Game Week #2: Notes & Numbers

A look ahead to Utah State and a look back at Tiger acheivements against Tulane.

LSU vs. UTAH STATE

Date/Time: Saturday, Sept. 8, at 7 p.m.

Location: Baton Rouge, La. - Tiger Stadium (91,600)

Television:  None

The Series: LSU leads 1-0; Last Meeting: LSU, 38-17 on Oct. 2, 1993 (Baton Rouge)

THE SERIES

LSU meets Utah State for only the second time ever on Saturday night as the team's meet in a 7 p.m. contest in Tiger Stadium ... LSU won the only other meeting between the teams, 38-17, on Oct. 2, 1993 in Baton Rouge

In the only meeting between the teams, LSU's Eddie Kennison hauled in six passes for 194 yards, including a 74-yard touchdown reception, while Andre Lafleur hit three field goals including a 47-yarder to lead the Tigers to victory.

LSU HOSTS UTAH STATE IN NON-CONFERENCE BATTLE

The LSU Fighting Tigers will look for its sixth consecutive 2-0 start when independent Utah State invades Death Valley on Saturday at 7 p.m. The Tigers enter the contest off a 48-17 thrashing of in-state rival Tulane, while Utah State comes to Baton Rouge following a 23-19 loss at Utah last weekend.

The Tigers enter Saturday's contest riding a five-game home field winning streak. They will continue to rely on the hot arm of quarterback Rohan Davey, as well as the running back tandem of LaBrandon Toefield and Devery Henderson and the receiving of Josh Reed.

The Aggies will rely heavily on an explosive offense that includes All-American running back Emmett White and strong-armed quarterback Jose Fuentes.

TIGERS ROLL THROUGH GREEN WAVE, 48-17

LSU scored early and often en route to a 48-17 victory over in-state rival Tulane. LaBrandon Toefield scampered 28 yards less than 30 seconds into the game with the first of three touchdowns on the day for the sophomore, as the Tigers built an insurmountable 34-10 halftime lead.

Rohan Davey completed 19 of 29 passes for 253 yards and a pair of TD passes, as the Tigers won their sixth straight season opener in front of an LSU record 91,782 fans. Josh Reed had his eighth 100-yard receiving game in only 15 games at the position, grabbing six passes for 135 yards, as the Tigers dismantled the Green Wave.

LSU FOOTBALL NOTEBOOK

·        LSU will go after its fifth consecutive win in Tiger Stadium when they play host to Utah State at 7 p.m. on Saturday.

·        Dating back to last season, the Tigers have won six of their last seven games overall, with the only loss being a 14-3 setback to Arkansas in the 2000 season-finale.

·        LSU is one victory away from winning its 400th game in Baton Rouge. The Tigers are 399-154-19 all-time in Baton Rouge, which includes a 319-133-18 record in Tiger Stadium.

·        LSU has scored 20 points or more in all nine victories in the Nick Saban era.

·        Dating back to last season, the Tigers have scored at least 30 points in five straight home games.

·        LSU quarterback Rohan Davey has thrown 54 passes straight passes without an interception.

·        Dating back to the Arkansas game in 1999, Davey has thrown 15 TD passes compared to just one interception.

·        In the five non-conference games under Saban, the Tigers are 4-1 and they have yet to allow their opponent reach the 20 point mark.

LSU BREAKS SCHOOL'S ATTENDANCE RECORD... AGAIN

For the fourth time since the Tiger Stadium expansion, LSU has reset the school's single-game attendance mark. Last week's season-opener against Tulane drew a school-record 91,782 fans, breaking the mark of 91,778 set in last year's home finale against Alabama. Since the stadium expanded to seat 91,600 in 2000, LSU has drawn four crowds of 90,000 or better, all of which were LSU victories.

The following is a listing of the top five Tiger Stadium crowds:

 

No.

Game

Date

Attendance

Results

1.

Tulane

Sept. 1, 2001

91,782

W, 48-17

2.

Alabama

Nov. 11, 2000

91,778

W, 30-28

3.

Tennessee

Sept. 30, 2000

91,682

W, 38-31 (OT)

4.

Miss. State

Oct. 21, 2000

90,584

W, 45-38 (OT)

5.

