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LSU Football vs. New Mexico State Game Notes
LSU to Host New Mexico State in Final Non-Conference Contest
LSU will play its final non-conference game of the regular season on Saturday, hosting New Mexico State at 6:30 p.m. in Tiger Stadium. The game will be televised on the SEC Network with Tom Hart (pxp), Matt Stinchcomb (analyst) and Heather Mitts (sideline) calling the action. LSU enters the game with 3-1 overall mark and 0-1 in conference play following last week’s 34-29 loss to Mississippi State. New Mexico State, members of the Sun Belt Conference, is 2-2 overall. The Aggies are coming off a 38-35 loss to New Mexico last week. It’s only the second game between LSU and New Mexico State as the Tigers won the only other meeting, 63-7, in 1996. LSU goes into Saturday’s game ranked No. 17 in the AP poll and No. 18 in the Amway Coaches poll. LSU holds the nation’s longest non-conference regular season winning streak at 48 straight. LSU is 38-0 in non-conference regular season games under Les Miles. The last time LSU dropped a non-conference regular season game came in 2002 when the Tigers fell to Virginia Tech in the season opener. LSU is 23-1 under Miles following as loss and the Tigers haven’t lost back-to-back games since 2008 (Ole Miss and Arkansas). LSU has yet to lose consecutive games in Tiger Stadium under Miles. Miles is 98-25 in 10 years with the Tigers and he’s the second-winningest coach in school history, trailing only Charles McClendon (137 wins in 18 years). Offensively, LSU is averaging 36.0 points and 437.8 total yards (192.0 rushing, 245.8 passing) per game. QB Anthony Jennings is 4-1 as a starter and he’s completed 40-of-78 passes for 723 yards and 5 TDs with just one interception. Backup QB Brandon Harris has connected on 11-of-16 passes for 216 yards, three scores and an interception. He’s also rushed for 72 yards and a TD. RB Kenny Hilliard leads the Tigers with 245 yards and 4 TDs on the ground. WR Travin Dural leads the SEC with 27.4 yards a reception as he’s caught 18 passes for 494 yards and 4 scores. Defensively, LSU is allowing 14.5 points and 296.8 total yards (159.0 rushing, 137.8 passing) per game. In four games, LSU has allowed just two passing TDs. S Ronald Martin leads the Tigers with 23 total tackles. He’s followed by DB Dwayne Thomas (22 tackles, 2.5 TFL, 1.5 sacks) and LB Kwon Alexander (22 tackles, 2.0 TFL).
LSU leads the nation with 48 straight non-conference regular season wins. LSU coach Les Miles is 30-0 in non-conference games in Tiger Stadium.
Les Miles is 43-2 overall against teams outside the SEC since taking over at LSU in 2005.
LSU is 23-1 under Miles following a loss. The only time LSU has lost back-to-back games under Miles came in 2008 when the Tigers dropped November games to Ole Miss and Arkansas. LSU has never lost consecutive games in Tiger Stadium under Miles.
LSU is 43-4 in night games in Tiger Stadium under Les Miles. LSU’s record improves to 43-3 in Saturday night home games under Miles with two of the three losses coming to No. 1 ranked teams – Florida in 2009 and Alabama in 2012.
WR Travin Dural leads the SEC in yards per reception at 27.4 a catch. Through 4 games, he’s hauled in 18 passes for 494 yards and 4 TDs. Duval’s 494 yards through 4 games ranks behind only Todd Kinchen (511 yards in 1990) and Josh Reed (507 yards in 2001) as the most in school history during that span.
LSU has played 17 true freshmen through the first 4 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 is 35-4 in games played in September under Les Miles. LSU is 24-2 in September games at home under Miles (Tennessee in 2005, Mississippi State 2014). The other two September losses for Miles came at Auburn in 2006 and at Georgia last year.
LSU will be playing its 71st straight game as a Top 25 team on Saturday vs. New Mexico State, a streak that dates back to the season-opener in 2009. LSU has played 121 of 123 games under Les Miles ranked in the Top 25.
LSU’s streak of consecutive weeks in the AP Top 25 is now at 86, the second-longest active streak in college football behind Alabama. It’s also the longest stretch in school history.
