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LSU Closes Out Regular Season Against Texas A&M On Thanksgiving Night
LSU closes out the regular season on Thursday when the Tigers travel to College Station, Texas to face Texas A&M. Kickoff for LSU’s first Thanksgiving Day contest since 1983 is scheduled for 6:32 p.m. The game will be televised on ESPN with Rece Davis (pxp), Jesse Palmer (analyst), David Pollack (analyst) and Samantha Ponder (sideline reporter) on the call. The Texas A&M contest will be the first Thanksgiving Day game for LSU since Nov. 24, 1983 when the Tigers beat Tulane, 20-7, in the Louisiana Superdome. LSU goes into this game with a 7-4 overall mark and a 3-4 league record. LSU is coming off a 17-0 setback at Arkansas in its last outing on Nov. 15. Texas A&M is also 7-4 overall and 3-4 in SEC play following a 34-27 loss to Missouri. Both teams had open dates last Saturday. LSU has won three straight against the Aggies, which includes wins in 2012 (24-19 at College Station) and 2013 (34-10 in Tiger Stadium). LSU also beat Texas A&M 41-24 in the 2011 Cotton Bowl. In 10 years under Les Miles, the Tigers are 25-2 in games following a loss. LSU has lost back-to-back games just twice under Miles (November 2008, November 2014), and the Tigers have never had a three-game losing streak under Miles. LSU is a win away from extending the nation’s longest streak of seasons with at least 8 victories to 15 straight. LSU has won at least 8 games every year since 2000. LSU goes into the Texas A&M game with one of the top defenses in the SEC as the Tigers lead the league in pass defense (164.0 ypg) and rank No. 3 in scoring defense (16.4 ppg) and No. 4 in total defense (312.9 ypg). Since giving up 41 points and 566 total yards against Auburn on Oct. 4, LSU’s defense is allowing only 283 yards and 14.8 points per game over its last five contests. LB Kwon Alexander leads the Tigers defense with 72 tackles to go with 7.0 tackles for loss and a sack. S Ronald Martin follows with 63 tackles and a pair of interceptions, while DE Danielle Hunter has 63 tackles, 12.0 tackles for loss and 1.5 sacks. Offensively, LSU is averaging 28.0 points and 373.6 total yards (204.5 rushing, 169.1 passing) per game. RB Leonard Fournette leads the Tigers with 745 yards and 7 TDs, while Terrence Magee has 471 yards and three scores. QB Anthony Jennings has thrown for 1,353 yards and 9 TDs with his top target being sophomore Travin Dural (35 rec., 747 yards, 7 TDs).
LSU is 25-2 following a loss under head coach Les Miles. The Tigers have lost back-to-back games only twice under Miles (2008 vs. Ole Miss and Arkansas, 2014 vs. Alabama and Arkansas). LSU hasn’t lost three games in a row since the 1999 season.
LSU’s defense has given up 6 touchdowns in regulation over the last five games. Of the six TDs allowed, just two have come on drives of 75 yards or more.
In 61 possessions by the opponent since the start of Florida game, LSU’s defense has prevented points on 48 of the 61. Of the 61 drives, 34 ended in punts, 5 on turnovers, 4 on downs, 4 at end of half, and one on a missed field goal. The other 13 resulted in 7 touchdowns and 6 field goals.
LSU is 6-3 in regular-season finales under Les Miles with all nine of those games coming against Arkansas. This is the first year that LSU and Arkansas aren’t scheduled to play the regular-season finale since 1991 – the year prior to the Razorbacks joining the SEC.
LSU is a victory away from securing its 15th-straight 8-win season. It’s the longest active streak in college football and the longest such streak in school history.
LSU QB Anthony Jennings is 8-3 as a starter. Jennings was 1-0 as a true freshman in 2013, and he’s 7-3 this year. Jennings has also directed LSU to four fourth-quarter comebacks during his brief career at LSU.
LSU is 45-4 under Les Miles when having a running back rush for 100 yards in a game. Leonard Fournette was latest to do it with 113 yards in 10-7 win over Ole Miss. LSU has won 13 straight games (5 in 2014) when a running back reaches 100 yards in a game.
With the win over Ole Miss , LSU has won 24 games in which it trailed in the fourth quarter under Les Miles. LSU is 24-24 under Miles when trailing in the fourth quarter. Of the 24 wins, 16 have come against Top 25 teams.
True freshmen have scored 18 of LSU’s 37 offensive touchdowns. And, true freshmen have accounted for 24 of LSU’s 37 offensive TDs. QB Brandon Harris has accounted for 9 TDs (3 rushing, 6 passing), while RB Leonard Fournette has 7, WR Malachi Dupre 5, and RB Darrel Williams 3.
Date/Time: Thursday, November 27 at 6:32 p.m. CT
Location: College Station, Texas – Kyle Field (106,000)
Radio: LSU Sports Radio Network - 98.1 FM in Baton Rouge
Sirius Satellite Radio - ch. 102; XM Radio – ch. 190
Series Record: LSU leads 29-20-3
LSU and Texas A&M meet for the 53rd time with the Tigers holding a 29-20-3 advantage in the series … LSU is 2-0 against the Aggies since Texas A&M joined the SEC in 2012 … Last year, LSU beat Texas A&M, 34-10, in Tiger Stadium in what was the first meeting between the teams in Baton Rouge since 1994 … In first contest as SEC foes, LSU defeated the Aggies, 24-19, in College Station in 2012 … Teams also met in the 2011 Cotton Bowl in Arlington, Texas with LSU posting a 41-24 victory … Teams will meet in regular-season finale for the first time this year … Game will also be played on Thanksgiving Night, the first time LSU has played on Thanksgiving since a 20-7 win over Tulane in the Superdome in 1983 … LSU and Texas A&M met on Thanksgiving in 1913, tying 7-7 in a game played in Houston … The teams played 10 straight years from 1986-95 before the series was discontinued … Teams also played for 16 straight years from 1960-75 with all 16 of those games taking place in Tiger Stadium in Baton Rouge … The teams have met at least once in every decade since 1899 with the exception of the 1930s and 2000-09 … LSU’s 2011 Cotton Bowl win snapped a 5-game losing streak to the Aggies … Prior to that victory, LSU’s last win over A&M came in 1990 in Tiger Stadium by a 17-8 count … LSU is 2-6-1 against Texas A&M at Kyle Field with the wins coming in 1987 (17-3) and 2012 (24-19) … LSU is 23-10-1 vs. Texas A&M in Baton Rouge, which includes a 22-8-1 mark in Tiger Stadium … LSU coach Les Miles is 5-2 vs. Texas A&M with four of those games coming as head coach at Oklahoma State … Miles is 3-0 vs. A&M as LSU’s head coach.