W. Carolina

Sept. 2, 2000

87,188

W, 58-0

DAVEY SPREADS THE WEALTH ON OFFENSE

One of Rohan Davey's greatest gifts is his ability to improvise, use his second or third option and spread the offensive distribution evenly in the passing game. The evidence is in his distribution of touchdown passes.

Of his last 12 touchdown passes dating back to last season, including the Peach Bowl, six have gone to wide receivers, three have gone to fullbacks and three to tight ends ? including both of his TD passes in the Tigers' victory over Tulane last weekend.

The following is a look at Davey's TD pass distribution over his last 12 TD passes:

Wide Receivers (6)

Fullbacks (3)

Tight Ends (3)

Josh Reed (5)

Tommy Banks (2)

Robert Royal (2)

Jerel Myers (1)

Elice Parker (1)

Eric Edwards (1)

20 POINTS THE MAGIC NUMBER FOR THE TIGERS

With a 48-point offensive outburst against Tulane last weekend, the Tigers won their 10th straight game when scoring better than 20 points. The Tigers won all eight games a year ago when scoring 20+ points and have won all nine games in the Nick Saban era when reaching that standard. The last time the Tigers lost when scoring 20 points was a 42-23 loss to Ole Miss on Oct. 30, 1999.

REED TOPS 100-YARD MARK AGAIN IN VICTORY OVER TULANE

Josh Reed caught six passes for 135 yards in the Tigers' convincing 48-17 victory over Tulane last weekend. Since being moved to receiver prior to the 1999 game against Houston, Reed has had had eight 100-yard receiving games in only 15 games at the position. Reed had six 100-yard games a year ago. The junior is now only five behind Wendell Davis for the most career 100-yard receiving games (13).

DOMANICK DAVIS BECOMES A TRIPLE THREAT FOR THE TIGERS

Domanick Davis became a true triple threat for the Tigers on Saturday against Tulane as the junior from Breaux Bridge, La., played running back on offense, defensive back on defense and he was the return man on both kickoffs and punts. Davis finished the game with 94 all-purpose yards (34 rushing, 60 kickoff returns). Davis returned the games opening kickoff 59 yards to setup the Tigers' first touchdown - just 26 seconds into the contest.

FIVE TRUE FRESHMEN PLAY AGAINST TULANE

Five members of LSU's heralded freshmen class saw action in the season opener against Tulane as WR Michael Clayton, TE Marcus Spears, C Ben Wilkerson, RB Joseph Addai and DE Marquise Hill all played in the game.

Clayton caught a pair of passes for 21 yards, while Addai had seven carries for 28 yards for the Tigers.

TIGERS TOP 200-YARD RUSHING MARK

With a well-balanced attack led by LaBrandon Toefield and Devery Henderson, the Tigers wracked up 232 yards on the ground in their victory over Tulane. The Tigers have not lost a game when rushing for better than 200 yards since Nov. 7, 1998 against Alabama.

TOEFIELD FINDS END ZONE EARLY AND OFTEN

LaBrandon Toefield's 2001 season got off to a great start when on his first carry he scampered 28 yards for a touchdown, just 26 seconds into the game. Toefield set a career high with three touchdowns in the Tigers' victory over Tulane. It was the second multi-touchdown game of his young career, joining his two-touchdown effort against Mississippi State last season. The sophomore became the first Tiger to rush for three touchdowns in a game since Herb Tyler against Kentucky in 1998.

TIGERS LOOK TO START OUT 2-0 FOR SIXTH CONSECUTIVE SEASON

With a victory over Utah State, the Tigers can race out of the gates to a 2-0 start for the sixth consecutive season. The last time the Tigers failed to start 2-0 was 1995 when they dropped their season opener at Texas A&M.

The five consecutive 2-0 starts is the third longest stretch of consecutive such starts since the Tigers started out 2-0 every year from 1923-30. The record is nine straight 2-0 starts from 1911-21 (excluding 1918 when there was no team due to World War I).

DEATH VALLEY RETURNS

Since the final game of the 1999 season, Death Valley has once again earned its reputation as one of the toughest road venues in all of college football. With a season opening victory over Tulane, the Tigers have now won five straight and eight of nine overall at home with their only blemish being a 13-10 loss to UAB last September. The Tigers went 6-1 at home in 2000, their best home mark since 1996.

