Post-Game Notes from Baton Rouge

"I've never been prouder of a football team. I've never been prouder of their courage, their attitude, their never say die, and they fight for 60 minutes. We've come a million miles since August 29, and I'm just really proud of them. I'm happy for them and all they've done and they've really played together."

On a 33-yard reception in the second quarter, Josh Reed set the SEC record for receiving yards in a season, passing the 1,357 by Travis McGriff of Florida in 1998. The reception gave Reed 1,383 yards at the time. He finished with 1,494 yards. On the same play he moved into second place on the all-time LSU career receiving yardage list passing Eric Martin, who had 2,625 yards from 1981-84.

With 183 yards in the game, Reed also went on to break the LSU career receiving record. He finished the game with 2,755 career yards. The previous record of 2,708 yards held by Wendell Davis (1984-87) was broken on a 22-yard reception in the fourth quarter.

LaBrandon Toefield's 17-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter was his third of the game and 18th of the season breaking Charles Alexander's 24-year-old LSU record of 17 set in 1977. It marked the fifth multiple-TD game of the season for the sophomore. His 18 touchdowns tie him with Herschel Walker of Georgia (1981) for second most in SEC history. He is one short of the SEC record.

Toefield also broke Charles Alexander's LSU record for points in a season (102 in 1977) with his three TD performance, giving him 108 points for the year.

Rohan Davey moved past former teammate Josh Booty and into sixth place on the all-time LSU passing yardage list on his 60-yard strike to Michael Clayton. The pass gave him 3,957 career yards at the time. Booty threw for 3,951 yards from 1999-2000. Davey moved past 4,000 career yards on his 38-yard touchdown pass to Josh Reed in the fourth quarter.

Davey became the first Tiger to ever post three consecutive 300-yard passing games. It marked the fifth time in 10 games this year that Davey surpassed 300 yards and the sixth time in his career, extending his own LSU record. Josh Reed posted the 16th 100-yard receiving game of his career in only 24 games at the receiver position.

With two catches of 30+ yards in the first half, Josh Reed now has 16 receptions of 30 yards or better on the season.

The 62-yard touchdown by LaBrandon Toefield in the first quarter was the third longest run of his career, trailing only a 74-yarder against Tennessee in 2000 and a 70-yarder against Utah State earlier this year. The touchdown also moved him into sole possession of 10th place on the all-time LSU touchdown list (he added to it later), passing NFL Hall of Famer Jimmy Taylor with his 21st touchdown of his career.

Toefield rushed for over 100 yards for the fifth time in his career. LSU is now 5-0 when Toefield breaks the century mark. The total is the highest ever for Toefield in an SEC game.

The interception by Kenderick Allen was the first of his career.

Michael Clayton hauled in a 60-yard touchdown pass from Rohan Davey in the third quarter, his sixth touchdown reception of the year and his seventh touchdown overall. Clayton's seven TDs are the most by a Tiger true freshman since Dalton Hilliard posted 16 in 1982 ? 11 rushing and five receiving.

LSU improved to 15-1 under Nick Saban when scoring 20+ points with the only loss coming this year against Ole Miss. LSU has won 16 of its last 17 when scoring 20+ points.

Trev Faulk's sack of Zac Clark in the first quarter was his first sack of the season and third of his career.

Kyle Kipps later added a sack on Clark for his first of the season and second of his career since shifting to the defensive side of the ball in 2000.

With a 9-yard reception on the second play of the game, Josh Reed extended his team-leading streak of consecutive games with a catch to 24, dating back to the Alabama game in 1999, his first as a receiver. In addition, Jerel Myers extended his streak of consecutive games with a catch to 11, the second longest streak on the Tigers. Myers has now caught at least one pass in 32 of 33 career games with the lone exception being the Tigers' 20-9 victory at Ole Miss in 2000. The Tigers scored on their opening drive for the third consecutive week and the fifth time on the year. All five touchdowns have come on runs by LaBrandon Toefield.

LSU scored at least 20 points in the first half for the fifth time in 10 games this year. LSU scored first for the seventh time in 10 games. The Tigers entered with a 5-1 record when scoring first.

