2013 LSU Football Game Notes
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LSU Football vs. Iowa (Outback Bowl) Game Notes
No. 14 LSU Set to Face Iowa in Outback Bowl on New Year's Day
LSU makes its 14th straight bowl appearance, and its 45th overall, when the 14th-ranked Tigers face Iowa in the Outback Bowl on New Year's Day at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa. Kickoff between LSU and Iowa is scheduled for 12:02 p.m. CT, and the game will be televised on ESPN. LSU will be making its second appearance in the Outback Bowl, and the first came on Jan. 2, 1989 when it was known as the Hall of Fame Bowl. The Tigers fell 23-10 to Syracuse in LSU's only appearance in the bowl. LSU is also seeking to avenge its only meeting with Iowa, a 30-25 last-second loss on a Hail Mary pass in the 2005 Capital One Bowl. LSU enters the contest 9-3 overall, and the Tigers are searching for a 10th win of the season, which would give LSU a new school record with four straight 10-win seasons. The Hawkeyes come into the game with an 8-4 record, riding the momentum of a three-game win streak to end the regular season. LSU enters the game averaging 37 points and 465.9 total yards per game (200.8 rushing, 265.1 passing), while Iowa counters with a defense that ranks seventh nationally in total defense, giving up an average of 303.2 yards per game (120.8 rushing, 182.4 passing). LSU will be breaking in a new quarterback against Iowa after starting QB Zach Mettenberger went down with a season-ending injury in the regular season finale against Arkansas. True freshman QB Anthony Jennings will make his first start in the Outback Bowl, after he led LSU on a 99-yard game-winning drive against Arkansas. He will have three All-SEC players who have racked up more than 1,000 yards to help him succeed in wide receivers Odell Beckham Jr. (1,117 receiving yards, 8 TDs) and Jarvis Landry (1,172 yards, 10 TDs) and running back Jeremy Hill (1,185 rushing yards, 14 TDs). Beckham Jr. is a first-team All-America selection as a kickoff returner (FWAA) and one of the most electric players in college football, ranking third nationally with 2,222 all-purpose yards. Defensively, the Tigers are led by All-SEC performers LB Lamin Barrow (team-high 86 tackles) and DT Anthony Johnson (team-leading 7.0 TFL). LSU ranks 20th nationally in total defense giving up 349.7 yards per game (148.8 rushing, 200.8 passing).
QB Anthony Jennings will become the second quarterback in LSU history to make his first career start in a bowl game, joining Matt Flynn who made his first start in the 2005 Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl against Miami, a game the Tigers won 40-3.
LSU is making its 14th consecutive appearance in a bowl game, a school record, and the nation's sixth-longest streak (second-longest in the SEC behind Georgia's 17 straight appearances).
LSU leads the nation in third-down conversion percentage, converting 82-of-140 for 58.6 percent. That percentage is the best in school history.
With a win against Iowa, LSU will reach 10 wins for the fourth straight season which would be a school record. LSU won 11 games in 2010, 13 in 2011 and 10 in 2012. LSU won 10 games in three straight seasons to open Les Miles' tenure (11 in ‘05, 11 in ‘06, 12 in ‘07).
LSU is the first team in SEC history to feature a 3,000-yard passer (Zach Mettenberger), two 1,000-yard receivers (Odell Beckham Jr. and Jarvis Landry) and a 1,000-yard running back (Jeremy Hill) in the same season.
LSU is 40-2 under Les Miles in games against non-conference opponents since 2005. LSU's only losses during that span came to Penn State in the 2010 Capital One Bowl and to Clemson in the 2012 Chick-fil-A Bowl.
LSU is 5-3 in bowl games under Les Miles.
LSU is making its 45th all-time bowl appearance (8th nationally) and the Tigers are 22-21-1 in those games. The 22 bowl victories tie for 10th most in college football history.
This marks only the second meeting between LSU and Iowa. The teams met in the 2005 Capital One Bowl, and the Tigers fell, 30-25, on a last-second touchdown.
Date/Time: Wednesday, January 1 at Noon CT
Location: Tampa, Fla. - Raymond James Stadium (65,657)
Television: ESPN - cable ch. 35 or HD ch. 1035 in Baton Rouge
CST (delay on Sunday/Wednesday nights) – cable ch. 37 or HD ch. 1037 in Baton Rouge
Radio: LSU Sports Radio Network - 98.1 FM in Baton Rouge
Sirius Satellite Radio - ch. 85; XM Radio – ch. 85
Series Record: Iowa leads 1-0
Series Notes: LSU and Iowa have only met once prior to this bowl game ... The Tigers and Hawkeyes squared off in the 2005 Capital One Bowl, and LSU fell 30-25 on a 56-yard touchdown pass as time expired ... The two teams have never met in the regular season ... Les Miles has never faced Iowa during his head coaching tenure.
LSU vs. The Big Ten
LSU is 7-4-1 against Big Ten opponents when the school was actually in the Big Ten Conference. The Tigers are 7-10-2 all-time against current members of the Big Ten when factoring in LSU's record against Nebraska (0-5-1 as Big 8/Big 12 member) and Penn State (0-1 as independent).
LSU's last meeting with a Big Ten opponent was the Capital One Bowl on Jan. 1, 2010 when the Tigers lost, 19-17, to Penn State.
LSU's last win against a Big Ten team was the 2008 BCS National Championship Game against Ohio State when the Tigers won 38-24 in New Orleans to capture a second BCS title.
Here is LSU's record against Big Ten schools: 1-0 vs. Illinois, 2-1 vs. Indiana, 0-1 vs. Iowa, 0-0 vs. Michigan, 1-0 vs. Michigan State, 0-0 vs. Minnesota, 0-5-1 vs. Nebraska, 0-0 vs. Northwestern, 1-1-1 vs. Ohio State, 0-2 vs. Penn State, 0-0 vs. Purdue, 2-0 vs. Wisconsin
LSU opens the 2014 season against Wisconsin in the AdvoCare Texas Kickoff on Aug. 30 in Houston's Reliant Stadium.
LSU's Outback Bowl History
LSU is 0-1 all-time in the Outback Bowl. The Tigers' only appearance was Jan. 2, 1989 when it was known as the Hall of Fame Bowl, and LSU lost 23-10 to Syracuse.
LSU Makes Its 45th Bowl Appearance
LSU will be making its 45th bowl appearance when the Tigers lineup against Iowa in the Outback Bowl. The 45 bowl appearances ranks eighth nationally and fourth in the SEC behind Alabama (61), Tennessee (49), and Georgia (49). LSU is 22-21-1 all-time in bowl games, which includes a 5-3 record under Les Miles.
Tigers Have Won 22 Bowl Games
LSU goes into the Outback Bowl with 22 bowl victories to its credit. The 22 bowl wins is tied for ninth all-time. LSU coach Les Miles is 5-3 in bowl games which makes him the second-winningest coach in school history in terms of bowl victories. Charles McClendon, who coached the Tigers for 18 years, won seven bowl games in 13 tries from 1962-79.