Date/Time: Saturday, September 27 at 6:39 p.m. CT
Location: Baton Rouge, Louisiana – Tiger Stadium (102,321)
Radio: LSU Sports Radio Network - 98.1 FM in Baton Rouge
Sirius Satellite Radio - ch. 119; XM Radio – ch. 190
Series Record: LSU leads, 1-0
LSU and New Mexico State meet for just the second time on Saturday in Tiger Stadium … LSU won the only other meeting between the teams 63-7 on Sept. 28, 1996 … Just as this week, LSU was ranked No. 17 in the nation for the 1996 contest … LSU is 35-0 all-time against current members of the Sun Belt Conference … LSU is 22-0 vs. UL-Lafayette, 3-0 vs. Arkansas State and ULM, 2-0 vs. Idaho, Appalachian State, Troy, and 1-0 vs. New Mexico State … LSU coach Les Miles is 9-0 against current Sun Belt members.
LSU vs. The Sun Belt Conference
Saturday’s game against New Mexico State marks the 36th time that LSU will face a team from the Sun Belt Conference. LSU is 35-0 all-time against current members of the Sun Belt, which includes three wins over ULM (49-7 on Aug. 30, 2003, 51-0 on Nov. 13, 2010 and 31-0 on Sept. 13, 2014). LSU holds a 22-0 record vs. Louisiana-Lafayette, 3-0 vs. Arkansas State, 2-0 vs. Idaho, Appalachian State, Troy and ULM, and 1-0 vs. New Mexico State. Les Miles is 9-0 all-time versus Sun Belt teams.
LSU Extends FBS Record for Consecutive Non-Conference Regular Season Wins to 48
LSU increased its Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) record for consecutive non-conference regular season wins to 48 after the Tigers defeated ULM, 31-0, in Tiger Stadium on Sept. 13. The streak dates back to the 2002 season and now includes eight wins over ranked opponents after beating No. 14 Wisconsin in the season opener. The Tigers broke the FBS record for consecutive non-conference regular season wins in 2012, surpassing the mark of Kansas State who claimed 39 straight from 1993-2003. The Tigers haven’t lost a non-conference regular season game since falling at Virginia Tech, 26-8, in the 2002 season opener in Blacksburg, Va., on Sept. 1. Les Miles has accounted for 38 of the 48 wins during the streak, and he is 38-0 all-time in non-conference regular season games in his tenure at LSU. Former coach Nick Saban accounted for the 10 other victories from 2002-04. Under Miles, the Tigers have outscored non-conference regular season opponents a combined 1,925-519. Here is a look at the top four in FBS all-time consecutive non-conference regular season wins:
Team Years Win Streak
1. LSU 2002-present 48
2. Kansas State 1993-2003 39
3. Miami 1985-88 36
4. Wisconsin 2003-13 35
Les Miles Becomes Quickest LSU Coach To Reach 90 Wins
The following is a quick look at Les Miles’ notable accomplishments during his nine-plus years and 123 games (98-25 record) as head coach of the Tigers:
With the win over Mississippi State in 2013, Miles became the quickest LSU coach to reach 90 victories doing so in 112 games. It took Charles McClendon 124 games to reach that milestone.
Also the fastest coach in LSU history to 10 wins (11 games), 20 wins (24 games), 30 wins (35 games), 40 wins (48 games), 50 wins (63 games), 60 wins (76 games), 70 wins (87 games), and 80 wins (98 games) in school history
With 10 or more wins seven times at LSU, Miles joined Bear Bryant (13 at Alabama), Steve Spurrier (9 at Florida), Philip Fulmer (9 at Tennessee), Mark Richt (8 at Georgia) and Vince Dooley (7 at Georgia) as the only coaches in SEC history to have seven or more 10-win seasons at the same school.
Led LSU to only 12-0 and 13-0 records in school history in 2011...Led LSU to first 11-0 start since 1958 in 2011.
Led LSU to 10-1 start three times in a 6-year span from 2005-10 (‘05, ’07, ’10)
Only coach in LSU history to beat Auburn, Florida and Alabama in same season - and he’s done it three times (2005, ’07, ‘11)
Only coach in LSU history to beat Florida and Tennessee in the regular season during the same year, doing it twice (2010, ’11).
Only first-year coach in SEC history to lead team to league’s title game (2005).
Has 15 wins over coaches who have won national titles.
Coached LSU to 10-plus wins in four straight seasons - a first at the school – and to seven overall (the most at the school).
Only coach in LSU history to lead Tigers to three straight top five final rankings (2005, 2006, 2007).
LSU 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).
