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2018 LSU Football Game Notes

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Game Notes for the 2018 LSU Football team, as well as the weekly opponents' notes, will be published prior to each game.

 

LSU Football – Game Notes vs. Rice

- LSU (8-2, 5-2 SEC) plays its final home game of the year on Saturday when the Tigers host Rice (1-10) at 6:30 p.m. in Tiger Stadium. The game will be televised on ESPNU.
- LSU goes into the contest ranked No. 10 nationally in both the USA Today Coaches Poll and the AP Top 25. LSU is currently ranked No. 7 in the College Football Playoff Ranking (new poll comes out on Tuesday night).
- LSU has been ranked in the Top 10 of both national polls for five straight week and eight time overall in 2018.
- LSU remains the highest-ranked 2-loss team in college football.
- LSU and Rice meet for the first time since 1995 when the Tigers posted a 52-7 win in Tiger Stadium. LSU is 37-13-5 all-time against the Owls, which includes a 24-2-1 mark in Tiger Stadium.
- LSU is 5-1 at home in 2018 and the Tigers are 13-4 in Tiger Stadium under Coach Orgeron.
- LSU is now 8-0 in games following a loss under Coach O, which includes a 36-16 win over then-No. 2 Georgia the week after dropping a 27-19 decision to Florida and last week's 24-17 victory over Arkansas following loss to Alabama.
- Of LSU's 10 opponents thus far, six were ranked in the Top 25 at the time of the contest.
- The Tigers are 4-2 against ranked opponents with three wins coming over Top 10 teams.
- LSU has more Top 25 wins (4) and more Top 10 wins (3) than any team in college football this year.
- LSU has three wins over Top 10 teams during the regular season for only the third time in school history. LSU also did it in 1982 and 2011.
- Ed Orgeron, who took over the Tigers four games into the 2016 season, is 23-8 as LSU's head coach (6-2 in 2016; 9-4 in 2017, 8-2 in 2018). Over his last 39 games as a head coach, Orgeron has produced a 29-10 mark – a stretch the also includes a 6-2 record with Southern Cal in 2013.
- Coach O's 23 wins in first 31 games, trails only Les Miles (27-4) and Bernie Moore (26-4-1) for most victories in school history during that span.
- LSU is 6-0 this year when out-rushing its opponent. Under Coach O, the Tigers are 21-2 when rushing for more yards than its opponent with the only two losses during that span coming against Florida in 2016 and Alabama in 2017.
- LSU is 15-0 under Orgeron when the Tigers feature a 100-yard rusher (6-0 in 2016, 5-0 in 2017, 4-0 in 2018.
- LSU's past opponents have combined for a 59-31 mark, which make the Tigers' schedule the fifth-toughest in the nation according to the NCAA.
- Only two FBS teams on LSU's 2018 schedule have a losing record (Arkansas, Rice)
- LSU's “DBU” leads the SEC and ranks No. 2 in the nation in interceptions with 16.
- LSU ranks No. 4 in the nation in turnover margin at +13 and the Tigers are No. 9 nationally in turnovers gained with 22 (16 interceptions, 6 fumbles).
- Joe Burrow is 8-2 as LSU's starting quarterback and he joins Alan Risher (1982) as the only QBs in school history to have three wins over Top 10 teams in the same season.
- Five different running backs have rushed for 100 yards in a game since Coach O took over as head coach of the Tigers. The list includes current Tigers Nick Brossette and Clyde Edwards-Helaire.
- RB Nick Brossette ranks No. 2 in the SEC in rushing TDs with 11 and he's No. 7 in rushing yards with 792 (79.2 per game).
- LSU PK Cole Tracy ranks first among all active collegiate kickers with 90 career field goals. The graduate transfer kicked 68 at DII Assumption College and now has 22 to his credit at LSU, which leads the SEC and ranks No. 2 in the nation.
- All-America LB Devin White ranks No. 7 in the SEC in tackles (89) and tackles per game (8.9).
- S Grant Delpit leads the SEC and ranks No. 3 in the nation in interceptions with 5. He also leads the league in passes defensed (11), ranks No. 14 in in tackles for loss (9.5) and No. 11 in sacks (5.0).
- In 35 games with Dave Aranda as defensive coordinator, LSU has held opponents to fewer than 100 rushing yards 13 times. LSU is 13-0 in those games.

LSU To Celebrate 125 Seasons of Football In 2018
- LSU will celebrate its 125th season of football in 2018.
- Started in 1893, LSU is one of college football's most storied programs, winning three national titles (1958, 2003, and 2007) and claiming 11 SEC championships (1935, 1936, 1958, 1961, 1970, 1986, 1988, 2001, 2003, 2007, and 2011).
- LSU is the 12th-winningest program in NCAA history by victories with 795 and the Tigers are No. 14 all-time in terms of winning percentage (.652). LSU has an all-record of 795-414-47 in 125 seasons.
- To honor the 125 seasons of LSU Football, players will wear a 125 patch on their jerseys and the logo will also be painted on the field for all home games.

LSU to Honor Eighteen Seniors on Saturday Night
- The LSU football program and head coach Ed Orgeron will honor 18 seniors on Saturday night before the Tigers take on Rice.
- Of the 18 seniors, six have already earned their degrees.
- The following is a list of seniors to be honored on Saturday: Terrence Alexander, John Battle, Nick Brossette, Garrett Brumfield, David Ducre, Keith Fulton, Trey Gallman, Jack Gonsoulin, Rory Luke, Wesley McKoy, Justin Mikush, Foster Moreau, Seth Newsome, Michael OstromEd Paris, Turner Simmers, Cole Tracy and Jacory Washington.