Tigers Making School-Record 14th Straight Bowl Appearance
LSU will be making its school-record 14th consecutive appearance in a bowl game when the Tigers face Iowa. The 14 straight bowl appearances by the Tigers ranks as the nation's sixth-longest active streak. Florida State leads the way with 32, followed by Virginia Tech (21), Georgia Tech and Georgia (17), Oklahoma (15) and LSU (14).
LSU Finishes Ranked in BCS Standings for 11th Time
With its No. 16 final placement in the Bowl Championship Series Standings, LSU has now been ranked in the final BCS Standings for the 11th time since its inception in 1998 (16 years). LSU has been ranked in the BCS Top 10 four times under Les Miles and in the Top 20 eight of the nine years under Miles. LSU ranks No. 4 nationally in all-time BCS appearances with 89 (out of 125 BCS standings). Under Les Miles, LSU has been ranked in the BCS Standings 69 out of a possible 72 polls dating back to the 2005 season. The following is a look at the all-time leaders in appearances in the BCS Standings:
1. Texas 103
2. Oklahoma 101
3. Florida 93
4. LSU 89
5. Virginia Tech 87
Wide Receiver Jarvis Landry Named LSU's MVP in 2013
Wide receiver Jarvis Landry was named the recipient of the Charles McClendon Award as LSU's most valuable player in 2013. Landry led one of the most explosive offenses in school history by catching 75 passes for 1,172 yards and 10 touchdowns. LSU's offense ranked among the league leaders in scoring (37.2), total offense (465.9) and passing offense (265.1).
Four Tigers Named Permanent Team Captains
LSU recently named four players as the National L-Club Permanent Team Captains for 2013. The group includes: QB Zach Mettenberger and WR Jarvis Landry on offense, LB Lamin Barrow on defense and WR James Wright on special teams. It marks the second straight season Mettenberger has been named a permanent team captain. He is the first LSU player to earn the distinction as a team captain in back-to-back years since PK Josh Jasper in 2009 and 2010.
LSU Football Rated Fourth Most Valuable College Football Team by Forbes
For the second straight year Forbes Magazine has ranked the LSU football program as the fourth most valuable team in college football with a worth of $105 million. LSU trails only Texas ($139 million), Notre Dame ($117 million) and Alabama ($110 million). Michigan is fifth at $100 million. Florida at No. 6 and Georgia at No. 8 are the only other SEC teams in the Top 10. Other SEC teams in the Top 25 include: Auburn at No. 11, Arkansas at No. 12, Texas A&M at No. 14, South Carolina at No. 18 and Tennessee at No. 20.
Odell Beckham Jr. Wins the Paul Hornung Award as Nation's Most Versatile Player
LSU WR Odell Beckham Jr. was named the winner of the Paul Hornung Award as the nation's most versatile player. He is the first LSU player to win the Hornung Award which is in its fifth year of existence, and it marks the 14th national individual award a Tiger has won in LSU history and the 11th under coach Les Miles since 2005. Beckham Jr. started at wide receiver in all 12 games this season as well as returning punts and kickoffs. He also returned a missed field goal 109 yards (statistically 100 yards) for a touchdown against UAB. Here is a look at the LSU national award winners under Miles:
Player Year Awards
Odell Beckham Jr. 2013 Hornung Award
Morris Claiborne 2011 Thorpe Award
Tyrann Mathieu 2011 Bednarik Award
Patrick Peterson 2010 Bednarik Award, Thorpe Award
Glenn Dorsey 2007 Lombardi Award, Lott Trophy, Nagurski Trophy, Outland Trophy
JaMarcus Russell 2006 Manning Award
Rudy Niswanger 2005 Campbell Trophy
Beckham Jr. Earns First-Team All-America Honor by the FWAA
LSU WR Odell Beckham Jr. was named to the Football Writers Association of America All-America first team as a kickoff returner. He becomes the 20th first-team All-America selection for LSU under Les Miles dating back to the 2005 season, and he is the 77th overall All-American in school history. Beckham Jr. also earned first-team All-America honors as an all-purpose player by CBSSports.com, and he was named a third-team All-American by the Associated Press.
Nine Tigers on AP's All-SEC Teams
LSU placed nine Tigers on the Associated Press All-Southeastern Conference football teams, including two on the first team. LSU's nine selections ranks third in the league behind Alabama's 12 and Auburn's 10. WR Odell Beckham Jr. and RB Jeremy Hill were named to the first team as an all-purpose player and running back, respectively. Jarvis Landry, Trai Turner, Anthony Johnson and Lamin Barrow garnered second-team honors while Zach Mettenberger, Ego Ferguson and Craig Loston were listed as honorable mention selections.
LSU Ranked Second in the League with Eight Selections to the Coaches' All-SEC Team
Six LSU players earned a total of eight selections on the Coaches All-SEC teams, and the eight total honors ranks second in the league behind Alabama's nine. WR Odell Beckham Jr. was listed three times: as a first-team selection at return specialist and all-purpose and as a second-teamer at wide receiver. RB Jeremy Hill, OT La'el Collins, WR Jarvis Landry, DT Anthony Johnson and LB Lamin Barrow were chosen as second-team All-SEC.
Tre'Davious White Earned Freshman All-SEC Nod
LSU CB Tre'Davious White earned a spot on the Freshman All-SEC Team as voted on by the league's coaches. LSU has produced 18 freshman All-SEC selections in nine seasons under Les Miles. White started in 10 games this season at corner, posting 52 tackles, a team-leading seven pass breakups and one interception.
Tigers Are 10-4 In Neutral Sites Games Under Miles
LSU brings a 10-4 record in neutral site games under Les Miles, including a 1-0 record in 2013 when the Tigers defeated TCU, 37-27, in the Cowboys Classic in AT&T Stadium on Aug. 31. LSU has outscored its opponents 423-269 in the 14 games and the Tigers have scored 40 or more points five times and 30 or more points nine times.
LSU Is 40-2 In Non-Conference Games Under Miles
LSU brings a 40-2 record in non-conference games into the Iowa contest. LSU's only non-conference losses under Les
Miles came against Penn State in the Capital One Bowl to cap the 2009 season and versus Clemson in the Chick-fil-A Bowl to end the 2012 season. Of the 40 wins under Miles against non-conference opponents, 12 have come against Top 25 teams, 34 have come by double-digits and LSU has scored 40 or more points in 25 of the 42 games.
LSU Extends Nation-leading Streak of 8 Wins or More to 14 Straight Seasons
After beating Texas A&M 34-10 LSU extended its streak to 14 consecutive seasons with at least eight wins, a mark that leads the nation. Boise State also has 14 straight seasons of at least eight wins. LSU's streak of seasons with at least eight wins dates back to 2000 when first-year coach Nick Saban led the Tigers to an 8-4 record, which was capped with a 28-14 victory over Georgia Tech in the Peach Bowl (now Chick-fil-A) Bowl.
