2017 LSU Football Game Notes & Transcripts
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LSU vs. Notre Dame
January 1, 2018 * Citrus Bowl presented by Overton’s * Orlando, Florida (Camping World Stadium)
Noon CT * ABC TV
Record 9-3, 6-2 SEC
Ranking #17 CFP/#16 AP/#14 Coaches
Last Game Nov. 25 vs. Texas A&M
Head Coach Ed Orgeron
Career Record 31-32
LSU Record 15-5
at Citrus Bowl 1-0
vs. Notre Dame 0-1
LSU vs. Notre Dame 5-6
Ranking #14 CFP/#14 AP/#15 Coaches
Last Game Nov. 25 at Stanford
Head Coach Brian Kelly
Career Record 239-91-2, 27th Season
Notre Dame Record 68-34, 8th Season
vs. LSU 1-0 (2014 Music City Bowl)
• LSU won six of its last seven games of the regular season, including double-digit victories over Arkansas, Tennessee and Texas A&M to close out November.
• LSU ran its winning streak to three straight with a 45-21 win over Texas A&M to round out the regular season.
• LSU and Notre Dame meet for the 12th time overall. Three of the last four contests between the teams have come in bowl games (1997 Independence, 2007 Sugar, 2014 Music City).
• Notre Dame leads the series with the Tigers, 6-5, but LSU has a 2-1 advantage in bowl games over the Irish.
• LSU's offense is led by Derrius Guice, who is only the fifth player in school history with back-to-back seasons of 1,000 yards and 10 touchdowns. Guice has 2,976 career yards and is fifth on the LSU career rushing list.
• QB Danny Etling is 16-6 as LSU's starting quarterback and he's only the fifth player in school history to pass for 2,000-yards in back-to-back seasons.
• LB Devin White recorded eight games with double-digit tackles and led the SEC in tackles with 127, while CB Greedy WIlliams topped the league in interceptions (5).
• White and Williams are the first tandem from same school to lead the SEC in tackles and interceptions in same season since 1993 when Ole Miss did it.
• LSU has held its last seven opponents to a combined 11 fourth quarter points - Florida 0), Auburn (0), Ole Miss (8), Alabama (3), Arkansas (0), Tennessee (0) and Texas A&M (0).
By The Numbers
Represents the interception to attempt ratio for LSU QB Danny Etling. Etling's one interception for every 73 pass attempts ranks No. 2 in SEC history for quarterbacks with at least with at least 400 attempts. He trails only AJ McCarron (Alabama), who has a 1:86.3 ratio.
The number of consecutive seasons that LSU has won at least 8 games. The 18 years of at least 8 wins tied with Oklahoma as the longest current streak among Power 5 schools and ranks as the longest streak of its kind in SEC history.
The number of turnovers for LSU this year (4 fumbles, 4 interceptions). The eight turnovers are the fewest in the nation and currently tie for the fewest in a single-season in NCAA history with five teams.
Historic Programs Meet in New Year's Day Bowl
• Two of the most storied programs meet in Orlando on New Year's Day when LSU and Notre Dame face off in the Citrus Bowl.
• The Tigers and Irish will meet for the 12th time and the fourth time in a bowl game.
• LSU ranks second in FBS history with 905 wins, while LSU ranks 12th overall with 787 wins.
Most Wins In FBS History
Rank Wins Team
1. 943 Michigan
2. 905 Notre Dame
3. 897 Texas
897 Ohio State
5. 893 Nebraska
6. 890 Alabama
7. 884 Oklahoma
8. 877 Penn State
9. 834 USC
10. 832 Tennessee
11. 807 Georgia
12. 787 LSU
LSU Goes Bowling For School-Record 18th Straight Season
• LSU will make its 18th straight appearance in a bowl game – a school record – when the Tigers face Notre Dame in the Citrus Bowl on Jan. 1.
• LSU has played in a bowl game each year since 2000.
• LSU’s current streak of 18 straight bowl appearances ranks No. 5 nationally, trailing only Florida State (36), Virginia Tech (25), Georgia (22), and Oklahoma (19).
Tigers Set To Make 49th Bowl Appearance
• The LSU football program will be making its 49th appearance in a bowl game when the squad takes on Notre Dame at Camping World Stadium in Orlando.
• LSU is 25-22-1 all-time in bowl games. Last year, LSU beat Louisville, 29-9, in the Citrus Bowl.
• The 25 bowl victories is 10th nationally and fourth in the SEC.
LSU‘s Citrus Bowl History
• LSU’s date against Notre Dame will be the program’s fifth appearance in the Citrus Bowl.
• The Tigers are 2-2 in the bowl all-time, beating Louisville, 29-9, last year.
• LSU also beat Wake Forest in the bowl (then called the Tangerine Bowl) in 1979 by a 34-10 count.
• LSU’s two losses in the Citrus Bowl came to Iowa, 30-25, in 2005 and Penn State, 19-17, in 2010.
