2018 LSU Football Game Notes
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LSU Football – Game Notes vs. Georgia
- LSU (5-1 2-1 SEC) returns to Tiger Stadium on Saturday, hosting No. 2 Georgia (6-0, 4-0 in SEC). Kickoff is set for 2:30 p.m. CT and the game will be televised on CBS.
- LSU is coming off a 27-19 loss against Florida, while Georgia beat Vanderbilt, 41-13.
- It's the first meeting between LSU and Georgia in Tiger Stadium since 2008 when the Bulldogs posted a 52-38 win over the Tigers. Georgia won the last meeting between the teams, 44-41, in Athens in 2013.
- LSU has won 20 straight games played in Tiger Stadium during the month of October, a streak that dates back to 2009.
- The LSU-Georgia contest will be the highest-ranked matchup in Tiger Stadium since 2015 when No. 6 LSU beat No. 8 Florida, 35-28.
- LSU is 6-0 under Coach Orgeron in games following a loss. LSU hasn't lost back-to-back games since dropping three straight in November of 2015.
- Georgia marks the fourth Top 25 opponent, three of which were Top 10 at the time of the game, for the Tigers this year. LSU is 2-1 vs. Top 25 foes this year.
- It's only the third time in school history that LSU will face three Top 10 teams during the first seven games of the season. It also happened in 1951 and 1995.
- Ed Orgeron, who took over the Tigers four games into the 2016 season, is 20-7 as LSU's head coach (6-2 in 2016; 9-4 in 2017, 5-0 in 2018). Over his last 35 games as a head coach, Orgeron has produced a 26-9 mark – a stretch the also includes a 6-2 record with Southern Cal in 2013.
- Coach O's 20 wins in first 27 games, trails only Les Miles (23-4) and Bernie Moore (22-4-1) for most victories in school history during that span.
- LSU is 14-0 under Orgeron when the Tigers feature a 100-yard rusher (6-0 in 2016, 5-0 in 2017, 3-0 in 2018.
- LSU's five FBS opponents are a combined 21-8 overall with LSU being responsible for four of the eight losses.
- LSU is No. 2 in the SEC in redzone offense having converted on 23-of-25 opportunities (14 TDs/9 FGs). In 14 games with Steve Ensminger as offensive coordinator, LSU is 47-of-52 on redzone opportunities (24-27 in 2016; 23-25 in 2018).
- Joe Burrow is 5-1 as LSU's starting quarterback and he's the only LSU QB in school history to have a pair of Top 10 wins during the first month of his career with the Tigers. Burrow threw a school-record 158 passes without an interception before being intercepted for first time in LSU career last week.
- Five different running backs have rushed for 100 yards in a game since Coach O took over as head coach of the Tigers. The list includes current Tigers Nick Brossette and Clyde Edwards-Helaire.
- RB Nick Brossette ranks No. 5 in the SEC in rushing with 576 yards (96.0 per game). Brossette is tied for the league lead in rushing TDs with 8.
- LSU PK Cole Tracy ranks first among all active collegiate kickers with 80 career field goals. The graduate transfers kicked 68 at DII Assumption College and now has 12 to his credit at LSU.
- All-America LB Devin White ranks No. 2 in the SEC in tackles (53) and tackles per game (8.8).
- Through 6 games, LSU has started a different combination on the offensive line each week. Overall, eight players have started at least one game on the offensive line for LSU this year.
- In 31 games with Dave Aranda as defensive coordinator, LSU has held opponents to fewer than 100 rushing yards 13 times. LSU is 13-0 in those games.
- Going back to 2001 when LSU's football program won its first SEC Championship since the 1980s, LSU has played 209 of its 227 games ranked in the Top 25, which includes 22 of 27 games under Orgeron. LSU is 15-7 as a Top 25 team under Coach O.
LSU To Celebrate 125 Seasons of Football In 2018
- LSU will celebrate its 125th season of football in 2018.
- Started in 1893, LSU is one of college football's most storied programs, winning three national titles (1958, 2003, and 2007) and claiming 11 SEC championships (1935, 1936, 1958, 1961, 1970, 1986, 1988, 2001, 2003, 2007, and 2011).
- LSU is the 12th-winningest program in NCAA history by victories with 792 and the Tigers are No. 14 all-time in terms of winning percentage (.652). LSU has an all-record of 792-413-47 in 125 seasons.
- To honor the 125 seasons of LSU Football, players will wear a 125 patch on their jerseys and the logo will also be painted on the field for all home games.