Eight-Win Season Streak Extended to 18 – The Longest Streak Among Power 5 Schools
- With a win over Arkansas, LSU extended its streak of consecutive eight-win seasons to 19.
- LSU currently has won at least eight games every year dating back to 2000.
- LSU's streak of 19 straight seasons with at least eight wins is tied with Oklahoma in Power 5 schools and ranks behind only Boise State, who has won 8 games for 20 straight years, in the FBS.
- The streak is also the longest streak in the history of the SEC, leading Tennessee 16 (1989-2004); Florida 14 (1990-2003); Georgia 13 (1997-2009); Alabama 13 (1971-83).

LSU Is 73-9 vs. Non-Conference Teams Dating Back to 2001
- Dating back to the 2001 season when LSU captured its first outright SEC title since 1986, the Tigers have done quite well against non-conference opponents, going 73-9 against non-SEC foes during that span.
- Of the nine losses, only three have come during the regular season (2002 at Virginia Tech, 2016 vs. Wisconsin at Lambeau Field and 2017 vs. Troy).
- The other six losses came in bowl games (2003 Cotton Bowl vs. Texas; 2005 Capital One Bowl vs. Iowa; 2009 Capital One Bowl vs. Penn State; 2012 Chick-fil-A Bowl vs. Clemson; 2014 Music City Bowl vs. Notre Dame, 2018 Citrus Bowl vs. Notre Dame).

LSU is 8-0 Under Coach O Following A Loss
- Following the win over Arkansas, LSU is now 8-0 under Coach O following a loss.
- LSU was 2-0 following under Coach O in 2016, followed by a 3-0 mark in 2017. LSU opened up 2018 with a win over Miami, which followed the bowl loss to Notre Dame, added a win over Georgia following the loss against Florida and most recently defeated the Razorbacks after losing to Alabama.
- LSU hasn't lost back-to-back games since 2015 when the Tigers dropped three straight during the month of November.

20 Is LSU's Magic Number In SEC Games
- LSU has won 20 straight SEC games when scoring at least 20 points, a streak that dates back to a 30-27 victory over Florida in 2014.
- Under Coach O, LSU is 13-0 in league games when hitting the 20-point mark. Overall under Coach O, the Tigers are 21-1 when scoring at least 20 points in a contest with the only defeat coming to Troy by a 24-21 count.
- The last SEC team to beat LSU when the Tigers scored 20 or more points was Mississippi State by a 34-29 count on Sept. 20, 2014.

LSU Defense Hasn't Allowed 30 Points In A Game for 20 Straight Contests
- LSU goes into the Arkansas game riding a streak of 20 contests without allowing an opponent to reach the 30-point mark.
- That streak currently ranks as the second-longest of its kind, trailing only Fresno State (21). Clemson is next at 15, followed by Cincinnati, Michigan, Mississippi State, and Notre Dame at 11.
- Mississippi State is the last team to score 30 points on the Tigers, doing so in a 37-7 win last year on September 16.

Since 1993, LSU is 6-0 Following A Shutout Loss
- Going back to 1993 when LSU was shutout in the season-opener against Texas A&M, 24-0, LSU is 5-0 in games after being shutout.
- LSU followed that 1993 loss to Texas A&M with an 18-16 win over Mississippi State.
- Other bounce back games following a shutout for LSU since 1993 include a 39-7 win over Ole Miss in 1996 after a 26-0 loss to Alabama; a 14-13 win over Ole Miss in 2002 after a 31-0 loss to Alabama; a 23-17 win over Texas A&M after a 17-0 loss to Arkansas in 2014; and a 38-10 over Arkansas following a 10-0 setback to Alabama in 2016.

LSU at No. 7 in Second CFP Rankings
- LSU slipped only four spots from No. 3 to No. 7 in the second College Football Playoff Poll.
- The Tigers debuted at No. 3 in the first CFB Playoff poll and then dropped four spots following the 29-0 setback to top-ranked Alabama.
- Since the new football playoff format came into play in 2014, only one other 2-loss team has been ranked as high as No. 7 in the second playoff ranking. In 2016, Wisconsin was ranked No. 7 with a 7-2 mark.
- LSU has three wins over teams ranked in the Top 25 of poll – def. No. 5 Georgia, 36-16; def. No. 16 Mississippi State, 19-3; def. No. 24 Auburn, 22-21.
- LSU's three wins over current Top 25 teams are the most of any team in the nation.

LSU Goes Into November Game In Top 25 For 61st Time in 64 Games Dating Back To 2002
- LSU brings a Top 25 ranking into a game in November for the 61st time in 64 tries, a streak that dates back to November of 2002.
- Starting with the Bluegrass Miracle win over Kentucky on November 9 when LSU was ranked No. 16 in the nation, the Tigers have played 54 of their 57 games in November in the Top 25.
- LSU is 45-18 in November games since the 2002 season, which includes a 43-17 in games in which they were ranked.
- The only three games LSU played in November going back to 2002 unranked came in 2008 at Arkansas (L, 31-30); 2014 at Texas A&M (W, 23-17) and 2015 vs. Texas A&M (W, 19-7).