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 18 passes for 494 yards and four touchdowns this season for an average of 27.4 yards per reception. Of his 25 career catches, 21 have resulted in either a first down or touchdown.
He currently ranks third in the SEC and 11th nationally with four touchdown receptions, and he is second in the league and fourth nationally in receiving yards (494). He is second in the SEC and eighth in the nation with 123.5 receiving yards per game.
His 94-yard touchdown reception on the first play from scrimmage for LSU is a school record, breaking the previous long pass of 82 yards by Steve Ensminger to Carlos Carson in 1978 versus Georgia. The 94-yard TD pass tied LSU’s longest offensive play from scrimmage as well as it matched a 94-yard rushing touchdown by Sal Nicolo at Rice on Oct. 4, 1952 and a 94-yard run by Jesse Fatheree at Georgia on Nov. 16, 1935.
His 80-yard TD reception against Wisconsin in the opener ranks as the fourth-longest passing play in LSU history.
He is only the second LSU player in history to score a touchdown on his first three receptions in a game. Dural caught three balls for three TDs against Sam Houston State. Carlos Carson had five catches for five TDs against Rice in 1977.
Dural became the first Tiger to go over 100 receiving yards in his first career start since Dwayne Bowe hauled in five catches for 103 yards and one touchdown in his first start against Oregon State on Sept. 4, 2004.
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.
His 494 receiving yards were the most through the first four 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 four games of a season in school history:
1. Todd Kinchen 511 yards 1990
2. Josh Reed 507 yards 2001
3. Travin Dural 494 yards 2014
4. Michael Clayton 446 yards 2003
5. Josh Reed 433 yards 2000
Malachi Dupre Became First LSU True Freshman Receiver to Go Over 100 Yards in SEC Opener Since 1999
True freshman wide receiver Malachi Dupre caught four passes for 120 yards and two touchdowns in the SEC opener versus Mississippi State. 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 also 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
Brandon Harris Became First LSU QB to Throw 2 TDs in SEC Opener Since 2008
True freshman quarterback Brandon 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.
LSU Defense Ranks High in Several Categories
Through four games LSU has only allowed an average of 137.8 yards per game through the air, a figure that ranks first in the Southeastern Conference and seventh nationally. The Tigers rank second in the league and ninth nationally in pass defense efficiency with a rating of 87.6.
Here are some notes on the defense after four games:
LSU ranks third in the SEC and 17th nationally in total defense, giving up 296.8 yards per game.
The Tigers are fourth in the SEC and 11th nationally in scoring defense at 14.5 points per game.
LSU is fourth in the league and 14th nationally in third-down defense as opponents have only converted 28.1 percent of third downs (16-of-57).
LSU is third in the SEC and 13th 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.
Anthony Jennings Leads the SEC (Third Nationally) in Passing Yards Per Completion
Sophomore quarterback Anthony Jennings has completed 40-of-78 passes for 723 yards and five touchdowns, and he has made the most of his throws. Jennings ranks first in the SEC and third nationally in passing yards per completion at 18.1. This continues a trend started last season under LSU offensive coordinator Cam Cameron. In 2013, Zach Mettenberger ranked second nationally in both passing yards per completion (16.1) and passing yards per attempt (10.4).