LSU vs. SEC Eastern Division
- LSU has won eight of its last 10 games against SEC Eastern Division foes.
- Florida is the only team from the eastern division to defeat the Tigers during that stretch as they did it in the the first week of October in 2018 as well as in November 2016.
- Prior to the Florida loss in 2016, LSU hadn't dropped a game to a SEC East team since a 44-41 setback at No.
9 Georgia in 2013.
Red-Zone Efficiency Significantly Improved
- LSU has significantly improved its red zone offense in 2018 with a 92 percentage in 25 trips.
- The offense, under coordinator Steve Ensminger, has 14 touchdowns in red zone and nine field goals. The Tigers have punched it in 12 times on the ground and twice in the air.
- After six weeks a year ago LSU ranked 116th in the country in red zone offense at 72 percent.
- In 14 games with Ensminger as the Tigers' coordinator, LSU is 47-of-52 on red zone opportunities (24-27 in 2016, 23-25 in 2018).
Offense Continues to Gel in 2018
- The LSU offense under OC Steve Ensminger and QB Joe Burrow continues to develop and create chemistry in 2018.
- LSU increased its total offense output from the prior week in each of the first five games of the season.
- After totaling 296 yards in the season opener win over Miami, LSU has eclipsed the 300-yard mark in every game: 335 yards against Southeastern, 370 at Auburn, 409 against Louisiana Tech, 573 most recently against Ole Miss and 371 at Florida
- Through 6 games, 12 players have caught at least two passes and six players have both a rush and reception to their credit so far this season.
- Burrow has also continued to get comfortable in Baton Rouge. The graduate transfer quarterback has thrown for 140, 151, 191 (2x), 249 and 292 yards this season.
Offensive Line Uses Different Starting Lineup in All Six Games
- Due to injuries, LSU offensive line coach James Cregg has been forced to use a different starting line combination in every game in 2018.
- LSU's left tackle has not been consistent in any game this season.
- Eight different players have started this season on the offensive line. Lloyd Cushenberry, Damien Lewis, Badara Traore, Austin Deculus and Donavaughn Campbell are all first-time starters.
- Going back to 1986, this is the first time LSU has opened a season with six different starting lineup combinations on the offensive line.
- Below is a look at the starters for each game.
Game LT LG C RG RT
vs. Miami Charles Brumfield Cushenberry Lewis Magee
vs. Southeastern Deculus Brumfield Cushenberry Lewis Traore
at Auburn Charles Brumfield Cushenberry Lewis Deculus
vs. Louisiana Tech Traore Brumfield Cushenberry Lewis Deculus
vs. Ole Miss Magee Campbell Cushenberry Lewis Deculus
at Florida Charles Magee Cushenberry Lewis Deculus
White Second in League in tackles
- Regarded as one of the top linebackers in the country, junior Devin White has continued his top play in 2018.
- White owns 53 total tackles and averages 8.8 per game this season to rank No. 3 in the Southeastern Conference.
- In the last two seasons, White has totaled 10 double-digit tackle games. He added his first of 2018 in week two against Southeastern with 11 and finished with 11 against Louisiana Tech.
- A year ago, White led the Southeastern Conference with 133 tackles. He became the first LSU player to lead the league in tackles since the mid 1980's when tackles became an NCAA stat.
Two Top-10 Wins Already in 2018
- With wins over No. 8 Miami and No. 7 Auburn, LSU has the two best victories in the country after four weeks.
- LSU is the first team since 1976 to defeat two AP top-10 teams in the first four weeks of the season.
- In 1976, Missouri won at No. 8 USC and at No. 2 Ohio State.
LSU Managing Turnovers Early in 2018
- After six games, LSU owns a +5 turnover margin with three forced fumbles and eight interceptions.
- The defense's eight interceptions are second in the league.
- The Tigers' six turnovers is enough for fourth in the conference.
- A year ago, LSU tied the NCAA mark for fewest turnovers in a season and set the school record with eight.
- Up until 2:21 remaining in the fourth quarter against Florida, LSU quarterbacks had thrown 250 consecutive passes without an interception. The streak dated back to November 4, 2017.
- Joe Burrow broke the school record for consecutive passes without an interception, throwing 158 passes before being intercepted against Florida. The previous mark was 137 held by Alan Risher.
- In its last 13 games, LSU only has nine turnovers.
Brossette Carries the Load as LSU's Running Back
- RB Nick Brossette opened the season with back-to-back 100-yard rushing games and added 69 yards on the ground against Auburn.
