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Game Notes for the 2017 LSU Football team, as well as the weekly opponents' notes, will be published prior to each game.

 

LSU vs. Texas A&M
Saturday, November 25, 2017 * Tiger Stadium
SEC Network

LSU
Record 8-3, 5-2 SEC
Ranking #19 AP/#18 Coaches
Last Game Nov. 18 at Tennessee
Won, 30-10
Head Coach Ed Orgeron
Career Record 30-32
LSU Record 14-5
vs. Texas A&M 1-0
LSU vs. Texas A&M 32-20-3

Texas A&M
Record 7-4, 4-3 SEC
Ranking N/A
Last Game Nov. 18 at Ole Miss
Won, 31-24
Head Coach Kevin Sumlin
Career Record 86-42, 10th Season
Texas A&M Record 51-25, 6th Season
vs. LSU 0-5

NEXT UP
* LSU hosts Texas A&M for a 6:30 p.m. kickoff on SEC Network.
* The Tigers beat Tennessee on Saturday, 30-10, in a game highlighted by monsoon-like weather.
* LSU is 43-17 in November games since the 2002 season, including a 41-16 record in games in which the Tigers are ranked.
* Texas A&M got out of Oxford with a 31-24 win over Ole Miss on Saturday.
* Saturday is Senior Tribute at Tiger Stadium. Twenty seniors will play their final home game in an LSU uniform – Donnie Alexander, DJ Chark, Deondre Clark, Micah Dikens, Danny Etling, Russell Gage, Cameron Gamble, Greg Gilmore, Frank Herron, Reshaud Henry, Christian LaCouture, KJ Malone, John David Moore, Ed Paris, MJ Patterson, Jonathan Rucker, Corey Thompson, Devin Voorhies, Tony Westly, and Darrel Williams.
* The Tigers are 72-0 when rushing for 100 yards and holding opponents to less than 100 yards. In the last 163 games, LSU is 123-19 when rushing for 100 yards. When holding opponents to fewer than 100 yards, the Tigers are 73-5.
* The Tigers have held opponents to 11 fourth-quarter points in the last six games against Florida, Auburn, Ole Miss, Alabama, Arkansas and Tennessee.
* On back-to-back plays in the fourth quarter against Tennessee, QB Danny Etling surpassed the 4,000-yards career passing mark at LSU and
RB Derrius Guice became the fifth Tiger to have back-to-back seasons with 1,000 rushing yards and 10 rushing touchdowns.
* CB Kevin Toliver II recorded his first career sack on Tennessee’s first possession of the game.

BY THE NUMBERS
2 - LSU has allowed only two touchdowns in the fourth quarter of its seven SEC games this year. Only Mississippi State and Ole Miss have scored fourth quarter touchdowns against the Tigers. Overall, LSU has given up only 18 fourth quarter points in its seven league games (Mississippi State 7, Ole Miss 8, Alabama 3).

18 - The number of consecutive seasons that LSU has earned eight wins. Eighteen straight seasons reaching the mark is a school-record. LSU currently leads all Power 5 schools with 18 straight 8-win seasons.
30 - Darrel Williams is 30 rushing yards away from reaching 700 for the season. Only two other times in school history (1976 and 2016) has LSU featured a 1,000-yard rusher and a 700-yard rusher in the same backfield. Williams and Guice can make it three if Williams reaches 700 yards this week.

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.
* Thirty-four-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 Texas 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 analyst 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 senior linebacker Corey Thompson’s father, Tony Thompson, played wide receiver at Texas A&M in the late 1980s.

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

LSU Goes Into November Games In Top 25 For 58th Time in 61 Games Dating Back To 2002
* LSU brings a Top 25 ranking into a game in November for the 58th time in 61 tries, a streak that dates back to November of 2002.
* Starting with the Bluegrass Miracle win over Kentucky on November 9 when LSU was ranked No. 16 in the nation, the Tigers have played 55 of their 58 games in November in the Top 25.
* LSU is 43-18 in November games since the 2002 season, which includes a 40-17 in games in which they were ranked.
* The only three games LSU played in November going back to 2002 unranked came in 2008 at Arkansas (L, 31-30); 2014 at Texas A&M (W, 23-17) and 2015 vs. Texas A&M (W, 19-7).