National Leaders in Passing Yards Per Completion (Through Week 4)
1. Seth Russell, Baylor - 20.19
2. Justin Thomas, Georgia Tech - 19.06
3. Anthony Jennings, LSU - 18.08
4. J.T. Barrett, Ohio State - 17.20
5. Tommy Armstrong Jr., Nebraska - 17.04
LSU Streak of Consecutive Weeks In AP Top 25 Reaches 86 Straight
LSU’s streak of consecutive weeks in the AP Top 25 has reached 86, 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 147 of the 150 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 156 of 160 games ranked in the top 25, including 121 of 123 games under Miles. LSU has a 96-23 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 102
2. LSU 86
Consecutive Final AP Poll Appearances
No. Team Last Year Out
7 Oregon 2006
6 Alabama 2007
5 LSU 2008
LSU Has Scored 13 TDs and 2 Safeties 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 13 defensive touchdowns, including Danielle Hunter’s 25-yard fumble recovery for a TD against Mississippi State in 2014. LSU is 9-1 under Chavis and 13-2 under Les Miles (dating back to 2005) when recording a defensive TD. The following is a look at LSU’s defensive TDs under 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
Tiger Stadium’s New Look in 2014
Ranked annually as the top venue in college football, Tiger Stadium is in its 91st year dating back to 1924 when the stadium was built. It’s also the 84th year of Saturday night football in Death Valley. LSU has put together an impressive 59-8 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 400-145-18 (.726) 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 7-16 .304
LSU’s Comeback Victory Against Wisconsin Ranks Fourth Among the School’s Best Since 1960
LSU rallied from 17 point down in the fourth quarter to beat Wisconsin, 28-24. That ranks as the fourth-largest deficit the Tigers have overcome since 1960. Here is a list of the top five comeback wins based on largest deficit:
Date Opponent Largest Deficit Final Score
11/15/08 Troy 28 (31-3 with 11:13 in 3rd Quarter) 40-31
10/29/77 vs. Ole Miss (Jackson) 21 (21-0 with 7:00 in 2nd Quarter) 28-21
09/07/96 Houston 20 (34-14 with 5:57 in 3rd Quarter) 35-34
08/30/14 vs. #14 Wisconsin (Houston) 17 (24-7 with 12:24 in 3rd Quarter) 28-24
11/03/79 vs. Ole Miss (Jackson) 17 (17-0 with 10:48 in 2nd Quarter) 28-24
LSU Is 44-2 In Non-Conference Games Under Les Miles
LSU holds a 44-2 record in non-conference games in Les Miles’ tenure. LSU’s only two non-conference losses under Miles came against Penn State in the Capital One Bowl to end the 2009 season and to Clemson in the Chick-fil-A Bowl on Dec. 31, 2012. Of the 44 wins under Miles against non-conference opponents, 13 have come against Top 25 teams, 36 have come by double-digits and LSU has scored 40 or more points in 26 of the 44 games.
LSU’s 52-8 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 attempts 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 Attempts)
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 - 86.5 percent (32-of-37)
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 46.5 yards per punt and has placed 13 of his 25 punts inside the 20-yard line through the first four 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 123 games under Miles, LSU’s success is easy to predict when it comes to net rushing yards. Get to 100 yards rushing and LSU will more than likely win as the Tigers are 93-9 under Miles when that happens. Hold the opponent to fewer than 100 yards and the Tigers are 56-4. An even more telling stat is that when LSU rushes for 100-plus yards and holds the opponents to fewer than 100 yards, the Tigers are 55-0. The following is a look at LSU’s rushing numbers during the Miles era and have the Tigers have fared in those games:
Year LSU 100+ LSU 100- Opp 100+ Opp 100- LSU 100+/Opp 100-
2005 10-0 1-2 3-1 8-1 7-0
2006 10-0 1-2 5-0 6-2 6-0
2007 11-2 1-0 3-2 9-0 8-0
2008 8-3 0-2 2-5 6-0 6-0
2009 8-0 1-4 7-4 2-0 2-0
2010 11-2 0-0 7-1 5-0 5-0
2011 13-0 0-1 4-1 8-0 9-0
2012 9-1 1-2 4-2 6-1 6-0
2013 10-1 0-2 6-3 4-0 4-0
2014 3-0 0-1 1-1 2-0 2-0
Totals 93-9 5-16 42-20 56-4 55-0
LSU is 41-4 Under Les Miles When A Running Back Reaches 100-Yards
LSU is 41-4 under Les Miles when a running back reaches 100 yards in a game. Of the running backs who make up the 2014 roster, LSU has seven career 100-yard games to its credit. Kenny Hilliard has four, and Terrence Magee has three. Hilliard ran for 110 yards in LSU’s 28-24 victory over Wisconsin in the opener. LSU’s only four losses under Miles when having a back reach the 100-yard mark came vs. Clemson in 2012 (Jeremy Hill, 124 yards), Alabama in 2012 (Hill, 107 yards); Georgia in 2008 (Charles Scott, 144 yards) and Arkansas in 2007 (Jacob Hester, 126 yards).