LSU: The Nation's Best Offense On Third Down, Best Third Down LSU Offense Since At Least 1977
LSU leads the nation in third down conversions, converting 82-of-140 for 58.6 percent. Louisville is No. 2 at 55.9 percent (90-of-161). Texas A&M is the next closest in the SEC at 50.7 percent, which is good for ninth nationally. LSU's percentage of 58.6 is the highest of any FBS team since at least the 2003 season. The closest was Stanford in 2010 at 57.6 percent. LSU also leads the nation in third down conversions in road/neutral site games converting 41-of-68 for 60.3 percent, while LSU's opponent in the Outback Bowl, Iowa, ranks second nationally in road/neutral site games at 55.4 percent (41-of-74). The Tigers also ranked first nationally in third down conversions in the month of November at 60.9 percent (25/41 in three games). Jarvis Landry leads the nation in third-down touchdown receptions (6), 15+ yard third-down receptions (15) and 25+ yard third-down receptions (6). Three times this season, LSU has managed to convert double-digit third downs with 10 against TCU, 12 at Georgia and 11 vs. Texas A&M. Dating back to 1977 when box scores/statistics began counting third-down totals, the 2013 LSU offense is the best on third down in school history. The next closest was 2001:
Best Third Down Offenses In LSU History (Since 1977 when 3rd Downs were charted):
1. 2013 - 58.6 percent (82/140)
2. 2001 - 51.0 percent (100/196)
3. 2006 - 48.3 percent (70/145)
LSU is No. 16 in BCS Standings
LSU ranked No. 16 in the latest BCS Standings with an average of .4322. The Tigers' average computer rating is 17. The Tigers are one of seven SEC teams listed in the BCS Standings, joining Auburn (2), Alabama (3), Missouri (8), South Carolina (9), Texas A&M (21) and Georgia (22). LSU ranks fourth in all-time BCS Standings appearances with now 89.
LSU is the First Team in SEC History with Two 1,000-Yard WRs and a 1,000-Yard RB in Same Season
Wide receivers Odell Beckham Jr. (1,117 yards) and Jarvis Landry (1,172) and running back Jeremy Hill (1,185) helped LSU make history as the first SEC team with two 1,000-yard receivers and a 1,000-yard rusher in the same season.
Beckham and Landry represent only the third 1,000-yard receiving tandem in SEC single-season history, joining Florida's Ike Hilliard (1,008) and Chris Doering (1,045) in 1995 and Florida's Jabar Gaffney (1,191) and Reche Caldwell (1,059).
In 2003, quarterback Matt Mauck (2,825 yards), receiver Michael Clayton (1,079) and running back Justin Vincent (1,001) became the first trio in school history to go over 1,000 yards rushing, 1,000 yards receiving and 2,500 yards passing in the same season. They achieved the feat in LSU's BCS National Championship Game win over Oklahoma. Now, 13 years later, quarterback Zach Mettenberger (3,082 yards), WR Odell Beckham Jr. (1,117) and RB Jeremy Hill (1,185) are the first trio in school history to do it in the regular season and just the second trio overall. The 2013 squad is the first to have a 3,000-yard passer, 1,000-yard rusher and two 1,000-yard receivers.
Odell Beckham Jr. and Jarvis Landry: The Nation's First 1,000-Receiving Yard Duo
LSU's offense under new offensive coordinator Cam Cameron has thrived in its first 12 games as Odell Beckham Jr. and Jarvis Landry are arguably the top wide receiver duo in college football.
For the first time in LSU history, the Tigers have two receivers with more than 1,000 receiving yards in the same season, and Beckham (1,117) and Landry (1,172) were the first duo to reach that mark this season as they accomplished that feat on Nov. 23 against Texas A&M. Fresno State, Ball State and SMU have 1,000-yard duos, but they reached the mark after LSU.
More Notes About LSU's Dynamic Receiver Duo:
The two have combined for 132 receptions for 2,289 yards and 18 receiving touchdowns. They have combined for more receiving yards than four SEC teams have passed for the entire season (Florida, Auburn, Tennessee and Arkansas).
Beckham became the sixth player in single-season school history to go 1,000 in a when he did so against Furman, and Landry became the seventh when he accomplished it against Texas A&M. Landry and Beckham rank third and fifth, respectively, in receiving yards in LSU single-season history.
Landry is third in the SEC in receiving yards per game (97.7) and Beckham is fourth in the SEC (93.1).
Landry has caught 108 passes in LSU's last 16 games with 14 touchdowns. He's caught eight passes or more in seven of LSU's last 16 games. Landry recorded at least one receiving touchdown in seven straight games from last year's Arkansas contest through the Georgia game in week five this year. That streak tied the school record also held by Dwayne Bowe, who caught a TD pass in seven straight games during the 2005 season. Landry's streak ended at Miss. State on Oct. 5.
Landry has caught at least one touchdown pass in seven of 12 games this season (did not have one at Mississippi State, vs. Florida, vs. Furman, at Alabama, vs. Arkansas). Landry has 10 receiving TDs this season, just two shy of tying Dwayne Bowe's single-season record of 12 in 2006, while Beckham has eight receiving TDs this season. Landry ranks third in the SEC receiving scores while Beckham is fifth.
Landry's 75 catches rank second in the SEC and are fourth in LSU single-season history. Of the 75 catches by Landry, 55 of them have gone for first downs. Of those 55 first down receptions, 24 came on third down.
Landry might be the most valuable receiver in the nation on third down. He leads the nation with 453 receiving yards on the year on third down. He is also tops nationally with 15 receptions of 15+ yards on third down and six receptions of 25+ yards on third down. He leads the nation in third-down touchdowns with six and is second with 24 first downs on third-down receptions.
Beckham and Landry have five 100-yard receiving games this season, which is fifth in LSU-single-season history. Beckham became the first player since Devery Henderson in the 2002 “Bluegrass Miracle” game at Kentucky to record over 200 yards receiving in a game when he had 204 on six receptions with two touchdowns against Furman in week nine. The 204 yards are fifth-most in LSU single-game history and the most since Josh Reed broke the SEC record with 293 yards at Alabama in 2001.
In LSU career history, Beckham is now 7th in 100-yard receiving games (7), ninth in career catches (141) and seventh in career receiving yards (2,305).
Both Beckham Jr. and Landry have gone over 100 yards in the same game twice this season, doing so against TCU and at Georgia. They are the first duo in school history to go over 100 yards twice in the same game in the same season. Prior to their 100-yard games against TCU in the opener, the last time an LSU duo each went over 100 yards receiving was the 2002 Sugar Bowl when Josh Reed and Michael Clayton did it.
Beckham Jr.'s three receiving TDs in the UAB game tied for third in LSU single-game history and were the most by an LSU player since Terrence Toliver hauled in three against Texas A&M in the 2011 Cotton Bowl.
