Top 10 teams battle in Tiger Stadium
It's been a while, nearly 30 years to be exact, since a pair of SEC teams carrying top 10 rankings have battled in Tiger Stadium. The last time it happened the coaches were the Bear and Coach Mac, the game was LSU-Alabama and the year was 1973. Alabama, then-No. 2 in the nation, posted a 21-7 win over No. 7-ranked LSU in a game televised nationally by ABC on Nov. 22, 1973. The Alabama win snapped LSU's 9-game winning streak. The last time two top 10, regardless of conference affiliation, squared off in Tiger Stadium came on Sept. 26, 1987 when the No. 4-ranked Tigers battle No. 7-ranked Ohio State to a 13-13 tie in a game televised by CBS.
LSU on CBS
The Tigers will mark their 29th appearance on CBS vs. Georgia. The Tigers will carry a 14-13-1 mark in game televised by CBS into the Georgia game. The game will be the first on the network since last year's 21-20 loss to Arkansas in Little Rock. LSU is 4-3 on CBS under Nick Saban, which includes a 2-0 mark in Tiger Stadium as well as a win over Tennessee in the SEC Championship game. LSU has won three of its last four games on CBS.
Clayton nearly unstoppable
In three games this season, LSU wide receiver Michael Clayton has looked almost unstoppable. To date, Clayton leads the SEC in both receptions per game (7.67) and receiving yards (141.0). Clayton has caught 23 passes for 423 yards and four TDs despite playing very little in the second half of each of LSU's first three games. On Saturday vs. Western Illinois, Clayton caught a career-best 11 passes for a career-high 162 yards and 1 TD despite sitting out most of the second half with a sprained ankle. Of Clayton's 11 receptions, nine came in the first half for 134 yards.
100-150-300 vs. Western Illinois a rarity for Tigers
LSU's trio of quarterback Matt Mauck, running back Shyrone Carey and wide receiver Michael Clayton combined for a rarity on Saturday vs. Western Illinois. Carey rushed for 124 yards, Clayton caught passes netting 162 yards and Mauck threw for 305 yards as the trio became just the fourth group in school history to have 100-yards rushing, 150-yards receiving and 300-yard passing in the same game. The last time the Tigers had a 100-yard rusher, a 150-yard receiver and a 300-yard passer in the same contest came against Illinois in the 2002 Sugar Bowl. In that game, Domanick Davis rushed for 122 yards, Josh Reed had 239 yards receiving and Rohan Davey threw for 444 yards. The other two times came in 2001 as well as the Tigers did it against Kentucky (Toefield 129 rushing, Reed 160 receiving, Davey 383 passing) and then against vs. Arkansas (Toefield 173 rushing, Reed 183 receiving, Davey 359 passing).
Tiger defense has been stingy
Through 12 quarters this season, LSU's defense has held the opponent out of the endzone in nine of those. In week 1, Louisiana-Monroe didn't score until the fourth quarter and the same was true in week 2 as Arizona's offense didn't score until there was only four minutes left in the contest. For the first time this season, LSU allowed points prior to the fourth quarter as Western Illinois scored on its first second half possession.
Jones being victimized by LSU's offense
The only person that seems to be affected adversely by the potent LSU offense is that of Tiger punter Donnie Jones. One week after punting only one time vs. Arizona, Jones didn't even get off a punt against Western Illinois. In his only opportunity to see the field, the snapper sailed the ball over Jones' head for what turned out to be a 27-yard loss. Jones did not get another punting opportunity vs. Western Illinois. A week earlier vs. Arizona, Jones was one of the last Tigers to enter the game as the Tigers were not forced to punt until there was less than eight minutes left in the contest. Through three games, Jones, who is a Ray Guy Award candidate, has punted six times for an average of 42.0 per punt. Jones has not met the minimum number of punts to rank among either the SEC or national leaders.
Add two more true freshmen to the list
You can add two more true freshmen to the list of first time players for LSU as WR Craig Davis and DE Brian West both played for the first time vs. Western Illinois. Through three games, LSU has now played 14 true freshmen. LSU opened the season by playing 11 true freshmen against UL-Monroe and then 12 played against Arizona. The following is a listing of the true freshmen who have played this season and the number of games they have seen action in: DB Jessie Daniels (3 games), S LaRon Landry (3), CB Nick Child (3), DB Daniel Francis (3), DT Carnell Stewart (2), DE Kirston Pittman (2), RB Alley Broussard (2), RB Justin Vincent (3), WR Dwayne Bowe (3), TE Keith Zinger (3), PK Chris Jackson (3), RB Barrington Edwards (2), WR Craig Davis (1) and DE Brian West (1).