Guice Becomes Fourth LSU Player with Back-To-Back Seasons of 1,000-Yards
* Junior RB Derrius Guice surpassed 1,000 rushing yards on Saturday night in Tennessee.
* Guice is just the fifth player in LSU history to record 1,000 rushing yard and 10 rushing touchdowns in back-to-back seasons.
* Kevin Faulk is the only player in LSU history to have 1,000 rushing yards and 10 rushing touchdowns three consecutive years, doing so from 1996-98.
* Here’s the list of LSU players who have accomplished such a feat:
Years Player
2014-15 Leonard Fournette
1996-98 Kevin Faulk
1984-85 Dalton Hilliard
1977-78 Charles Alexander

Etling Has Eyes Set on 4,000 Career Passing Yards
* When senior Danny Etling took the first snap against BYU, he became the most veteran LSU quarterback in terms of collegiate starts since Herb Tyler in 1998.
* Etling is 15-6 as LSU’s starting quarterback.The LSU graduate has guided the Tigers to wins over Jacksonville State, Missouri, Southern Miss, Ole Miss, Arkansas, Texas A&M, Louisville in the Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl, BYU, Chattanooga, Syracuse, Florida, Auburn and Tennessee.
* Etling surpassed 1,000 yards for the season against the Gators and 4,000 yards for his career in Baton Rouge.
* Etling owns 33 career starts (21 at LSU, 12 at Purdue). His 20 consecutive starts at LSU are tied for the fifth-most by a quarterback since 1986.
39 Herb Tyler 10 in 1998, 12 in 1997, 12 in 1996, 3 in 1995
26 Tommy Hodson 11 in 1989, 12 in 1988, 3 in 1987
25 Zach Mettenberger 13 in 2012, 12 in 2013
20 Tommy Hodson 12 in 1986, 8 in 1987
21 Danny Etling 10 in 2016, 11 in 2017

Chark Joins Elite Group With Touchdowns 3 Ways in 2017
* With a pair of receiving touchdowns against Arkansas, senior WR DJ Chark has now scored touchdowns three different ways this year – rushing, receiving and punt returns.
* Chark is one of only seven players in LSU history to score touchdowns in the same season on the ground, through the air and on a punt return.
* Kevin Faulk remains the only player in LSU history to score touchdowns four ways in the same year as he did it rushing, receiving, and on both kickoff and punt returns in 1998.
* Here’s a look at the others who scored rushing, receiving and punt returns touchdowns in the same year:
Year Player
2017 DJ Chark (1 rush, 2 rec, 2 PR)
2003 Skyler Green (1 rush, 5 rec, 2 PR)
2001 Domanick Davis (9 rush, 1 rec, 1 PR)
1998 Kevin Faulk (12 rush, 3 rec, 1 PR, 1 KOR)
1965 Joe Labruzzo (3 rush, 2 rec, 1 PR)
1958 Johnny Robinson (2 rush, 3 rec, 1 PR)
1950 Kenny Konz (3 rush, 1 rec, 1 PR)

White is SEC Leader in Tackles
* True sophomore linebacker Devin White leads the Tigers in tackles after 11 games this season and has been the team's leading tackler in nine games.
* White's 114 tackles and average of 10.4 this season leads the Southeastern Conference.
* The Springhill, Louisiana native has set or tied his career high in tackles in six games this season.
* White was named the Southeastern Conference Defensive Player of the Week following performances against Florida, Auburn and Arkansas.

Aranda Named Nominee for Broyles Award; Defense Flexes in Fourth Quarter
* LSU defensive coordinator was selected as a nominee for the Broyles Award, which is given to the nation's top assistant coach. This is the second straight year Aranda has been nominated for the award.
* LSU's defense has held strong in the fourth quarter of its last five games against No. 21 Florida, No. 10 Auburn, Ole Miss, No. 1 Alabama, Arkansas and Tennessee.
* Aranda's defense did not allow a point against the Gators, Tigers, Razorbacks or Vols and gave up just eight points against the Rebels and three points against the Crimson Tide.

