Carolina Patrick Peterson 87-yard punt return LSU def. No. Carolina, 30-24
 West Virginia Patrick Peterson 60-yard punt return LSU def. W. Va., 20-14
2009 Miss. State Chad Jones 93-yard punt return LSU def. Miss. State, 30-26
 Ole Miss Patrick Peterson 53-yard return of a blocked FG LSU lost Ole Miss, 25-23
 Arkansas Trindon Holliday 87-yard punt return LSU def. Arkansas, 33-30 (OT)
2008 North Texas Trindon Holliday 92-yard punt return LSU def. North Texas, 41-3
2007 South Carolina Colt David 15-yard run on fake field goal LSU def. South Carolina, 28-16
 Ole Miss Trindon Holliday 98-yard kickoff return LSU def. Ole Miss, 41-24
2006 Fresno State Craig Davis 77-yard punt return LSU def. Fresno State, 34-6
 Arkansas Trindon Holliday 92-yard kickoff return LSU def. Arkansas, 31-26
2005 Arizona State Mario Stevenson 55-yard return of a blocked FG LSU def. Arizona State, 35-31
 Arizona State Craig Steltz 29-yard return of a blocked punt
 Auburn Skyler Green 66-yard punt return LSU def. Auburn, 20-17 (OT)

LSU Is 55-0 Under Miles When Rushing For 100-Yards and Holding Opponents To Less Than 100 Yards
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 who understands the importance of running the football. In 122 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 93-9 under Miles when that happens. Hold the opponent to fewer than 100 yards and the Tigers are 56-4. 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 55-0. 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 6-0
2009 8-0 1-4 7-4 2-0 2-0
2010 11-2 0-0 7-1 5-0 5-0
2011 13-0 0-1 4-1 8-0 9-0
2012 9-1 1-2 4-2 6-1 6-0
2013 10-1 0-2 6-3 4-0 4-0
2014 3-0 0-0 1-0 2-0 2-0
Totals 93-9 5-15 42-19 56-4 55-0

LSU is 41-4 Under Les Miles When A Running Back Reaches 100-Yards
LSU is 41-4 under Les Miles when a running back reaches 100 yards in a game. Of the running backs who make up the 2014 roster, LSU has seven career 100-yard games to its credit. Kenny Hilliard has four, and Terrence Magee has three. Hilliard ran for 110 yards in LSU's 28-24 victory over Wisconsin in the opener. LSU's only four losses under Miles when having a back reach the 100-yard mark came vs. Clemson in 2012 (Jeremy Hill, 124 yards), Alabama in 2012 (Hill, 107 yards); Georgia in 2008 (Charles Scott, 144 yards) and Arkansas in 2007 (Jacob Hester, 126 yards).

30 Tigers Have Seen Their First Career Playing Time Through Three Games
LSU reloaded its roster yet again after losing a nation's best nine players to the 2014 NFL Draft. A total of 30 Tigers have seen the field for the first time through two games, including 17 true freshmen: 33 Jamal Adams (special teams/defense), 48 Donnie Alexander (special teams: punt return), 90 Maquedius Bain (DT), 30 John Battle (S), 53 Logan Boudreaux (special teams), 82 D.J. Chark (WR), 98 Deondre Clark (DE), 9 John Diarse (WR/special teams), 14 Trent Domingue (special teams: kickoff), 15 Malachi Dupre (WR), 72 Andy Dodd (C), 7 Leonard Fournette (RB/special teams: kickoff return), 3 Clifton Garrett (special teams), 39 Russell Gage (special teams/CB), 36 Cameron Gamble (special teams), 99 Greg Gilmore (DT), 57 Davon Godchaux (DT), 6 Brandon Harris (QB), 97 Frank Herron (DT), 44 Colin Jeter (TE), 63 K.J. Malone (OL), 47 John David Moore (special teams), 24 Ed Paris (special teams), 93 M.J. Patterson (DE), 8 Trey Quinn (WR/special teams), 87 Kevin Spears (WR), 10 Austin Suits (special teams), 58 Sione Teuhema (DE), 35 Devin Voorhies (special teams/S) and 34 Darrel Williams (RB).