- Brossette owns 576 yards and eight touchdowns in 2018. His total yardage ranks fifth in the league and total touchdowns rank second by a running back.
- In his career, Brossette owns 882 yards. Needing just 118 yards, Brossette could be the 49th player in LSU history with 1,000 yards on the ground for a career.
- Brossette totaled a career-high 137 yards against Southeastern and 125 yards with a pair of touchdowns against Miami.
- Brossette became the fifth-straight 100-yard rusher in a season opener for LSU: Guice (2017), Fournette (2015, 16) and Kenny Hilliard (2014).
- The Baton Rouge native scored two touchdowns in the opener against Miami and then set a career high with three against Louisiana Tech.
Delpit Making His Case as Nation's Top Safety
- S Grant Delpit has stepped up as one of the top players on the defensive side of the ball.
- Delpit is second on the team in tackles with 37. He is first on the team with three sacks and 6.5 tackles for loss.
- His three interceptions and four hurries top the team.
- Delpit led the team in tackles with 10 against Auburn and had an interception.
Kicker Cole Tracy Has Ice in His Veins
- PK Cole Tracy is 12-for-14 as the Tigers' kicker and 20-of-20 from PATs.
- The Assumption College graduate transfer knocked in the game-winning field goal from 42 yards out in the last seconds against Auburn to win on The Plains. It is the first walk-off field goal in regulation in school history.
- Tracy has already tied the school record for longest field goal with a 54-yard field goal against Miami. The field goal tied Wade Richey vs. Kentucky (1996) and Ron Lewis vs. North Carolina (1985) for the longest in school history.
- He became the first LSU player to hit two field goals of 50+ yards in the first two games since Colt David in 2008.
- Tracy leads all active collegiate kickers with 80 career field goals. The graduate transfer kicked 68 field goals at DII Assumption College.
- Overall, Tracy ranks second in the nation with 12 made field goals and his 85.7 percentage is in the top-25 in the nation.
Coach O Owns Most Top 25 Wins During First 25 Games of LSU Career With 7
- Ed Orgeron owns the most Top 25 wins during the first 26 games of his LSU career with seven.
- Orgeron, who is 20-6 as head coach of the Tigers, had three Top 25 wins in 2016, followed by two last year. - Orgeron and the Tigers opened 2018 with a 33-17 win over then-No. 8 Miami for his sixth Top 25 victory and added another with a 22-21 win over No. 7 Auburn.
- Here's a look at Top 25 wins by LSU coaches during the first 26 games as head coach of the Tigers:
Coach Top 25 Wins Games vs. Top 25 Opponents
Ed Orgeron 7 13
Les Miles 8 12
Nick Saban 4 11
Gerry DiNardo 3 9
Charles McClendon 3 5
Bill Arnsparger 3 6
Orgeron's 20 Wins Thru 27 Games Rank Among Best in LSU History
- With a 20-7 mark thru his first 27 games as LSU's head coach, Ed Orgeron ranks among the school's all-time leaders in victories to start a career with the Tigers.
- Les Miles (23) and Bernie Moore (22) are the only two coaches to have more wins than Orgeron over the first 27 games at LSU.
- Here's a look at some of the best records by an LSU coach over the first 23 games of their head coaching tenure with the Tigers:
Coach Games 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30
Ed Orgeron 15-5 15-6 16-6 17-6 18-6 19-6 20-6 20-7
Les Miles 16-4 17-4 18-4 19-4 20-4 21-4 22-4 23-4 24-4 25-4 26-4
Nick Saban 13-7 14-7 15-7 16-7 17-7 18-7 18-8 19-8 20-8 21-8 22-8
Gerry DiNardo 13-6-1 14-6-1 15-6-1 16-6-1 17-6-1 18-6-1 19-6-1 19-7-1 20-7-1 21-7-1 22-7-1
Mike Archer 16-3-1 17-3-1 17-4-1 18-4-1 18-5-1 18-6-1 18-7-1 19-7-1 19-8-1 19-9-1 19-10-1
Bill Arnsparger 14-4-2 15-4-2 16-4-2 17-4-2 17-5-2 18-5-2 18-6-2 18-7-2 19-7-2 20-7-2 21-7-2
Charles McClendon 15-4-1 16-4-1 16-5-1 17-5-1 18-5-1 19-5-1 20-5-1 20-5-2 21-5-2 21-6-2 22-6-2
Bernie Moore 17-2-1 18-2-1 18-3-1 19-3-1 20-3-1 21-3-1 22-3-1 22-4-1 23-4-1 24-4-1 25-4-1
LSU is 6-0 Under Coach O Following A Loss
- LSU goes into the Georgia contest with a 6-0 mark under Coach O in games following a loss.