More Interesting Notes on the LSU-Texas A&M Series
Dana Bible coached the Tigers for the final three games in 1916, going 1-0-2 before taking over as the head coach at Texas A&M in 1917. In Bible’s first meeting with the Tigers in 1917, he led the Aggies to a 27-0 win over LSU.
When LSU played Texas A&M in the 1944 Orange Bowl, the team went to Miami by train and automobiles. The team returned to Baton Rouge in 18 used cars and most of them ran out of fuel stamps before making it back to campus.
Former Tiger Jerry Stovall made his collegiate debut against Texas A&M, a 9-0 win in 1960. Stovall rushed for 22 yards, punted 11 times for a 40.9 average, returned a punt six yards and a kickoff 16 yards and made a huge stop on what appeared to be an Aggie touchdown on a punt return. LSU coach Paul Dietzel said of Stovall, “his debut was as impressive as any I’ve ever seen by a sophomore.”
Former Tiger Doug Moreau kicked the game-winning 34-yard field goal in a 9-6 win over Texas A&M to open the 1964 season. Moreau also caught six passes for 101 yards as LSU debuted its new offense – a flanker-type attack – against the Aggies.
LSU snapped Texas A&M’s 7-game winning streak, the longest in the nation at the time, with a 13-12 victory to open the 1968 season. With a 5-8, 160-pound quarterback named Fred Haynes starting for the first time of his career, the Tigers upset the 13th-ranked Aggies in Tiger Stadium.
Texas A&M scored the go-ahead TD with 19 seconds left to beat the Tigers, 20-18, to open the 1970 season. It was the first time that LSU started 0-1 under Charles McClendon. LSU re-grouped and went on to post a 9-3 overall mark and claim the SEC title with a 5-0 league record.
The Tommy Hodson era at LSU opened with a 35-17 win over Texas A&M in Tiger Stadium in 1986 in what was the first meeting between the teams since 1975. Hodson was named SEC Offensive Player of the Week after throwing for 193 yards and a score in the LSU upset of the No. 7-ranked Aggies.
34-year old Mike Archer’s head coaching debut came in 1987 against Texas A&M as the Tigers posted a 17-3 win over the 15th-ranked Aggies in College Station. LSU went on to go 10-1-1 and finish the year ranked No. 5 in the nation.
In a 1988 LSU win over Texas A&M a bank of lights went out in Tiger Stadium during a goal line stand by the Tigers.
LSU’s A&M Ties
LSU tight end coach Steve Ensminger served as the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Texas A&M from 1994-96 … The Aggies were 25-9-1 during Ensminger’s three years in College Station, which included a 10-0-1 mark in 1994 and a 9-3 record in 1995 … LSU special assistant to the head coach/chief of staff Steve Kragthorpe coached at Texas A&M for four years from 1997-2000, helping the Aggies to the Big 12 title in 1998 ... LSU offensive line coach Jeff Grimes served as a graduate assistant coach with the Aggies in 1996-97 and earned his master’s degree at A&M ... LSU junior safety Corey Thompson’s father, Tony Thompson, played wide receiver at Texas A&M in the late 1980s.
LSU Is 25-2 Under Les Miles Following a Loss
LSU is 25-2 since 2005 under Les Miles following a loss. Twice this season LSU has been victorious the following week after losing. The only times LSU has lost back-to-back games under Miles came in 2008 when the Tigers dropped November games to Ole Miss and Arkansas and this November with losses to Alabama and Arkansas. LSU has never lost consecutive games in Tiger Stadium under Miles, nor has LSU lost three straight games under Miles.
Les Miles vs. The SEC
LSU coach Les Miles is 57-26 against SEC teams (all games) since taking over for the Tigers in 2005. The 57 wins include two victories in the SEC Championship Game, while two of the 25 losses include a defeat to Georgia in the 2005 SEC title game and the loss to Alabama in the 2012 BCS National Championship game. In games that count toward the SEC standings, Miles is 55-24. LSU is 31-9 under Miles in SEC home games and 24-15 in SEC road games.
LSU Is 6-4 Under Les Miles Following Scheduled Open Date
LSU goes into the Texas A&M game with a 6-4 record under Les Miles following a scheduled open date. LSU lost its open date in 2005 and one of its two open dates in 2008 due to Hurricanes that disrupted the schedule both years. The following is a look at how LSU has fared in the game following a scheduled open date under Miles:
Year Open Date Game After Open Date Results
2005 Sept. 17 (lost due to Hurricane Katrina and Rita)
2006 Oct. 28 at Tennessee W, 28-24
2007 Oct. 27 at Alabama W, 41-34
2008 Oct. 4 at Florida L, 51-21
2008 Nov. 15 (lost due to Hurricane Gustav)
2009 Oct. 17 Auburn W, 31-10
2010 Oct. 30 Alabama W, 24-21
2011 Oct. 29 at Alabama W, 9-6 (OT)
2012 Oct. 27 Alabama L, 21-17
2013 Nov. 2 at Alabama L, 38-17
2013 Nov. 16 Texas A&M W, 34-10
2014 Nov. 1 Alabama L, 20-13 (OT)
LSU Looks to Continue Nation-leading Streak of 14 Straight Seasons of 8 Wins or More
Entering the 2014 season LSU has won at least eight games for a school-record 14 consecutive years. The 14 years with at least eight wins ties with Boise State as the longest current streak in college football, and the Tigers can make it 15 straight seasons with a victory against Texas A&M. LSU’s streak of season with at least eight wins dates back to 2000 when first-year coach Nick Saban led the Tigers to an 8-4 record, which was capped with a 28-14 victory over Georgia Tech in the Peach Bowl. LSU has won at least eight games in nine seasons under Les Miles, and the Tigers have finished with 10 wins or more in seven of nine seasons.