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

Tigers Haul in Eight Weekly Honors
* Following eight weeks of the season, the Tigers have earned a combined eight Southeastern Conference and two national award weekly honors.
* OL Garrett Brumfield was the named the SEC Offensive Lineman of the Week following the season opener against BYU.
* LB Devin White took home SEC Defensive Player of the Week honors after totaling 13 tackles against Florida.
* White and WR DJ Chark earned SEC Defensive Player and Offensive Player of the Week honors following the win over Auburn. White finished with a career-high 15 tackles and Chark finished with 250 all-purpose yards, including a 75-yard punt return for a touchdown.
* White was also named the Chuck Bednarik National Player of the Week following the win over Auburn.
* RB Derrius Guice was named SEC Offensive Player of the Week and Maxwell Football National Player of the Week following his 276-yard rushing game at Ole Miss.
* PK Connor Culp was also named the SEC Specialist of the Week after going 4-for-4 on field goals, including a career-long 48 yard FG at Ole Miss.
* White once again won the award after a 14-tackle performance against Arkansas.
* P Zach Von Rosenberg was named the SEC Specialist of the Week after booming five punts for 246 yards. Von Rosenberg averaged 49.2 yards and had one punt for a career long 60 yards.

Defense Second in League in Sacks
* The LSU defense has combined for 33 sacks through 11 games at second in the league.
* NT Greg Gilmore and DE Christian LaCouture lead the squad with 6.0 sacks this season. LB Corey Thompson is second on the team with 5.5 sacks.

Twenty Is Magic Number for LSU
* Get to 20 points and LSU is more than likely going to win, at least that’s according to recent history as the Tigers are 23-1 over the past three years when scoring at least 20 points in a game.
* Dating back to 2015, the only game that LSU has lost when scoring at least 20 points came against Troy this year when the Trojans posted a 24-21 win over the Tigers. LSU was 8-0 in 2015, 8-0 in 2016 and 7-1 this year when scoring at least 20 points.

Greedy Leads Team In Interceptions
* Redshirt freshman Andraez "Greedy" Williams is the Tigers' starting cornerback.
* Greedy has intercepted four passes this season and has totaled 14 passes defended, which both rank first in the league.
* Greedy's interceptions came against BYU, Chattanooga, Syracuse and Arkansas.

Guice Nearing 3,000 Career Rushing Yards
* RB Derrius Guice surpassed the 2,000 career rushing-yards mark in LSU's win over Chattanooga. The Baton Rouge native became the 16th player in LSU history to rush for 2,000 or more yards in a career.
* Guice passed Leonard Fournette as the most efficient rusher to surpass 2,000 yards as he needed only 271 attempts, 32 fewer than Fournette's 302.
* Guice moved into the top-10 of LSU's career rushing yard list after a 71-yard performance on the ground against Auburn.
* A year ago, Guice became the fastest player to reach 1,000 yards.
Career
1. 4,557 Kevin Faulk (41 games) 1995-98
2. 4,050 Dalton Hilliard (44 games) 1982-85
3. 4,035 Charles Alexander (44 games) 1975-78
4. 3,830 Leonard Fournette (32 games) 2014-16
5. 2,860 Harvey Williams (40 games) 1986-90
6. 2,849 Derrius Guice (34 games) 2015-present
7. 2,576 Joseph Addai (51 games) 2001-05
8. 2,517 Terry Robiskie (42 games) 1973-76
9. 2,317 Charles Scott (43 games) 2006-09
10. 2,238 Rondell Mealey (46 games) 1996-99

LSU Receivers Involved In Both Run and Pass Game
* A lot was made of LSU wide receivers not catching a pass in the win over Ole Miss on October 21.
* While LSU wide outs may not have caught a pass, they were still targeted three times (LSU only attempted 13 passes) and two receivers – Russell Gage and Derrick Dillon – both rushed the ball in the victory. Gage had two carries for eight yards, while Dillon had a 6-yard run.
* Through 11 games, LSU wide receivers have accounted for 126 touches (72 receptions, 54 rushes).
* Russell Gage leads the group with 42 touches (27 rushes, 15 receptions) for 409 yards and three scores, while DJ Chark has 40 touches to his credit (30 receptions, 10 rushes) for 781 yards and three scores.

LSU Tight Ends/F-Backs Thriving In New Offense
* LSU tight ends/F-backs have each week become more involved the passing game for the Tigers as they have combined to catch 29 passes for 292 yards and five touchdowns.
* Junior Foster Moreau leads the way with 17 catches for 186 yards and three scores, including a career-best 60-yard TD reception against Ole Miss. Foster leads the Tigers in TD receptions (3) and he’s third on the team in receptions (14) and receiving yards (180).
* Senior John David Moore has caught six passes for 51 yards and a TD, while freshman Tory Carter has three catches for 14 yards and a score.