DBU, Linebackers and Kicker Are on Semifinalist Lists for Major Awards
- S Grant Delpit and CB Greedy Williams are among 14 semifinalists for the prestigious Jim Thorpe Award given to the nation's best defensive back.
- LB Devin White was selected to the Butkus Award semifinalist list, which is awarded to the best linebacker in the country.
- Both White and Delpit were selected as semifinalists for the Bednarik Award, which goes to the best defensive player in the country.
- PK Cole Tracy is a semifinalist for the Lou Groza Award for the best kicker in the nation.
- Delpit and Williams, both sophomores, have been catalysts for an LSU defense that leads the nation in interceptions with 14. The Tigers also lead the SEC and rank No. 6 nationally in pass efficiency defense with a 98.28 rating. In eight games, the Tigers are allowing only 15.1 points per game, which ranks No. 3 in the SEC and seventh nationally.
- Tracy leads the SEC in multiple field goal categories and is 21-of-23 this season.
- White, a junior from Springhill, Louisiana, currently leads the Tigers and ranks third in the Southeastern Conference in tackles with 76. He also 7.0 tackles for loss, one sack, six quarterback hurries and he's forced one fumble and recovered two others.

SEC Player of the Week Honors in 2018
- LSU players Joe Burrow, Grant Delpit, Jacob Phillips, Cole Tracy and Devin White have all earned SEC Player of the Week honors in 2018.
- Tracy became the first player in SEC History to earn special teams player of the week honor four times in one season after being named after Mississippi State.
- In the season opener, first-time starters Tracy and Phillips picked up award. Tracy was four-for-four on field goal attempts and tied the school record with a long kick of 54. Phillips recorded seven tackles and a pick six.
- In his first SEC road start, Burrow engineered an 11-point second half comeback. Tracy booted the first game-winning kick as time expired in school history and finished three-for-four overall.
- Burrow set career highs for rushing yards (96), passing yards (292) and total offense (388) against Ole Miss. His 388 yards of total offense ranks as the sixth-highest total in school history.
- Against Georgia, White was the catalyst of the defense that limited Georgia to season low for points (16), total yards (322 and rushing yards (113). Tracy tied the school record for kicks in a game with five and set a new school record for points with 18.
- Delpit picked up his first career SEC weekly honor after leading the Tigers in tackles with 10 and picking off Nick Fitzgerald twice. Tracy kicked four field goals and became the first player in LSU history to kick nine field goals over a two-game span.
Game Player Honor Stats
Miami Jacob Phillips Defensive Player of the Week 7 Tackles, 1 Pick Six
Cole Tracy Special Teams Player of the Week 4 for 4 FG, 54 Long, 3 for 3 PAT
Auburn Joe Burrow Offensive Player of the Week 15-of-34, 249 yards, 1 TD
Cole Tracy Special Teams Player of the Week 3 for 4 FG, 42 Long, 2 for 2 PAT
Ole Miss Joe Burrow Offensive Player of the Week 18-of-25, 292 yards, 3 TDs; 96 rushing yards, 1 TD
Georgia Cole Tracy Special Teams Player of the Week 5 for 5 FG, 3 for 3 PAT
Devin White Defensive Player of the Week 13 tackles, 1 FR, 1 QBH
MSU Cole Tracy Special Teams Player of the Week 4 for 4 FG, 1 for 1 PAT
Grant Delpit Defensive Player of the Week 10 tackles, 2 Interceptions, 1 Sack

Kicker Cole Tracy Has Ice in His Veins and Continues Making History
- PK Cole Tracy is 22-for-25 as the Tigers' kicker and 27-of-27 from PATs. His 22 field goals are the third most in school history in a single season.
- In 10 games, Tracy is responsible for 93 of LSU's 267 points. He is seventh amongst kickers in the country for points responsible for and second in the SEC.
- Tracy connected on nine field goals in games against Georgia and Mississippi State. He's the first LSU kicker with nine field goals in a two-game span in school history.
- Tracy Was 5-for-5 on field goals and 3-for-3 on extra points against Georgia.
- The 18 kicking points against the Bulldogs were the most by a Tiger dating back to 1949.
- His five field goals against UGA tied the school record for the most in a game.
- The Assumption College graduate transfer knocked in the game-winning field goal from 42 yards out in the last seconds against Auburn to win on The Plains. It was the first walk-off field goal in regulation in school history.
- Tracy has already tied the school record for longest field goal with a 54-yard field goal against Miami. The field goal tied Wade Richey vs. Kentucky (1996) and Ron Lewis vs. North Carolina (1985) for the longest in school history.
- He became the first LSU player to hit two field goals of 50+ yards in the first two games since Colt David in 2008.
- Tracy leads all active collegiate kickers with 90 career field goals. The graduate transfer kicked 68 field goals at DII Assumption College.

Atkins' Leg Leaves No Doubt for Kickoffs
- True freshman walk-on Avery Atkins handles kickoff duties for the Tigers and has totaled 52 touch backs on 58 kicks.
- Atkins set the single-season touch back record in game eight against Mississippi State on his 46th kickoff.
- Against Georgia, Atkins gave the Tigers a short field when he recovered a fumble on the kickoff at the UGA 14.