LSU Set to Play on Thanksgiving for the 26th Time in Program History
Thursday’s game at Texas A&M will mark the 26th time in LSU history that the Tigers will play a game on Thanksgiving Day. LSU holds a 10-10-5 record in those games. The last time the Tigers played on Thanksgiving was Nov. 24, 1983 when LSU beat Tulane, 20-7, in the Louisiana Superdome. LSU has played Texas A&M once on Thanksgiving in a 7-7 tie on Nov. 27, 1913 in Houston. Here is a list of LSU’s all-time games on Thanksgiving Day:
Date Location Opponent Result
11/24/1983 New Orleans, La. Tulane W, 20-7
11/22/1973 Baton Rouge, La. Alabama L, 21-7
11/26/1942 Baton Rouge, La. Tulane W, 18-6
11/27/1930 New Orleans, La. Tulane L, 12-7
11/28/1929 Baton Rouge, La. Tulane L, 21-0
11/29/1928 New Orleans, La. Tulane T, 0-0
11/24/1927 Baton Rouge, La. Tulane L, 13-6
11/25/1926 New Orleans, La. Tulane W, 7-0
11/27/1924 Baton Rouge, La. Tulane L, 13-0 (First game in Tiger Stadium)
11/30/1922 Baton Rouge, La. Tulane W, 25-14
11/25/1920 Baton Rouge, La. Tulane L, 21-0
11/29/1917 Baton Rouge, La. Tulane L, 28-6
11/30/1916 New Orleans, La. Tulane T, 14-14
11/25/1915 Baton Rouge, La. Tulane W, 12-0
11/26/1914 New Orleans, La. Tulane T, 0-0
11/27/1913 Houston, Texas Texas A&M T, 7-7
11/28/1912 New Orleans, La. Tulane W, 21-3
11/30/1911 Little Rock, Ark. Arkansas L, 11-0
11/24/1910 Little Rock, Ark. Arkansas L, 51-0
11/25/1909 Birmingham, Ala. Alabama W, 12-6
11/26/1908 Little Rock, Ark. Arkansas W, 36-4
11/29/1906 Baton Rouge, La. Arkansas T, 6-6
11/27/1902 Starkville, Miss. Mississippi State (then Mississippi A&M) W, 6-0
11/28/1901 Baton Rouge, La. YMCA-N.O. W, 38-0
11/30/1899 Austin, Texas Texas L, 29-0
LSU is 23-12-5 All-Time in Games Played on a Thursday
It will be the 41st time LSU has played a game on a Thursday when the Tigers take on Texas A&M on Thanksgiving Day. LSU is 23-12-5 (.638) all-time in Thursday games. The last time LSU played on a Thursday was Sept. 15, 2011 when the Tigers traveled to Starkville, Miss., and beat Mississippi State 19-6. LSU’s first Thursday game was Nov. 30, 1899 when the Tigers fell, 29-0, at Texas. LSU has won the last three Thursday games as the Tigers beat Mississippi State in 2011, beat Mississippi State in the 2007 season opener on Aug. 30, 45-0, and beat South Carolina in the 1987 Gator Bowl on Dec. 31, 30-13.
LSU Bowl Eligible for Record 15th Straight Season
By picking up its sixth win of the season against Kentucky in week eight, LSU is now bowl eligible for a school-record 15th straight year. LSU has played in a bowl game every season dating back to 2000. The 15-year bowl eligible streak trails only Georgia (18) in the SEC. Florida State leads the nation with 33 consecutive bowl appearances.
Youth Movement: True Freshmen Have Scored 18 of 37 Offensive Touchdowns
Through 11 games this season LSU’s underclassmen on offense have led the Tigers in scoring. True freshmen have scored 18 of the team’s 37 offensive touchdowns led by RB Leonard Fournette (7 rushing TDs), WR Malachi Dupre (5 receiving TDs), QB Brandon Harris (3 rushing) and RB Darrel Williams (3 rushing). Even more impressive is that 26 of LSU’s 37 offensive touchdowns have been scored by freshmen or sophomores with So. WR Travin Dural hauling in 7 TD receptions and redshirt freshman WR John Diarse with 1 TD reception.
The most touchdowns scored by true freshmen in a season at LSU is 26 in 1982 when RB Dalton Hilliard scored 16, RB Garry James posted 9 and QB Jeff Wickersham had 1.
Miles Third Quickest To Reach 100 Wins in SEC History
There have been 18 coaches to win 100 games at an SEC institution in the history of the league. LSU coach Les Miles was the latest to join that list, winning No. 100 on Oct. 11 against Florida in Gainesville. Miles needed just 126 games to reach 100 wins, making him the third-fastest coach in SEC history to get to 100 victories. Steve Spurrier was the quickest to 100, needing only 120 games at Florida to do so. Robert Neyland from Tennessee was the second-fastest to 100 wins in SEC history, doing it in 121 contests. The following is a look at the SEC coaches who have won 100 games as a head coach at an SEC institution and the number of games it took them to reach the milestone:
Coach School No. of Games Needed to Reach 100 Wins
Steve Spurrier Florida/South Carolina 120
Robert Neyland Tennessee 121
Les Miles LSU 126
Phil Fulmer Tennessee 128
Nick Saban LSU/Alabama 128
Frank Thomas Alabama 131
Dan McGugin Vanderbilt 132
Johnny Vaught Ole Miss 135
Mark Richt Georgia 136
Mike Donahue Auburn/LSU 140
Bear Bryant Kentucky/Alabama 141
Shug Jordan Auburn 141
Charles McClendon LSU 141
Leonard Fournette Gains Most Rushing Yards in a Game by an LSU True Freshman Since 2003
LSU running back Leonard Fournette had a breakout game at Florida on Oct. 11 to earn SEC Co-Freshman of the Week honors. In his first career start, Fournette rushed for a career-best 140 yards and a pair of touchdowns on 27 carries to help LSU beat Florida, 30-27. His 140 rushing yards were the most by an LSU true freshman since 2003 when Justin Vincent ran for 201 yards in the SEC Championship Game against Georgia. Fournette’s 27 carries were the most by an LSU true freshman since Jeremy Hill had 29 (for 107 yards) versus Alabama on Nov. 3, 2012. Fournette finished with a season-high 225 all-purpose yards against Florida. He earned SEC Freshman of the Week again when he ran for 113 yards against Ole Miss. He ranks sixth in the SEC with an average of 122.0 all-purpose yards per game.
LSU Freshman Rushing Yards In A Season Top 10
Player Year Yards
1. Justin Vincent 2003 1,001
2. Dalton Hilliard 1982 901
3. Kevin Faulk 1995 852
4. Jeremy Hill 2012 755
5. Leonard Fournette 2014 745
6. Garry James 1982 710
7. Harvey Williams 1986 700
8. LaBrandon Toefield (RS) 2000 682
9. Rondell Mealey (RS) 1996 603
10. Kendall Cleveland (RS) 1995 562
Travin Dural: LSU’s Explosive Playmaker
Sophomore wide receiver Travin Dural has shown in the 2014 season that he is one of the most explosive players in the country. Dural has caught 35 passes for 747 yards and seven touchdowns this season for an average of 21.3 yards per reception, a figure that ranks sixth nationally.
Of his 42 career catches, 35 have resulted in either a first down or touchdown, including 28-of-35 catches in 2014.
He currently ranks fifth in the SEC with seven touchdown receptions.
Dural is fourth in the league in receiving yards (747) and sixth in the SEC with 67.9 receiving yards per game.
Dural is tied for first nationally with one reception of 90-plus yards, tied for first with two receptions of 80-plus yards, tied for fourth with two receptions of 70-plus yards and tied for 10th nationally with six receptions of 40-plus yards.