Dec. 22, 1979
LSU 34, Wake Forest 10
LSU’s win over Wake Forest in 1979 marked the final game of the legendary coaching career of the winningest coach in LSU history Charles McClendon. The win over Wake Forest was the 138th for McClendon at LSU, a mark that still stands as the most in school history. The game also featured a quarterback named Steve Ensminger, who is currently the acting offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach for the Tigers. Against Wake Forest, Ensminger scored on a 4-yard run in the fourth quarter for LSU’s final points. Ensminger rushed for 43 yards and completed 5-of-7 passes for 74 yards in the contest as he platooned with David Woodley at quarterback.
Jan. 1, 2005
Iowa 30, LSU 25
In what was the final game of Nick Saban era at LSU, Iowa scored on a 56-yard pass as time expired to shock the Tigers, 30-25. LSU rallied from a 24-12 fourth quarter deficit with a pair of JaMarcus Russell TD passes to Skyler Green. The first was a 22-yard strike with 8:21 to go that cut the deficit to 24-19 and then with 36 seconds left Russell hit Green with a 3-yard TD pass to give the Tigers a 25-24 lead – their first advantage of the game. Iowa needed just three plays to go 71 yards in 46 seconds, capped by the last-second Hail Mary that gave the Hawkeyes a 30-25 victory.
Jan. 1, 2010
Penn State 19, LSU 17
A sloppy field held LSU’s explosive offense in check as the Tigers once again lost another Citrus Bowl late in the fourth quarter, this time coming at the hands of Penn State. The Nittany Lions kicked a 21-yard field goal with 57 seconds left to beat LSU, 19-17. LSU took its only lead of the game early in the fourth quarter on a 1-yard run by Stevan Ridley, putting the Tigers up 17-16. Penn State went 65-yards on 12 plays to setup the game winning kick with less than a minute left.
Dec. 31, 2016
LSU 29, Louisville 9
LSU dominated from start to finish as the Tigers limited the high-powered Louisville offense, featuring Heisman Trophy quarterback Lamar Jackson, to a season-low nine points in the 29-9 victory. Derrius Guice rushed for 138 yards, including a 70-yard TD run and a 1-yard scoring reception, to earn game MVP honors. The LSU defense held Louisville to 220 total yard and sacked Jackson a bowl record eight times.
LSU After 10-Win Season
• LSU goes into the Notre Dame looking for its 10th victory of the season.
• LSU has had 14, 10-wins seasons in school history.
• The Tigers most recently won 10 games in 2013 when LSU posted a 10-3 overall mark.
• Head coach Ed Orgeron can become only the third coach in his first year at LSU to win 10 games. The other two to do it were Mike Archer (10-1-1 in 1987) and Les Miles (11-2 in 2005).
LSU vs. Notre Dame Notes of Interest
• LSU has had a 100-yard rusher vs. Notre Dame in five straight games, a stretch that goes back to Kevin Faulk’s 105 yards against the Irish in the regular season meeting in 1997. The streak includes 143 yards by Leonard Fournette in 2014 Music City Bowl; Keiland Williams (107 yards) in 2007 Sugar Bowl; Faulk (108 yards) in 1998 in South Bend; and Rondell Mealey (222 yards) in 1997 Independence Bowl.
• LSU has returned 17 kickoffs for TDs in school history and two of those have come against Notre Dame.
• Leonard Fournette returned a kickoff 100 yards against the Irish in the 2014 Music City Bowl and Kevin Faulk had a 88 yard kickoff return in South Bend in 1998.
Seven Current Tigers Saw Action Last Time LSU Faced Notre Dame
• Seven current Tigers saw action when LSU faced Notre Dame in the 2014 Music City Bowl in Nashville.
• DE Christian LaCouture was a sophomore and started at defensive tackle against the Irish in 2014. He recorded three tackles in the game.
• Other current Tigers that saw action against Notre Dame in 2014 were: RB Darrel Williams (3 carries, 22 yards, long of 13), LB Devin Voohries (3 tackles), PK Cameron Gamble (1 kickoff), LB Donnie Alexander, DE Deondre Clark and NT Greg Gilmore.
• 14 of LSU’s 22 starters against Notre Dame in 2014 are now in the NFL (7 offense, 7 defense) and 23 Tigers who saw action that day against the Irish are in the NFL.
LSU In The Polls
• LSU goes into the Citrus Bowl ranked in the Top 20 in all three major polls.
• LSU stands at 17 in the College Football Playoff Rankings, No. 16 in the AP poll and No. 14 in the Coaches poll.
• LSU has been ranked in 10 of its 12 games this year.
• Going back to 2001 when LSU’s football program won its first SEC Championship since the 1980s, LSU has played 203 of its 220 games ranked in the Top 25.
• Under Orgeron, LSU has played 16 of 20 games ranked in the Top 25. LSU is 11-5 as a Top 25 team under Oregon.
Eight-Win Season Streak Extended to 18 – The Longest Streak Among Power 5 Schools
• With a win over Tennessee, LSU extended its streak of consecutive eight-win seasons to 18.
• LSU currently has won at least eight games every year dating back to 2000.
• LSU’s streak of 18 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 19 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 70-8 vs. Non-Conference Teams Dating Back to 2001
• Going 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 70-8 against non-SEC foes during that span.
• 4Of the seven 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 five losses have come 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)
LSU on Pace to Break School Record for Fewest Turnovers in a Season
• LSU has turned the ball over just eight times this season, which is tied with Alabama for the fewest amount of turnovers in the nation.