White Ranks in the Top-10 in League in Tackles
- Regarded as one of the top linebackers in the country, junior Devin White has continued his top play in 2018.
- White owns 89 total tackles and averages 8.9 per game this season to rank No. 7 in the Southeastern Conference.
- In the last two seasons, White has totaled 12 double-digit tackle games. He added his first of 2018 in week two against Southeastern with 11, finished with 11 against Louisiana Tech, added 13 against Georgia and totaled 10 against Mississippi State.
- A year ago, White led the Southeastern Conference with 133 tackles. He became the first LSU player to lead the league in tackles since the mid 1980's when tackles became an NCAA stat.

Delpit Making His Case as Nation's Top Safety
- S Grant Delpit has stepped up as one of the top players on the defensive side of the ball.
- Delpit is third on the team in tackles with 63 and first in sacks (4) and tackles for loss (9.5)
- His five interceptions rank second in the country.
- Delpit has recorded double-digit tackles in three games with a career high 10.

Tigers Bowl Eligible for 19th Straight Season
- With a win against Georgia, LSU is bowl eligible for a school-record 19th consecutive season.
- LSU has played in a bowl each year since 2000 and 49 times total in the program's 125 seasons.
- The Tigers' current streak of 19 straight bowl appearances ranks No. 5 nationally, trailing only Florida State (37), Virginia Tech 26), Georgia (22) and Oklahoma (20).

Three Top-10 Wins Already in 2018 - Third Time in School History
- With wins over No. 8 Miami, No. 7 Auburn and No. 2 Georgia, LSU has the most top-10 wins in the country.
- This marks just the third time in school history that LSU has defeated three top-10 teams. In 2011, LSU beat No. 3 Oregon, No. 2 Alabama and No. 3 Arkansas. In 1982, The Tigers took down No. 4 Florida, No. 8 Alabama and No. 7 Florida State.
- The win over the second-ranked Bulldogs was the first home win over a No. 1 or No.2 since taking down No. 1 Florida in 1997. It's also the first overall win against a No. 1 or No. 2 since 2011 at Alabama.
- LSU was the first team since 1976 to defeat two AP top-10 teams in the first four weeks of the season.
- Already this season LSU has four top-25 wins, which is the third-most in school history behind the 2011 (7) and 2007 (5) teams.

LSU Managing Turnovers in 2018
- After 10 games, LSU owns a +13 turnover margin with six forced fumbles and 16 interceptions.
- The defense's 16 interceptions are the most in the league and second in the country.
- The Tigers' +13 turnover margin is first in the league and fourth in the country.
- A year ago, LSU tied the NCAA mark for fewest turnovers in a season and set the school record with eight.
- Up until 2:21 remaining in the fourth quarter against Florida, LSU quarterbacks had thrown 250 consecutive passes without an interception. The streak dated back to November 4, 2017.
- Joe Burrow broke the school record for consecutive passes without an interception, throwing 158 passes before being intercepted against Florida. The previous mark was 137 held by Alan Risher.

Aranda's Defense Limits Offenses in First Quarter
- In 10 games this season, LSU defensive coordinator Dave Aranda's group has allowed just one touchdown and three field goals.
- Overall, LSU's defense has allowed just 15 points this season in the first quarter.
- Miami, Ole Miss and Mississippi State are the only three teams to score in the first quarter this season on field goals. Alabama broke the streak of touchdowns allowed in the first quarter with a TD with 4:58 left in the first.
- The streak of games without a first-quarter touchdown was at 12 and dated back to week nine of the 2017 season.

Orgeron Named to Coach of the Year Watch List; Picks up Coach of the Week Honor
- At the halfway point of the 2018 season, LSU head coach Ed Orgeron has been named to the Bear Bryant Coach of the Year Watch List.
- In his second full season as head coach of the Tigers, Orgeron has led LSU to a 7-1 overall mark, a 4-1 Southeastern Conference record and a No. 4 national ranking. The Tigers are the only team in the country to have three wins over Top 10 teams on their resume in 2018.
- Orgeron was named the Dodd Trophy National Coach of the Week after leading the Tigers to a 36-16 win over second-ranked Georgia in week seven.

Four Named to Mid-Season All-America Teams
- Three defensive standouts - Devin White, Greedy Williams and Grant Delpit - along with placekicker Cole Tracy were named mid-season All-America by various news organizations.
- White and Williams were all named Mid-Season All-Americas by Sports Illustrated, The Athletic, ESPN, and the Associated Press, Tracy was recognized by The Athletic and was a second-team selection by the AP, and Delpit was selected by The Athletic, ESPN and the Associated Press.
- In addition to his spot on The Athletic's Mid-Season All-America Team, Delpit was named by The Athletic national writer Bruce Feldman as the nation's top defensive player for the first half of the season.

Brossette, Edwards-Helaire Bring Different Looks to LSU Backfield.
- RB Nick Brossette owns 792 yards and 12 touchdowns in 2018. His total yardage ranks seventh in the league.
- In his career, Brossette owns 1,098 yards. He became the 49th player in LSU history to rush for 1,000 yards for a career against Mississippi State.
- Brossette had nine touchdowns thru the first eight games. In the past 25 years at LSU, only Leonard Fournette (15, 2015), Charles Scott (10, 2008) and LaBrandon Toefield (10, 2001) had more after the first seven games.
- Brossette became the fifth-straight 100-yard rusher in a season opener for LSU: Guice (2017), Fournette (2015, 16) and Kenny Hilliard (2014).
- Edwards-Helaire has rushed for 591 yards on the ground and six touchdowns.
- Against Georgia, Edwards-Helaire ran all over the Bulldogs with a career-high 145 yards on the ground for his second 100-yard rushing game.