30 Tigers Have Seen Their First Career Playing Time Through Three Games
LSU reloaded its roster yet again after losing a nation’s best nine players to the 2014 NFL Draft. A total of 30 Tigers have seen the field for the first time through two games, including 17 true freshmen: 33 Jamal Adams (special teams/defense), 48 Donnie Alexander (special teams: punt return), 90 Maquedius Bain (DT), 30 John Battle (S), 53 Logan Boudreaux (special teams), 82 D.J. Chark (WR), 98 Deondre Clark (DE), 9 John Diarse (WR/special teams), 14 Trent Domingue (special teams: kickoff), 15 Malachi Dupre (WR), 72 Andy Dodd (C), 7 Leonard Fournette (RB/special teams: kickoff return), 3 Clifton Garrett (special teams), 39 Russell Gage (special teams/CB), 36 Cameron Gamble (special teams), 99 Greg Gilmore (DT), 57 Davon Godchaux (DT), 6 Brandon Harris (QB), 97 Frank Herron (DT), 44 Colin Jeter (TE), 63 K.J. Malone (OL), 47 John David Moore (special teams), 24 Ed Paris (special teams), 93 M.J. Patterson (DE), 8 Trey Quinn (WR/special teams), 87 Kevin Spears (WR), 10 Austin Suits (special teams), 58 Sione Teuhema (DE), 35 Devin Voorhies (special teams/S) and 34 Darrel Williams (RB).
Seven First-Time Starters
Seven LSU players have made their first career starts this season (3 on offense, 2 on defense). DT Davon Godchaux, LB Deion Jones and LB Duke Riley became the latest when they made their first starts against ULM. Godchaux is also the second true freshman to start this year, joining wide receiver Trey Quinn.
Game No. First-Time Starters (Players)
vs. #14 Wisconsin 4 (WR T. Dural, RG H. Fanaika, DT C. LaCouture, WR T. Quinn)
Sam Houston State None
ULM 3 (DT D. Godchaux, LB D. Jones, LB D. Riley)
Mississippi State None
LSU Features Four College Graduates on the Roster
Four current LSU players have already earned their undergraduate degree at the university. Evan Washington graduated in spring 2014, and Connor Neighbors, Justin Maclin and Elliott Porter graduated in summer 2014. Washington earned his degree in interdisciplinary studies, while Neighbors earned his in general business and Maclin and Porter graduated with sport administration degrees.
True Freshmen Play Big Roles at LSU Under Les Miles
LSU coach Les Miles has never shied away from playing true freshmen. In his 10 years with the Tigers, a total of 100 true freshmen have seen action for LSU, including 17 so far in 2014. Not only have 100 true freshmen played in their inaugural season at LSU since 2005, but 29 of those players started at least once during their freshman season.
Here’s the list of true freshmen who have played in their first year at LSU:
Year (Total number) Name
2005 (2) LB Darry Beckwith and RB Steven Korte
2006 (10) WR/RS Trindon Holliday, RB Charles Scott, DB Danny McCray, LB Jacob Cutrera, LB Perry Riley, TE Richard Dickson, WR Chris Mitchell, WR Jared Mitchell, DT Al Woods, and RB Keiland Williams.
2007 (7) PK Josh Jasper, PK Andrew Crutchfield, LT Jarvis Jones, RT Joseph Barksdale, WR Terrence Toliver, DB Chad Jones, DT Drake Nevis.
2008 (8) CB Patrick Peterson, CB Brandon Taylor, LB Ryan Baker, DB Karnell Hatcher, OT Greg Shaw, WR Deangelo Peterson, QB Jordan Jefferson, DB Derrick Bryant
2009 (6) WR Rueben Randle, S Craig Loston, DT Josh Downs, CB Morris Claiborne, QB/WR Russell Shepard, FB Dominique Allen
2010 (12) RB Alfred Blue, WR Kadron Boone, CB Tyrann Mathieu, FB Connor Neighbors, S Eric Reid, DB Tharold Simon, S Ronnie Vinson, RB Spencer Ware, WR James Wright, LB Luke Muncie, DE Justin Maclin, FB J.C. Copeland
2011 (9) WR Odell Beckham Jr., OG La’el Collins, PK James Hairston, RB Kenny Hilliard, DT Anthony Johnson, WR Jarvis Landry, RB Terrence Magee, DE Jermauria Rasco, S Ronald Martin 2012 (15) LB Kwon Alexander, OT Vadal Alexander, CB Jalen Mills, P Jamie Keehn, S Jerqwinick Sandolph, LB Deion Jones, SNP Reid Ferguson, DL Danielle Hunter, LB Ronnie Feist, LB Lorenzo Phillips, S Corey Thompson, TE Dillon Gordon, CB Dwayne Thomas, LB Lamar Louis, RB Jeremy Hill.