• Quarterbacks Danny Etling and Myles Brennan have each thrown two interceptions this season. The four interceptions thrown are the fewest in a season in school history.
• WR DJ Chark, TE John David Moore, RB Nick Brossette and WR Derrick Dillon are the only players that have lost a fumble this season.
White Leads Defense in 2017
• True sophomore LB Devin White heads into postseason as the leading tackler in the Southeastern Conference with 127. White has led the Tigers in tackles in 10 games.
• The Springhill, Louisiana native has set or tied his career high in tackles in six games this season.
• White was named the Southeastern Conference Defensive Player of the Week following performances against Florida, Auburn, Arkansas and Texas A&M. The second team All-America and first team All-SEC performer became the first player in league history to be named the league's defensive player of the week four times in one season.
• White owns eight double-digit tackle games this season, which is tied for the second-most in a season by an LSU player since 1983.
White and Williams Led SEC In Tackles and Interceptions
• For the first time in nearly 25 years, players from the same team led the SEC in tackles and interceptions in the same season as LSU LB Devin White and cornerback Greedy Williams accomplished the feat this year.
• White led the SEC with 127 tackles, while Williams paced the league with five interceptions.
• The last time players from the same team led the SEC in tackles and interceptions in the same year came in 1993 when Ole Miss’ Abdul Jackson (140 tackles) and Alundis Brice (7 interceptions) did it.
Guice Becomes Fourth LSU Player with Back-To-Back Seasons of 1,000-Yards
• Junior RB Derrius Guice surpassed 1,000 rushing yards against Tennessee
• Guice is just the fifth player in LSU history to record 1,000 rushing yard and 10 rushing touchdowns in back-to-back seasons.
• Kevin Faulk is the only player in LSU history to have 1,000 rushing yards and 10 rushing touchdowns three consecutive years, doing so from 1996-98.
• Here’s the list of LSU players who have accomplished such a feat:
2014-15 Leonard Fournette
1996-98 Kevin Faulk
1984-85 Dalton Hilliard
1977-78 Charles Alexander
Guice Continues LSU’s Streak of 1,000-Yard Rushers
• With 1,153 rushing yards this year, Derrius Guice continued LSU’s streak of consecutive seasons with a 1,000-yard rusher.
• LSU has had a 1,000-yard rusher each year going back to 2013 when Jeremy Hill had 1,401 yards on the ground.
• Leonard Fournette followed that with 1,034 yards in 2014 and a school-record 1,953 yards in 2015.
• Guice had 1,387 yards on the ground in 2016 followed by his 1,153 yards this year.
LSU Wins Three SEC Games in November By 20+ Points For First Time Since 1949
• LSU closed out the month of November by winning three games against SEC opponents by 20+ points each. It’s the first time since 1949, and only the second time in school history, that LSU has three November wins of at least 20 points against SEC opponents .
• This year, LSU beat Arkansas by 23 points (33-10); Tennessee by 20 points (30-10) and Texas A&M by 24 points (45-21).
• The only other time LSU had three conference wins by at least 20 points during the month of November came in 1949 when the Tigers beat Vanderbilt (33-13), Mississippi State (34-7), and Tulane (21-0).
Etling Reaches 4,000 Career Passing Yard Mark
• When senior Danny Etling took the first snap against BYU, he became the most veteran LSU quarterback in terms of collegiate starts since Herb Tyler in 1998.
• Etling is 16-6 as LSU’s starting quarterback. The LSU graduate has guided the Tigers to wins over Jacksonville State, Missouri, Southern Miss, Ole Miss, Arkansas, Texas A&M, Louisville in the Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl, BYU, Chattanooga, Syracuse, Florida, Auburn and Tennessee.
• Etling surpassed 1,000 yards for the season against the Gators and 4,000 yards for his career in Baton Rouge against the Vols.
• Etling owns 33 career starts (22 at LSU, 12 at Purdue). His 22 consecutive starts at LSU are the fourth-most by a quarterback since 1986.
39 Herb Tyler 10 in 1998, 12 in 1997, 12 in 1996, 3 in 1995
26 Tommy Hodson 11 in 1989, 12 in 1988, 3 in 1987
25 Zach Mettenberger 13 in 2012, 12 in 2013
22 Danny Etling 10 in 2016, 12 in 2017
20 Tommy Hodson 12 in 1986, 8 in 1987
Chark Joins Elite Group With Touchdowns 3 Ways in 2017
• With a pair of receiving touchdowns against Arkansas, senior WR DJ Chark has now scored touchdowns three different ways this year – rushing, receiving and punt returns.
• Chark is one of only seven players in LSU history to score touchdowns in the same season on the ground, through the air and on a punt return.
• Kevin Faulk remains the only player in LSU history to score touchdowns four ways in the same year as he did it rushing, receiving, and on both kickoff and punt returns in 1998.