LSU's Defense Rises To Occasion In Win over Georgia
- LSU's defense came up big against second-ranked Georgia, holding the Bulldogs to season-lows for points (16), total yards (322) and rushing yards (113).
- Georgia came into the game averaging 42 points and 485 total yards per game.
- LSU held the Bulldogs scoreless in the first half as the Tigers built a 16-0 halftime lead.
- The Tigers also forced four turnovers (2 interceptions, 2 fumbles) in the contest and recorded 4 sacks in the game.
- Georgia was 5-of-14 on third-down attempts and after pulling to within 19-9 in the third quarter, they managed just three first downs the rest of the way.
- Devin White led LSU with 13 tackles, while John Battle and Kristian Fulton each had interceptions.

LSU's No-Turnover, 2-Penalty Game Against Georgia a Rarity
- In LSU's 36-16 win over No. 2 Georgia, the Tigers didn't have a turnover and committed only two penalties
- It's the second time under Orgeron, the Tigers have played a game with no turnovers and only two penalties (Last year vs. Tennessee)
- Prior to that, the last time LSU played a game with no turnovers and only two penalties came in a 2005 win over Appalachian State
- The only other times it's happened since 1970 came in wins over Arkansas in 1997 and Auburn in 1973.

Former LSU Assistant Coaches Winless in Return to Tiger Stadium
- Six former LSU assistant coaches have returned to Tiger Stadium as head coaches.
- The group is a combined 0-10 in their return to Baton Rouge.
- The six former assistants are: Kirby Smart (0-1), Derek Dooley (0-3), Will Muschamp (0-2), Darrel Dickey (0-2), Bradley Dale Peveto (0-1) and Mack Brown (0-1).

Day Game or Night Game Makes No Difference for LSU
- LSU's tradition of night games in Tiger Stadium is like none other in college football.
- But, LSU's recent success in day games in Tiger Stadium has made playing afternoon games in Death Valley more appealing.
- LSU has won 16 of its last 17 day games in Tiger Stadium, a stretch that goes back to a 16-14 victory over Tennessee on Oct. 2, 2010.
- Since 2010, LSU's only daytime loss in Tiger Stadium came against Florida by a 16-10 count in 2016.
- Of LSU's 16 wins during this current stretch, nine have come against Top 25 teams and all 16 were over SEC opponents.
- Since 2000, LSU is 111-18 (.858) overall at home, which includes an 84-11 (.882) mark at night in Tiger Stadium and a 27-7 (.794) record during the day. From 1960-99, LSU posted a 12-19-3 mark in day games in Tiger Stadium.
- 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 49-5 4-2-1 53-7-1
1970-79 51-12-1 1-2 52-14-1
1980-89 38-16-1 3-5-2 41-21-3
1990-99 31-19 4-10 35-29
2000-09 49-5 11-6 60-11
2010-18 35-7 16-1 51-8
Totals 253-64-2 39-26-3 292-90-5

Red-Zone Efficiency Significantly Improved
- LSU has significantly improved its red zone offense in 2018 with a 87.5 percentage in 40 trips.
- The offense, under coordinator Steve Ensminger, has 18 touchdowns in red zone and 17 field goals. The Tigers have punched it in 16 times on the ground and twice in the air.
- In 16 games with Ensminger as the Tigers' coordinator, LSU is 59-of-68 on red zone opportunities (24-27 in 2016, 35-40 in 2018).

Double-Digit Wins Under Coach O
- Ed Orgeron has won 22 games as head coach of the Tigers with 18 of those coming by double-digits.
- All six of LSU's wins under Orgeron in 2016 came by double-figures and last year, the Tigers won six of their nine games by at least 10 points.
- This year, six of LSU's eight wins have come by double-figures, including a 20-point win over No. 2 Georgia.