- LSU was 2-0 following under Coach O in 2016, followed by a 3-0 mark in 2017. LSU opened up 2018 with a win over Miami, which followed the bowl loss to Notre Dame.
- LSU hasn't lost back-to-back games since 2015 when the Tigers dropped three straight during the month of November.
Coach O's 12 Wins In First 17 Games Are Third-Most in LSU History Over That Span
- With 12 wins during his first 17 SEC games, Coach Orgeron ranks third in school history in terms of victories over that span.
- Orgeron is currently 12-5 in league games, which is bettered only by Bernie Moore (14-2) and Les Miles (13-3).
20 Is LSU's Magic Number In SEC Games
- LSU has won 18 straight SEC games when scoring at least 20 points, a streak that dates back to a 30-27 victory over Florida in 2014.
- Under Coach O, LSU is 11-0 in league games when hitting the 20-point mark. Overall under Coach O, the Tigers are 19-1 when scoring at least 20 points in a contest with the only defeat coming to Troy by a 24-21 count.
- The last SEC team to beat LSU when the Tigers scored 20 or more points was Mississippi State by a 34-29 count on Sept. 20, 2014.
Double-Digit Wins Under Coach O
- Ed Orgeron has won 20 games as head coach of the Tigers with 16 of those coming by double-digits.
- All six of LSU's wins under Orgeron in 2016 came by double-figures and last year, the Tigers won six of their nine games by at least 10 points.
- This year, four of LSU's five wins have come by double-figures.
Seventeen Players Make First Start in 2018
- Seventeen Tigers have started for the first time in their careers in 2018: RB Lanard Fournette, C Lloyd Cushenberry III, G Damien Lewis, WR Jonathan Giles, QB Joe Burrow, WR Justin Jefferson, WR Terrace Marshall Jr., DE Breiden Fehoko, CB Kristian Fulton, CB Terrence Alexander, LB Jacob Phillips, OL Austin Deculus, OT Badara Traore, OLB Andre Anthony, S Todd Harris Jr., OL Donovaughn Campbell and LB Micah Baskerville
- A total of 13 true freshmen have played in 2018: K Avery Atkins, LB Micah Baskerville, WR Ja'Marr Chase, LB Damone Clark, DT Davin Cotton, DT Nelson Jenkins, WR Kenan Jones, CB Kelvin Joseph, WR Terrace Marshall Jr., RB Tae Provens and OL Cole Smith
- Marshall became just the eighth true freshman to start a season opener since 2000.
- The following have started a season opener since 2000: Marshall Jr. (WR, 2018), Charles (RG, 2017), Chaisson (LB, 2017), Delpit (S, 2017), Taylor (LB, 2017), Kevin Toliver (CB, 2015), Trey Quinn (WR, 2014), Jalen Mills (CB, 2012) and Jessie Daniels (Nickel, 2003).
Most True Freshmen Starters by Year Since 2005
(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)
(Jamal Adams, Malachi Dupre, Leonard Fournette, Davon Godchaux, Brandon Harris, Trey Quinn)
(Kwon Alexander, Vadal Alexander, Reid Ferguson, Jeremy Hill, Lamar Louis, Jalen Mills)
(Rickey Jefferson, Anthony Jennings, Ethan Pocic, Rashard Robinson, Tre'Davious White)
2006: 4 (Jacob Cutrera, Richard Dickson, Charles Scott, Keiland Williams)
2018 3 (Terrace Marshall Jr., Ja'Marr Chase, Micah Baskerville)
2010: 3 (Alfred Blue, Tyrann Mathieu, Eric Reid)
2011: 2 (Odell Beckham Jr., Jarvis Landry)
2007: 2 (Drake Nevis, Terrence Toliver)
2008: 2 (Jordan Jefferson, Patrick Peterson)
2009: 2 (Dominique Allen, Rueben Randle)
2016 1 (Dee Anderson)
Streak of 100-Yard Rushing Games Extended to 23
- Dating back to November 2016, LSU has rushed as a team for more than 100 yards in 23-straight games.
- In that stretch of 23 games, 13 players have rushed for more than 100 yards in a game. Darrel Williams and Derrius Guice each ran for more than 100 yards in a game in 2017 against Ole Miss and Texas A&M.
- A year ago, LSU rushed for more than 100 yards in every regular season game for just the 14th time since 1949.
- Only 10 times has an LSU team rushed for 100 or more yards in every game in a season including the bowl game.