• Here’s a look at the others who scored rushing, receiving and punt returns touchdowns in the same year:
2017 DJ Chark (1 rush, 2 rec, 2 PR)
2003 Skyler Green (1 rush, 5 rec, 2 PR)
2001 Domanick Davis (9 rush, 1 rec, 1 PR)
1998 Kevin Faulk (12 rush, 3 rec, 1 PR, 1 KOR)
1965 Joe Labruzzo (3 rush, 2 rec, 1 PR)
1958 Johnny Robinson (2 rush, 3 rec, 1 PR)
1950 Kenny Konz (3 rush, 1 rec, 1 PR)
Aranda's Defense Flexes in Fourth Quarter
• LSU defensive coordinator was selected as a nominee for the Broyles Award, which is given to the nation's top assistant coach. This is the second straight year Aranda has been nominated for the award.
• LSU's defense has held strong in the fourth quarter of its last five games against No. 21 Florida, No. 10 Auburn, Ole Miss, No. 1 Alabama, Arkansas, Tennessee and Texas A&M.
• Aranda's defense did not allow a point against the Gators, Tigers, Razorbacks, Vols or Aggies and gave up just eight points against the Rebels and three points against the Crimson Tide.
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.
Etling Named Scholar Athlete of the Year
• LSU QB Danny Etling was named the 2017 Southeastern Conference Scholar Athlete of the Year.
• The LSU graduate joined Rudy Niswanger (2005) as the only LSU players to be named the SEC Scholar Athlete of the Year in the 15-year history of the award.
Moore Named First Team All-District All-America
• Tight end John David Moore was named to the prestigious CoSIDA Academic All-America team.
• Moore owns a perfect 4.0 grade point average in architecture where he's on pace to become the first LSU football player to graduate with a degree in that curriculum in more than 25 years.
• Moore became the first LSU player to earn first team Academic All-America status since Rudy Niswanger earned the honor in 2005
Seven Named to Coaches' All-SEC Teams
• C Will Clapp and LB Devin White led the way for the Tigers on the Coaches' All-SEC first team.
• OL Garrett Brumfield, DB Donte Jackson, CB Greedy Williams, RB Derrius Guice and RS DJ Chark earned spots on the second team.
Six Named to AP All-SEC Team
• C Will Clapp, LB Devin White, LB Arden Key, and CB Greedy Williams were all selected to the AP All-SEC first team.
• RB Derrius Guice along with RS DJ Chark were selected to the second team.
• Williams became the fourth LSU freshman to make the AP All-SEC first team.
Tigers Haul in Eight Weekly Honors
• OL Garrett Brumfield was the named the SEC Offensive Lineman of the Week following the season opener against BYU.
• LB Devin White took home SEC Defensive Player of the Week honors after totaling 13 tackles against Florida.
• White and WR DJ Chark earned SEC Defensive Player and Offensive Player of the Week honors following the win over Auburn. White finished with a career-high 15 tackles and Chark finished with 250 all-purpose yards, including a 75-yard punt return for a touchdown.
• White was also named the Chuck Bednarik National Player of the Week following the win over Auburn.
• RB Derrius Guice was named SEC Offensive Player of the Week and Maxwell Football National Player of the Week following his 276-yard rushing game at Ole Miss.
• PK Connor Culp was also named the SEC Specialist of the Week after going 4-for-4 on field goals, including a career-long 48 yard FG at Ole Miss.
• White once again won the award after a 14-tackle performance against Arkansas.
• P Zach Von Rosenberg was named the SEC Specialist of the Week after booming five punts for 246 yards. Von Rosenberg averaged 49.2 yards and had one punt for a career long 60 yards.
• White became the first player in the history of the league to win the defensive player of the week honors four times in one season following his 14-tacke performance against Texas A&M in the regular season finale.
Twenty Is Magic Number for LSU
• Get to 20 points and LSU is more than likely going to win, at least that’s according to recent history as the Tigers are 24-1 over the past three years when scoring at least 20 points in a game.
• Dating back to 2015, the only game that LSU has lost when scoring at least 20 points came against Troy this year when the Trojans posted a 24-21 win over the Tigers. LSU was 8-0 in 2015, 8-0 in 2016 and 8-1 this year when scoring at least 20 points.
Greedy Leads SEC In Interceptions
• Redshirt freshman Greedy Williams led the SEC in interceptions in his first year of action for the Tigers.
• Williams is the first LSU player to lead the SEC in interceptions since Craig Steltz in 2007. Steltz had 6 intercpetions that year. .
• Greedy has intercepted five passes this season and has totaled 15 passes defended, which both rank first in the league.
• Greedy's interceptions came against BYU, Chattanooga, Syracuse, Arkansas and Texas A&M.
• Williams was named third team All-America. He was one of two freshman to be named to any AP team.
Guice Nearing 3,000 Career Rushing Yards
• RB Derrius Guice surpassed the 2,000 career rushing-yards mark in LSU's win over Chattanooga. The Baton Rouge native became the 16th player in LSU history to rush for 2,000 or more yards in a career.
• Guice passed Leonard Fournette as the most efficient rusher to surpass 2,000 yards as he needed only 271 attempts, 32 fewer than Fournette's 302.
• Guice moved into the top-10 of LSU's career rushing yard list after a 71-yard performance on the ground against Auburn.
• A year ago, Guice became the fastest player to reach 1,000 yards.
