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2014 LSU Football Game Notes
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Published: September 22, 2014, 12:00 AM (CT)
Updated: September 29, 2014, 12:57 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 at Auburn Game Notes

Miles Goes for Win No. 100 at LSU as Tigers Travel to Face No. 5 Auburn
Les Miles will go after his 100th win at LSU on Saturday when the 15th-ranked Tigers travel to face No. 5 Auburn in Jordan-Hare Stadium. Kickoff is scheduled for 6:01 p.m. and the game will be televised on ESPN. After four straight weeks in Tiger Stadium, the Auburn contest will serve as LSU's first official “away” game. LSU opened the season with a 28-24 win over Wisconsin in Arlington, Texas (a neutral site) and have since been in Tiger Stadium for four straight games. LSU enters the game at 4-1 overall after last week's 63-7 non-conference win over New Mexico State. LSU is 0-1 in conference play, dropping its SEC opener to Mississippi State on Sept. 20. LSU has never been 0-2 in SEC play under Miles and the Tigers have lost back-to-back SEC games just twice in 10 years under Miles (Ole Miss-Arkansas in 2008; Ole Miss-Alabama in 2013). Auburn, the 2013 SEC champion and national runner-up a year ago, is 4-0 overall and 1-0 in league play. Auburn is coming off a 45-17 win over Louisiana Tech. The Tigers opened the year with a 45-21 win over Arkansas. LSU has won three straight and six of the last seven games against Auburn, which includes a 35-21 victory last year in Tiger Stadium. LSU remains the last team to beat Auburn in a regular-season contest. Miles is 99-25 in 10 years with the Tigers, and he trails only Charles McClendon (137 wins in 18 years) in victories at LSU. Overall, Miles is 127-46 in 14 years. Offensively, LSU is averaging 41.4 points and 462.8 total yards per game (226.2 rushing, 236.6 passing). Freshman Leonard Fournette leads the Tigers in rushing with 322 yards and 4 TDs. QB Anthony Jennings has thrown for 734 yards and 5 TDs, while freshman QB Brandon Harris is coming off his best game and has tossed for 394 yards and 6 scores. He's also rushed for 3 TDs. WR Travin Dural leads the Tigers with 21 catches for 534 yards and 5 TD. Defensively, LSU is allowing 13.0 points and 292.2 total yards per game (161.6 rushing, 130.6 passing). The Tigers have given up just two passing TDs in the first five games. LB Kwon Alexander leads the team with 30 tackles, while S Ronald Martin has 29 tackles and an interception. DE Danielle Hunter has 25 tackles, 4.5 tackles for loss and a sack. The Tigers have forced 12 turnovers (6 interceptions, 6 fumbles) in the first five games.

STORYLINES

Les Miles goes after his 100th win at LSU on Saturday at Auburn. He's looking to become just the second coach in school history to win 100 games (Charles McClendon won 137 games in 18 years).

LSU QB Brandon Harris directed the Tigers on touchdown scoring drives on all seven possessions that he was in the game vs. New Mexico State. Going back to the Mississippi State game on Sept. 20, Harris has led LSU to TD drives on 9 of his last 10 possessions at quarterback.

True freshmen have scored 14 of LSU's 26 offensive touchdowns. And, true freshmen have accounted for 20 of LSU's 26 offensive TDs. QB Brandon Harris has accounted for 9 TDs (3 rushing, 6 passing), while RB Leonard Fournette has 4, WR Malachi Dupre 4, and RB Darrel Williams 3.

LSU's defense has as scored as many touchdowns (2) as it has allowed through the air this season (2). LSU's defense has scored TDs in back-to-back games for the first time since 2006.

Punter Jamie Keehn is second in the SEC with a 46.6 average. He's leading the league in punts inside the 20 (13) and in punts of 50 yards or more (12). As a team, LSU's net punting average of 44.2 is second in the league.

LSU WR Travin Dural ranks fourth in school history in receiving yards through 5 games with 534 yards on 21 catches. Dural leads the SEC in yards per catch with a 25.4 average. And, he's first in the nation in yards per catch for players with 20 or more receptions.