Seven First-Time Starters
Seven LSU players have made their first career starts this season (3 on offense, 2 on defense). DT Davon Godchaux, LB Deion Jones and LB Duke Riley became the latest when they made their first starts against ULM. Godchaux is also the second true freshman to start this year, joining wide receiver Trey Quinn.
Game No. First-Time Starters (Players)
vs. #14 Wisconsin 4 (WR T. Dural, RG H. Fanaika, DT C. LaCouture, WR T. Quinn)
Sam Houston State None
ULM 3 (DT D. Godchaux, LB D. Jones, LB D. Riley)

LSU Features Four College Graduates on the Roster
Four current LSU players have already earned their undergraduate degree at the university. Evan Washington graduated in spring 2014, and Connor Neighbors, Justin Maclin and Elliott Porter graduated in summer 2014. Washington earned his degree in interdisciplinary studies, while Neighbors earned his in general business and Maclin and Porter graduated with sport administration degrees.

True Freshmen Play Big Roles at LSU Under Les Miles
LSU coach Les Miles has never shied away from playing true freshmen. In his 10 years with the Tigers, a total of 100 true freshmen have seen action for LSU, including 17 so far in 2014. Not only have 100 true freshmen played in their inaugural season at LSU since 2005, but 29 of those players started at least once during their freshman season.
Here's the list of true freshmen who have played in their first year at LSU:
Year (Total number) Name
2005 (2) LB Darry Beckwith and RB Steven Korte
2006 (10) WR/RS Trindon Holliday, RB Charles Scott, DB Danny McCray, LB Jacob Cutrera, LB Perry Riley, TE Richard Dickson, WR Chris Mitchell, WR Jared Mitchell, DT Al Woods, and RB Keiland Williams.
2007 (7) PK Josh Jasper, PK Andrew Crutchfield, LT Jarvis Jones, RT Joseph Barksdale, WR Terrence Toliver, DB Chad Jones, DT Drake Nevis.
2008 (8) CB Patrick Peterson, CB Brandon Taylor, LB Ryan Baker, DB Karnell Hatcher, OT Greg Shaw, WR Deangelo Peterson, QB Jordan Jefferson, DB Derrick Bryant
2009 (6) WR Rueben Randle, S Craig Loston, DT Josh Downs, CB Morris Claiborne, QB/WR Russell Shepard, FB Dominique Allen
2010 (12) RB Alfred Blue, WR Kadron Boone, CB Tyrann Mathieu, FB Connor Neighbors, S Eric Reid, DB Tharold Simon, S Ronnie Vinson, RB Spencer Ware, WR James Wright, LB Luke Muncie, DE Justin Maclin, FB J.C. Copeland
2011 (9) WR Odell Beckham Jr., OG La'el Collins, PK James Hairston, RB Kenny Hilliard, DT Anthony Johnson, WR Jarvis Landry, RB Terrence Magee, DE Jermauria Rasco, S Ronald Martin
2012 (15) LB Kwon Alexander, OT Vadal Alexander, CB Jalen Mills, P Jamie Keehn, S Jerqwinick Sandolph, LB Deion Jones, SNP Reid Ferguson, DL Danielle Hunter, LB Ronnie Feist, LB Lorenzo Phillips, S Corey Thompson, TE Dillon Gordon, CB Dwayne Thomas, LB Lamar Louis, RB Jeremy Hill.
2013 (14) LB Kendell Beckwith, DE Tashawn Bower, RB Jeryl Brazil, OT Josh Boutte, DB Rickey Jefferson, QB Anthony Jennings, FB Melvin Jones, DT Christian LaCouture, DE Lewis Neal, C Ethan Pocic, LB Duke Riley, CB Rashard Robinson, TE DeSean Smith, CB Tre'Davious White
2014 (17) S Jamal Adams, LB Donnie Alexander, S John Battle, WR D.J. Chark, DE Deondre Clark, WR Malachi Dupre, RB Leonard Fournette, CB Russell Gage, PK Cameron Gamble, LB Clifton Garrett, DT Davon Godchaux, QB Brandon Harris, CB Ed Paris, WR Trey Quinn, DE Sione Teuhema, S Devin Voorhies, RB Darrel Williams
Most True Freshmen Starters by Year Under Les Miles
2012: 6 (Kwon Alexander, Vadal Alexander, Reid Ferguson, Jeremy Hill, Lamar Louis, Jalen Mills)
2013: 5 (Rickey Jefferson, Anthony Jennings, Ethan Pocic, Rashard Robinson, Tre'Davious White)
2006: 4 (Jacob Cutrera, Richard Dickson, Charles Scott, Keiland Williams)
2010: 3 (Alfred Blue, Tyrann Mathieu, Eric Reid)
2011: 3 (Odell Beckham Jr., James Hairston, Jarvis Landry)
2007: 2 (Drake Nevis, Terrence Toliver)
2008: 2 (Jordan Jefferson, Deangelo Peterson)
2009: 2 (Dominique Allen, Rueben Randle)
2014: 2 (Davon Godchaux, Trey Quinn)
2005: 0

