#5 LSU vs. Ole Miss
Nov. 20, 2010 – Tiger Stadium (Baton Rouge, La.)
LSU Postgame Notes
1. Prior to kickoff, LSU honored its 16 seniors (10 scholarship players and 6 walkons) which includes 78 Joseph Barksdale, 45 Richard Dugas, 45 Zach Elkins, 39 Ian Harding, 4 Jai Eugene, 53 Paul Felio, 43 Daniel Graff, 38 Derek Helton, 30 Josh Jasper, 95 Lazarius Levingston, 18 Richard Murphy, 92 Drake Nevis, 13 Jordan Newell, 59 Jonathan Nixon, 11 Kelvin Sheppard and 80 Terrence Tolliver.
2. LSU’s game captains were 11 Kelvin Sheppard, 30 Josh Jasper, 34 Stevan Ridley, 78 Joseph Barksdale and 92 Drake Nevis.
3. LSU has won nine of its last 11 Senior Day games dating back to the 1999 season.
4. LSU won the toss and deferred its option to the second half. Ole Miss received the opening kickoff, while the Tigers elected to defend the north endzone.
5. RT Chris Faulk and WR Chris Tolliver garnered their first career starts during Saturday’s game. LSU has now featured a total of 21 first-time starters during the 2010 season.
6. LSU capitalized on an Ole Miss turnover and scored a touchdown on its opening possession for the second time in 2010. The Tigers tallied an opening possession touchdown against Tennessee on an 83-yard run by Jordan Jefferson earlier this season.
7. By forcing Ole Miss into an interception on its first offensive possession, LSU has held its opponents scoreless on opening drives in all 11 games this season. The LSU defense has forced nine punts and two turnovers by its opponents on first drives in 2010.
8. LSU’s defense allowed just its third first quarter touchdown over its last 13 SEC games dating back to the 2009 season. Ole Miss joins Tennessee and Auburn, all this season, as the only teams to score an opening quarter touchdown.
9. LSU racked up 10 first quarter points to reach double digits for the second straight week. The Tigers totaled 13 points against Louisiana-Monroe last week.
10. LSU had its run of 41 straight possessions without a turnover come to close during its initial drive of the second half. The Tigers last turnover came during the opening possession of the Auburn game.
11. For the 17th time under Les Miles, LSU recorded a fourth quarter comeback victory. The Tigers were trailing 24-23 entering the final stanza and overcame deficits two other times [30-29 and 36-35] for the win. It marked the fourth time [Tennessee, Florida, Alabama and Ole Miss] in 2010 that LSU overcame a fourth quarter deficit.
12. LSU has scored over 40 points in back-to-back games for the first time since opening the 2008 season with 41-13 and 41-3 victories over Appalachian State and North Texas, respectively.
13. The 20 points scored in the fourth quarter were the most for LSU since racking up 30 points in a dramatic 40-31 comeback victory over Troy on Nov. 15, 2008.
14. LSU’s offense racked up a season-high 470 total yards of total offense. The last time the Tigers recorded that many yards was against Georgia during the 2008 season, a span of 30 games.
15. LSU recorded its 10th victory for the fourth time in six seasons under Miles. The Tigers improved to 10-1 for the first time since the 2005 campaign.
16. LSU closed out the 2010 season with a 7-0 record in Tiger Stadium. It marked the Tigers first undefeated home season since 2006.
17. LSU moves to 9-0 this year and has won 45 of 51 games under Miles when scoring first.
18. With the victory, LSU now possesses the Magnolia Bowl trophy for the first time in school history. It was created in the spring of 2008 by the Student Governments of both schools in an effort to enhance the spirit of the football rivalry between the two teams.
19. LSU has now defeated Ole Miss, Florida and Alabama in the same season for just the sixth time in school history. LSU accomplished that feat in 1958, 1982, 2004, 2005, 2007 and 2010. Miles is the only coach in LSU history to do it more than once.
20. With the win, Miles has 61 victories in six seasons at LSU and an overall record of 61-16. Only two coaches in LSU history have won more games than Miles – Charles McClendon (137) and Bernie Moore (83).
21. RB Stevan Ridley tallied his third multi-touchdown game of the career in addition to his first three-touchdown game of his career. It marked the third time in the last five games that Ridley has scored multiple touchdowns.
a. Ridley scored on a pair of two-yard runs during the first half. Then, he rumbled in from seven yards out for the go-ahead score with 44 seconds left in the fourth quarter.
b. Ridley has 12 rushing touchdowns for the season and moves into a 10th place tie in the LSU record book. The Natchez, Miss. native, now has 15 career rushing scores in a LSU uniform.
c. Ridley racked up 69 of his 89 yards during the first half. He is now 33 yards away from 1,000 for the season.
d. The last time LSU had a running back rush for three touchdowns was Charles Scott against Georgia Tech in the 2008 Peach Bowl.
22. QB Jordan Jefferson threw for career-best 254 yards and one touchdown, a 27-yard strike to RB Michael Ford with 7:30 remaining in the fourth quarter.
a. Jefferson connected on 13 of his 17 passing attempts for a 76.5 completion percentage, the second-highest ratio of his career.
b. Jefferson ran for 45 yards on nine carries, including a three-yard TD run to vault LSU ahead 29-24 with 14:22 to go in the fourth quarter.
23. TE Deangelo Peterson garnered a career-best 76 yards on three receptions.
24. WR Chris Tolliver recorded his first career reception after missing much of the season due to injury.
a. For the season, LSU has had 14 different players with at least one reception.
25. PK Josh Jasper connected on all three of his field goals on the afternoon from distances of 31, 25 and 24 yards. It marked Jasper’s sixth multi field goal game of the season and ninth of his career.
a. Jasper is now 42-of-49 for his career and moved to within eight field goals of matching John Corbello (1999-2002) for third place on LSU’s career list.
b. For the season, Jasper improved to 23-of-27 on field goals. His 23 field goals made this season ranks No. 2 on LSU’s all-time list, three behind Colt David (2007), for a single season. The 27 attempts are second, six back of David (2007), on the single-season list.
c. Jasper remains the LSU leader in career field goal percentage having drilled 85.7 percent of his kicks. He is also second in SEC history in that category.
d. Jasper was 2-of-2 on extra points on the afternoon, improving to 29-of-30 on the season and 68-of-69 for his career.
26. RE Lavar Edwards hauled in his first career interception on the game’s opening possession. The turnover led to a LSU touchdown.
a. Last week, Edwards scored on a 29-yard fumble recovery during the third quarter against Louisiana-Monroe.
27. FS Karnell Hatcher equaled a career-high with 10 tackles.
a. The last time Hatcher recorded double digit tackles was at Ole Miss last season.
28. LB Kelvin Sheppard also tallied 10 tackles for his fifth double figure tackle effort of the season.
29. On the last play of the game, CB Patrick Peterson secured his fourth interception of the season and seventh of his career.
a. It marked the second straight game that Peterson has notched an interception.
30. CB Ron Brooks came away with his second sack of the season and forced a fumble on Ole Miss’ first possession of the third quarter.
a. Brooks fumble was recovered by DT Drake Nevis and led to a Jasper field goal.
b. Brooks equaled his career-best with five tackles and has tallied a sack in back-to-back games.