LSU STREAKS TO NOTE

·        Josh Reed has caught at least one pass in 15 straight games.

·        Robert Royal has caught at least one pass in 12 straight regular-season games.

·        Jerel Myers, with eight receptions on Saturday, has caught a pass in 23 of the 24 games in his career.

·        Ryan Clark has now started a team-best 24 straight games.

SEVERAL TIGERS ON "WATCH LISTS" FOR NATIONAL AWARDS

LSU is well represented on the preseason "watch list" for several national awards this year. In all, the Tigers have represenation on eight national awards. The following is a listing of the awards that LSU has a player being considered:

Award

Type

Player(s)

Biletnikoff

Outstanding Receiver

Josh Reed

Butkus

Linebacker

Trev Faulk, Bradie James

Lombardi

Offensive Lineman 

None 

John Mackey

Tight End

Robert Royal

Davey O'Brien

Quarterback

Rohan Davey

Jim Thorpe

Defensive Back

Ryan Clark

Unitas Golden Arm

Senior Quarterback

Rohan Davey

Doak Walker

Running Back

LaBrandon Toefield

DAVEY A MODEL OF EFFICIENCY

One of the keys to LSU quarterback Rohan Davey's success is his efficiency. After starting the season a perfect 11 for 11 against Western Carolina, the senior from Miami threw seven touchdown passes to just one interception in 2000. In addition, he completed an impressive 64.4 percent of his passes a year ago, the second highest completion percentage in LSU history.

Davey opened the 2001 season by connecting of 19 of 29 passes for 253 yards and a pair of TDs vs. Tulane. He has now thrown 54 straight passes without an interception, and dating back to the Arkansas game in 1999, he's tossed 15 TD passes compared to just one interception.

JOSH REED CLOSES IN ON TOP 10 ALL-TIME LSU RECEIVING LISTS

Josh Reed continues to move closer to LSU's top 10 list for receiving yards and receptions. Reed caught six passes for 135 yards vs. Tulane as he moved to within 140 yards from 10th place in school history in receiving yards. Reed currently has 1,396 career receiving yards. In addition, Reed moved his career reception total to 79, just 19 shy of breaking into the top 10. Last year, Reed caught 65 passes for 1,127 yards and 10 TDs. The 1,127 and 10 TDs both rank second in a single-season at LSU.

JOSH REED AND 100-YARD GAMES GO TOGETHER NICELY

It was one of the greatest position changes in LSU history. Josh Reed, a seldom-used running back lined up at receiver for the first time on Nov. 6, 2000 in a game against Alabama. 14 games later, he has become one of the best receivers in LSU history.

In 14 games, Reed has posted seven 100-yard performances, a 50 percent clip. His seven 100-yard games rank fifth in school history. Reed is two 100-yard games away from moving into a third place tie on the all-time LSU list with Tony Moss and Andy Hamilton and six off the all-time record of 13 by Wendell Davis. He has registered at least one reception in each of his 14 games since moving to the position and enters the 2001 season with the longest consecutive streak of any Tigers on the active 2001 roster.

DAVIS SETS SITES ON LSU RETURN YARDAGE RECORD

In only two years at LSU, Domanick Davis has become one of top return men in Tiger history. He already owns two of the three most productive seasons in kick returning in LSU history. As a freshmen in 1999, he established an LSU record with 618 yards, then followed it up with 572 yards his sophomore season, the third highest total in LSU history.

Davis moved closer to LSU's career kickoff return yardage record with 60 return yards against Tulane. Davis is now only 530 yards away from breaking the school mark of 1,780 held by Robert Dow (1973-76). In just over two years with the Tigers, Davis has returned 51 kickoffs for 1,250 yards. Davis also ranks 10th in all-time punt return yardage with 364 yards and needs 106 yards to move into ninth. He did not have a punt return against Tulane.

TIGERS ONE WIN AWAY FROM 400 ALL-TIME AT HOME

With the victory over Tulane last Saturday, LSU moved to within one victory over recorded its 400th win in Baton Rouge. In 108 years of football, the Tigers have posted a 399-154-19 mark in games played in Baton Rouge, which includes a 319-133-18 ledger in Tiger Stadium. 


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