Four LSU True Freshmen Score in the Same Game for the First Time in School History
When LSU beat Sam Houston State 56-0 on Sept. 6, something happened in the game that had previously never been accomplished in LSU history: Four true freshmen scored a touchdown in the same game. RB Leonard Fournette scored on a four-yard TD run in the first quarter, QB Brandon Harris scored on a 46-yard TD run in the second quarter, RB Darrel Williams scored on a one-yard TD run in the third quarter and WR Malachi Dupre hauled in an eight-yard TD pass from Harris in the fourth quarter. The previous high was three true freshmen against Rice on Sept. 25, 1982 when RB Dalton Hilliard, RB Gary James and TE Mitch Andrews scored touchdowns.

LSU Has Played 17 True Freshmen in 2014, Second-Most in the SEC
Through three games LSU has played a total of 17 true freshmen, a figure that ranks as the most in the 10 seasons under head coach Les Miles. The previous high for true freshmen in a season under Coach Miles was 15 in 2012. LSU's 17 currently ranks second this season among Southeastern Conference teams, only trailing Tennessee's 22 true freshmen. Here is a list of the most true freshmen played by SEC teams this season:
1. Tennessee - 22
2. LSU - 17
3. Texas A&M - 14
t4. Arkansas - 12
t4. Alabama - 12

No. 18 Tradition Passed Down to Terrence Magee
A tradition established in 2003 continues as senior running back Terrence Magee was voted to wear the No. 18 jersey for the 2014 season. Magee was presented the jersey by coach Les Miles following a vote of the coaching staff and former LSU No. 18s during the Tigers' first team meeting of fall camp on Sunday, Aug. 3. Magee is LSU's leading returning rusher after running for 626 yards and eight touchdowns a year ago. Jersey No. 18 was born when, in 2003, quarterback Matt Mauck guided LSU to its first national championship since 1958. His number became synonymous with success -- both on and off the field -- as well as a selfless attitude that has become the epitome of being an LSU football player. After his final year with the Tigers, Mauck passed the jersey number down to running back Jacob Hester, who then helped LSU to another national title in 2007. Here is a look at the jersey No. 18s:
Years Player Position
2003 Matt Mauck QB
2004-07 Jacob Hester RB
2008-09 Richard Dickson TE
2010 Richard Murphy RB
2011 Brandon Taylor S
2012 Bennie Logan DT
2013 Lamin Barrow LB
2014 Terrence Magee RB

Les Miles Becomes Quickest LSU Coach To Reach 90 Wins
The following is a quick look at Les Miles' notable accomplishments during his nine-plus years and 122 games (98-24 record) as head coach of the Tigers:
With the win over Mississippi State in 2013, Miles became the quickest LSU coach to reach 90 victories doing so in 112 games. It took Charles McClendon 124 games to reach that milestone.
Also the fastest coach in LSU history to 10 wins (11 games), 20 wins (24 games), 30 wins (35 games), 40 wins (48 games), 50 wins (63 games), 60 wins (76 games), 70 wins (87 games), and 80 wins (98 games) in school history
With 10 or more wins seven times at LSU, Miles joined Bear Bryant (13 at Alabama), Steve Spurrier (9 at Florida), Philip Fulmer (9 at Tennessee), Mark Richt (8 at Georgia) and Vince Dooley (7 at Georgia) as the only coaches in SEC history to have seven or more 10-win seasons at the same school.
Led LSU to only 12-0 and 13-0 records in school history in 2011...Led LSU to first 11-0 start since 1958 in 2011.
Led LSU to 10-1 start three times in a 6-year span from 2005-10 (‘05, '07, '10)
Only coach in LSU history to beat Auburn, Florida and Alabama in same season - and he's done it three times (2005, '07, ‘11)
Only coach in LSU history to beat Florida and Tennessee in the regular season during the same year, doing it twice (2010, '11).
Only first-year coach in SEC history to lead team to league's title game (2005).
Has 15 wins over coaches who have won national titles.
Coached LSU to 10-plus wins in four straight seasons - a first at the school – and to seven overall (the most at the school).
Only coach in LSU history to lead Tigers to three straight top five final rankings (2005, 2006, 2007).