His 94-yard touchdown reception on the first play from scrimmage for LSU against Sam Houston State on Sept. 6 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.
Against Wisconsin, 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.
Colby Delahoussaye Picks Up Where He Left Off; Ranks Fifth Nationally in Career FG Percentage
Placekicker Colby Delahoussaye, a semifinalist for the Lou Groza Award as a redshirt freshman in 2013, continued his outstanding accuracy as a sophomore in the 2014 season. He is 10-of-13 in field goal attempts in 2014, including the game-winning 50-yard attempt at Florida. It is the first game-winning field goal for LSU since Drew Alleman kicked one in overtime against Alabama in the “Game of the Century” in 2011. Delahoussaye currently ranks No. 5 nationally in career field goal percentage at .852 (minimum 15 made among active players according to the NCAA). For his career, he is now 23-of-27 in field goals. Last year as a freshman, Delahoussaye shattered the LSU record for most consecutive field goals to start a career by converting his first nine attempts. The previous record was seven straight by David Browndyke in 1986.
Active Career Field Goal Percentage National Leaders (Minimum 15 Made Field Goals)
1. Roberto Aguayo, So., Florida State: .933 percent (42-of-45)
2. Will Conant, Sr., Air Force: .871 percent (27-of-31)
3. Cameron Van Winkle, So., Washington: .864 percent (19-of-22)
4. Jeremiah Detmer, Sr., Toledo: .853 percent (64-of-75)
5. Colby Delahoussaye, So., LSU: .852 percent (23-of-27)
Delahoussaye Adds Game-Winning Field Goal to Impressive Résumé
Colby Delahoussaye booted a 50-yard field goal to win the game at Florida on Oct. 11. Not only did his field goal with three seconds left on the clock give the Tigers a 30-27 triumph, it was also a career-long kick for the sophomore. Here is a look at LSU’s game-winning field goals since 1941. Note: for this purpose a field goal is classified as a “game winner” if it served as the last points of a game and if it came within the final two minutes of the contest or in overtime:
Date Placekicker Game-winning FG Result
10/11/2014 Colby Delahoussaye 50-yarder with 0:03 left in 4th quarter at Florida W, 30-27
11/5/2011 Drew Alleman 25-yarder in OT at #2 Alabama W, 9-6 OT
11/28/2009 Josh Jasper 36-yarder in OT vs. Arkansas W, 33-30 OT
11/18/2006 Colt David 26-yarder in OT vs. Ole Miss W, 23-20 OT
10/22/2005 Chris Jackson 30-yarder in OT vs. #16 Auburn W, 20-17 OT
9/11/1993 Andre’ Lafleur 26-yarder with 0:10 left in 4th quarter at Mississippi State W, 18-16
11/5/1988 David Browndyke 34-yarder with 0:28 left in 4th quarter at #18 Alabama W, 19-18
9/20/1980 David Johnston 17-yarder with 0:35 left in 4th quarter vs. Colorado W, 23-20
10/25/1941 Bernie Lipkis 22-yarder with 0:04 left in 4th Qtr vs. Florida W, 10-7
Anthony Jennings Orchestrates Three Fourth-Quarter Comebacks in 2014; Has Four In His Career
Sophomore quarterback Anthony Jennings is 8-3 as a starter at LSU, and four of his wins have been the result of a fourth-quarter comeback. In 2013, Jennings led LSU to a comeback victory against Arkansas in the regular season finale. Making only his second career start to open the 2014 season, Jennings calmly led LSU to a 28-24 victory after facing an 11-point fourth-quarter deficit to Wisconsin. He also guided the Tigers to a 30-27 win at The Swamp against Florida, and he most recently drove LSU 95 yards midway through the fourth quarter to give LSU a 10-7 win against Ole Miss. Since 2000, Jennings is the only LSU quarterback to lead the Tigers on two game-winning fourth-quarter drives covering 90 or more yards (99 vs. Arkansas in 2013, 95 vs. Ole Miss in 2014).
Anthony Jennings Among Nation’s Leaders in Game-Winning Drives
Sophomore quarterback Anthony Jennings has engineered four game-winning drives in his young career to rank 11th nationally among current quarterbacks. Below is a list of quarterbacks who lead the nation in game-winning drives:
Rank Name School No. of Game-Winning Drives in Career
1. Pete Thomas Colorado State/NC State/ULM 7
Shane Carden East Carolina 7
3. Quinn Kaheler San Diego State 6
Gary Nova Rutgers 6
Garrett Grayson Colorado State 6
Braxton Miller Ohio State 6
7. Keenan Reynolds Navy 5
Taylor Kelly Arizona State 5
Nick Marshall Auburn 5
Jameis Winston Florida State 5
11. Anthony Jennings LSU 4 (2013: vs. Ark; 2014: vs. Wisc., at UF, vs. OM)
Christian Hackenberg Penn State 4
Bo Wallace Ole Miss 4
Cody Fajardo Nevada 4
Terrence Magee Pulled Off a Rarity Against Kentucky: Led LSU in Rushing AND Receiving Yards
Terrence Magee became only the third LSU player since 1990 to lead the Tigers in both rushing and receiving yards in the same game when he ran for 127 yards and two touchdowns on nine carries and finished with 44 receiving yards on three catches to lead LSU against Kentucky on Oct. 18. The only other players to lead LSU in rushing and receiving yards in the same game were Joseph Addai against Alabama in 2004 and Harvey Williams against Alabama in 1990. Magee added 49 return yards on the opening kickoff against the Wildcats to finish with a career-best 220 all-purpose yards. Magee led the team in receiving again with two catches for 45 yards against Ole Miss.