LSU is 1-0 vs. Top 25 teams this year. The Tigers have won at least one game vs. a Top 10 for four straight years.

LSU has played 17 true freshmen through the first 5 weeks of the season, that's the most for any true freshman class under Les Miles.

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 has been ranked in the Top 25 for the Auburn game every year since 2001 when the 22nd-ranked Tigers beat No. 25 Auburn, 27-14, in Tiger Stadium in December to capture the SEC Western Division title and its first appearance in the league's championship game.

LSU will be playing its 72nd straight game as a Top 25 team on Saturday vs. Auburn, a streak that dates back to the season-opener in 2009. LSU has played 122 of 124 games under Les Miles ranked in the Top 25.

LSU's streak of consecutive weeks in the AP Top 25 is now at 87, the second-longest active streak in college football behind Alabama. It's also the longest stretch in school history.

GAME CENTER

Date/Time: Saturday, October 4 at 6:01 p.m. CT
Location: Auburn, Alabama – Jordan-Hare Stadium (87,451)
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, 27-20-1
Series Notes:
LSU and Auburn face each other for the 49th time with LSU holding a 27-20-1 lead in the series … LSU won last year's game in Tiger Stadium 35-21 in what was Auburn's only regular season loss … LSU has now won three straight against Auburn, which includes a 12-10 victory in 2012, the last time the teams met in Jordan-Hare Stadium …The teams have met every year since the SEC expansion in 1992 (22 games) with LSU holding a 12-10 advantage during that span … Prior to 1992, the teams played only eight times from 1969 to 1989 … Home team has won 12 of the last 14 games in the series with the exceptions coming in 2008 (LSU won at Auburn, 26-21) and 2012 (LSU won at Auburn, 12-10) … LSU has won six of last eight and seven of last nine games vs. Auburn … Auburn's last win over LSU came in 2010 by a 24-17 count in Jordan-Hare Stadium … Between 1996-99, the visiting team won each game … Seven of last 10 games have been decided by a touchdown or less … The winner of the LSU-Auburn game has gone on to win the SEC Western Division eight of the last 14 years (exceptions came in 2002, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2012, 2013) … In games between 1988 and 1997, the contest was decided by a touchdown or less seven of eight times … Dating back to 2000 (a span of 15 games including this year) at least one team has been ranked in the Top 25 for the contest every year and both teams have been ranked 10 times … Auburn holds a 10-6 advantage in games played at Auburn … LSU coach Les Miles is 7-2 vs. Auburn, which includes a 5-0 mark in Tiger Stadium and a 2-2 record at Jordan-Hare.

NOTEBOOK

Les Miles vs. The SEC
LSU coach Les Miles is 54-23 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 23 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 52-21. LSU is 29-8 under Miles in SEC home games and 23-13 in SEC road games.

LSU-Auburn Winner Usually Wins The West
Since the 2000 season, the winner of the LSU-Auburn game has gone on to represent the SEC Western Division in the league's championship game seven times. The only exceptions have come in 2002 (Arkansas), 2006 (Arkansas), 2008 (Alabama), 2009 (Alabama), 2012 (Alabama) and 2013 when LSU beat Auburn but Auburn won the West. The following is a look at the LSU-Auburn series dating back to 2000 and the impact the win had on the remainder of the season:
Year Results Noteworthy
2000 Auburn won 34-17 Auburn won West; LSU finished 8-4
2001 LSU won 27-14 Game played on Dec. 1 due to 9/11; LSU won West with victory
2002 Auburn won 31-7 Arkansas won West; LSU lost 4 of last 6 to finish 8-5
2003 LSU won 31-7 LSU won West and went on to win national title
2004 Auburn won 10-9 Auburn won West and went 13-0; LSU went 9-3
2005 LSU won 20-17 OT LSU won West; Finished 11-2 overall
2006 Auburn won 7-3 Arkansas won West; LSU goes 11-2 overall
2007 LSU won 30-24 LSU won West on its way to claiming national title
2008 LSU won 26-21 LSU finishes 8-5
2009 LSU won 31-10 LSU finishes 9-4
2010 Auburn won 24-17 Auburn won West and went on to win national title
2011 LSU won 45-10 LSU won West, finished 13-1 and reached national title game
2012 LSU won 12-10 LSU finishes 10-3 and second in SEC West
2013 LSU won 35-21 Auburn won West and reached national title game; LSU went 10-3