Guice, Etling Only LSU Tandem with Multiple 200-Yard Passing/Rushing In Same Game
* Derrius Guice rushed for 276 yards and Danny Etling threw for 200 yards against Ole Miss to become the first tandem in school history to have multiple 200-yards rushing/passing games in school history.
* Guice and Etling have combined to do it twice – the first time was actually a 300-yard passing/200-yard rushing effort against Texas A&M in 2016.
* Here’s a look at LSU’s all-time list of games where the quarterback passed for 200 yards and a running back gained at least 200 yards on the ground:
Year Quarterback (Yards) Running Back (Yards) Opponent Results
2017 Danny Etling (200) Derrius Guice (276) at Ole Miss W, 40-24
2016 Danny Etling (324) Derrius Guice (285) at Texas A&M W, 54-39
2016 Danny Etling (204) Leonard Fournette (284) Ole Miss W, 38-21
2015 Brandon Harris (261) Leonard Fournette (212) vs. Texas Tech W, 56-27
1998 Herb Tyler (214) Kevin Faulk (201) Alabama L, 22-16

Guice and Williams Only Pair To Rush For 100+ Yards in Same Game Twice Against SEC Foes
* Against Ole Miss, Derrius Guice (276 yards) and Darrel Williams (103 yards) became the first pair of running backs to rush for 100+ yards in the same game against SEC opponents twice.
* The same-game 100+ yard rushing performance has been done 31 times in LSU history, however Guice and Williams are the only ones to do it twice against SEC teams.
* Last year, the duo accomplished the feat for the first time against Missouri (Guice 163 yards, Williams 130 yards).
* The following is a look at LSU’s all-time list of rushing tandems that have accounted for 100+ yards in the same game twice in a career:
Year Running Back Duo (Yards) Opponent Results
2017 Derrius Guice (276), Darrel Williams (103) at Ole Miss W, 40-24
2016 Derrius Guice (163), Darrel Williams (130) Missouri W, 42-7
2013 Jeremy Hill (143), Terrence Magee (108) Furman W, 48-16
2013 Jeremy Hill (117), Terrence Magee (108) Kent State W, 45-13
1997 Kevin Faulk (212), Rondell Mealey (131) at Kentucky W, 63-28
1996 Kevin Faulk (246), Rondell Mealey (161) Houston W, 35-34
1984 Dalton Hilliard (166), Garry James (122) Wichita State W, 47-7
1982 Dalton Hilliard (183), Garry James (116) Florida State W, 55-21
1982 Dalton Hilliard (133), Garry James (128) Oregon State W, 45-7

Williams Becomes First Player with 100+ Rushing/Receiving Yards
* RB Darrel Williams became the first player in LSU history to finish with 100+ rushing and receiving yards. Williams totaled 103 yards on the ground and 105 yards receiving against Ole Miss.
* Williams is the 19th FBS player in the last five years to go for over 100 yards in both categories and the first in the Southeastern Conference since at least 2013.

Guice Becomes First Player in SEC History with Three 250-Yard Rushing Games
* With a 276-yard performance against Ole Miss, RB Derrius Guice became the first player in Southeastern Conference history to have three 250-yard rushing games.
* Last season, Guice totaled 250-yard rushing games against Arkansas and at Texas A&M. He became the third player in the league's history to rush for multiple 250-yard rushing games, joining Moe Williams of Kentucky, Bo Jackson of Auburn and Herschel Walker of Georgia.
* Guice is one of seven players in the nation to own three or more 250-yard rushing games for their career.

True Freshmen Continue to Play Big Roles at LSU
* So far this season, 20 true freshmen have played for the Tigers.
* Against BYU, 17 true freshmen saw action for the most by an LSU team in a season opener since at least 1995.
* LSU tied Georgia and Miami for the most true freshmen to play in a season opener in the nation. The following is a list of teams that played double-digit true freshmen in its season opener: LSU (17), Georgia (17), Miami (17), Arizona (12), Illinois (12), Baylor (11), USC (11), Colorado State (10), Duke (10), Florida (10, Michigan (10) and Virginia (10).
* The following is a list of true freshmen who have played this season: QB Myles Brennan, TE/F Tory Carter, LB K’Lavon Chaisson, RG Saahdiq Charles, OG Austin Deculus, FS Grant Delpit, RB Clyde Edwards-Helaire, DE Neil Farrell Jr., S Todd Harris Jr., OG Ed Ingram, WR Justin Jefferson, CB Jontre Kirklin, WR Racey McMath, WR Mannie Netherly, LB Jacob Phillips, LB Patrick Queen, WR JaCoby Stevens, LB Tyler Taylor, DE Justin Thomas, CB Kary Vincent Jr.