Player Rush Yds (No.) Rec. Yds (No.) Date Opponent Result
Terrence Magee 127 (9) 44 (3) 10/18/2014 Kentucky W, 41-3
Joseph Addai 99 (12) 46 (3) 11/13/2004 Alabama W, 26-10
Harvey Williams 54 (16) 34 (2) 11/10/1990 at Alabama L, 24-3
Danielle Hunter Records Most Tackles By An LSU D-Lineman In A Game Since 1996
Junior defensive end Danielle Hunter had a career night at Auburn on Oct. 4. Hunter shattered his career high with 12 tackles, including seven solo, with 0.5 tackles for a loss. It was the first time an LSU defensive lineman recorded double-digit tackles in a game since Glenn Dorsey had 11 (3 solo) vs. Ole Miss on Nov. 18, 2006. Hunter’s seven solo tackles are the most by an LSU d-lineman in a game since Marcus Spears had eight at Arkansas on Nov. 26, 2004. Hunter’s 12 total tackles are the most by an LSU defensive lineman since Chuck Wiley had 12 (11 solo) against Tulane on Nov. 23, 1996. The last time an LSU defensive lineman had more than 12 tackles in a game was Wiley when he produced 20 (14 solo) at Kentucky on Oct. 14, 1995. Hunter ranks second on the team with 63 tackles, and he leads LSU and ranks seventh in the SEC with 12.0 tackles for a loss this season. Here is a list of defensive linemen with double-digit tackles under Les Miles (since 2005):
Player Tackles (solo) Opponent Date Result
Danielle Hunter 12 (7) at #5 Auburn Oct. 4, 2014 L, 41-7
Glenn Dorsey 11 (3) Ole Miss Nov. 18, 2006 W, 23-20 OT
Kyle Williams 11 (5) at #4 Alabama Nov. 12, 2005 W, 16-13 OT
Claude Wroten 10 (6) at Mississippi State Oct. 1, 2005 W, 37-7
LSU Defense Has Held Opponents to Six Touchdowns in Regulation in Last Five SEC Games
LSU’s defense has given up six touchdowns in regulation over the last five games. Of the six TDs allowed, just two have come on drives of 75 yards or more. In 61 possessions by opponents since the start of Florida game, LSU’s defense has prevented points on 48 of the 61 possessions. Of the 61 drives, 34 ended in punts, five on turnovers, four on downs, four at end of half, and one on a missed field goal. The other 13 resulted in seven touchdowns and six field goals.
LSU Defensive Rankings and Notes
Through 11 games, LSU has only allowed an average of 164.0 yards per game through the air, a figure that ranks first in the Southeastern Conference and sixth nationally. The Tigers rank first in the SEC and second nationally in pass defense efficiency with a rating of 97.6. Here are some rankings and notes on the defense after 11 games:
LSU ranks fourth in the SEC and 12th nationally in total defense, giving up 312.9 yards per game.
LSU is fourth in the league in fumble recoveries with nine.
LSU is second in the SEC and 13th nationally in third down defense. Opponents have converted only 33.1 percent of third downs (56-of-165).
The Tigers are third in the SEC and fifth nationally in scoring defense at 16.4 points per game.
LSU held Kentucky to three points. It’s the fewest points the Tigers have surrendered to an SEC opponent since Nov. 19, 2011 when LSU beat Ole Miss 52-3.
LSU limited Ole Miss to its fewest passing yards (176), total yards (313) and points (7) of the season.
The Tigers held Arkansas to its lowest total offense of the season with 264 yards.
LSU’s shutouts against Sam Houston St. and ULM give the Tigers 258 all-time (including 8 ties) and 8 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 (Ohio).
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 in a game was Nov. 19, 1994 when LSU had nine vs. Tulane.
In the opener, LSU held Wisconsin to 8-for-24 passing for 50 yards, no touchdowns and two interceptions. It is the first time LSU allowed 50 or fewer passing yards since Nov. 19, 2011 when the Tigers limited Ole Miss to 47 passing yards, and it ranks as the second-fewest total allowed since Sept. 11, 1999 when North Texas only had 10 yards passing.
LSU only allowed 2.1 yards per pass attempt (50 yards on 24 attempts) against the Badgers, and that figure ranks as the lowest allowed during the Les Miles era at LSU and third lowest by the Tigers dating back to 1992.
Here are the three games with the lowest yards per pass attempt allowed since 1992:
Yds/Pass Attempt Avg. Passing Comp.-Att., Yds. Opponent
0.6 3-16, 10 yards vs. North Texas on Sept. 11, 1999
2.0 8-26, 53 yards vs. Louisiana-Lafayette on Oct. 5, 2002
2.1 8-24, 50 yards vs. Wisconsin on Aug. 30, 2014
Shutdown Defense Against ULM: Warhawks’ Longest Play from Scrimmage Was 12 Yards
ULM’s longest play from scrimmage against the LSU defense on Sept. 13 was a pass for a gain of 12 yards. That is the shortest “long pass” play by an LSU opponent since Nov. 27, 1993 when Arkansas’ longest completion was 10 yards. It is also the first time that LSU did not allow a play from scrimmage of more than 12 yards since Nov. 13, 1971 when Mississippi State’s longest play was a 12-yard pass. ULM’s longest rush was a gain of six yards, the “shortest long” rush against LSU since the Tigers held Tulane to a long run of five yards on Nov. 20, 1976.
LSU Records Back-to-Back Shutouts for First Time Since 1985
After beating Sam Houston State 56-0 and ULM 31-0, it marked the first time LSU has shut out opponents in back-to-back games since 1985 when the Tigers defeated Kentucky 10-0 on Oct. 19 and beat Ole Miss 14-0 on Nov. 2. Starting early in the third quarter against Wisconsin, LSU had a scoreless streak that amounted to 147 minutes and 24 seconds of game action, the longest such streak since 1962-63 when LSU held opponents scoreless for 169:00 of action starting at 4:30 in the first quarter against Tulane on Nov. 24, 1962 and lasting until 0:30 left in the fourth quarter against Texas A&M on Sept. 21, 1963. LSU’s scoreless streak this season was the most in the same season since 1962 when the LSU defense held opponents scoreless for 195:24 that spanned the first quarter of the game against Miami on Oct. 13 and lasted through the second quarter of the Ole Miss game on Nov. 3.
LSU’s back-to-back shutouts were the first since...
LSU recorded two straight shutouts at home since 1941 when the Tigers tied Mississippi State 0-0 on Oct. 11 and beat Rice 27-0 on Oct. 18.
LSU had back-to-back shutouts in the same venue since the 1958 season in Tulane Stadium when the Tigers defeated Tulane 62-0 on Nov. 22 and beat Clemson 7-0 in the Sugar Bowl on Jan. 1, 1959.
LSU earned wins in two straight shutouts in Tiger Stadium: Nov. 30, 1940 in a 14-0 win versus Tulane and Sept. 20, 1941 in a 25-0 victory against Louisiana Tech.
LSU posted back-to-back shutout wins at Tiger Stadium in the same season since 1940: Oct. 19 vs. Mercer (40-0) and Oct. 26 vs. Vanderbilt (7-0).
LSU Has 24 Fourth-Quarter Comebacks Under Les Miles
LSU has won 24 games under Les Miles despite trailing in the fourth quarter, including three games this season - the season opener against Wisconsin, at Florida and vs. Ole Miss. Of the 24 wins, 16 have come against Top 25 teams. 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)
2014 at Florida kicked FG w/ 3 sec. left to take lead W, 30-27 Jennings
(LSU trailed 24-20 w/ 6:10 left in 4Q)
2014 Ole Miss scored go ahead TD w/5:07 left in 4Q W, 10-7 Jennings
(LSU trailed 7-3 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. 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 24-24 .500
Texas 18-34 .346
Florida State 19-37 .339
Clemson 17-39 .304
Four Tigers Earn Honors in 2014
LSU freshman QB Brandon Harris, freshman RB Leonard Fournette, junior OG Vadal Alexander and sophomore LB Kendell Beckwith have earned SEC player of the week honors this season. Harris accounted for five total TDs, including three TD passes, against New Mexico State. Fournette ran for 140 yards and two TDs while Alexander recorded 11 knockdown blocks at Florida. Fournette earned freshman honors again when he rushed for 113 yards and tallied 211 total all-purpose yards versus Ole Miss, while Beckwith received defensive player of the week honors for leading LSU with a career-high 11 tackles to limit Ole Miss to a season-low 313 yards and seven points.