Free safety Ryan Clark made his 33rd consecutive start dating back to the 1999 season opener against San Jose State. Trev Faulk made his 30th consecutive start dating back to the Georgia game in the fourth week of his freshman season. Jerel Myers made his 32nd start in 33 career games with the only exception being the 1999 season finale against Arkansas when the Tigers opened in a three tight end alignment.

Today's attendance of 89,560 was the seventh largest crowd in LSU history. All six of LSU's 2001 home games have made the top 10 LSU single game attendance list.

Captains for the Tigers were permanent captains QB Rohan Davey, LB Trev Faulk, TE Robert Royal and honorary game captain SS Lionel Thomas.

Nick Saban Quotes

"Well guys. I'm tired. It was a great win for our players and a great competitive game for both teams. I have to give the Arkansas players a lot of credit for competing and coming back in the game. Arkansas has a great football team and understand very well why they won six games in a row. They (Arkansas) didn't have a bit of quit in them and it took everything we had to win today. I'm proud of our offense because we were able to take the air out of their comeback by moving the ball at the end. Josh Reed made a great play on third down between he and Rohan (Davey).

"We had five turnovers and we gave up some big plays on defense. But when you keep competing and keep playing you still have a chance to win. Our players understand that and I'm really pleased with the way we were able to compete. We had to come back at several points in the game, but we made the plays we needed to make."

"We had some outstanding performances from several individuals. I know LaBrandon Toefield broke the record for this year and Josh Reed and Rohan Davey have had record breaking years, but wins like this are team wins. whether its one big play or 70 big plays, the whole team contributes on every one of them."

"Our team was able to overcome and persevere this year on ups and downs. People kind of gave up on them thinking we were out of it, but they persevered and that's what we did in the game today and now we have a chance to win a championship. We need to focus on the next step and not look at the top of the mountain and get ready to play Auburn."

"We didn't really have our A-game today. I'm not sure why. We played very well on defense in the second half. They went to "two minute" at the end and we got a little disorientated, but we kept playing an overcame it."

LSU Player Quotes

FS Ryan Clark

"We knew they were a really good team, especially after winning six straight games. They made some big plays and were very well coached. In the end, we made the plays we needed to make to win. That was the best thirty-eight point performance we have ever had."

On his interception: "I just stuck my hand out to try to tip it, but it fell into my arms. I was man-on-man on the fullback. I was really just trying to make sure the quarterback got out of the pocket."

On controlling their own destiny: "This was the game we had to win. We are just trying to take it one game at a time. We are not even thinking about next week right now. We are just going to enjoy this win for 24 hours and then look forward to Auburn."

DE Kenderick Allen

On his interception: "I just saw it (ball) floating out there and I caught it."

"We will celebrate this win and then get ready for Auburn. We control our own fate."

RB LeBrandon Toefield

"We knew at the end it was in our hands, and we pulled it out. It will be a huge game next week and we are looking forward to it. We will play until the whistle blows, work hard in practice, and come out and compete in the whole game next week."

On breaking the single season touchdown record: "It means a lot to me, but I am going to dedicate it to my offensive line. All the guys up front did a great job blocking and opening up holes for me. It (the record) is a great thing, but the thing that matters most is that we won today. We are going to come out next week and do it all over again."

ILB Trev Faulk

"We knew we had to step it up when our offense was struggling, but that is part of a team. We are just glad that we won. Hopefully we can reach one of our goals next week."

OG STEVEN PETERMAN

"We just fought hard and came together and pulled it out in the end. Rohan just stayed poised. Arkansas runs a lot of different things and we had to prepare for a lot. We just knew that if we kept our heads up then something would happen good.

On how important Toefield is... "He means a lot to us. He is a great back, he hits the holes and gets a lot of extra yards. He always stays on his feet. When you see a back run like that it makes everyone say 'We need to give this guy the ball.'"

"A game could not get any bigger than this. This is why I came to LSU, to play for the West title. Not too many people can say that they won the West in their lifetime, so that is what I want to do."

LB BRADIE JAMES

"We had to stay poised because it is a fight and you never know who will come out on top. We had to go out there and overcome some kind of adversity to make this thing as sweet as it is. We knew there would be adverse situations but we had no idea it would be as tremendous as it was. We just had to go out there and keep going. So many guys made so many plays and we knew it was time to step up."