Two 100-Yard LSU Receivers in the Same Game (10)
Date Opponent WRs Result
9/28/13 at #9 Georgia Jarvis Landry (156), Odell Beckham Jr. (118) L, 41-44
8/31/13 vs. #20 TCU Odell Beckham Jr. (118), Jarvis Landry (109) W, 37-27
1/1/02 vs. #7 Illinois Josh Reed (239), Michael Clayton (120) W, 47-34
10/13/01 at Kentucky Josh Reed (160), Michael Clayton (105) W, 29-25
10/21/00 vs. #13 Miss. State Josh Reed (113), Reggie Robinson (102) W, 45-38
9/2/00 vs. W. Carolina Josh Reed (137), Jerel Myers (117) W, 47-34
11/13/99 vs. Houston Jerel Myers (114), Josh Reed (100) L, 7-20
11/4/89 vs. Ole Miss Todd Kinchen (108), Eddie Fuller (102) W, 35-30
9/24/88 at #18 Ohio State Tony Moss (117), Alvin Lee (108) L, 33-36
10/24/81 vs. #20 Florida State Orlando McDaniel (155), Malcolm Scott (112) L, 14-38
LSU's Odell Beckham Jr. won the 2013 Paul Hornung Award as the nation's most versatile player. He leads the SEC and is third nationally in all-purpose yards with 185.2 per game highlighted by the first missed field goal return for a touchdown in school history when he raced 100 yards for a score on a missed 59-yard attempt with 2:11 remaining in the third quarter of the UAB game in week 2. He is one of the nation's most explosive players, averaging 20.8 yards every time he touches the ball which ranks third nationally.
Beckham Jr. has accounted for 2,222 all-purpose yards with 107 touches (5 rush, 57 rec., 14 punt ret., 30 kickoff ret., and 1 missed FG ret.).
With his 85 all-purpose yards against Texas A&M, Beckham Jr. shattered the LSU single-season all-purpose yards record, surpassing the 2,120 yards by Domanick Davis in 2002.
Beckham Jr. is in third place in SEC single-season history return yards, just 174 yards away from breaking the SEC record.
Beckham Jr. is sixth in LSU career all-purpose yards with 3,988 yards.
Beckham Jr. has racked up 806 yards on 30 kick returns this season, averaging 26.9 yards per return. The 806 yards rank eighth nationally and second in LSU single-season history behind only Patrick Peterson (932 in 2010). His 30 kick returns are also second in LSU single-season history behind Patrick Peterson's 32 in 2010.
Beckham Jr. set the LSU single-game school record with 175 kickoff return yards on seven returns at Georgia. The previous record was 164 yards by Trindon Holliday against Georgia in 2008. Beckham Jr. tied the LSU record for most kickoff returns in a game with seven, a mark previously set by Holliday against Georgia and Florida in 2008.
Beckham Jr. accounted for 331 all-purpose yards against UAB in week two (third-highest total in school history) and 289 yards (sixth highest total in school history) at No. 9 Georgia in week four. The 289 against Georgia went down as the most all-purpose yards by an LSU player in an SEC game since Devery Henderson recorded 298 against Kentucky in 2002.
Beckham Jr. was believed to be the first FBS player to return a missed short field goal for a touchdown since Richie Iuzzi of Clemson did it vs. Georgia on Sept. 28, 1968 (108 yards, 100 statistically). Others who have done it: Don Guest of California, 109 yards vs. Washington on Sept. 17, 1966; James Elmore of Tennessee, 95 yards vs. Carson-Newman on Sept. 25, 1926; and most recently Chris Davis of Auburn, 100 yards vs. Alabama on Nov. 30, 2013.
Beckham Jr. recorded four total touchdowns against UAB in week 2, becoming the first LSU player to achieve that feat since LaBrandon Toefield did it with four rushing TDs against Utah State on Sept. 8, 2001.
National FBS All-Purpose Yards Leaders
1. Antonio Andrews, Western Kentucky - 218.3
2. Albert Wilson, Georgia State - 190.3
3. Odell Beckham Jr., LSU - 185.2
9. Tre Mason, Auburn - 164.4 (next closest SEC player)
Odell Beckham Jr. Closing in on SEC History
Junior wide receiver/return specialist Odell Beckham Jr. is not only third in the nation in all-purpose yards, he is closing in on the SEC single-season record for all-purpose yards. With one game remaining, Beckham needs 175 yards to shatter the SEC single-season record of 2,396 held by Randall Cobb of Kentucky (2010). Beckham has racked up 2,222 yards, which is third in SEC single-season history.
SEC Single-Season All-Purpose Yards
1. Randall Cobb, Kentucky (2010) 2,396
2. Darren McFadden, Arkansas (2007) 2,310
3. Odell Beckham Jr., LSU (2013) 2,222
4. Domanick Davis, LSU (2002) 2,120
Zach Mettenberger Had One of the Finest Seasons for a Quarterback in LSU History
Senior quarterback Zach Mettenberger emerged as a top flight quarterback for LSU this season, and he racked up some of the best single-season numbers in LSU history before suffering a season-ending injury against Arkansas. His 22 passing touchdowns are tied for third in LSU single-season history with Tommy Hodson (1989). Mettenberger became the third QB in LSU history to surpass 3,000 passing yards in a season when he threw for 156 against Arkansas to reach 3,082 yards. His 3,082 yards are third in LSU single-season history behind Rohan Davey's record 3,347 in 2001 and JaMarcus Russell's 3,129 in 2006.
In just two seasons as a starter, Mettenberger entered the LSU career top 10 in passing yards with 5,783, good enough for sixth place.
With 241 passing yards at Alabama, Mettenberger became the first quarterback in school history to throw for 2,500 yards in back-to-back seasons. Only seven times has a QB in LSU history thrown for over 2,500 yards.
Mettenberger was the only QB in LSU history to throw for 250 or more yards in each of the first three games of a season. Dating back to last year, the senior has thrown for 250 yards or more in 10 of LSU's last 16 games. He's thrown for over 300 yards three times this season (at Georgia, at Mississippi State, Furman). He owns a 19-6 record as a starter in his career, including a 14-1 mark in Tiger Stadium.
Mettenberger is first in the SEC and third nationally in pass efficiency (171.4). He is sixth in the nation in pass completions of 20 yards or more with 61.
For his career, Mettenberger is up to 35 touchdown passes, which is fifth in LSU history.
Mettenberger was named SEC Offensive Player of the Week after throwing for 340 yards on 25-of-29 passing with two touchdowns at Mississippi State on Oct. 5. The 25 completions were a career high and the most by an LSU QB in any game since Rohan Davey had 31 in the 2002 Sugar Bowl against Illinois. His .862 completion percentage was the fourth-highest in LSU single-game history.