Offensive Line Uses Different Starting Lineup in Seven of Eight Games
- Due to injuries, LSU offensive line coach James Cregg has been forced to use a different starting line combination in seven games in 2018.
- Up until the Georgia game in week seven, the Tigers' left tackle did not make consecutive starts.
- Six different players have started this season on the offensive line. Lloyd Cushenberry, Damien Lewis, Badara Traore, Austin Deculus, Donavaughn Campbell and Chasen Hines are all first-time starters.
- LSU opened the season with six different starting lineup combinations for the first time since 1986.
- Below is a look at the starters for each game.
Game LT LG C RG RT
vs. Miami Charles Brumfield Cushenberry Lewis Magee
vs. Southeastern Deculus Brumfield Cushenberry Lewis Traore
at Auburn Charles Brumfield Cushenberry Lewis Deculus
vs. Louisiana Tech Traore Brumfield Cushenberry Lewis Deculus
vs. Ole Miss Magee Campbell Cushenberry Lewis Deculus
at Florida Charles Magee Cushenberry Lewis Deculus
vs. Georgia Charles Magee Cushenberry Lewis Deculus
vs. Mississippi State Charles Hines Cushenberry Lewis Deculus
vs. Alabama Charles Brumfield Cushenberry Lewis Deculus
at Arkansas Charles Brumfield Chusenberry Lewis Deculus
Nineteen Players Make First Start in 2018
- Nineteen Tigers have started for the first time in their careers in 2018: RB Lanard Fournette, C Lloyd Cushenberry III, G Damien Lewis, WR Jonathan Giles, QB Joe Burrow, WR Justin Jefferson, WR Terrace Marshall Jr., DE Breiden Fehoko, CB Kristian Fulton, CB Terrence Alexander, LB Jacob Phillips, OL Austin Deculus, OT Badara Traore, OLB Andre Anthony, OL Donovaughn Campbell LB Micah Baskerville, S Todd Harris Jr. OL Chasen Hines and LB Patrick Queen.
- A total of 12 true freshmen have played in 2018: K Avery Atkins, LB Micah Baskerville, WR Ja'Marr Chase, LB Damone Clark, DT Davin Cotton, DT Nelson Jenkins, WR Kenan Jones, CB Kelvin Joseph, WR Terrace Marshall Jr., RB Tae Provens, OL Cole Smith and OL Chasen Hines
- Marshall became just the eighth true freshman to start a season opener since 2000.
- The following have started a season opener since 2000: Marshall Jr. (WR, 2018), Charles (RG, 2017), Chaisson (LB, 2017), Delpit (S, 2017), Taylor (LB, 2017), Kevin Toliver (CB, 2015), Trey Quinn (WR, 2014), Jalen Mills (CB, 2012) and Jessie Daniels (Nickel, 2003).
Most True Freshmen Starters by Year Since 2005
2017
8
(Tory Carter, K'Lavon Chaisson, Saahdiq Charles, Grant Delpit, Ed Ingram, JaCoby Stevens, Tyler Taylor, Kary Vincent Jr.)
2015: 7 (
Arden Key, Donte Jackson, Foster Moreau, Bry'Kiethon Mouton, Maea Teuhema, Kevin Toliver II, Toby Weathersby)
2014: 6
(Jamal Adams, Malachi Dupre, Leonard Fournette, Davon Godchaux, Brandon Harris, Trey Quinn)
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)
2018 4 (Terrace Marshall Jr., Ja'Marr Chase, Micah Baskerville, Chasen Hines)
2006: 4 (Jacob Cutrera, Richard Dickson, Charles Scott, Keiland Williams)
2010: 3 (Alfred Blue, Tyrann Mathieu, Eric Reid)
2011: 2 (Odell Beckham Jr., Jarvis Landry)
2007: 2 (Drake Nevis, Terrence Toliver)
2008: 2 (Jordan Jefferson, Patrick Peterson)
2009: 2 (Dominique Allen, Rueben Randle)
2016 1 (Dee Anderson)

Streak of 100-Yard Rushing Games Ends at 25
- Dating back to November 2016, LSU rushed as a team for more than 100 yards in 25-straight games.
- In that stretch of 25 games, LSU players rushed for more than 100 yards in a game. 14 times. Darrel Williams and Derrius Guice each ran for more than 100 yards in a game in 2017 against Ole Miss and Texas A&M.
- A year ago, LSU rushed for more than 100 yards in every regular season game for just the 14th time since 1949.
- Only 10 times has an LSU team rushed for 100 or more yards in every game in a season including the bowl game.

LSU Is 77-0 When Rushing For 100 Yards and Holding Opponents To Less Than 100 Yards
- In the last 163 games, 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 131-21 when that happens.
- Hold the opponent to fewer than 100 yards and the Tigers are 78-5.
- 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 77-0.
- The following is a look at LSU's rushing numbers 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 8-3 0-2 4-4 4-1 4-0
2015 8-1 0-2 3-3 6-0 6-0
2016 8-3 0-1 3-4 5-0 5-0
2017 9-4 0-0 4-4 5-0 5-0
2018 8-1 0-1 4-2 4-0 4-0
Totals 131-21 5-22 59-36 78-5 77-0

Burrow Puts Up 388 Yards of Total Offense Against Ole Miss
- LSU quarterback Joe Burrow totaled career-high numbers against Ole Miss and was named the SEC Offensive Player of the Week.
- Burrow set career highs for rushing yards (96), passing yards (292) and total offense (388) in the 45-16 win.
- The starter's 388 yards of total offense marked the sixth-most in school history.
Season LSU QB Opponent Rush Pass Total
2001 Rohan Davey Alabama 12 528 540
1989 Tommy Hodson Tennessee -5 438 433
2001 Rohan Davey Illinois -17 444 427
2015 Brandon Harris Ole Miss 60 342 402
1991 Jesse Daigle Mississippi State 6 394 400
2018 Joe Burrow Ole Miss 96 292 388