Home Team Has Won 12 Of Last 14 Games In Series
The home team in the LSU-Auburn series has won 11 of the last 13 meetings dating back to 2000 when Auburn beat LSU 34-17 in Jordan-Hare Stadium. The Auburn win at Jordan-Hare Stadium in 2000 started a streak that saw the home team win eight straight games in the series. The streak was snapped in 2008 when LSU rallied for a 26-21 fourth quarter win at Auburn. The home team streak started again in 2009 with LSU winning in Tiger Stadium, followed by an Auburn victory in Jordan-Hare Stadium in 2010 and an LSU win in 2011 in Baton Rouge. Prior to the 2008 game, the last time a road team won in the series came in 1999 when Auburn posted a 41-7 victory over LSU in Tiger Stadium. Ironically, that was the fourth straight game in which the road team had won in the series. LSU beat Auburn at Auburn in 1996 and 1998, and Auburn won in Tiger Stadium in 1997 and 1999.

Expect The Unexpected When LSU and Auburn Get Together
Since 1988, the LSU-Auburn series has become one of close calls and one in which the teams and the fans have come to expect the unexpected. The following is a listing of some of the notable happenings in the series since 1988:
1988: LSU's Tommy Hodson hit Eddie Fuller in the back of the endzone on fourth down with 1:41 left to lift the Tigers to a 7-6 win over fourth-ranked Auburn. The noise from the stadium crowd after the play registered on a seismograph across campus prompting the game to be titled “The Earthquake Game.”
1994: Auburn intercepted five passes in the fourth quarter, returning three for TDs as the Tigers rally to post a 30-26 win over LSU in a game that become known as “The Interception Game.”
1995: LSU donned white jerseys at home for the first time since the early 1980's and promptly went out and upset fifth-ranked Auburn, 12-6. LSU preserved the win with an interception in the endzone on the last play of the game. The contest was dubbed the “Bring Back the Magic” game.
1996: With the old Auburn Sports Arena burning to the ground a couple hundred yards away, LSU beat Auburn, 19-15, in a game titled “The Night the Barn Burned.”
1997: Titled “The Comeback,” Auburn QB Dameyune Craig engineered a 10-play, 80-yard drive late in the fourth quarter to spark the Tigers to a 31-28 upset of 10th-ranked LSU.
2004: Titled “The Call,” Auburn appeared to have missed an extra point with 1:14 left that would have left the game tied at 9-9. However, LSU was called for a penalty on the extra point, thus giving Auburn a second chance at winning the game. The second PAT was good, and Auburn held on for a 10-9 win, snapping LSU's 10-game winning streak.
2005: Auburn missed five field goals, including one in overtime, as LSU held on for a 20-17 win over Auburn in Tiger Stadium. The win helped propel LSU to the SEC Western Division title and the game is now known as the “Field Goal Game.”
2007: “Can't See Me” Demetrius Byrd caught a 22-yard TD pass from Matt Flynn with just one second left to send LSU to a 30-24 win over Auburn in Tiger Stadium. The play seemed to have caught Auburn off-guard as the Tigers could have attempted a 39-yard field goal for the win. However, LSU took one final shot at the endzone as Flynn connected with Byrd for the score, who then gave the “Can't See Me” gesture to the LSU student section after coming up with the catch.
2008: Freshman quarterback Jarrett Lee led LSU on a 7-play, 54-yard capped with an 18-yard TD pass to Brandon LaFell as the LSU Tigers rallied for a 26-21 win over Auburn. It marked the second straight year that LSU scored in the closing moments of the game to beat Auburn.
2010: Cam Newton rushed for 217 yards and 2 TDs in fourth-ranked Auburn's 24-17 win over undefeated and sixth-ranked LSU in Jordan-Hare Stadium. As a team, Auburn rushed for 440 yards, the most ever given up by an LSU team.
2011: LSU stepped out of its usual home attire and donned the Nike Pro Combat uniforms and responded with a 45-10 win in Tiger Stadium in what was the most lopsided victory (for either team) in the series.
2012: Trailing 10-9 at the half, No. 2 LSU held off an unranked Auburn team using a third-quarter field goal to prevail 12-10. Drew Alleman's field goal proved to be the only points for either team in the second half. Sam Montgomery had a safety and finished with 3.5 tackles for loss.