In one of the best outings by a quarterback in school history, Mettenberger made his return to Georgia a memorable one when he threw for a career-best 372 yards on 23-of-37 passes with three touchdowns. The 372 yards was the seventh-highest total in school history and the most by an LSU quarterback in a game since Rohan Davey tossed for 444 in the Sugar Bowl against Illinois on Jan. 1, 2002. Mettenberger's yardage was also the highest total by an LSU QB in an SEC game since Davey shattered the SEC record with 528 at Alabama on Nov. 3, 2001.
Mettenberger shattered the LSU single-game passing touchdown record with five against UAB in week 2, including three in the first half. As a team, the five passing touchdowns for LSU against UAB were the most by the squad since recording five in the 2000 season-opener against Western Carolina. Mettenberger became the first LSU QB to throw three or more TDs in a half since JaMarcus Russell fired three in the first half of the Mississippi State game on Sept. 30, 2006.
Zach Mettenberger Becomes Fifth QB In LSU History With Back-to-Back 300-Yard Games
When Zach Mettenberger threw for 340 yards at Mississippi State on Oct. 5, he became only the eighth quarterback in LSU history to throw for 300 or more yards in two games in the same season. Mettenberger also became the fifth LSU QB to throw for 300 yards in back-to-back games and the first since Matt Flynn did it in 2007 (319 vs. Auburn, 353 at Alabama). Others who have thrown for 300 yards in back-to-back games: Rohan Davey (3 straight times in 2001), Jeff Wickersham (twice in 1983), and Tommy Hodson (twice in 1989). Three times this season, Mettenberger has thrown for over 300 yards.
Mettenberger: First Quarterback In LSU History with Back-to-Back Seasons With 2,500+ Passing Yards
After throwing for 241 yards at Alabama, Zach Mettenberger surpassed 2,500 passing yards for the second straight season. He ended the season at 3,082 yards, becoming the third LSU QB to reach 3,000 in a year. Last season, Mettenberger threw for 2,609 yards, a figure that ranks sixth in school history. The only other 2,500-yard passers in school history are Rohan Davey (2001), JaMarcus Russell (2006), Matt Mauck (2003), Tommy Hodson (1989) and Jeff Wickersham (1983). Before Mettenberger eclipsed the mark, Russell was the closest as he threw for 2,443 yards in 2005.
Zach Mettenberger-Jarvis Landry Touchdown Combination Ranks Third in LSU History
Zach Mettenberger connected with Jarvis Landry for a touchdown pass 15 times in their careers, a number that ranks third in LSU's all-time quarterback-wide receiver TD combinations. Mettenberger fired five TD passes to Landry in 2012, and the duo hooked up for 10 touchdowns this season. Mettenberger to Odell Beckham Jr. ranks 10th in LSU history with 10 touchdowns. The following is a look at the top QB-WR TD combinations in school history:
Rank Quarterback-Wide Receiver Touchdowns
1. JaMarcus Russell-Dwayne Bowe 23
2. Tommy Hodson-Wendell Davis 21
3. Zach Mettenberger-Jarvis Landry 15
10. Zach Mettenberger-Odell Beckham Jr. 10
More On the LSU Offense
LSU's 5,591 yards of total offense is the most through the first 12 games of a season in school history. The school season record for total yards is 6,152 in 2007. By comparison, that team had 5,362 yards through the first 12 games.
The 5,591 yards of total offense already ranks third in LSU single-season history, behind the 6,152 by the 2007 squad and the 5,857 by the 2003 team.
LSU's 3,181 passing yards ranks fourth in single-season school history. The 2001 team set the record with 3,578 yards, followed by the 2006 team (3,272) and the 2003 team (3,257).
LSU registered 517 total yards of offense in a 34-10 win versus Texas A&M, marking the fourth time the Tigers eclipsed 500 yards of offense this season and the second time against an SEC opponent (563 yards at Mississippi State, 10/5/13).
In the win over Furman on Oct. 26, LSU racked up 672 yards of total offense, which ranks third in LSU single-game history. It was the most yards in a game for the Tigers since putting up 680 yards in a win over Western Carolina in 2000. Of the 672 yards, 332 yards were on the ground, while 340 were through the air.
LSU ranks 19th nationally in plays of 10-plus yards from scrimmage (213) and seventh in plays of 20-plus yards from scrimmage (83). The Tigers are seventh in the nation in passing plays of 20 yards or more with 62.
LSU has converted 45 of its 54 redzone chances (83 percent; 35 touchdowns, 10 field goals). Note: Two of the Tigers' failed conversions were victory formations to end the Kent State and Florida games. LSU was 5-of-5 in redzone opportunities versus Texas A&M.
LSU rushed the ball 55 times for 324 net yards and an average of 5.9 yards per attempt against Texas A&M. It is the most rushing attempts in a game for the Tigers since LSU ran it 55 times against the Aggies in the 2011 Cotton Bowl.
LSU scored 59 points in a 59-26 win at Mississippi State on Oct. 5. The 59 points were the most by the Tigers in an SEC game since a 63-28 win at Kentucky on Nov. 1, 1997. LSU scored six rushing touchdowns in the win over the Bulldogs, the most by the Tigers since setting a school record with eight in that Kentucky game of 1997.
LSU averaged 10.4 yards per play against Kent State in week 3, a figure that ranked second in school history. The record is 11.1 against Kentucky on Oct. 14, 2006.
LSU outscored Mississippi State 28-0 in the fourth quarter on Oct. 5. The 28 points were the most by the Tigers in the fourth quarter of an SEC game since putting up 28 in a 61-17 win over Ole Miss on Dec. 5, 1970. It was LSU's most overall points in the fourth quarter since scoring 30 against Troy on Nov. 15, 2008.
Jeremy Hill Spearheading LSU Ground Game
Sophomore Jeremy Hill is producing one of the best season's by a running back in LSU history. Hill has produced six 100-yard rushing games in his last 10 contests, including four out of his last seven games. His six 100-yard rushing games rank fourth in LSU single-season history and are just one away from tying the school record of seven set by Kevin Faulk (1996), Charles Alexander (1977) and Steve Van Buren (1943).
Hill ranks second in the SEC in rushing with 107.7 yards per game and second in total rushing yards with 1,185. Hill is averaging 6.8 yards per carry. He is second in the league in rushing touchdowns and tied for 14th nationally with 14.
With 76 yards against Texas A&M, Hill became LSU's first 1,000-yard running back in a season since Stevan Ridley (now starting running back for the New England Patriots) had 1,147 during the 2010 season.
Hill ranks fifth in LSU single-season history with 1,185 rushing yards this season. He needs 97 yards in the Outback Bowl to tie Kevin Faulk for second in rushing yards in a season with 1,282.
For his career, Hill has 1,940 yards on 317 carries with 26 touchdowns and 0 fumbles lost heading into the bowl game. Hill was the second quickest running back in LSU history to reach 1,000 career yards. Hill did it on 165 carries. Justin Vincent was the fastest running back in school history to do it on 154 carries.
Hill's 26 career rushing touchdowns rank ninth in LSU career history.