1. 4,557 Kevin Faulk (41 games) 1995-98
2. 4,050 Dalton Hilliard (44 games) 1982-85
3. 4,035 Charles Alexander (44 games) 1975-78
4. 3,830 Leonard Fournette (32 games) 2014-16
5. 2,976 Derrius Guice (35 games) 2015-present
6. 2,860 Harvey Williams (40 games) 1986-90
7. 2,576 Joseph Addai (51 games) 2001-05
8. 2,517 Terry Robiskie (42 games) 1973-76
9. 2,317 Charles Scott (43 games) 2006-09
10. 2,238 Rondell Mealey (46 games) 1996-99
LSU Tight Ends/F-Backs Thriving In New Offense
• LSU tight ends/F-backs have each week become more involved the passing game for the Tigers as they have combined to catch 37 passes for 366 yards and six touchdowns.
• Junior Foster Moreau leads the way with 20 catches for 214 yards and three scores, including a career-best 60-yard TD reception against Ole Miss. Foster leads the Tigers in TD receptions (3) and he’s third on the team in receptions (20) and receiving yards (214).
• Senior John David Moore has caught eight passes for 69 yards and a TD, while freshman Tory Carter has six catches for 61 yards and a score. Jamal Pettigrew caught one pass for 18 yards, Jacory Washington one catch for six yards and David Ducre one reception for a 2-yard loss.
Guice, Etling Only LSU Tandem with Multiple 200-Yard Passing/Rushing In Same Game
• Derrius Guice rushed for 276 yards and Danny Etling threw for 200 yards against Ole Miss to become the first tandem in school history to have multiple 200-yards rushing/passing games in school history.
• Guice and Etling have combined to do it twice – the first time was actually a 300-yard passing/200-yard rushing effort against Texas A&M in 2016. The duo once again did it against the Aggies in 2017.
• Here’s a look at LSU’s all-time list of games where the quarterback passed for 200 yards and a running back gained at least 200 yards on the ground:
Year Quarterback (Yards) Running Back (Yards) Opponent Results
2017 Danny Etling (200) Derrius Guice (276) at Ole Miss W, 40-24
2016 Danny Etling (324) Derrius Guice (285) at Texas A&M W, 54-39
2016 Danny Etling (204) Leonard Fournette (284) Ole Miss W, 38-21
2015 Brandon Harris (261) Leonard Fournette (212) vs. Texas Tech W, 56-27
1998 Herb Tyler (214) Kevin Faulk (201) Alabama L, 22-16
Guice and Williams Only Pair To Rush For 100+ Yards in Same Game Three Times vs. SEC Foes
• RBs Derrius Guice and Darrel Williams have rushed for 100+ yards in the same game three times in their career, all three coming against SEC foes.
• Guice and Williams did it twice this year, most recently against Texas A&M in the season finale when Guice had 127 yards and Williams 106 yards.
• Guice (276 yards) and Williams (103) yards also did it in this year against Ole Miss.
• The same-game 100+ yard rushing performance has been done 31 times in LSU history, however Guice and Williams are the only ones to do it three times against SEC teams.
• Last year, the duo accomplished the feat for the first time against Missouri (Guice 163 yards, Williams 130 yards).
• The following is a look at LSU’s all-time list of rushing tandems that have accounted for 100+ yards in the same game twice in a career:
Year Running Back Duo (Yards) Opponent Results
2017 Derrius Guice (127), Darrel Williams (106) vs. Texas A&M W, 45-21
2017 Derrius Guice (276), Darrel Williams (103) at Ole Miss W, 40-24
2016 Derrius Guice (163), Darrel Williams (130) Missouri W, 42-7
2013 Jeremy Hill (143), Terrence Magee (108) Furman W, 48-16
2013 Jeremy Hill (117), Terrence Magee (108) Kent State W, 45-13
1997 Kevin Faulk (212), Rondell Mealey (131) at Kentucky W, 63-28
1996 Kevin Faulk (246), Rondell Mealey (161) Houston W, 35-34
1984 Dalton Hilliard (166), Garry James (122) Wichita State W, 47-7
1982 Dalton Hilliard (183), Garry James (116) Florida State W, 55-21
1982 Dalton Hilliard (133), Garry James (128) Oregon State W, 45-7
Williams Becomes First Player with 100+ Rushing/Receiving Yards
• RB Darrel Williams became the first player in LSU history to finish with 100+ rushing and receiving yards. Williams totaled 103 yards on the ground and 105 yards receiving against Ole Miss.
• Williams is the 19th FBS player in the last five years to go for over 100 yards in both categories and the first in the Southeastern Conference since at least 2013.
Guice Becomes First Player in SEC History with Three 250-Yard Rushing Games
• With a 276-yard performance against Ole Miss, RB Derrius Guice became the first player in Southeastern Conference history to have three 250-yard rushing games.
• Last season, Guice totaled 250-yard rushing games against Arkansas and at Texas A&M. He became the third player in the league's history to rush for multiple 250-yard rushing games, joining Moe Williams of Kentucky, Bo Jackson of Auburn and Herschel Walker of Georgia.
• Guice is one of seven players in the nation to own three or more 250-yard rushing games for their career.
White, Williams Named MVPs at Team Banquet
• Senior RB Darrel Williams and sophomore LB Devin White were named the team's Most Valuable Players at the annual team banquet.