Twenty-One First-Time Starters So Far in 2017
* Twenty-one Tigers have earned starts for the first time so far this season: DE Ed Alexander, RB Nick Brossette, OG Garrett Brumfield, TE/F Tory Carter, RG Saahdiq Charles, LB K'Lavon Chaisson, WR Drake Davis, S Grant Delpit, WR Derrick Dillon, OL Ed Ingram, DE Rashard Lawrence, DE Glen Logan, OL Adrian Magee, S Eric Monroe, TE Jamal Pettigrew, WR JaCoby Stevens, WR Stephen Sullivan, LB Tyler Taylor, Nickel Kary Vincent Jr., CB Andraez Williams and LB Devin White.
* LSU's eight true freshmen starters in 2017 are the most since at least 2005
* The four true freshmen (Charles, Chaisson, Taylor and Delpit) who started the season opener matched the total number between 2000-16.
* The four true freshmen starters were the most in the nation to start the 2017 season: 4 LSU (1 offense, 3 defense), 3 Arizona (0 offense, 3 defense), 3 Baylor (1 offense, 2 defense), 3 Illinois (0 offense, 3 defense).
* With Charles' start against BYU, he became the first true freshman to start a season opener on the offensive line since at least World War II.
* The following have started a season opener since 2000: Charles (RG, 2017), Chaisson (LB, 2017), Delpit (S, 2017), Taylor (LB, 2017), Kevin Toliver (CB, 2015), Trey Quinn (WR, 2014), Jalen Mills (CB, 2012) and Jessie Daniels (Nickel, 2003).
Most True Freshmen Starters by Year Since 2005
2017 8 (Tory Carter, K'Lavon Chaisson, Saahdiq Charles, Grant Delpit, Ed Ingram, JaCoby Stevens, Tyler Taylor, Kary Vincent Jr.)
2015: 7 (Arden Key, Donte Jackson, Foster Moreau, Bry’Kiethon Mouton, Maea Teuhema, Kevin Toliver II, Toby Weathersby)
2014: 6 (Jamal Adams, Malachi Dupre, Leonard Fournette, Davon Godchaux, Brandon Harris, Trey Quinn)
2012: 6 (Kwon Alexander, Vadal Alexander, Reid Ferguson, Jeremy Hill, Lamar Louis, Jalen Mills)
2013: 5 (Rickey Jefferson, Anthony Jennings, Ethan Pocic, Rashard Robinson, Tre’Davious White)
2006: 4 (Jacob Cutrera, Richard Dickson, Charles Scott, Keiland Williams)
2010: 3 (Alfred Blue, Tyrann Mathieu, Eric Reid)
2011: 2 (Odell Beckham Jr., Jarvis Landry)
2007: 2 (Drake Nevis, Terrence Toliver)
2008: 2 (Jordan Jefferson, Patrick Peterson)
2009: 2 (Dominique Allen, Rueben Randle)
2016: 1 (Dee Anderson)