In games that Hill has at least 10 carries, he's scored a touchdown in 15 of those 18 games and he's reached 100 yards 10 times.
Hill, who has only played 22 career games, is already in sole possession of fourth in LSU career 100-yard rushing performances with 10.
Hill was named the SEC Offensive Player of the Week and Maxwell National Player of the Week for his performance in LSU's 35-21 win over Auburn on Sept. 21. Hill rushed for career-highs of 184 yards and three touchdowns on 25 carries in leading LSU past Auburn. The sophomore scored the first two times he touched the ball – going 49 yards on the first TD and then 12-yard on his next carry – to give LSU a 14-0 lead just minutes into the contest. Hill added a third touchdown on a 6-yard run in the third quarter that stretched LSU's lead to 28-7. He also set up LSU's third touchdown of the game when he raced 54-yards down to the Auburn 1-yard line.
The 184 rushing yards by Hill against Auburn were the most by an LSU player since Alley Broussard set the school record with 250 yards in a win over Ole Miss in 2004. The 184 yards are also the second-most by an SEC player in any game this season.
LSU Leads the Nation in Punt Return Defense
LSU ranks first nationally in punt return defense as the Tigers give up an average of 0.91 yards per return this season (10 yards on 11 total returns). Louisville is second at 1.15 yards per game (15 yards on 13 returns). LSU has excelled in punt coverage under Les Miles, ranking no lower than 11th in the nation over the last five seasons. LSU ranked 9th in 2009 at 4.0 yards per return; LSU was 11th in 2010 at 4.92; LSU was 4rth in 2011 at 3.65; the Tigers were 11th in 2012 at 3.47.
LSU's Defense Hands Texas A&M Lowest Offensive Output Under Kevin Sumlin
LSU's defense made a statement in a 34-10 victory against Texas A&M as the Tigers held the Aggies to 299 total offensive yards and 10 points, and both rank as single-game lows in two seasons under coach Kevin Sumlin. Texas A&M came into the game leading the SEC in yards per game (578) and points per game (49.2). Texas A&M had scored at least 40 or more points in 13 straight games until the Tigers ended the streak. In addition, LSU shut out the Aggies in the first quarter, the first time A&M failed to score in the opening period since Sept. 15, 2012 in Johnny Manziel's second game at quarterback. The Tigers limited Manziel to 16-of-41 passing (39 percent), the first time in his career he failed to complete 50 percent of his passes. LSU's victory also snapped the Aggies streak of 10 straight road victories which tied the longest streak in A&M history.
LSU Bowl Eligible for Record 14th Straight Season
By picking up its sixth win of the season against Florida in week seven, LSU is now bowl eligible for a school-record 14th straight year. LSU has played in a bowl game every season dating back to 2000. The 14-year bowl streak trails only Georgia (17) in the SEC. Florida's 23-year streak was snapped this season. Florida State leads the nation with 32 consecutive bowl appearances.
Under Les Miles, LSU has produced three out of the top five most accurate career kickers in school history in Josh Jasper (2008-10), Drew Alleman (2011-12) and Colt David (2005-06). Redshirt freshman PK Colby Delahoussaye, a walk-on from New Iberia, took over the field goal and extra point duties this season after the departure of Alleman. Delahoussaye immediately made an impact in his debut, booting 3-of-3 field goals and 4-of-4 PATs in the season-opening win over TCU. Delahoussaye's three made field goals were the most by an LSU kicker in his debut since Andre LaFleur was 3-of-4 against Mississippi State on Sept. 11, 1993. The freshman then booted a perfect 2-of-2 at No. 9 Georgia in week four, including a career-long 49-yarder, which matched the longest made field goal for the Tigers all of last season. For the season and his career, he is 13-of-14 on field goals and 53-of-54 on extra points through 12 games. Delahoussaye shattered the LSU record for most consecutive field goals to start a career, surpassing David Browndyke (1986), by making his first nine. He missed his first field goal in the Furman game on Oct. 26. Browndyke converted the first seven field goal attempts of his career before missing two in the fourth quarter of the Ole Miss game on Nov. 1, 1986. Delahoussaye's 53 extra points are third in LSU single-season history.
Consecutive Made Field Goals to Start a Career
1. Colby Delahoussaye (2013) - 9
2. David Browndyke (1986) - 7
LSU Has Two Games This Season of 300+ Rushing Yards and 250+ Passing Yards
For just the eighth and ninth times in school history, LSU had 300+ rushing yards and 250+ passing yards in a 45-13 win over Kent State in week three and a 48-16 win over Furman in week nine. LSU finished the Kent State game with 571 total yards and produced 672 in the Furman win. Here's a look at the other games in school history that LSU recorded 300+ rushing yards and 250+ passing yards in the same contest:
Year Opponent (Results) Rushing Yards Passing Yards Total Yards
2013 Furman (W, 48-16) 332 340 672
2013 Kent State (W, 45-13) 307 264 571
2007 Louisiana Tech (W, 58-10) 321 274 595
1996 New Mexico State (W, 63-7) 329 269 598
1989 Ohio (W, 57-6) 313 303 616
1987 Ole Miss (W, 42-13) 356 274 630
1986 Mississippi State (W, 47-0) 301 279 580
1969 Mississippi State (W, 61-6) 310 271 581
1967 Mississippi State (W, 55-0) 327 303 630
Terrence Magee's Onto The Scene
Entering the TCU season-opener, junior running back Terrence Magee had totaled only 28 carries in his career. Magee delivered a breakout game against the Horned Frogs, rushing for a game-high 95 yards on 13 carries with two touchdowns. The highlight came with 13:11 in the third quarter when he raced a career-long 52 yards for a score. Magee then went over the 100-yard mark for the first time in his career with nine carries for 108 yards -- all in the second half -- in the win over Kent State in week three. Magee produced his second 100-yard rushing game of the season when he tied his career high with 108 yards on 14 carries with two touchdowns against Furman. In the game against Texas A&M, Magee led the Tigers as he shattered his career high with 149 rushing yards and one touchdown on 13 carries. Against Arkansas he led the Tigers with two rushing TDs to go along with 58 yards on seven carries. Magee ranks second on the team in rushing with 51.2 yards per game. All four LSU running backs -- Magee, Alfred Blue, Kenny Hilliard and Jeremy Hill -- have led the Tigers in rushing in a game before and all four have recorded multiple touchdown games in their careers. Hill leads the way with 25 career rushing TDs followed by Hilliard (20), Blue (11) and Magee (9).
LSU's 49-7 Under Les Miles When Winning The Turnover Battle
LSU is 49-7 under Les Miles when winning the turnover battle. Against ranked teams under Miles, LSU is 21-5 when having fewer turnovers than its opponent. 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 +59. LSU was +20 in 2011, +16 last season and -2 this year.