• WR DJ CHark and RB Derrius Guice were given the Percy E. Roberts Outstanding Offensive Player Award.
• White and CB Greedy Williams were given the Percy E. Roberts Outstanding Defensive Player Award.
• Six players were named permanent team captains: C Will Clapp, Chark, White, DE Christian LaCouture, DE Rashard Lawrence
True Freshmen Continue to Play Big Roles at LSU
• So far this season, 20 true freshmen have played for the Tigers, which is tied for the most in the nation.
• Against BYU, 17 true freshmen saw action for the most by an LSU team in a season opener since at least 1995.
• LSU tied Georgia and Miami for the most true freshmen to play in a season opener in the nation. The following is a list of teams that played double-digit true freshmen in its season opener: LSU (17), Georgia (17), Miami (17), Arizona (12), Illinois (12), Baylor (11), USC (11), Colorado State (10), Duke (10), Florida (10, Michigan (10) and Virginia (10).
• The following is a list of true freshmen who have played this season: QB Myles Brennan, TE/F Tory Carter, LB K’Lavon Chaisson, RG Saahdiq Charles, OG Austin Deculus, FS Grant Delpit, RB Clyde Edwards-Helaire, DE Neil Farrell Jr., S Todd Harris Jr., OG Ed Ingram, WR Justin Jefferson, CB Jontre Kirklin, WR Racey McMath, WR Mannie Netherly, LB Jacob Phillips, LB Patrick Queen, WR JaCoby Stevens, LB Tyler Taylor, DE Justin Thomas, CB Kary Vincent Jr.
Twenty-Two First-Time Starters in 2017
• Twenty-two Tigers have earned starts for the first time so far this season: DE Ed Alexander, RB Nick Brossette, OG Garrett Brumfield, TE/F Tory Carter, RG Saahdiq Charles, LB K'Lavon Chaisson, WR Drake Davis, S Grant Delpit, WR Derrick Dillon, OL Ed Ingram, DE Rashard Lawrence, DE Glen Logan, OL Adrian Magee, S Eric Monroe, TE Jamal Pettigrew, WR JaCoby Stevens, WR Stephen Sullivan, LB Tyler Taylor, LB Ray Thornton, Nickel Kary Vincent Jr., CB Greedy Williams and LB Devin White.
• LSU's nine true freshmen starters in 2017 are the most since at least 2005
• The four true freshmen (Charles, Chaisson, Taylor and Delpit) who started the season opener matched the total number between 2000-16.
• The four true freshmen starters were the most in the nation to start the 2017 season: 4 LSU (1 offense, 3 defense), 3 Arizona (0 offense, 3 defense), 3 Baylor (1 offense, 2 defense), 3 Illinois (0 offense, 3 defense).
• With Charles' start against BYU, he became the first true freshman to start a season opener on the offensive line since at least World War II.
• The following have started a season opener since 2000: 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)
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)
Chark Joins Kevin Faulk As Only Players In LSU History With 75+-Yard Touchdowns Three Ways
• WR DJ Chark finished with 233 all-purpose yards to lead LSU to a top-10 win over Auburn. Chark finished with a career-high 150 yards on five receptions. Three of Chark's receptions converted first down for the Tigers.
• With LSU down 23-14 on the second play of the fourth quarter, Chark took Aidan Marshall's punt to the house on a 75-yard return to spark LSU's comeback win. Chark became the first LSU player since Odell Beckham Jr. (2012) to return two punts for a touchdown in a single season.
• Chark joins former Tiger All-American Kevin Faulk as the only players in LSU history to score on plays of 75 yards or longer three different ways. Chark has done it rushing, receiving and on a punt return, while Faulk did it rushing, and on both kickoff and punt returns.
• Chark is the only player in school history to score on a rush and reception of 75 yards or more.
• The following is a look at the 75-yards or longer scoring plays that link the players in LSU football history:
Scoring Play Opponent (Year)
79-yard rush Texas Tech (2015 Texas Bowl)
80-yard reception from Danny Etling Southern Miss (2016)
75-yard punt return Auburn (2017)
81-yard rush Idaho (1998)
80-yard rush Houston (1996)
88-yard kickoff return at Notre Dame (1998)
78-yard punt return Houston (1996)
Louisiana's Own Takes the Field as Head Coach of the Tigers
• Coach Orgeron became the first Louisiana native to take the field as the head coach of the Tigers in a season-opener since 1983 when West Monroe native Jerry Stovall coached the Tigers. Stovall and the Tigers lost to Florida State, 40-35, to open the 1983 season.
• Prior to Stovall, the last time LSU was coached by a Louisiana native came from 1948-54 when Homer native Gaynell Tinsley was coach of the Tigers.
• Orgeron, Stovall and Tinsley are the only Louisiana natives to serve as head coach of the Tigers in the SEC era.
#NFLSU - 50 Tigers Lead Nation with Most Players on NFL Rosters
• LSU can lay claim as #NFLU with 50 players on NFL opening day rosters for 2017.
• The Tigers are the only team in the nation to reach the 50-player mark.