2014 LSU Football Honors
Game Player Honor
New Mexico State Brandon Harris SEC Freshman of the Week
Florida Leonard Fournette SEC Freshman of the Week
Florida Vadal Alexander SEC Offensive Lineman of the Week
Ole Miss Leonard Fournette Athlon National Freshman of the Week; SEC Freshman of the Week
Ole Miss Kendell Beckwith SEC Defensive Player of the Week
LSU Has Scored 20 Defensive TDs Since 2005, 14 Under Defensive Coordinator John Chavis
Defensive coordinator John Chavis enters his sixth season at LSU, and the Tigers are annually one of college football’s elite defenses. During his tenure LSU has recorded 14 defensive touchdowns, including two during the 2014 season. LSU is 10-1 under Chavis and 15-2 under Les Miles (dating back to 2005) when recording a defensive TD. The following is a look at LSU’s defensive TDs under Miles and Chavis (since start of 2009 season):
Year Opponent TD Result
2014 New Mexico St. Kendell Beckwith 29-yard interception return LSU def. New Mexico St., 63-7
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
Idaho Lavar Edwards 23-yard interception return
2011 Georgia Morris Claiborne 45-yard interception return LSU def. Georgia, 42-10
2011 Ole Miss Ron Brooks 46-yard interception return LSU def. Ole Miss, 52-3
2011 Ole Miss Kevin Minter 0-yard fumble recovery
2011 Auburn Ron Brooks 28-yard interception return LSU def. Auburn, 45-10
2011 Kentucky Tyrann Mathieu 23-yard fumble return LSU def. Kentucky, 35-7
2010 ULM Ron Brooks 32-yard interception return LSU def. ULM, 51-0
ULM Lavar Edwards 29-yard fumble return
2009 Washington Jacob Cutrera 29-yard interception return LSU def. Washington, 31-23
2009 Miss. State Patrick Peterson 37-yard interception return LSU def. Miss. State, 30-26
Defensive Coordinator John Chavis’ Tenure Began in 2009 ^
2008 Tulane Chris Hawkins 24-yard fumble return LSU def. Tulane, 35-10
2007 vs. Tennessee Jonathan Zenon 18-yard interception return LSU def. Tennessee, 21-14
2006 Arizona Jonathan Zenon 41-yard interception return LSU def. Arizona, 45-3
2006 UL-Lafayette Jonathan Zenon 20-yard interception return LSU def. La.-Lafayette, 45-3
2005 at Vanderbilt Ali Highsmith 22-yard fumble return LSU def. Vanderbilt, 34-6
2005 Tennessee Kenneth Hollis 3-yard interception return LSU lost to Tennessee, 30-27 (OT)
LSU Has Been Ranked in 126 of 130 Games Under Miles
Since Les Miles took over at LSU, the Tigers have been represented in the AP and Amway Coaches’ Poll 152 of the 159 weeks. The exception came during the final three polls of the 2008 season and four weeks this season. In addition, since the start of the 2002 season, LSU has played 161 of 167 games ranked in the top 25, including 126 of 130 games under Miles. LSU has a 98-26 record in games played as a Top 25 team under Miles. The only four 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, this season at Florida and against Kentucky. This year 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 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 streaks for teams appearing in the final AP Top 25:
Consecutive Final AP Poll Appearances
No. Team Last Year Out
7 Oregon 2006
6 Alabama 2007
5 LSU 2008
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 62-9 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 402-146-18 (.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.
LSU’s Comeback Victory Against Wisconsin Ranks Fourth Among the School’s Best Since 1949
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 1949. Here is a list of the top five comeback wins based on largest deficit:
Date Opponent Largest Deficit Final Score
11/15/08 Troy 28 (31-3 with 11:13 in 3rd Quarter) 40-31
10/29/77 vs. Ole Miss (Jackson) 21 (21-0 with 7:00 in 2nd Quarter) 28-21
09/07/96 Houston 20 (34-14 with 5:57 in 3rd Quarter) 35-34
08/30/14 vs. #14 Wisconsin (Houston) 17 (24-7 with 12:24 in 3rd Quarter) 28-24
11/03/79 vs. Ole Miss (Jackson) 17 (17-0 with 10:48 in 2nd Quarter) 28-24
LSU Extends FBS Record for Consecutive Non-Conference Regular Season Wins to 49
LSU increased its Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) record for consecutive non-conference regular season wins to 49 after the Tigers pummeled New Mexico State, 63-7, in Tiger Stadium on Sept. 27. The streak dates back to the 2002 season and now includes eight wins over ranked opponents after beating No. 14 Wisconsin in the 2014 season opener. The Tigers broke the FBS record for consecutive non-conference regular season wins in 2012, surpassing the mark of Kansas State who claimed 39 straight from 1993-2003. The Tigers haven’t lost a non-conference regular season game since falling at Virginia Tech, 26-8, in the 2002 season opener in Blacksburg, Va., on Sept. 1. Les Miles has accounted for 39 of the 49 wins during the streak, and he is 39-0 all-time in non-conference regular season games in his tenure at LSU. Former coach Nick Saban accounted for the 10 other victories from 2002-04. Under Miles, the Tigers have outscored non-conference regular season opponents a combined 1,988-526. Here is a look at the top four in FBS all-time consecutive non-conference regular season wins:
Team Years Win Streak
1. LSU 2002-present 49
2. Kansas State 1993-2003 39
3. Miami 1985-88 36
4. Wisconsin 2003-13 35
Les Miles’ Achievements at LSU
The following is a quick look at Les Miles’ notable accomplishments during his 10 years and 130 games (102-28 record) as head coach of the Tigers:
After defeating Florida 30-27 on Oct. 11, Miles became only the second coach in LSU history to earn 100 victories. Charles McClendon tallied 137 in his tenure at LSU.
Miles recorded 100 wins at LSU in only 126 games. It took McClendon 141 games to reach the historic milestone at LSU.
In fact, Miles became the third-fastest coach in SEC history to reach 100 wins behind only Steve Spurrier (120 games) and Robert Neyland (121).
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 3 times (2005, ’07, ‘11)
Only coach in LSU history to beat Florida and Tennessee in the reg. season during the same year; twice: 2010, ’11.