LSU Is 76-0 When Rushing For 100 Yards and Holding Opponents To Less Than 100 Yards
- In the last 159 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 128-21 when that happens.
- Hold the opponent to fewer than 100 yards and the Tigers are 77-5.
- 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 76-0.
- The following is a look at LSU's rushing numbers and have the Tigers have fared in those games:
Year LSU 100+ LSU 100- Opp 100+ Opp 100- LSU 100+/Opp 100-
2005 10-0 1-2 3-1 8-1 7-0
2006 10-0 1-2 5-0 6-2 6-0
2007 11-2 1-0 3-2 9-0 8-0
2008 8-3 0-2 2-5 6-0 6-0
2009 8-0 1-4 7-4 2-0 2-0
2010 11-2 0-0 7-1 5-0 5-0
2011 13-0 0-1 4-1 8-0 9-0
2012 9-1 1-2 4-2 6-1 6-0
2013 10-1 0-2 6-3 4-0 4-0
2014 8-3 0-2 4-4 4-1 4-0
2015 8-1 0-2 3-3 6-0 6-0
2016 8-3 0-1 3-4 5-0 5-0
2017 9-4 0-0 4-4 5-0 5-0
2018 5-1 0-0 2-1 3-0 3-0
Totals 128-21 5-20 57-35 77-5 76-0
LSU Is 73-9 vs. Non-Conference Teams Dating Back to 2001
- Dating back to the 2001 season when LSU captured its first outright SEC title since 1986, the Tigers have done quite well against non-conference opponents, going 73-9 against non-SEC foes during that span.
- Of the nine losses, only three have come during the regular season (2002 at Virginia Tech, 2016 vs. Wisconsin at Lambeau Field and 2017 vs. Troy).
- The other six losses came in bowl games (2003 Cotton Bowl vs. Texas; 2005 Capital One Bowl vs. Iowa; 2009 Capital One Bowl vs. Penn State; 2012 Chick-fil-A Bowl vs. Clemson; 2014 Music City Bowl vs. Notre Dame, 2018 Citrus Bowl vs. Notre Dame).
Burrow Puts Up 388 Yards of Total Offense Against Ole Miss
- LSU quarterback Joe Burrow totaled career-high numbers against Ole Miss and was named the SEC Offensive Player of the Week for a second time this season.
- Burrow set career highs for rushing yards (96), passing yards (292) and total offense (388) in the 45-16 win.
- Burrow connected on 18-of-25 passes and is now 70-of-31 for 1,023 yards and six touchdowns in 2018.
- He is one of only two Power 5 quarterbacks with 1,000 passing yards and zero touchdowns.
- The starter's 388 yards of total offense marked the sixth-most in school history.
Season LSU QB Opponent Rush Pass Total
2001 Rohan Davey Alabama 12 528 540
1989 Tommy Hodson Tennessee -5 438 433
2001 Rohan Davey Illinois -17 444 427
2015 Brandon Harris Ole Miss 60 342 402
1991 Jesse Daigle Mississippi State 6 394 400
2018 Joe Burrow Ole Miss 96 292 388
Tracy's Game-Winning Field Goal First In School History
- When Cole Tracy booted the 42-yard field goal at Auburn in week three of the season, it marked the first walk-off field goal in regulation in school history.
- While there have been field goals in overtime and with less than a minute on the clock, Tracy is the only player to do it with the clock expiring in regulation.
- Below is a list of LSU's game-winning field goals since 1941. For this purpose, a field goals is classified as a "game winner" if it served as the last points of a game and it came within the final two minutes of the contest or in overtime.
Date Placekicker Game-winning FG Result
9/15/18 Cole Tracy 42-yarder with 0:00 left at #7 Auburn W, 22-21
10/11/14 Colby Delahoussaye 50-yarder with 0:03 left in 4th quarter at Florida W, 30-27
11/5/11 Drew Alleman 25-yarder in OT at #2 Alabama W, 9-6 OT
11/28/09 Josh Jasper 36-yarder in OT vs. Arkansas W, 33-30 OT
11/18/06 Colt David 26-yarder in OT vs. Ole Miss W, 23-20 OT
10/22/05 Chris Jackson 30-yarder in OT vs. #16 Auburn W, 20-17 OT
9/11/93 Andre' Lafleur 26-yarder with 0:10 left in 4th quarter at Mississippi State W, 18-16
11/5/88 David Browndyke 34-yarder with 0:28 left in 4th quarter at #18 Alabama W, 19-18
9/20/80 David Johnston 17-yarder with 0:35 left in 4th quarter vs. Colorado W, 23-20
10/25/41 Bernie Lipkis 22-yarder with 0:04 left in 4th Qtr vs. Florida W, 10-7
Tracy, Burrow Earn Player of the Week Honors After Win at Auburn
- PK Cole Tracy and QB Joe Burrow earned Southeastern Conference Player of the Week honors following their performances at Auburn.