The LSU-Auburn Connection
Sam Nader, LSU's assistant AD for Football Operations, graduated from Auburn in 1967 after playing quarterback for the Tigers … LSU TE coach Steven Ensminger coached at Auburn from six years from 2003-08 … Ensminger coached quarterbacks in 2003 and then tight ends from 2004-08 ... Auburn's team orthopedic surgeon - Dr. James Andrews - is an LSU graduate where he competed in track and field, winning the SEC title in the pole vault in 1963 ... Auburn co-offensive coordinator Dameyune Craig got his coaching start at LSU, serving as a graduate assistant for the Tigers in 2004 ... Auburn co-defensive coordinator Charlie Harbison coached defensive backs at LSU in 2001 and 2002 ... Auburn assistant equipment manager Ryan Latuso is an LSU graduate and a former baseball manager with the Tigers.

Youth Movement: True Freshmen Have Scored 14 of 26 Offensive Touchdowns
Through five games this season LSU's underclassmen on offense have led the Tigers in scoring. True freshmen have scored 14 of the team's 26 offensive touchdowns led by RB Leonard Fournette (4 rushing TDs), WR Malachi Dupre (4 receiving TDs), QB Brandon Harris (3 rushing) and RB Darrel Williams (3 rushing). Even more staggering is that 21 of LSU's 26 offensive touchdowns have been scored by freshmen or sophomores with So. WR Travin Dural hauling in 5 TD receptions and redshirt Fr. WR John Diarse with 1 TD reception.
The 14 TDs are the most by an LSU true freshman class since RB Justin Vincent (10) and RB Alley Broussard (4) combined for 14 in all of the 2003 season.
The most touchdowns scored by true freshmen in a season at LSU is 26 in 1982 when RB Dalton Hilliard scored 16, RB Garry James posted 9 and QB Jeff Wickersham had 1.

Les Miles Becomes Quickest LSU Coach To Reach 90 Wins; One Away from 100
The following is a quick look at Les Miles' notable accomplishments during his nine-plus years and 124 games (99-25 record) as head coach of the Tigers:
With one more win, Miles will become only the second coach in LSU history to earn 100 victories. Charles McClendon tallied 137 in his tenure at LSU.
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).
Became the first 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).

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 21 passes for 534 yards and five touchdowns this season for an average of 25.4 yards per reception. Of his 28 career catches, 23 have resulted in either a first down or touchdown.
He currently ranks first in the SEC and seventh nationally with five touchdown receptions, and he is second in the league and sixth nationally in receiving yards (534). He is third in the SEC and 12th in the nation with 106.8 receiving yards per game.
His 94-yard touchdown reception on the first play from scrimmage for LSU against Sam Houston State 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.
He is the first LSU receiver to record at least three 100-yard receiving games in the first four games of a season since Michael Clayton in 2003.
Dural is tied for first nationally with one reception of 90-plus yards, tied for first with two receptions of 80-plus yards, tied for first with two receptions of 70-plus yards, tied for second nationally with four receptions of 40-plus yards and tied for 10th nationally with five receptions of 30-plus yards.
His 534 receiving yards are the fourth-most through the first five 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 five games of a season in school history:
1. Josh Reed 667 yards 2001
2. Todd Kinchen 584 yards 1990
3. Josh Reed 579 yards 2000
4. Travin Dural 534 yards 2014
5. Andy Hamilton 521 yards 1970

Brandon Harris Shines Against New Mexico State, Sets LSU True Freshman QB Record
True freshman quarterback Brandon Harris completed 11-of-14 passes for 178 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions against New Mexico State. He also rushed five times for 36 yards and two touchdowns, accounting for a total of five TDs in the game. Harris is the first true freshman QB in LSU history to complete three touchdown passes in a game. A week earlier, Harris completed 6-of-9 passes for 140 yards and two touchdowns in the SEC opener versus Mississippi State, becoming the first LSU quarterback to throw two or more touchdown passes in the conference opener since 2008 when Jarrett Lee threw two TDs on 11-of-22 passing at Auburn. Harris is also the first true freshman LSU QB to throw two or more TD passes in his first game against an SEC opponent since Jamie Howard threw two at Auburn in 1992. In the last two games against Mississippi State and New Mexico State, Harris has directed LSU to touchdowns on nine of his 10 possessions at quarterback.