Became the first first-year coach in SEC history to lead team to league’s title game (2005).
Has 15 wins over coaches who have won national titles.
Coached LSU to 10-plus wins in 4 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 Is 45-2 In Non-Conference Games Under Les Miles
LSU holds a 45-2 record in non-conference games in Les Miles’ tenure. LSU’s only two non-conference losses under Miles came against Penn State in the Capital One Bowl to end the 2009 season and to Clemson in the Chick-fil-A Bowl on Dec. 31, 2012. Of the 45 wins under Miles against non-conference opponents, 13 have come against Top 25 teams, 37 have come by double-digits and LSU has scored 40 or more points in 27 of the 45 games.
LSU’s 53-9 Under Les Miles When Winning The Turnover Battle
LSU is 53-9 under Les Miles when winning the turnover battle. Against ranked teams under Miles, LSU is 22-6 when having fewer turnovers than its opponent. LSU defeated No. 14 Wisconsin, 28-24, and forced two Badgers’ turnovers while only committing one. The Tigers forced three turnovers at Florida while committing none in LSU’s 30-27 win. The only nine losses for the Tigers under Miles when having fewer turnovers than their opponent have come against Mississippi State and Auburn 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 +67. LSU was +20 in 2011 and +16 in 2012. The Tigers are +3 in 2014.
LSU Is 56-0 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 130 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 97-11 under Miles when that happens. Hold the opponent to fewer than 100 yards and the Tigers are 57-5. 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 56-0. 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 7-2 0-2 4-3 3-1 3-0
Totals 97-11 5-17 45-22 57-5 56-0
LSU is 45-4 Under Les Miles When A Running Back Reaches 100-Yards
LSU is 45-4 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 11 career 100-yard games to its credit. Kenny Hilliard has four, Terrence Magee has four and Leonard Fournette has three. Hilliard ran for 110 yards in LSU’s 28-24 victory over Wisconsin in the opener, and Fournette totaled 122 rushing yards against New Mexico State, 140 yards at Florida and 113 vs. Ole Miss. Magee rushed for 127 yards versus Kentucky. 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).
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.
Jamie Keehn Ranks Second in the SEC and Seventh Nationally in Punting
Junior Jamie Keehn ranks second in the Southeastern Conference and 7th nationally in average yards per punt at 45.0. Keehn is second in the SEC in punts of 50-plus yards with 17, and only three of his punts have reached the endzone for a touchback. Keehn is third in the SEC with 24 of his 64 punts downed inside the opponent’s 20-yard line.
Brandon Harris Joins Small List of LSU Quarterbacks to Start During Their True Freshman Season
LSU’s Brandon Harris made his first start of his career at Auburn to join a short list of true freshmen QBs who have started at LSU since 1972, the first year the NCAA declared freshmen eligible for varsity competition. To take it a step further, Harris became the first true freshman to have his first start in an LSU uniform come in an SEC game since Jordan Jefferson got the nod at Arkansas in 2008. Harris joined these six quarterbacks as true freshman starters for LSU: Steve Ensminger (first start vs. Tulane on Nov. 20, 1976), Jamie Howard (vs. Colorado State on Sept. 26, 1992), Melvin Hill (at Florida on Oct. 8, 1994), Herb Tyler (vs. North Texas on Oct. 21, 1995), Jordan Jefferson (at Arkansas on Nov. 28, 2008) and Anthony Jennings (vs. Iowa in Outback Bowl on Jan. 1, 2014).
The following is a look at the stats in the first career starts of LSU true freshman quarterbacks:
Year Quarterback Opponent Results Stats
2014 Brandon Harris at Auburn L, 41-7 3-of-14, 58 yds; 36 rush yds
2013 Anthony Jennings vs. Iowa (Outback Bowl) W, 21-14 7-of-19, 82 yds, 1 Int.; 1 rush TD
2008 Jordan Jefferson at Arkansas L, 31-30 9-of-21, 143 yds, 2 TDs; 50 rush yds
1995 Herb Tyler North Texas W, 49-7 19-of-26, 208 yds, 1 TD
1994 Melvin Hill at Florida L, 42-18 11-of-18, 3 Int., 128 yds
1992 Jamie Howard Colorado State L, 17-14 7-of-17, 1 Int., 86 yds
1976 Steve Ensminger Tulane W, 17-7 5-of-8, 56 yds; 26 rush yds
Brandon Harris Sets LSU True Freshman QB Record, Named SEC Freshman of the Week vs. NMSU
True freshman quarterback Brandon Harris earned SEC Freshman of the Week recognition after coming off the bench to complete 11-of-14 passes for 178 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions against New Mexico State. He also rushed five times for 36 yards and two touchdowns, accounting for a total of five TDs in the game. Harris is the first true freshman QB in LSU history to complete three touchdown passes in a game. A week earlier, Harris completed 6-of-9 passes for 140 yards and two touchdowns in the SEC opener versus Mississippi State, becoming the first LSU quarterback to throw two or more touchdown passes in the conference opener since 2008 when Jarrett Lee threw two TDs on 11-of-22 passing at Auburn. Harris is also the first true freshman LSU QB to throw two or more TD passes in his first game against an SEC opponent since Jamie Howard threw two at Auburn in 1992. In two games against Mississippi State and New Mexico State, Harris directed LSU to touchdowns on nine of his 10 possessions at quarterback.
Harris and Dupre Are the First True Freshmen QB-WR Duo to Start a Game In LSU History
Quarterback Brandon Harris and wide receiver Malachi Dupre started on Oct. 4 at Auburn, becoming the first true freshman quarterback-wide receiver combination to start a game for LSU in school history. Harris connected with Dupre for a 52-yard completion to set up LSU’s lone touchdown in the Auburn contest. Harris made the first start of his career to become only the seventh true freshman since 1972 to start at quarterback for LSU.
Malachi Dupre Became First LSU True Freshman Receiver to Earn 120 Rec. Yards and 2 TDs in a Game
True freshman wide receiver Malachi Dupre caught four passes for 120 yards and two touchdowns in the SEC opener versus Mississippi State. He became the first true freshman in LSU modern history to record at least 120 receiving yards and two touchdown receptions in a single game.
Dupre is the first true freshman receiver to make two touchdown receptions in a game since Rueben Randle had two on Nov. 21, 2009 at Ole Miss.
Dupre is also the first LSU true freshman to record 100 receiving yards in a game since Nov. 10, 2007 when Terrence Toliver had 119 (on three receptions) versus Louisiana Tech.
He is the first LSU true freshman receiver to go over 100 yards receiving in the SEC opener since Jerel Myers had 13 receptions for 153 yards against Auburn in 1999.
Dupre is the first LSU player to catch two or more touchdown passes in the SEC opener since Josh Reed hauled in two TD receptions against Auburn in 2000.