2013 (14) LB Kendell Beckwith, DE Tashawn Bower, RB Jeryl Brazil, OT Josh Boutte, DB Rickey Jefferson, QB Anthony Jennings, FB Melvin Jones, DT Christian LaCouture, DE Lewis Neal, C Ethan Pocic, LB Duke Riley, CB Rashard Robinson, TE DeSean Smith, CB Tre’Davious White
2014 (17) S Jamal Adams, LB Donnie Alexander, S John Battle, WR D.J. Chark, DE Deondre Clark, WR Malachi Dupre, RB Leonard Fournette, CB Russell Gage, PK Cameron Gamble, LB Clifton Garrett, DT Davon Godchaux, QB Brandon Harris, CB Ed Paris, WR Trey Quinn, DE Sione Teuhema, S Devin Voorhies, RB Darrel Williams
Most True Freshmen Starters by Year Under Les Miles
2012: 6 (Kwon Alexander, Vadal Alexander, Reid Ferguson, Jeremy Hill, Lamar Louis, Jalen Mills)
2013: 5 (Rickey Jefferson, Anthony Jennings, Ethan Pocic, Rashard Robinson, Tre’Davious White)
2006: 4 (Jacob Cutrera, Richard Dickson, Charles Scott, Keiland Williams)
2010: 3 (Alfred Blue, Tyrann Mathieu, Eric Reid)
2011: 3 (Odell Beckham Jr., James Hairston, Jarvis Landry)
2007: 2 (Drake Nevis, Terrence Toliver)
2008: 2 (Jordan Jefferson, Deangelo Peterson)
2009: 2 (Dominique Allen, Rueben Randle)
2014: 2 (Davon Godchaux, Trey Quinn)
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 98-25 mark during that span. The 98 victories for LSU are nine better than Florida, while the Tigers are also tops in final poll rankings. LSU is also second nationally in wins since 2005 behind only Boise State (104) and tied with Ohio State (98).
Team W-L Bowls SEC Titles Top 25
LSU 98-25 9 2 8
Florida 89-31 8 2 6
Georgia 86-36 9 1 6
Auburn 82-37 7 2 5
South Carolina 80-40 8 0 4
Alabama 78-24 9 2 6
Arkansas 66-51 5 0 3
Tennessee 59-56 4 0 2
Mississippi State 58-58 5 0 1
Ole Miss 52-62 4 0 2
Vanderbilt 50-65 4 0 2
Kentucky 50-65 5 0 0
Wins Since 2005 (Nationally)
Boise State 104
Ohio State 98
Southern Cal 91
Virginia Tech 90
This Day vs. Night Thing In Tiger Stadium
The facts indicate that LSU plays better at night in Tiger Stadium than they do during the day. The numbers show that since 1960, LSU is 233-62-4 (.786) at night under the lights compared to a 32-25-3 (.558) mark in Tiger Stadium during the day. Since 2000, LSU is 89-13 (.873) overall at home, which includes a 67-7 (.905) mark at night in Tiger Stadium and a 22-6 (.786) record during the day. Prior to 2000, LSU had only won 10 games at home during the day in 32 tries. From 1960 to 1999, LSU posted a 10-19-3 (.359) record at home during the day. The following is a breakdown of LSU’s night record, day record and overall record in Tiger Stadium since 1960:
Decade Record at Night Record during the day Overall Tiger Stadium Record
1960-69 47-9-2 2-2-1 49-11-3
1970-79 51-12-1 1-2 52-14-1
1980-89 38-16-1 3-5-2 41-21-3
1990-99 30-18 4-10 34-28
2000-09 49-5 11-6 60-11
2010-14 18-2 11-0 29-2
Totals 233-62-4 32-25-3 265-87-7
Tiger Stadium Top 10 Attendances
No. Att. Opponent Date Results
1. 102,321 Mississippi State Sept. 20, 2014 Lost, 34-29
2. 101,194 ULM Sept. 13, 2014 Won, 31-0
3. 100,338 Sam Houston State Sept. 6, 2014 Won, 56-0
4. 93,374 Alabama Nov. 3, 2012 Lost, 21-17
5. 93,129 Florida Oct. 10, 2009 Lost, 13-3
6. 93,108 Arkansas Nov. 25, 2011 Won, 41-17
7. 93,098 Auburn Oct. 22, 2011 Won, 45-10
8. 93,039 Alabama Nov. 8, 2008 Lost, 27-21 (OT)
9. 93,022 Florida Oct. 8, 2011 Won, 41-11
10. 93,013 Arkansas Nov. 28, 2009 Won, 33-30 (OT)