- Tracy was 3-for-4 on the day, including the game-winning field goal from 42 yards out as time expired and capped an 11-point comeback for LSU.
- In just his third career start, Burrow engineered an 11-point second half comeback for LSU in the 22-21 win over No. 7 Auburn.
- He threw a 71-yard TD pass to Derrick Dillon with 8:18 left in game to pull LSU to within 21-19.
- He drove the Tigers 52 yards on 14 plays, which included two third-down conversions and one fourth-down conversion, to set up the game-winning field goal as time expired.
- Burrow completed 15-of-34 passes for a career-best 249 yards and a touchdown.
Phillips, Tracy Named SEC Players of the Week vs. Miami
- A pair of first-time LSU starters made a big impact for the Tigers in the season-opening win over No. 8 Miami and as a result, kicker Cole Tracy and linebacker Jacob Phillips were named SEC Players of the Week.
- Tracy, a graduate transfer playing in his first game as a Tiger, earned SEC Special Teams Player of the Week Honors after going 4-for-4 on field goal attempts in his LSU debut. Tracy's field goals included a school-record tying 54-yarder in the third quarter that extended the Tiger lead to 33-3.
- For the game, Tracy made field goals of 54, 43, 21 and 21 yards as well as three point-after conversions on his way to scoring 15 points, the fourth-highest single-game point total for a kicker in school history.
- Tracy's 54-yard field goal tied the previous mark set twice – Wade Richey vs. Kentucky in 1996 and Ron Lewis at North Carolina in 1985. Tracy also became the first kicker in school history to kick four field goals in his LSU debut.
- Phillips, a sophomore linebacker, earned SEC Defensive Player of the Week honors after recording seven tackles, an interception and a quarterback hurry. Phillips returned his first career interception 45 yards for a TD in the second quarter to put the Tigers up 27-3.
- In his first career start, Phillips helped pace a Tiger defensive unit that held the Hurricanes to 83 rushing yards and only 342 total yards. LSU also forced a pair of Miami turnovers and held the Hurricanes without a third-down conversion until midway through the third quarter.
LSU's Defense Scores In Season-Opener For Second Time In Three Years
- When Jacob Phillips returned an interception 45 yards for a TD against Miami, it marked the second time in three years the Tigers scored a defensive touchdown in the season-opener.
- LSU also scored a TD against Wisconsin at Lambeau Field to open the 2016 season when Tre'Davious White returned an interception 31 yards for a score.
- Dating back to the 1982 season, LSU has had an interception returned for a touchdown 55 times.
- The LSU defense has had at least one interception returned for a touchdown in 27 of the last 37 seasons.
- Only 11 of the 55 interceptions returned for a touchdown have been by a linebacker.
LSU Goes Into 2018 Riding Streak of 18 Consecutive Years With At Least 8 Wins
- LSU goes into the 2018 season having won at least 8 games for 18 consecutive years, which ties with Oklahoma for the longest current streak among Power 5 schools.
- Only Boise State has a longer active streak among FBS teams as the Broncos have won 8 games for 19 consecutive seasons.
- LSU's current streak of seasons with at least 8 wins dates back to 2000 when the Tigers posted an 8-4 overall mark.
- LSU's streak of seasons with at least 8 wins also ranks as the longest of its kind in the history of the SEC, bettering Tennessee 16 (1989-2004); Florida 14 (1990-2003); Georgia 13 (1997-2009); and Alabama 13 (1971-83).
Eight Tigers To Play in 2018 As a College Graduate
- During the 2018 season, eight Tigers are going to take the field as a college graduate, five of which are LSU graduates.
- LSU list of eight college graduates includes three graduate transfers – CB Terrence Alexander (Stanford), QB Joe Burrow (Ohio State) and PK Cole Tracy (Assumption College).