QB ROHAN DAVEY

"Well, we made it tougher than it really should have been. To Arkansas's credit they were a good football team. They came out and played hard and you could tell that the stakes were high. We gave it away but our defense kept us in it. It was total team effort tonight. I was kinda trying to make plays and kinda forced things and coach told me just to stay calm. Big players try to step up in big games and make big plays. That is the bottom line. I should have stuck to the basics and taken take what they were giving me. I was trying to make too many plays and forcing the ball and that type of thing. They did a good job of disguising their coverages and doing that type of thing. They did a real good job."

WR JOSH REED

"Coach Saban emphasized all week that a lot of the teams that were in the race played like they were not in it and that is how a lot of them failed. It was good to get this one under our belt but we still have one more next week in the regular season no matter what it is for. We need to go out there and just play like it is our last game which it is."

On throwing the ball on third and long with a minute left

"Well, as a matter of fact I think coach Fisher wanted to run it but coach Saban overruled him. He called a pass play and I was able to get open and make the catch and Rohan made an excellent throw. They double teamed me a little bit, I think they did on Michael Clayton's touchdown."

Houston Nutt Quotes

"I've never been prouder of a football team. I've never been prouder of their courage, their attitude, their never say die, and they fight for 60 minutes. We've come a million miles since August 29, and I'm just really proud of them. I'm happy for them and all they've done and they've really played together."

"I really thought that we had a chance to win. I think that LSU realizes that they are lucky. They deserved to win the game, but they were very fortunate today. We had our chances. We put our guys in a position to win, but we just didn't get it done."

"It is a tough environment to play in, but our guys grew up today. We had a lot of freshman on the field and I'm just proud of our guys."

"It's been a 15 round heavyweight fight for the last six weeks, especially the last three or four. It was a quick turnaround for them. They had two weeks to prepare and they were a little fresher. But again, it went right down to the wire and our guys knew that if we got the ball back, then we would when the game."

"Zak Clark did a great job today. Both of our quarterbacks put us in a position to win and they both have their own separate abilities, and they did a great job of executing today."

"On that last interception, that guy (Ryan Clark) made a great catch. He was wide open, we threw it on time, but their safety just made an unbelievable catch. He leaped out, almost with one hand and made an unbelievable catch."

Arkansas Player Quotes

ARKANSAS QUARTERBACK MATT JONES:

"(LSU) played a great game. You have to give them all the credit."

On the interceptions: "On one of them I was just trying to throw it away. On the other one, the safety came over and picked off."

"Our team has so much heart. Its unbelievable how much heart this team has. It's just great. You don't want to play on any other team but this one. You know you are going to have a chance to win the game. Even when you are down, you know you've got a shot to win because nobody is going to give up.

ARKANSAS WIDE RECEIVER GEORGE WILSON

"Overall, I felt like I played a pretty good game. I felt like I made plays when my number was called. But, one guy can't make a difference in the game. It takes a total team effort to win. They made plays, they won the game and that is the bottom line."

On his touchdown catch: "We had a little cross. I was crossing up under the tight end and I guess the linebacker floated with the tight end. The backside corner went with the other wide out across the field and it just kind of opened me up. Zak found me on the opposite hash and I just laid out for the pylon."

ARKANSAS LINEBACKER JERMAINE PETTY

"All together as a team I think we played goo. It shows that this team has a real big heart. Everyone counted us out when we were 1-3."

"We knew that (LSU) had a real good offense. They can put up points on anybody on any given night. We just had to go out and out-execute them and see what would happen. You know, they made a couple big plays when they needed them"

ARKANSAS LINEBACKER CALEB MILLER

"We pretty much, I think, shut them down on the things we were supposed to do. The plays they made were exactly that -- plays they made. It was good plays by them. They'd catch us in a blitz or some receiver would have one-on-one coverage and they'd make a good throw and good catch. They have good receivers obviously. That's what they beat us on, the long passes and long runs."

On his interception: "That was a good job by Carlos Hall actually. He hit Rohan's hand made him tip it up in the air and I just caught it. That's all that happened. I didn't do anything good."


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