Malachi Dupre and Travin Dural also became the ninth duo in LSU history to finish with 100-plus receiving yards in the same game when Dural had 124 yards and Dupre had 120 versus Mississippi State. It was only the 13th time in LSU annals that two receivers each hauled in 100 receiving yards in the same game.
Two 100-Yard LSU Receivers in the Same Game (13)
Date Opponent WRs Result
9/20/14 vs. Mississippi State Travin Dural (124), Malachi Dupre (120) L, 29-34
9/28/13 at #9 Georgia Jarvis Landry (156), Odell Beckham Jr. (118) L, 41-44
8/31/13 vs. #20 TCU Odell Beckham Jr. (118), Jarvis Landry (109) W, 37-27
1/1/02 vs. #7 Illinois Josh Reed (239), Michael Clayton (120) W, 47-34
11/3/01 at Alabama Josh Reed (293), Michael Clayton (126) W, 35-21
10/13/01 at Kentucky Josh Reed (160), Michael Clayton (105) W, 29-25
10/21/00 vs. #13 Miss. State Josh Reed (113), Reggie Robinson (102) W, 45-38
9/2/00 vs. W. Carolina Josh Reed (137), Jerel Myers (117) W, 47-34
11/13/99 vs. Houston Jerel Myers (114), Josh Reed (100) L, 7-20
9/23/95 vs. Rice Sheddrick Wilson (201), Eddie Kennison (113) W, 52-7
11/4/89 vs. Ole Miss Todd Kinchen (108), Eddie Fuller (102) W, 35-30
9/24/88 at #18 Ohio State Tony Moss (117), Alvin Lee (108) L, 33-36
10/24/81 vs. #20 Florida State Orlando McDaniel (155), Malcolm Scott (112) L, 14-38
Fullback Melvin Jones Shines in First Start
Sophomore fullback Melvin Jones made the first start of his career at Florida on Oct. 11, and he made it a memorable one. Jones helped pave the way for LSU running backs to rack up 195 rushing yards against a Florida defense that entered the game ranked fourth in the SEC giving up 103 rushing yards per game. Jones also led all LSU receivers with four receptions. The last time an LSU fullback had at least four receptions in a game was when Tommy Banks hauled in seven receptions for 71 yards and two touchdowns in the 2000 Peach Bowl against Georgia Tech.
36 Tigers Have Seen Their First Career Playing Time This Season
LSU reloaded its roster yet again after losing a nation’s best nine players to the 2014 NFL Draft. A total of 36 Tigers have seen the field for the first time this season, including 17 true freshmen: 33 Jamal Adams (special teams/defense), 48 Donnie Alexander (special teams: punt return), 90 Maquedius Bain (DT), 30 John Battle (S), 53 Logan Boudreaux (special teams), 82 D.J. Chark (WR), 61 Alex Cheramie (OL), 98 Deondre Clark (DE), 9 John Diarse (WR/special teams), 14 Trent Domingue (special teams: kickoff), 67 Jevonte Domond (OL), 15 Malachi Dupre (WR), 72 Andy Dodd (C), 7 Leonard Fournette (RB/special teams: kickoff return), 3 Clifton Garrett (special teams), 39 Russell Gage (special teams/CB), 36 Cameron Gamble (special teams), 99 Greg Gilmore (DT), 57 Davon Godchaux (DT), 6 Brandon Harris (QB), 97 Frank Herron (DT), 86 Miquel James (WR/RB), 44 Colin Jeter (TE), 16 Brad Kragthorpe (QB), 63 K.J. Malone (OL), 47 John David Moore (special teams), 24 Ed Paris (special teams), 93 M.J. Patterson (DE), 2 Avery Peterson (WR), 8 Trey Quinn (WR/special teams), 87 Kevin Spears (WR), 10 Austin Suits (special teams), 58 Sione Teuhema (DE), 57 Cody Townsend (OL), 35 Devin Voorhies (special teams/S) and 34 Darrel Williams (RB).
15 First-Time Starters
Fifteen LSU players have made their first career starts this season (9 on offense, 6 on defense). WR John Diarse became the latest when he made his first start at Arkansas. Six true freshmen have started this season, including S Jamal Adams, WR Malachi Dupre, RB Leonard Fournette, DT Davon Godchaux, QB Brandon Harris and WR Trey Quinn. Games not listed below did not feature a first-time starter:
Game No. First-Time Starters (Players)
vs. #14 Wisconsin 4 (WR T. Dural, RG F. Fanaika, DT C. LaCouture, WR T. Quinn)
ULM 3 (DT D. Godchaux, LB D. Jones, LB D. Riley)
New Mexico State 1 (WR M. Dupre)
at #5 Auburn 2 (QB B. Harris, RB T. Magee)
at Florida 3 (RB L. Fournette, FB M. Jones, LB K. Beckwith)
#5 Alabama 1 (S J. Adams)
at Arkansas 1 (WR J. Diarse)
LSU Features Four College Graduates on the Roster
Four current LSU players have already earned their undergraduate degree at the university. Evan Washington graduated in spring 2014, and Connor Neighbors, Justin Maclin and Elliott Porter graduated in summer 2014. Washington earned his degree in interdisciplinary studies, while Neighbors earned his in general business and Maclin and Porter graduated with sport administration degrees.
True Freshmen Play Big Roles at LSU Under Les Miles
LSU coach Les Miles has never shied away from playing true freshmen. In his 10 years with the Tigers, a total of 100 true freshmen have seen action for LSU, including 17 so far in 2014. Of the 100 true freshmen who have played under Miles, 33 have started at least once during their freshman season.
Most True Freshmen Starters by Year Under Les Miles
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: 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)
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
LSU has played a total of 17 true freshmen this season, 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. Texas A&M is third at 14 and Arkansas and Alabama are tied for fourth with 12 true freshmen.
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: 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 102-28 mark during that span. The 102 victories for LSU are nine better than Florida and Georgia, while the Tigers are also tops in final poll rankings. LSU is also fourth nationally in wins since 2005 behind only Boise State (110), Ohio State (106) and Oregon (103).
Team W-L Bowls SEC Titles Top 25
LSU 102-28 9 2 8
Florida 93-34 8 2 6
Georgia 93-37 9 1 6
Auburn 87-40 7 2 5
Alabama 84-25 9 2 6
South Carolina 83-44 8 0 4
Arkansas 69-55 5 0 3
Mississippi State 64-59 5 0 1
Tennessee 62-61 4 0 2
Ole Miss 57-65 4 0 2
Kentucky 53-70 5 0 0
Vanderbilt 52-69 4 0 2
Wins Since 2005 (Nationally)
Boise State 110
Ohio State 106
Southern Cal 96
Virginia Tech 93