- Here's the list of college graduates on the LSU roster for 2018:
Name Major (School) Graduation Date
Terrence Alexander Communications (Stanford) Summer, 2018
Joe Burrow Consumer/Family Financial Services (Ohio State) Spring, 2018
David Ducre Management (LSU) Spring, 2018
Blake Ferguson Marketing (LSU) Spring, 2018
Trey Gallman Sports Administration (LSU) Summer, 2018
Turner Simmers Kinesiology (LSU) Spring, 2018
Cole Tracy Marketing (Assumption College) Spring, 2018
Jacory Washington Sports Administration (LSU) Summer, 2018
Louisiana's Foster Moreau Carries on No. 18 Tradition
- Senior tight end Foster Moreau was selected to continue the tradition of the prestigious No. 18 jersey. Moreau was presented with the jersey by coach Ed Orgeron in the first preseason meeting following a vote of the coaching staff and former LSU No. 18s.
- A native of New Orleans, Moreau was the final player to sign in the 2015 recruiting class. He is the second tight end to earn the honor. Richard Dickson wore the number in 2008 and 2009.
- Jersey No. 18 was born when, in 2003, quarterback Matt Mauck guided LSU to its first national championship since 1958. His number became synonymous with success -- both on and off the field -- as well as a selfless attitude that has become the epitome of being an LSU football player. After his final year with the Tigers, Mauck passed the jersey number down to running back Jacob Hester, who then helped LSU to another national title in 2007.
- Here is a look at the previous players to wear No. 18:
Years Player Position
2003 Matt Mauck QB
2004-07 Jacob Hester RB
2008-09 Richard Dickson TE
2010 Richard Murphy RB
2011 Brandon Taylor S
2012 Bennie Logan DT
2013 Lamin Barrow LB
2014 Terrence Magee RB
2015-16 Tre'Davious White CB
2017 Christian LaCouture DL
2017 John David Moore FB/TE
A Different Season-Opening QB For The Tigers
- When Joe Burrow took the first snap against Miami, it marked the 16th time in the last 21 seasons that LSU started a different quarterback in an opener.
- Only Matt Mauck in 2002 and 2003, JaMarcus Russell in 2004 and 2005, Jordan Jefferson in 2009 and 2010, Zach Mettenberger in 2012 and 2013, and Brandon Harris in 2015 and 2016 have started consecutive openers for LSU.
- The following is a look at LSU's starting quarterbacks in season-opening games since 1998:
Year Quarterback Results Stats
1998 Herb Tyler Def. Arkansas State, 42-6 13 of 25, 170 yds., 1 TD, 1 int.
1999 Craig Nall Def. San Jose State, 29-21 6 of 15, 79 yds., 2 int.
2000 Josh Booty Def. Western Carolina, 58-0 12 of 15, 291 yds., 2 TDs
2001 Rohan Davey Def. Tulane, 48-17 19 of 29, 253 yds., 2 TDs
2002 Matt Mauck Lost Virginia Tech, 26-8 15 of 35, 134 yds., 1 int.
2003 Matt Mauck Def. Louisiana-Monroe, 49-7 13 of 28, 153 yds., 3 TDs, 1 int.
2004 Marcus Randall Def. Oregon State, 22-21 (OT) 7 of 18, 66 yds., 1 int.
2005 JaMarcus Russell Def. Arizona State, 35-31 16 of 29, 232 yds., 1 TD
2006 JaMarcus Russell Def. ULL, 45-3 13 of 17, 253 yrds. 3 TD
2007 Matt Flynn Def. Mississippi State, 45-0 12 of 19, 128 yds., 2 TD
2008 Andrew Hatch Def. Appalachian State, 41-13 7 of 14, 77 yds., 1 TD
2009 Jordan Jefferson Def. Washington, 31-23 11 of 19, 172 yds., 3 TD
2010 Jordan Jefferson Def. North Carolina, 30-24 15 of 21, 151 yds., 2 TD, 1 int.
2011 Jarret Lee Def. Oregon, 40-27 10 of 22, 98 yds. 1 TD
2012 Zach Mettenberger Def. North Texas, 41-14 19 of 26, 192 yds. 1 TD, 1 int.
2013 Zach Mettenberger Def. TCU, 37-27 16 of 32, 251 yds., 1 TD
2014 Anthony Jennings Def. Wisconsin, 28-24 9 of 21, 239 yds. 2 TD
2015 Brandon Harris Def. Mississippi State, 21-19 9 of 14, 71 yds., 0 TD
2016 Brandon Harris Lost, Wisconsin, 16-14 12 of 21. 131 yds., 1 TD
2017 Danny Etling Def. BYU, 27-0 14 of 18, 171 yds., 0 TD
2018 Joe Burrow Def. Miami, 33-17 11 of 24, 140 yds. 0 TD
Ensminger In Second Stint as LSU's OC
- Steve Ensminger, a former quarterback at LSU, begins his second stint as the offensive coordinator for the Tigers in 2018.