LSU Running Backs Rarely Fumble
Of the six running backs on the LSU roster, they have combined for 867 career carries and only lost fumbles six times during that stretch. The following is a look at LSU's current running backs and the numbers of carries since they have had since they lost a fumble as well as their career rushing attempts and career number of lost fumbles:
Player Consecutive Att. w/out a lost fumble Total Lost Fumbles (Attempts) Last Fumble
Jeremy Hill 317 0 (317) None
Kenny Hilliard 101 1 (211) 1Q vs. Towson, 2012
J.C. Copeland 0 1 (27) 1Q at Alabama, 2013
Terrence Magee 50 1 (107) 1Q vs. Auburn, 2013
Alfred Blue 48 3 (202) 4Q vs. TCU, 2013
Connor Neighbors 3 0 (3) None
LSU is 39-4 Under Les Miles When A Running Back Reaches 100-Yards
LSU is 39-4 under Les Miles when a running back reaches 100 yards in a game. Of the running backs who make up the 2013 roster, LSU has 16 career 100-yard games to its credit. Jeremy Hill has 10, Kenny Hilliard has one, Terrence Magee has three and Alfred Blue has two. LSU's only four losses under Miles when having a back reach the 100-yard mark came vs. Clemson in 2012 (Hill, 124 yards), Alabama in 2012 (Hill, 107 yards); Georgia in 2008 (Charles Scott, 144 yards) and Arkansas in 2007 (Jacob Hester, 126 yards). LSU has produced nine 100-yard rushers in a game this season, including six by Hill and three by Magee. LSU has produced two 100-yard rushers in the same twice with both Hill and Magee doing it against Kent State and Furman.
14 True Freshmen Have Played This Season
Les Miles has never shied away from playing true freshmen in his nine seasons at LSU. A total of 87 true freshmen have seen the field under his watch, including 14 this season (eight on defense, five on offense, one special teams only). That number ranks fifth nationally behind UCLA (18), Texas A&M (17), Tennessee (15) and Southern Miss (15). The following true freshmen have played this season: 16 Tre'Davious White (CB, special teams), 40 Duke Riley (LB, special teams), 49 Melvin Jones (FB/special teams), 52 Kendell Beckwith (LB/special teams), 89 DeSean Smith (TE), 91 Christian LaCouture (DT), 10 Anthony Jennings (QB), 76 Josh Boutte (OT), Jeryl Brazil (RB), 21 Rashard Robinson (DB), 29 Rickey Jefferson (DB), 46 Tashawn Bower (DE), 77 Ethan Pocic (C) and 92 Lewis Neal (DE). Last year, 15 true freshmen played for LSU. That total of 15 ranked second nationally with Ohio State behind only TCU and Texas, who each had 16.
Game True Freshmen Who Played
TCU (8) K. Beckwith, J. Boutte, A. Jennings, M. Jones, C. LaCouture, D. Riley, D. Smith, T. White
UAB (14) K. Beckwith, J. Boutte, T. Bower, J. Brazil, R. Jefferson, A. Jennings, M. Jones, C. LaCouture, L. Neal, E. Pocic, D. Riley, R. Robinson, D. Smith, T. White
KSU (13) K. Beckwith, J. Boutte, T. Bower, R. Jefferson, A. Jennings, M. Jones, C. LaCouture, L. Neal, E. Pocic, D. Riley, R. Robinson, D. Smith, T. White
Auburn (8) K. Beckwith, M. Jones, C. LaCouture, L. Neal, D. Riley, R. Robinson, D. Smith, T. White
Georgia (7) K. Beckwith, M. Jones, C. LaCouture, D. Riley, R. Robinson, D. Smith, T. White
Miss. St. (9) K. Beckwith, T. Bower, M. Jones, C. LaCouture, L. Neal, D. Riley, R. Robinson, D. Smith, T. White
Florida (12) K. Beckwith, J. Boutte, T. Bower, A. Jennings, M. Jones, C. LaCouture, L. Neal, E. Pocic, D. Riley, R. Robinson, D. Smith, T. White
Ole Miss (12) K. Beckwith, J. Boutte, T. Bower, A. Jennings, M. Jones, C. LaCouture, L. Neal, E. Pocic. D. Riley, R. Robinson, D. Smith, T. White
Furman (13) K. Beckwith, J. Boutte, T. Bower, R. Jefferson, A. Jennings, M. Jones, C. LaCouture, L. Neal, E. Pocic, D. Riley, R. Robinson, D. Smith, T. White
Alabama (7) K. Beckwith, C. LaCouture, L. Neal, D. Riley, R. Robinson, D. Smith, T. White
A&M (11) K. Beckwith, J. Boutte, R. Jefferson, A. Jennings, M. Jones, C. LaCouture, L. Neal, D. Riley, R. Robinson, D. Smith, T. White
Ark (9) R. Jefferson, A. Jennings, C. LaCouture, L. Neal, E. Pocic, D. Riley, R. Robinson, D. Smith, T. White
Number of True Freshmen Who Have Played By Team
School No. of True Frosh
Texas A&M 17
Southern Miss 15
Florida State 14
28 Tigers See Their First Career Playing Time
LSU reloaded its roster after a loss of an NFL record eight underclassemen to the 2013 NFL Draft. A total of 28 Tigers have seen the field for the first time this season: 16 Tre'Davious White (CB, special teams), 35 Lorenzo Phillips (special teams), 40 Duke Riley (LB, special teams), 42 Colby Delahoussaye (special teams), 49 Melvin Jones (special teams), 52 Kendell Beckwith (LB/special teams), 65 Jerald Hawkins (RT), 69 Fehoko Fanaika (OG), 83 Travin Dural (WR), 84 Logan Stokes (TE, special teams), 89 DeSean Smith (TE), 99/71 Jonah Austin (OL, TE), 91 Christian LaCouture (DT), 75 Evan Washington (OT), 10 Anthony Jennings (QB), 76 Josh Boutte (OT), Jeryl Brazil (RB), 21 Rashard Robinson (DB), 29 Rickey Jefferson (DB), 46 Tashawn Bower (DE), 77 Ethan Pocic (C), 92 Lewis Neal (DE), A'Trey-U Jones (DT), 13 Chris LaBorde, 41 Tommy LeBeau, 42 Michael Petty, 17 Myles O'Brien. Kavahra Holmes became the latest to make his debut when he saw the field in the fourth quarter of the Mississippi State game on Oct. 5.