• Below is a list of the schools with the most players on NFL Rosters:
1. LSU 50
T2. USC 45
T2. Florida 45
T4. Miami 44
T4. Alabama 44
LSU Set Fifth-Longest Non-Conference Home Winning Streak Of All-Time
• With 49 consecutive wins over non-conference opponents at home in Tiger Stadium from 2001-2017, the LSU football team laid claim to the fifth-longest non-conference home winning streak of all-time and the longest in the modern era.
• LSU's streak came to an end following a 24-21 loss to Troy.
Team Years Non-Conference Home Win Streak
1. Harvard 1890-1895 55
2. Carlisle 1901-1915 54
3. Yale 1886-1895 50
4. Wisconsin 1897-1909 50
5. LSU 2001-2017 49
LSU Had a 100-Yard Rusher In 12 Straight Non-Conference Games
• LSU's streak of 12 consecutive non-conference games with a 100-yard rusher came to an end against Syracuse after RB Darrel Williams fell eight yards short of the century mark. LSU was 10-2 in those games with the setbacks coming in last year’s season-opener against Wisconsin at Lambeau Field and the 2014 Music City Bowl against Notre Dame.
• The last time LSU failed to have a 100-yard rusher in a non-SEC game, prior to the game against Syracuse, came in a 52-0 win over Louisiana-Monroe on September 13, 2014.
Weather Impacted Games for LSU Football
• LSU played a weather-impacted game for the fourth time in three years against BYU. Following the devastating rain from Hurricane Harvey in Houston, the season opener was moved to New Orleans and the Mercedes Benz Superdome.
• Last year, LSU's game against Florida was relocated to Baton Rouge and moved to Nov. 19 following Hurricane Matthew. In 2015, LSU's home opener against McNeese State was canceled due to a nearly four-hour lightning delay. Then, in week five, horrific flooding in the state of South Caroline forced LSU to host the Gamecocks in Tiger Stadium.
•The following is a look at some other notable weather-impacted LSU games through the years:
Date Game Impact Weather Issue
Dec. 5, 1964 Florida Moved from Oct. 3 to Dec. 5 Hurricane Hilda
Sept. 10, 2005 Arizona State Moved from Baton Rouge to Tempe, Ariz. Hurricane Katrina
Sept. 26, 2005 Tennessee Moved from Saturday to Monday Hurricane Rita
Oct. 29, 2005 North Texas Moved from Sept. 3 Hurricane Katrina
Aug. 30, 2008 Appalachian State Moved from 4 p.m. to 10 a.m. CT Hurricane Gustav
Nov. 15, 2008 Troy Moved from Sept. 6 (common open date) Hurricane Gustav
Sept. 5, 2015 McNeese Canceled due to nearly 4-hour lightning delay Lightning
Oct. 10, 2015 South Carolina Moved from Columbia, S.C. to Baton Rouge Flooding
Nov. 19, 2016 Florida Moved from Gainesville to Baton Rouge Hurricane Matthew
Sept. 2, 2017 BYU Moved from Houston to New Orleans Hurricane Harvey
Neutral Site Season Openers
• Since 2010, LSU has played six of eight season openers at a neutral site and the Tigers own a 5-1 record in those games.
Year Opponent Score Top Moment
2010 #18 North Carolina (Atlanta, Ga.) W, 30-24 Russell Shepard 50-yd TD Run
2011 #3 Oregon (Arlington, Texas) W, 40-27 Tyrann Mathieu Strip and TD
2013 #20 TCU (Arlington, Texas) W, 37-27 Odell Beckham Jr. 75-yd KO Return
2014 #14 Wisconsin (Houston, Texas) W, 28-24 Overcame a 21-point defect
2016 Wisconsin (Green Bay, Wisc.) L, 16-14
2017 BYU (New Orleans, La.) W, 27-0 Defense allowed -5 rushing yards
Corey Thompson Is the Elder Statesman on Tiger Defense
• Graduate student Corey Thompson enters his sixth season with the Tigers in 2017 after getting an additional year of eligibility from the NCAA due to missing 2014 and 2016 with injuries.
• Thompson played as a true freshman in 2012, appearing in 13 games and recording 11 tackles. That year, Thompson played alongside nine defensive players who are currently in the NFL.
• This season, Thompson will play alongside some LSU true freshmen who were in eighth grade when Thompson saw his first action as an LSU Tiger in 2012.
• Thompson graduated from LSU in December of 2015 with a degree in sports administration. At the time of Thompson’s college graduation, members of LSU’s 2017 freshman class were only sophomores in high school.
LSU Graduate List Up to 12 For Bowl Game
• when the Tigers take the field against Notre Dame, 12 players will do so having already received their college diploma.
•LSU recently had six players graduation following the fall semester.
•The following is a list of the LSU graduates currently on the LSU roster:
Name Major Graduation Date Games Played
Will Clapp Sport Administration Winter 2017 35
Micah Dickens Sport Administration Winter 2017 -
Danny Etling Mass Communication Spring 2017 23
Reshaud Henry Sport Administration Winter 2017 8
Frank Herron Interdisciplinary Studies Summer 2017 32
Christian LaCouture Sport Administration Summer 2016 49
Caleb Lewis Kinesiology Winter 2017 1
K.J. Malone Interdisciplinary Studies Spring 2017 37
MJ Patterson Interdisciplinary Studies Winter 2017 3
Jonathan Rucker Interdisciplinary Studies Spring 2017 29
Corey Thompson Sport Administration Winter 2015 45
Devin Voorhies Sports Administration Winter 2017 41
Orgeron Begins New Tradition with Two No. 18s
• Senior defensive lineman Christian LaCouture was awarded the prestigious No. 18 during the spring after electing to return to Baton Rouge for a fifth season.