Malachi Dupre Became First LSU True Freshman Receiver to Earn 120 Rec. Yards and 2 TDs in a Game
True freshman wide receiver Malachi Dupre caught four passes for 120 yards and two touchdowns in the SEC opener versus Mississippi State. He became the first true freshman in LSU modern history to record at least 120 receiving yards and two touchdown receptions in a single game.
Dupre is the first true freshman receiver to make two touchdown receptions in a game since Rueben Randle had two on Nov. 21, 2009 at Ole Miss.
Dupre is also the first LSU true freshman to record 100 receiving yards in a game since Nov. 10, 2007 when Terrence Toliver had 119 (on three receptions) versus Louisiana Tech.
He is the first LSU true freshman receiver to go over 100 yards receiving in the SEC opener since Jerel Myers had 13 receptions for 153 yards against Auburn in 1999.
Dupre is the first LSU player to catch two or more touchdown passes in the SEC opener since Josh Reed hauled in two TD receptions against Auburn in 2000.
Malachi Dupre and Travin Dural also became the ninth duo in LSU history to finish with 100-plus receiving yards in the same game when Dural had 124 yards and Dupre had 120 versus Mississippi State. It was only the 13th time in LSU annals that two receivers each hauled in 100 receiving yards in the same game.

Two 100-Yard LSU Receivers in the Same Game (13)
Date Opponent WRs Result
9/20/14 vs. Mississippi State Travin Dural (124), Malachi Dupre (120) L, 29-34
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
11/3/01 at Alabama Josh Reed (293), Michael Clayton (126) W, 35-21
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
9/23/95 vs. Rice Sheddrick Wilson (201), Eddie Kennison (113) W, 52-7
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 Defense Ranks High in Several Categories
Through five games LSU has only allowed an average of 130.6 yards per game through the air, a figure that ranks first in the Southeastern Conference and fifth nationally. The Tigers rank second in the league and fourth nationally in pass defense efficiency with a rating of 81.6.
Here are some rankings and notes on the defense after five games:
LSU ranks third in the SEC and 12th nationally in total defense, giving up 292.2 yards per game.
The Tigers are second in the SEC and sixth nationally in scoring defense at 13.0 points per game.
LSU is fifth in the league and 11th nationally in third-down defense as opponents have only converted 27.0 percent of third downs (20-of-74).
LSU is second in the SEC and ninth nationally in red zone defense at 66.7 percent. Opponents have reached the red zone nine times and have scored six times.
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

Shutdown Defense Against ULM: Warhawks' Longest Play from Scrimmage Was 12 Yards
ULM's longest play from scrimmage against the LSU defense on Sept. 13 was a pass for a gain of 12 yards. That is the shortest “long pass” play by an LSU opponent since Nov. 27, 1993 when Arkansas' longest completion was 10 yards. It is also the first time that LSU did not allow a play from scrimmage of more than 12 yards since Nov. 13, 1971 when Mississippi State's longest play was a 12-yard pass. ULM's longest rush was a gain of six yards, the “shortest long” rush against LSU since the Tigers held Tulane to a long run of five yards on Nov. 20, 1976.