Chark Joins Kevin Faulk As Only Players In LSU History With 75+-Yard Touchdowns Three Ways
* WR DJ Chark finished with 233 all-purpose yards to lead LSU to a top-10 win over Auburn. Chark finished with a career-high 150 yards on five receptions. Three of Chark's receptions converted first down for the Tigers.
* With LSU down 23-14 on the second play of the fourth quarter, Chark took Aidan Marshall's punt to the house on a 75-yard return to spark LSU's comeback win. Chark became the first LSU player since Odell Beckham Jr. (2012) to return two punts for a touchdown in a single season.
* Chark joins former Tiger All-American Kevin Faulk as the only players in LSU history to score on plays of 75 yards or longer three different ways. Chark has done it rushing, receiving and on a punt return, while Faulk did it rushing, and on both kickoff and punt returns.
* Chark is the only player in school history to score on a rush and reception of 75 yards or more.
* The following is a look at the 75-yards or longer scoring plays that link the players in LSU football history:
DJ Chark
Scoring Play Opponent (Year)
79-yard rush Texas Tech (2015 Texas Bowl)
80-yard reception from Danny Etling Southern Miss (2016)
75-yard punt return Auburn (2017)
Kevin Faulk
81-yard rush Idaho (1998)
80-yard rush Houston (1996)
88-yard kickoff return at Notre Dame (1998)
78-yard punt return Houston (1996)
Louisiana's Own Takes the Field as Head Coach of the Tigers
* Coach Orgeron became the first Louisiana native to take the field as the head coach of the Tigers in a season-opener since 1983 when West Monroe native Jerry Stovall coached the Tigers. Stovall and the Tigers lost to Florida State, 40-35, to open the 1983 season.
* Prior to Stovall, the last time LSU was coached by a Louisiana native came from 1948-54 when Homer native Gaynell Tinsley was coach of the Tigers.
* Orgeron, Stovall and Tinsley are the only Louisiana natives to serve as head coach of the Tigers in the SEC era.

#NFLSU - 50 Tigers Lead Nation with Most Players on NFL Rosters
* LSU can lay claim as #NFLU with 50 players on NFL opening day rosters for 2017.
* The Tigers are the only team in the nation to reach the 50-player mark.
* Below is a list of the schools with the most players on NFL Rosters:
1. LSU 50
T2. USC 45
T2. Florida 45
T4. Miami 44
T4. Alabama 44

LSU Set Fifth-Longest Non-Conference Home Winning Streak Of All-Time
* With 49 consecutive wins over non-conference opponents at home in Tiger Stadium from 2001-2017, the LSU football team laid claim to the fifth-longest non-conference home winning streak of all-time and the longest in the modern era.
* LSU's streak came to an end following a 24-21 loss to Troy.
Team Years Non-Conference Home Win Streak
1. Harvard 1890-1895 55
2. Carlisle 1901-1915 54
3. Yale 1886-1895 50
4. Wisconsin 1897-1909 50
5. LSU 2001-2017 49

LSU Had a 100-Yard Rusher In 12 Straight Non-Conference Games
* LSU's streak of 12 consecutive non-conference games with a 100-yard rusher came to an end against Syracuse after RB Darrel Williams fell eight yards short of the century mark. LSU was 10-2 in those games with the setbacks coming in last year’s season-opener against Wisconsin at Lambeau Field and the 2014 Music City Bowl against Notre Dame.
* The last time LSU failed to have a 100-yard rusher in a non-SEC game, prior to the game against Syracuse, came in a 52-0 win over Louisiana-Monroe on September 13, 2014.

Weather Impacted Games for LSU Football
* LSU played a weather-impacted game for the fourth time in three years against BYU. Following the devastating rain from Hurricane Harvey in Houston, the season opener was moved to New Orleans and the Mercedes Benz Superdome.
* Last year, LSU's game against Florida was relocated to Baton Rouge and moved to Nov. 19 following Hurricane Matthew. In 2015, LSU's home opener against McNeese State was canceled due to a nearly four-hour lightning delay. Then, in week five, horrific flooding in the state of South Caroline forced LSU to host the Gamecocks in Tiger Stadium.
* The following is a look at some other notable weather-impacted LSU games through the years:
Date Game Impact Weather Issue
Dec. 5, 1964 Florida Moved from Oct. 3 to Dec. 5 Hurricane Hilda
Sept. 10, 2005 Arizona State Moved from Baton Rouge to Tempe, Ariz. Hurricane Katrina
Sept. 26, 2005 Tennessee Moved from Saturday to Monday Hurricane Rita
Oct. 29, 2005 North Texas Moved from Sept. 3 Hurricane Katrina
Aug. 30, 2008 Appalachian State Moved from 4 p.m. to 10 a.m. CT Hurricane Gustav
Nov. 15, 2008 Troy Moved from Sept. 6 (common open date) Hurricane Gustav
Sept. 5, 2015 McNeese Canceled due to nearly 4-hour lightning delay Lightning
Oct. 10, 2015 South Carolina Moved from Columbia, S.C. to Baton Rouge Flooding
Nov. 19, 2016 Florida Moved from Gainesville to Baton Rouge Hurricane Matthew
Sept. 2, 2017 BYU Moved from Houston to New Orleans Hurricane Harvey