- Ensminger served as LSU's offensive coordinator for eight games in 2016, a span that saw the Tigers thrive under his play-calling.
- Prior to Ensminger taking over play-calling duties in 2016, LSU's offense had scored only nine touchdowns and was averaging 18 points and 339.5 total yards per game. In eight games under Ensminger, LSU improved drastically in every offensive category as the Tigers averaged 32 points and 464.9 total yards per contest during that span. LSU scored 38 or more points five times under Ensminger, including 54 in a win over Texas A&M and 38 against both Arkansas and Ole Miss. The Tigers averaged 7.1 yards per play and converted 46-of-102 third-down opportunities during that eight-game stretch.
- Also under Ensminger, LSU's offense set school records for yards in a SEC game (634 vs. Missouri), single-game rushing yards by an individual (284 by Leonard Fournette vs. Ole Miss, 285 by Derrius Guice vs. Texas A&M), longest run from scrimmage (96 yards by Derrius Guice vs. Arkansas) and time of possession (42:33 vs. Missouri).
Fulton Reinstated for 2018 Season
- With just 10 days left before the season opener against Miami, head coach Ed Orgeron announced that cornerback Kristian Fulton was reinstated to the team by the NCAA.
- Fulton's reinstatement came two weeks after the NCAA denied an appeal by Fulton.
- On August 17, LSU Vice Chancellor and Director of Athletics Joe Alleva sent the NCAA a four-page letter request reclassification of Fulton's case.
- Fulton has played in three games with no starts in his two seasons. He was regarded as the No. 1 overall prospect in Louisiana and No. 3 corner in the nation.
White, Williams Tabbed as Preseason All-Americans
- Junior LB Devin White and sophomore CB Greedy Williams were named first team Associated Press Preseason All-Americans.
- White and Williams return as the leaders of an LSU defense that ranked among the best in the nation last year, allowing only 18.9 points and 316.2 total yards per game.
- Last year, White and Williams became the first set of players from the same team to lead the Southeastern Conference tackles and interceptions in the same year since 1993.
- White paced the league with 10.2 tackles a contest and ranked No. 2 in the conference in total tackles with 133. Williams, as a redshirt freshman, topped the conference in both interceptions (6) and passes defensed (13).
- White earned second team All-America honors in 2017, in what was his first season as a starter, while Williams was a third team All-America selection.
Von Rosenberg One of Nation's Oldest Players
- At 28 years old, punter Zach Von Rosenberg is the sixth-oldest player in college football in 2018.
- Von Rosenberg played minor league baseball for six seasons before joining the team in the fall.
- James Stefanon of Colorado is the oldest player at 31 years old.
This is #NFLSU
- The 2018 season marked the fifth-straight year LSU led all of college football with players on opening day NFL rosters at 52.
- There were a total of 40 players on active rosters, which was second in the Southeastern Conference.
- Sixty-five LSU players have been selected in the NFL Draft over the past 10 years, which ranks No. 2 nationally. LSU is one of just three schools in college football to have 60 or more drafted players since the 2009 NFL Draft.
- Over the last decade, LSU has produced nine first round NFL Draft picks. The Tigers have had at least one player selected in the first round 11 of the past 15 years.
- Overall, 59 former Tigers have appeared on Super Bowl rosters, and LSU has had at least one Super Bowl in 39 of 52 championship games.
We are DBU:
- Since 2007, LSU leads the nation in number of defensive backs selected in the NFL draft with 18, including six in the first round.
- At least one player has appeared in the Super Bowl for 17 consecutive years, which stands as the longest current streak in the SEC.
LSU Scores Historic GSR Rating
- The University scored an all-time high of 90 percent in the most recent Graduation Success Rate released by the NCAA.
fThe 90 percent rating was up two points from last year's mark and up a staggering 21 point since vice chancellor and director of athletics Joe Alleva took over at LSU.
- The football team recorded a program-best 78 percent, which is significantly higher than the national average of 44 percent.
LSU Projected to Welcome Largest and Most Diverse Freshman Class Ever
- The university is projected to welcome its largest and most diverse freshman class ever. Preliminary numbers show that LSU is expected to welcome at least 5,800 new freshmen to campus this year, which would break the previous record of 5,725 new freshmen enrolled in 2012.
- Among incoming freshmen, the diversity population is up at 30 percent over last year's freshman class. In addition, the class also comes in with a GPA of 3.64, up from last year's mark at this time of a 3.56.