Tracy's Game-Winning Field Goal First In School History
- When Cole Tracy booted the 42-yard field goal at Auburn in week three of the season, it marked the first walk-off field goal in regulation in school history.
- While there have been field goals in overtime and with less than a minute on the clock, Tracy is the only player to do it with the clock expiring in regulation.
- Below is a list of LSU's game-winning field goals since 1941. For this purpose, a field goals is classified as a "game winner" if it served as the last points of a game and it came within the final two minutes of the contest or in overtime.
Date Placekicker Game-winning FG Result
9/15/18 Cole Tracy 42-yarder with 0:00 left at #7 Auburn W, 22-21
10/11/14 Colby Delahoussaye 50-yarder with 0:03 left in 4th quarter at Florida W, 30-27
11/5/11 Drew Alleman 25-yarder in OT at #2 Alabama W, 9-6 OT
11/28/09 Josh Jasper 36-yarder in OT vs. Arkansas W, 33-30 OT
11/18/06 Colt David 26-yarder in OT vs. Ole Miss W, 23-20 OT
10/22/05 Chris Jackson 30-yarder in OT vs. #16 Auburn W, 20-17 OT
9/11/93 Andre' Lafleur 26-yarder with 0:10 left in 4th quarter at Mississippi State W, 18-16
11/5/88 David Browndyke 34-yarder with 0:28 left in 4th quarter at #18 Alabama W, 19-18
9/20/80 David Johnston 17-yarder with 0:35 left in 4th quarter vs. Colorado W, 23-20
10/25/41 Bernie Lipkis 22-yarder with 0:04 left in 4th Qtr vs. Florida W, 10-7

LSU's Defense Scores In Season-Opener For Second Time In Three Years
- When Jacob Phillips returned an interception 45 yards for a TD against Miami, it marked the second time in three years the Tigers scored a defensive touchdown in the season-opener.
- LSU also scored a TD against Wisconsin at Lambeau Field to open the 2016 season when Tre'Davious White returned an interception 31 yards for a score.
- Dating back to the 1982 season, LSU has had an interception returned for a touchdown 55 times.
- The LSU defense has had at least one interception returned for a touchdown in 27 of the last 37 seasons.
- Only 11 of the 55 interceptions returned for a touchdown have been by a linebacker.

Eight Tigers To Play in 2018 As a College Graduate
- During the 2018 season, eight Tigers are going to take the field as a college graduate, five of which are LSU graduates.
- LSU list of eight college graduates includes three graduate transfers – CB Terrence Alexander (Stanford), QB Joe Burrow (Ohio State) and PK Cole Tracy (Assumption College).
- Here's the list of college graduates on the LSU roster for 2018:
Name Major (School) Graduation Date
Terrence Alexander Communications (Stanford) Summer, 2018
Joe Burrow Consumer/Family Financial Services (Ohio State) Spring, 2018
David Ducre Management (LSU) Spring, 2018
Blake Ferguson Marketing (LSU) Spring, 2018
Trey Gallman Sports Administration (LSU) Summer, 2018
Turner Simmers Kinesiology (LSU) Spring, 2018
Cole Tracy Marketing (Assumption College) Spring, 2018
Jacory Washington Sports Administration (LSU) Summer, 2018

Louisiana's Foster Moreau Carries on No. 18 Tradition
- Senior tight end Foster Moreau was selected to continue the tradition of the prestigious No. 18 jersey. Moreau was presented with the jersey by coach Ed Orgeron in the first preseason meeting following a vote of the coaching staff and former LSU No. 18s.
- A native of New Orleans, Moreau was the final player to sign in the 2015 recruiting class. He is the second tight end to earn the honor. Richard Dickson wore the number in 2008 and 2009.
- 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 previous players to wear No. 18:
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
2015-16 Tre'Davious White CB
2017 Christian LaCouture DL
2017 John David Moore FB/TE

A Different Season-Opening QB For The Tigers
- When Joe Burrow took the first snap against Miami, it marked the 16th time in the last 21 seasons that LSU started a different quarterback in an opener.
- Only Matt Mauck in 2002 and 2003, JaMarcus Russell in 2004 and 2005, Jordan Jefferson in 2009 and 2010, Zach Mettenberger in 2012 and 2013, and Brandon Harris in 2015 and 2016 have started consecutive openers for LSU.
- The following is a look at LSU's starting quarterbacks in season-opening games since 1998:
Year Quarterback Results Stats
1998 Herb Tyler Def. Arkansas State, 42-6 13 of 25, 170 yds., 1 TD, 1 int.
1999 Craig Nall Def. San Jose State, 29-21 6 of 15, 79 yds., 2 int.
2000 Josh Booty Def. Western Carolina, 58-0 12 of 15, 291 yds., 2 TDs
2001 Rohan Davey Def. Tulane, 48-17 19 of 29, 253 yds., 2 TDs
2002 Matt Mauck Lost Virginia Tech, 26-8 15 of 35, 134 yds., 1 int.
2003 Matt Mauck Def. Louisiana-Monroe, 49-7 13 of 28, 153 yds., 3 TDs, 1 int.
2004 Marcus Randall Def. Oregon State, 22-21 (OT) 7 of 18, 66 yds., 1 int.
2005 JaMarcus Russell Def. Arizona State, 35-31 16 of 29, 232 yds., 1 TD
2006 JaMarcus Russell Def. ULL, 45-3 13 of 17, 253 yrds. 3 TD
2007 Matt Flynn Def. Mississippi State, 45-0 12 of 19, 128 yds., 2 TD
2008 Andrew Hatch Def. Appalachian State, 41-13 7 of 14, 77 yds., 1 TD
2009 Jordan Jefferson Def. Washington, 31-23 11 of 19, 172 yds., 3 TD
2010 Jordan Jefferson Def. North Carolina, 30-24 15 of 21, 151 yds., 2 TD, 1 int.
2011 Jarret Lee Def. Oregon, 40-27 10 of 22, 98 yds. 1 TD
2012 Zach Mettenberger Def. North Texas, 41-14 19 of 26, 192 yds. 1 TD, 1 int.
2013 Zach Mettenberger Def. TCU, 37-27 16 of 32, 251 yds., 1 TD
2014 Anthony Jennings Def. Wisconsin, 28-24 9 of 21, 239 yds. 2 TD
2015 Brandon Harris Def. Mississippi State, 21-19 9 of 14, 71 yds., 0 TD
2016 Brandon Harris Lost, Wisconsin, 16-14 12 of 21. 131 yds., 1 TD
2017 Danny Etling Def. BYU, 27-0 14 of 18, 171 yds., 0 TD
2018 Joe Burrow Def. Miami, 33-17 11 of 24, 140 yds. 0 TD