LSU Streak of Consecutive Weeks In AP Top 25 Reaches 80 Straight
LSU's streak of consecutive weeks in the AP Top 25 has reached 80, which ranks second to only Alabama in terms of current streaks. The Tigers are No. 14 in the Associated Press and USA Today Coaches' polls. LSU is No. 14 in the Harris poll. Since the start of the 2011 season, LSU has been ranked in the top 10 in now 42 of the 47 weeks of the AP poll. This was the 13th consecutive season that the Tigers were ranked in the preseason polls as LSU came in No. 12 in the AP and No. 13 in the Coaches Top 25. 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 USA Today Coaches' Poll 138 of the 142 weeks. The exception came during the final four polls of the 2008 season. In addition, since the start of the 2002 season, LSU has played 151 of 155 games ranked in the top 25, including 116 of 118 games under Miles. LSU has a 92-22 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. 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 96
2. LSU 80
Consecutive Final AP Poll Appearances
No. Team Last Year Out
6 Oregon 2006
5 Alabama, Boise State 2007
4 LSU, Nebraska 2008
Sixteen First-Time Starters
Sixteen LSU players have made their first career starts this season (six on offense, 10 on defense). Rickey Jefferson (cornerback) became the latest to get his first start in the Arkansas game. Jefferson made the start at safety against the Razorbacks and recorded one tackle and one pass breakup. Jefferson, Rashard Robinson, Ethan Pocic and cornerback Tre'Davious White are the only true freshmen to start this year. White, who has started at CB since the Kent State game, is the first true freshman to start at cornerback for LSU since Tyrann Mathieu started against UL-Monroe on Nov. 13, 2010.
Game No. First-Time Starters (Player)
vs. #20 TCU 6 (RT J. Hawkins, TE D. Gordon, DE, J. Rasco, DT E. Ferguson, DE J. Allen, LB D.J. Welter)
UAB 1 (TE Logan Stokes)
Kent State 2 (S Micah Eugene, CB Tre'Davious White)
Auburn 1 (DE Danielle Hunter)
at #9 Georgia None
at Mississippi State 2 (FB Connor Neighbors, S Corey Thompson)
at Ole Miss None
Furman 2 (RT Evan Washington, C Ethan Pocic)
at #1 Alabama None
#9 Texas A&M 1 (CB Rashard Robinson)
Arkansas 1 (S Rickey Jefferson)
Anthony Jennings Earns SEC Freshman of the Week Versus Arkansas
Freshman QB Anthony Jennings was honored as SEC Co-Freshman of the Week after he entered the game against Arkansas for an injured Zach Mettenberger and led the Tigers on a 99-yard, touchdown-scoring drive and a comeback victory against the Razorbacks. A look at LSU's game-by-game honors this season:
Game Player Honor
TCU OT La'el Collins SEC Offensive Lineman of the Week
UAB WR Odell Beckham Jr. SEC Special Teams Player of the Week
Kent State DT Ego Ferguson SEC Defensive Player of the Week
Auburn RB Jeremy Hill SEC Offensive Player of the Week
Maxwell Award National Player of the Week
Miss. State QB Zach Mettenberger SEC Offensive Player of the Week
Florida DE Danielle Hunter SEC Defensive Lineman of the Week
Texas A&M RB Terrence Magee SEC Offensive Player of the Week
CB Rashard Robinson SEC Co-Freshman of the Week
Arkansas QB Anthony Jennings SEC Co-Freshman of the Week
LSU's 99-Yard TD Drive Sinks Arkansas; Fifth 99-Yard Drive Since 1972
Freshman QB Anthony Jennings engineered a 99-yard touchdown drive, capped by a 49-yard touchdown pass to Travin Dural with 1:15 left in the game as LSU rallied to beat Arkansas 31-27 in the regular season finale. It marked the fifth 99-yard touchdown drive for the Tigers since the 1972 season, and it is the only one that served as the game-winning drive. Here is a look at the five 99-yard drives for LSU since 1972:
Date Opponent Drive Summary Results
Nov. 29, 2013 Arkansas 8 plays, 99 yards, 1:15 left 4Q W, 31-27
Oct. 15, 2011 at Tennessee 16 plays, 99 yards, 8:55 left 4Q W, 38-7
Oct. 29, 2005 North Texas 6 plays, 99 yards, 0:30 left 3Q W, 56-3
Nov. 23, 1991 at Tulane 11 plays, 99 yards, 3:11 left 3Q W, 39-20
Nov. 2, 1974 Ole Miss 5 plays, 99 yards, 5:53 left 3Q W, 24-0
LSU Has 21 Fourth-Quarter Comebacks Under Les Miles With One Coming In 2013
LSU has won 21 games under Les Miles despite trailing in the fourth quarter, including one in 2013. The Tigers rallied to overcome a fourth quarter deficit against Arkansas this year. 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)
Les Miles Becomes Quickest LSU Coach To Reach 90 Wins
The following is a quick look at Les Miles' notable accomplishments during his nine years and 118 games (94-24 record) as head coach of the Tigers:
With the win over Mississippi State, 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.
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 six 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 six 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 3 straight seasons - a first at the school – and to 6 overall (the most at the school).
Only coach in LSU history to lead Tigers to three straight top five final rankings (2005, 2006, 2007).
No. 18 Tradition Passed Down to Lamin Barrow, A Butkus Award Semifinalist
A tradition established in 2003 continues as senior linebacker Lamin Barrow was voted to wear the No. 18 jersey for the 2013 season. Barrow 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. 4. Barrow recorded a season-best and career-high 13 tackles in the win over Florida. Barrow finished as a semifinalist for the Butkus Award, and he leads LSU with 86 total tackles. Jersey No. 18 was born when quarterback Matt Mauck guided LSU to its first national championship since 1958 in 2003. 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. Three of the former No. 18s are still currently playing in the NFL. 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
LSU Is 52-0 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 118 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 89-9 under Miles when that happens. Hold the opponent to fewer than 100-yards and the Tigers are 53-4. 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 52-0. The following is a look at LSU's rushing numbers during the Miles era and have the Tigers have fared:
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 9-1 0-2 6-3 3-0 3-0
Totals 89-9 5-15 41-19 53-4 52-0
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. 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 seasons under Miles. LSU is 18-1 in games when scoring a special teams touchdown. In addition, LSU holds the nation's longest consecutive years streak (12) of returning a punt or kickoff for a touchdown. The Tigers have returned at least one punt or kickoff back for a score every season dating back to 2001. 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)
Consecutive Years of Returning a Kickoff/Punt for a Touchdown
1. LSU 12
2. FIU 10
2. Ohio State 10
4. UConn 9
5. Florida 8
5. Ole Miss 8
5. Kansas State 8
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 94-24 mark during that span. The 94 victories for LSU are seven better than Florida, while the Tigers are also tops in final poll rankings. LSU is also third nationally in wins since 2005 behind Boise State (101) and Ohio State (96).
Team W-L Bowls SEC Titles Top 25 Finishes
LSU 94-24 9 2 7
Florida 87-30 8 2 6
Georgia 84-34 9 1 6
Auburn 79-36 7 2 4
South Carolina 76-39 8 0 3
Alabama 74-23 9 2 5
Arkansas 63-50 5 0 3
Tennessee 57-55 4 0 2
Mississippi State 53-58 5 0 1
Ole Miss 49-61 4 0 2
Kentucky 48-64 5 0 0
Vanderbilt 48-62 4 0 1
Wins Since 2005 (Nationally)
Boise State 101
Ohio State 96
Southern Cal 88
Virginia Tech 88