Neutral Site Season Openers
* Since 2010, LSU has played six of eight season openers at a neutral site and the Tigers own a 5-1 record in those games.
Year Opponent Score Top Moment
2010 #18 North Carolina (Atlanta, Ga.) W, 30-24 Russell Shepard 50-yd TD Run
2011 #3 Oregon (Arlington, Texas) W, 40-27 Tyrann Mathieu Strip and TD
2013 #20 TCU (Arlington, Texas) W, 37-27 Odell Beckham Jr. 75-yd KO Return
2014 #14 Wisconsin (Houston, Texas) W, 28-24 Overcame a 21-point defect
2016 Wisconsin (Green Bay, Wisc.) L, 16-14
2017 BYU (New Orleans, La.) W, 27-0 Defense allowed -5 rushing yards

Corey Thompson Is the Elder Statesman on Tiger Defense
* Graduate student Corey Thompson enters his sixth season with the Tigers in 2017 after getting an additional year of eligibility from the NCAA due to missing 2014 and 2016 with injuries.
* Thompson played as a true freshman in 2012, appearing in 13 games and recording 11 tackles. That year, Thompson played alongside nine defensive players who are currently in the NFL.
* This season, Thompson will play alongside some LSU true freshmen who were in eighth grade when Thompson saw his first action as an LSU Tiger in 2012.
* Thompson graduated from LSU in December of 2015 with a degree in sports administration. At the time of Thompson’s college graduation, members of LSU’s 2017 freshman class were only sophomores in high school.

Six Play in 2017 as LSU Graduate
* During the 2017 season, six Tigers haven taken the field as LSU graduates.
Name Major Graduation Date Games Played
Danny Etling Mass Communication Spring 2017 22
Frank Herron Interdisciplinary Studies Summer 2017 31
Christian LaCouture Sport Administration Summer 2016 48
K.J. Malone Interdisciplinary Studies Spring 2017 37
Jonathan Rucker Interdisciplinary Studies Spring 2017 28
Corey Thompson Sport Administration Winter 2015 44

Orgeron Begins New Tradition with Two No. 18s
* Senior defensive lineman Christian LaCouture was awarded the prestigious No. 18 during the spring after electing to return to Baton Rouge for a fifth season.
* LaCouture began a new tradition of two No. 18s as senior John David Moore was selected to wear the number on the offensive side. It marked the first time since the tradition began in 2003 that two players have worn the number.
* The prestigious No. 18 began when, in 2003, quarterback Matt Mauck guided LSU to its first national championship since 1958. His number became synonymous with success – both on and off the field – as well as a selfless attitude that has become the epitome of being an LSU football player.
* Here is a look at the previous players to wear No. 18:
Years Player Position
2003 Matt Mauck QB
2004-07 Jacob Hester RB
2008-09 Richard Dickson TE
2010 Richard Murphy RB
2011 Brandon Taylor S
2012 Bennie Logan DT
2013 Lamin Barrow LB
2014 Terrence Magee RB
2015-16 Tre’Davious White CB

Guice Breaks Single-Game Rushing Mark, Becomes First LSU Player With Two 250-Plus Yard Rushing Games in Same Season
* In the 2016 regular season finale against Texas A&M, running back Derrius Guice broke Leonard Fournette’s LSU single-game rushing record by a yard with 285 and four touchdowns in LSU’s 54-39 win over the Aggies.
* Guice carried the ball 37 times in the victory and out-rushed the entire Texas A&M unit by himself as he became the first LSU player in program history to have two games of 250 yards or more when coupled with his 252 against Arkansas just two weeks prior.
* In SEC history, he is only the fourth player ever to do so joining the likes of Herschel Walker, Bo Jackson and Moe Williams.

LSU is DBU
* With two first team All-America defensive backs in 2016, LSU can easily back up its claim as being “DBU”. With the addition of Tre’Davious White and Jamal Adams, LSU has now produced 10 first team All-American defensive backs since 2003.
* Overall, LSU claims 14 first team All-America defensive backs, including three-time selection Tommy Casanova (1969, 1970, 1971) and two-time pick Corey Webster (2003, 2004).
* In terms of the NFL, since 2007 LSU has had more defensive backs selected in the NFL Draft (17) than any other team in the nation. Of LSU’s 17 NFL Draft picks since 2007, six have been first round picks and five came in either the second or third round.