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. Starting early in the third quarter against Wisconsin, LSU had a scoreless streak that amounted to 147 minutes and 24 seconds of game action, the longest such streak since 1962-63 when LSU held opponents scoreless for 169:00 of action starting at 4:30 in the first quarter against Tulane on Nov. 24, 1962 and lasting until 0:30 left in the fourth quarter against Texas A&M on Sept. 21, 1963. LSU's scoreless streak this season was the most 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's back-to-back shutouts were the first 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 Ranks Third Nationally in Points Off Turnovers with 63
LSU has forced 12 turnovers this season - six fumbles and six interceptions - and the Tigers have generated 63 points off the turnovers, a total that ranks third in the nation behind Virginia's 65 points.
Team Points Off Turnovers Turnovers Forced Games Points Off Turnovers Per Game
1. Temple 79 17 4 19.8
2. Virginia 65 18 5 13.0
3. LSU 63 12 5 12.6
4. Florida International 60 17 5 12.0
5. North Texas 55 11 4 13.7

LSU Streak of Consecutive Weeks In AP Top 25 Reaches 87 Straight
LSU's streak of consecutive weeks in the AP Top 25 has reached 87, 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 148 of the 151 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 157 of 161 games ranked in the top 25, including 122 of 124 games under Miles. LSU has a 97-23 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 103
2. LSU 87
Consecutive Final AP Poll Appearances
No. Team Last Year Out
7 Oregon 2006
6 Alabama 2007
5 LSU 2008

LSU Has Scored 20 Defensive TDs Since 2005, 14 Under Defensive Coordinator John Chavis
Defensive coordinator John Chavis enters his sixth season at LSU, and the Tigers are annually one of college football's elite defenses. During his tenure LSU has recorded 14 defensive touchdowns, including two during the 2014 season. LSU is 10-1 under Chavis and 15-2 under Les Miles (dating back to 2005) when recording a defensive TD. The following is a look at LSU's defensive TDs under Miles and Chavis (since start of 2009 season):
Year Opponent TD Result
2014 Miss. State Danielle Hunter 25-yard fumble recovery LSU lost to Miss. State, 29-34
2012 Miss. State Craig Loston 100-yard interception return LSU def. Miss. State, 37-17
 Idaho Ronald Martin 45-yard interception return LSU def. Idaho, 63-14
 Lavar Edwards 23-yard interception return
2011 Georgia Morris Claiborne 45-yard interception return LSU def. Georgia, 42-10
2011 Ole Miss Ron Brooks 46-yard interception return LSU def. Ole Miss, 52-3
2011 Ole Miss Kevin Minter 0-yard fumble recovery
2011 Auburn Ron Brooks 28-yard interception return LSU def. Auburn, 45-10
2011 Kentucky Tyrann Mathieu 23-yard fumble return LSU def. Kentucky, 35-7
2010 ULM Ron Brooks 32-yard interception return LSU def. ULM, 51-0
 ULM Lavar Edwards 29-yard fumble return
2009 Washington Jacob Cutrera 29-yard interception return LSU def. Washington, 31-23
2009 Miss. State Patrick Peterson 37-yard interception return LSU def. Miss. State, 30-26
Defensive Coordinator John Chavis' Tenure Began in 2009 ^
2008 Tulane Chris Hawkins 24-yard fumble return LSU def. Tulane, 35-10
2007 vs. Tennessee Jonathan Zenon 18-yard interception return LSU def. Tennessee, 21-14
2006 Arizona Jonathan Zenon 41-yard interception return LSU def. Arizona, 45-3
2006 UL-Lafayette Jonathan Zenon 20-yard interception return LSU def. La.-Lafayette, 45-3
2005 at Vanderbilt Ali Highsmith 22-yard fumble return LSU def. Vanderbilt, 34-6
2005 Tennessee Kenneth Hollis 3-yard interception return LSU lost to Tennessee, 30-27 (OT)

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 60-8 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 401-145-18 (.727) 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 22-22 .500
Texas 18-31 .367
Ohio State 9-21 .300
Boise State 7-17 .292

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 49
LSU increased its Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) record for consecutive non-conference regular season wins to 49 after the Tigers pummeled New Mexico State, 63-7, in Tiger Stadium on Sept. 27. The streak dates back to the 2002 season and now includes eight wins over ranked opponents after beating No. 14 Wisconsin in the 2014 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 39 of the 49 wins during the streak, and he is 39-0 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 1,988-526. 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 45-2 In Non-Conference Games Under Les Miles
LSU holds a 45-2 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 45 wins under Miles against non-conference opponents, 13 have come against Top 25 teams, 37 have come by double-digits and LSU has scored 40 or more points in 27 of the 45 games.