Ensminger In Second Stint as LSU's OC
- Steve Ensminger, a former quarterback at LSU, is in his second stint as the offensive coordinator for the Tigers in 2018.
- Ensminger served as LSU's offensive coordinator for eight games in 2016, a span that saw the Tigers thrive under his play-calling.
- Prior to Ensminger taking over play-calling duties in 2016, LSU's offense had scored only nine touchdowns and was averaging 18 points and 339.5 total yards per game. In eight games under Ensminger, LSU improved drastically in every offensive category as the Tigers averaged 32 points and 464.9 total yards per contest during that span. LSU scored 38 or more points five times under Ensminger, including 54 in a win over Texas A&M and 38 against both Arkansas and Ole Miss. The Tigers averaged 7.1 yards per play and converted 46-of-102 third-down opportunities during that eight-game stretch.
- Also under Ensminger, LSU's offense set school records for yards in a SEC game (634 vs. Missouri), single-game rushing yards by an individual (284 by Leonard Fournette vs. Ole Miss, 285 by Derrius Guice vs. Texas A&M), longest run from scrimmage (96 yards by Derrius Guice vs. Arkansas) and time of possession (42:33 vs. Missouri).

Fulton Reinstated for 2018 Season
- With just 10 days left before the season opener against Miami, head coach Ed Orgeron announced that cornerback Kristian Fulton was reinstated to the team by the NCAA.
- Fulton's reinstatement came two weeks after the NCAA denied an appeal by Fulton.
- On August 17, LSU Vice Chancellor and Director of Athletics Joe Alleva sent the NCAA a four-page letter request reclassification of Fulton's case.
- Fulton has played in three games with no starts in his two seasons. He was regarded as the No. 1 overall prospect in Louisiana and No. 3 corner in the nation.

White, Williams Tabbed as Preseason All-Americans
- Junior LB Devin White and sophomore CB Greedy Williams were named first team Associated Press Preseason All-Americans.
- White and Williams return as the leaders of an LSU defense that ranked among the best in the nation last year, allowing only 18.9 points and 316.2 total yards per game.
- Last year, White and Williams became the first set of players from the same team to lead the Southeastern Conference tackles and interceptions in the same year since 1993.
- White paced the league with 10.2 tackles a contest and ranked No. 2 in the conference in total tackles with 133. Williams, as a redshirt freshman, topped the conference in both interceptions (6) and passes defensed (13).
- White earned second team All-America honors in 2017, in what was his first season as a starter, while Williams was a third team All-America selection.

Von Rosenberg One of Nation's Oldest Players
- At 28 years old, punter Zach Von Rosenberg is the sixth-oldest player in college football in 2018.
- Von Rosenberg played minor league baseball for six seasons before joining the team in the fall.
- James Stefanon of Colorado is the oldest player at 31 years old.

This is #NFLSU
- The 2018 season marked the fifth-straight year LSU led all of college football with players on opening day NFL rosters at 52.
- There were a total of 40 players on active rosters, which was second in the Southeastern Conference.
- Sixty-five LSU players have been selected in the NFL Draft over the past 10 years, which ranks No. 2 nationally. LSU is one of just three schools in college football to have 60 or more drafted players since the 2009 NFL Draft.
- Over the last decade, LSU has produced nine first round NFL Draft picks. The Tigers have had at least one player selected in the first round 11 of the past 15 years.
- Overall, 59 former Tigers have appeared on Super Bowl rosters, and LSU has had at least one Super Bowl in 39 of 52 championship games.

We are DBU:
- Since 2007, LSU leads the nation in number of defensive backs selected in the NFL draft with 18, including six in the first round.
- At least one player has appeared in the Super Bowl for 17 consecutive years, which stands as the longest current streak in the SEC.

LSU Scores Historic GSR Rating
- The University scored an all-time high of 90 percent in the most recent Graduation Success Rate released by the NCAA.
- The 90 percent rating was up two points from last year's mark and up a staggering 21 point since vice chancellor and director of athletics Joe Alleva took over at LSU.
- The football team recorded a program-best 78 percent, which is significantly higher than the national average of 44 percent.

LSU Projected to Welcome Largest and Most Diverse Freshman Class Ever
- The university is projected to welcome its largest and most diverse freshman class ever. Preliminary numbers show that LSU is expected to welcome at least 5,800 new freshmen to campus this year, which would break the previous record of 5,725 new freshmen enrolled in 2012.
- Among incoming freshmen, the diversity population is up at 30 percent over last year's freshman class. In addition, the class also comes in with a GPA of 3.64, up from last year's mark at this time of a 3.56.

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