LSU Welcomes Mike VII in 2017
* LSU introduced the former Harvey as Mike VII on the first day of the fall semester, August 21, after a 10-month search for a new tiger.
* Mike VII is a Siberian-Bengal male tiger and was donated to LSU from a sanctuary in Okeechobee, Florida, called “Wild at Heart Wildlife Center.”
* Mikes IV, V and VI were also donated to LSU from rescue facilities. LSU has not purchased a tiger since Mike III in 1958, and LSU does not support the for-profit breeding of tigers.
* Here’s a look at notable moments during the reign of each of the previous Mike’s in LSU history:
Mascot Years Notable Moments (Football Record)
Mike I 1936-56 Purchased for $750, was the longest living mascot at 20 years (115-83-14)
Mike II 1956-58 The shortest reign with two tigers being used those seasons (8-12)
Mike III 1958-76 First football national title and three SEC titles during reign, (142-50-7)
Mike IV 1976-90 Two SEC championships (141-63-6 )
Mike V 1990-2007 Football national title, five baseball national championships(120-72-1)
Mike VI 2007-2016 Football national title, baseball national title (92-30)
Mike VII 2017-present (8-3)


Non-Conference Regular Season Success since 2000
* LSU leads the Southeastern Conference in wins against non-conference opponents during the regular season since 2000.
* LSU has won 62 of 66 games and owns a .939 winning percentage.
School Games Wins Losses Streak
LSU 66 62 4 L1
Arkansas 69 59 10 W2
Georgia 67 59 8 W3
Alabama 68 57 11 W37
Tennessee 68 56 12 W10
Auburn 68 56 12 W2
South Carolina 67 55 12 W3
Ole Miss 68 51 17 L1
Kentucky 67 50 17 W6
Florida 65 50 15 W1
Mississippi State 68 49 19 W5
Vanderbilt 68 44 24 W6
Missouri 23 18 5 W1
Texas A&M 24 23 1 W2

LSU: One of Conference’s Elite Teams Over Last 10 Seasons
* Over the last 10 seasons, LSU has been one of the Southeastern Conference’s top teams with 106 wins. The program is just one of three teams with bowl appearances in all 10 seasons.
SEC National AP
School Record Bowls Champ Champ. Top 25
Alabama 125-19 10 5 4 9
LSU 106-35 10 2 1 7
Georgia 102-40 10 0 0 5
Florida 95-45 9 1 1 5
Auburn 91-50 8 2 1 4
Missouri 90-51 7 0 0 5
South Carolina 85-54 8 0 0 4
Texas A&M 84-55 9 0 0 3
Mississippi State 80-58 8 0 0 2
Arkansas 74-63 7 0 0 2
Tennessee 72-65 6 0 0 2
Ole Miss 71-65 6 0 0 4
Kentucky 60-75 5 0 0 0
Vanderbilt 57-78 5 0 0 2

LSU Is 72-0 When Rushing For 100 Yards and Holding Opponents To Less Than 100 Yards
* In the last 163 games, LSU’s success is easy to predict when it comes to net rushing yards. Get to 100 yards rushing and LSU will more than likely win as the Tigers are 123-19 when that happens.
* Hold the opponent to fewer than 100 yards and the Tigers are 73-5.
* 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 72-0.
* The following is a look at LSU’s rushing numbers and have the Tigers have fared in those games:
Year LSU 100+ LSU 100- Opp 100+ Opp 100- LSU 100+/Opp 100-
2005 10-0 1-2 3-1 8-1 7-0
2006 10-0 1-2 5-0 6-2 6-0
2007 11-2 1-0 3-2 9-0 8-0
2008 8-3 0-2 2-5 6-0 6-0
2009 8-0 1-4 7-4 2-0 2-0
2010 11-2 0-0 7-1 5-0 5-0
2011 13-0 0-1 4-1 8-0 9-0
2012 9-1 1-2 4-2 6-1 6-0
2013 10-1 0-2 6-3 4-0 4-0
2014 8-3 0-2 4-4 4-1 4-0
2015 8-1 0-2 3-3 6-0 6-0
2016 8-3 0-1 3-3 5-0 5-0
2017 8-3 - 4-3 4-0 4-0
Totals 123-19 5-20 55-32 73-5 72-0

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