LSU Leads All Colleges With 38 Players on Week 1 NFL Rosters
LSU led all colleges with 38 players on NFL opening weekend rosters, the NFL announced at the conclusion of the first week of competition. The 38 active NFL players in week one put the Tigers ahead of Southern Cal (37), Alabama (36), Georgia (34), Florida (33) and Florida State (33). LSU also led the NFL in number of defensive tackles with six and was tied for most defensive backs with nine. LSU has two active punters in the NFL, which ties with Miami and Tennessee for the most in the league.
The following is a list of colleges with the most players on active NFL rosters for Week 1:
School Active Players
LSU 38
Southern Cal 37
Alabama 36
Georgia 34
Florida 33
Florida State 33

LSU The New DBU
Since 2007, LSU leads the nation in number of defensive backs selected in the NFL Draft with 12. Alabama is the next closest with 11. The Tigers have produced a defensive back selection in seven of the last eight drafts. A total of nine former LSU defensive backs are on current NFL rosters after Week 1 of the 2014 NFL season, a number that is tied for the national lead.

LSU: The SEC's Winningest Team Since 2005
LSU is the winningest program in the SEC since the start of Les Miles' tenure as head coach in 2005 as the Tigers have posted a 98-24 mark during that span. The 98 victories for LSU are nine better than Florida, while the Tigers are also tops in final poll rankings. LSU is also second nationally in wins since 2005 behind only Boise State (103) and tied with Ohio State (98).
Team W-L Bowls SEC Titles Top 25
LSU 98-24 9 2 8
Florida 89-30 8 2 6
Georgia 85-36 9 1 6
Auburn 81-37 7 2 5
South Carolina 79-40 8 0 4
Alabama 77-24 9 2 6
Arkansas 65-51 5 0 3
Tennessee 59-56 4 0 2
Mississippi State 57-58 5 0 1
Ole Miss 52-62 4 0 2
Vanderbilt 50-64 4 0 2
Kentucky 50-65 5 0 0

Wins Since 2005 (Nationally)
Boise State 103
LSU 98
Ohio State 98
Oregon 96
Oklahoma 96
Southern Cal 91
Virginia Tech 90
TCU 90
Texas 89
Florida 89

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 233-61-4 (.789) at night under the lights compared to a 32-25-3 (.558) mark in Tiger Stadium during the day. Since 2000, LSU is 89-12 (.881) overall at home, which includes a 67-6 (.918) mark at night in Tiger Stadium and a 22-6 (.786) 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 49-5 11-6 60-11
2010-14 18-1 11-0 29-1
Totals 233-61-4 32-25-3 265-86-7

Tiger Stadium Top 10 Attendances
No. Att. Opponent Date Results
1. 101,194 ULM Sept. 13, 2014 Won, 31-0
2. 100,338 Sam Houston State Sept. 6, 2014 Won, 56-0
3. 93,374 Alabama Nov. 3, 2012 Lost, 21-17
4. 93,129 Florida Oct. 10, 2009 Lost, 13-3
5. 93,108 Arkansas Nov. 25, 2011 Won, 41-17
6. 93,098 Auburn Oct. 22, 2011 Won, 45-10
7. 93,039 Alabama Nov. 8, 2008 Lost, 27-21 (OT)
8. 93,022 Florida Oct. 8, 2011 Won, 41-11
9. 93,013 Arkansas Nov. 28, 2009 Won, 33-30 (OT)
10. 92,982 Georgia Oct. 25, 2008 Lost, 52-38

LSU Holds the Nation's Third-Longest Home Win Streak at 11 Games
LSU has won 11 straight home games entering Saturday's contest vs. Mississippi State, and that number that is tied for third nationally among FBS teams. Baylor and Northern Illinois lead the way at 12 straight home wins, followed by LSU, Alabama and Auburn at 11 consecutive home victories. LSU is also in a tie for third nationally with six straight wins overall. Florida State leads the country with 18 consecutive wins, followed by Oklahoma with 7. LSU is tied with Mississippi State and Washington.

 

 

 

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