LSU's 52-8 Under Les Miles When Winning The Turnover Battle
LSU is 52-8 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 eight losses for the Tigers under Miles when having fewer turnovers than their opponent have come against Mississippi State in 2014, 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 +63. 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 four field goal attempts in 2014. He currently ranks No. 2 nationally in career field goal percentage at 94.4 (minimum 15 made among active players according to the NCAA). For his career, he is now 17-of-18 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 Made Field Goals)
1. Roberto Aguayo, So., Florida State - 96.6 percent (28-of-29)
2. Colby Delahoussaye, So., LSU - 94.4 percent (17-of-18)
3. Michael Geiger, So., Michigan State - 90.5 percent (19-of-21)
4. Jared Roberts, Sr., Colorado State - 86.8 percent (33-of-38)
5. Mike Hunnicutt, Sr., Oklahoma - 86.1 percent (68-of-79)
 
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 46.6 yards per punt and has placed 13 of his 28 punts inside the 20-yard line through the first five 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 124 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 94-9 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 4-0 0-1 2-1 2-0 2-0
Totals 94-9 5-16 43-20 56-4 55-0

LSU is 42-4 Under Les Miles When A Running Back Reaches 100-Yards
LSU is 42-4 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 eight career 100-yard games to its credit. Kenny Hilliard has four, Terrence Magee has three and Leonard Fournette has one. Hilliard ran for 110 yards in LSU's 28-24 victory over Wisconsin in the opener, and Fournette totaled 122 rushing yards against New Mexico State. 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).

36 Tigers Have Seen Their First Career Playing Time This Season
LSU reloaded its roster yet again after losing a nation's best nine players to the 2014 NFL Draft. A total of 36 Tigers have seen the field for the first time this season, 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), 61 Alex Cheramie (OL), 98 Deondre Clark (DE), 9 John Diarse (WR/special teams), 14 Trent Domingue (special teams: kickoff), 67 Jevonte Domond (OL), 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), 86 Miquel James (WR/RB), 44 Colin Jeter (TE), 16 Brad Kragthorpe (QB), 63 K.J. Malone (OL), 47 John David Moore (special teams), 24 Ed Paris (special teams), 93 M.J. Patterson (DE), 2 Avery Peterson (WR), 8 Trey Quinn (WR/special teams), 87 Kevin Spears (WR), 10 Austin Suits (special teams), 58 Sione Teuhema (DE), 57 Cody Townsend (OL), 35 Devin Voorhies (special teams/S) and 34 Darrel Williams (RB).

Eight First-Time Starters
Eight LSU players have made their first career starts this season (4 on offense, 2 on defense). WR Malachi Dupre became the latest when he made his first start against New Mexico State. Dupre is also the third true freshman to start this year, joining DT Davon Godchaux and 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)
Mississippi State None
New Mexico State 1 (WR M. Dupre)

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. Of the 100 true freshmen who have played under Miles, 30 have started at least once during their freshman season.
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)
2014: 3 (Malachi Dupre, Davon Godchaux, Trey Quinn)
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)
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 four 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

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.

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 99-25 mark during that span. The 99 victories for LSU are 10 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 (104) and tied with Ohio State (99).
Team W-L Bowls SEC Titles Top 25
LSU 99-25 9 2 8
Florida 89-31 8 2 6
Georgia 87-36 9 1 6
Auburn 83-37 7 2 5
South Carolina 80-41 8 0 4
Alabama 78-24 9 2 6
Arkansas 66-52 5 0 3
Tennessee 59-57 4 0 2
Mississippi State 58-58 5 0 1
Ole Miss 53-62 4 0 2
Kentucky 51-65 5 0 0
Vanderbilt 50-65 4 0 2

Wins Since 2005 (Nationally)
Boise State 104
LSU 99
Ohio State 99
Oregon 97
Oklahoma 97
Southern Cal 92
Virginia Tech 91
TCU 91
Texas 90
Wisconsin 90

 

 

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