• LaCouture began a new tradition of two No. 18s as senior John David Moore was selected to wear the number on the offensive side. It marked the first time since the tradition began in 2003 that two players have worn the number.
• The prestigious No. 18 began 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.
• 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
Guice Breaks Single-Game Rushing Mark, Becomes First LSU Player With Two 250-Plus Yard Rushing Games in Same Season
• In the 2016 regular season finale against Texas A&M, running back Derrius Guice broke Leonard Fournette’s LSU single-game rushing record by a yard with 285 and four touchdowns in LSU’s 54-39 win over the Aggies.
• Guice carried the ball 37 times in the victory and out-rushed the entire Texas A&M unit by himself as he became the first LSU player in program history to have two games of 250 yards or more when coupled with his 252 against Arkansas just two weeks prior.
• In SEC history, he is only the fourth player ever to do so joining the likes of Herschel Walker, Bo Jackson and Moe Williams.
LSU is DBU
• With two first team All-America defensive backs in 2016, LSU can easily back up its claim as being “DBU”. With the addition of Tre’Davious White and Jamal Adams, LSU has now produced 10 first team All-American defensive backs since 2003.
• Overall, LSU claims 14 first team All-America defensive backs, including three-time selection Tommy Casanova (1969, 1970, 1971) and two-time pick Corey Webster (2003, 2004).
• In terms of the NFL, since 2007 LSU has had more defensive backs selected in the NFL Draft (17) than any other team in the nation. Of LSU’s 17 NFL Draft picks since 2007, six have been first round picks and five came in either the second or third round.
LSU Welcomes Mike VII in 2017
• LSU introduced the former Harvey as Mike VII on the first day of the fall semester, August 21, after a 10-month search for a new tiger.
• Mike VII is a Siberian-Bengal male tiger and was donated to LSU from a sanctuary in Okeechobee, Florida, called “Wild at Heart Wildlife Center.”
• Mikes IV, V and VI were also donated to LSU from rescue facilities. LSU has not purchased a tiger since Mike III in 1958, and LSU does not support the for-profit breeding of tigers.
• Here’s a look at notable moments during the reign of each of the previous Mike’s in LSU history:
Mascot Years Notable Moments (Football Record)
Mike I 1936-56 Purchased for $750, was the longest living mascot at 20 years (115-83-14)
Mike II 1956-58 The shortest reign with two tigers being used those seasons (8-12)
Mike III 1958-76 First football national title and three SEC titles during reign, (142-50-7)
Mike IV 1976-90 Two SEC championships (141-63-6 )
Mike V 1990-2007 Football national title, five baseball national championships(120-72-1)
Mike VI 2007-2016 Football national title, baseball national title (92-30)
Mike VII 2017-present (8-3)
Non-Conference Regular Season Success since 2000
• LSU leads the Southeastern Conference in wins against non-conference opponents during the regular season since 2000.
• LSU has won 62 of 66 games and owns a .939 winning percentage.
School Games Wins Losses Streak
LSU 66 62 4 L1
Arkansas 69 59 10 W2
Georgia 68 60 8 W4
Alabama 68 57 11 W37
Tennessee 68 56 12 W10
Auburn 68 56 12 W2
South Carolina 68 55 13 L1
Ole Miss 68 51 17 L1
Kentucky 68 50 18 L1
Florida 66 50 16 L1
Mississippi State 68 49 19 W5
Vanderbilt 68 44 24 W6
Missouri 23 18 5 W1
Texas A&M 24 23 1 W2
LSU: One of Conference’s Elite Teams Over Last 10 Seasons
• Over the last 10 seasons, LSU has been one of the Southeastern Conference’s top teams with 107 wins. The program is just one of three teams with bowl appearances in all 10 seasons.
SEC National AP
School Record Bowls Champ Champ. Top 25
Alabama 125-20 10 5 4 9
LSU 107-35 10 2 1 7
Georgia 104-40 10 0 0 5
Florida 95-46 9 1 1 5
Auburn 92-51 8 2 1 4
Missouri 91-51 7 0 0 5
South Carolina 85-55 8 0 0 4
Texas A&M 84-56 9 0 0 3
Mississippi State 80-59 8 0 0 2
Arkansas 74-64 7 0 0 2
Tennessee 72-66 6 0 0 2
Ole Miss 72-65 6 0 0 4
Kentucky 60-76 5 0 0 0
Vanderbilt 58-78 5 0 0 2
LSU Is 73-0 When Rushing For 100 Yards and Holding Opponents To Less Than 100 Yards
• In the last 164 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 124-19 when that happens.
• Hold the opponent to fewer than 100 yards and the Tigers are 74-5.
• 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 73-0.
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 3-3 5-0 5-0
2017 9-3 - 4-3 5-0 5-0
Totals 124-19 5-20 55-32 74-5 73-0