10 wins for only 8th time in school history

The "golden years" of LSU football are considered by old timers as the days of Billy Cannon, the Chinese Bandits and Cholly Mac.

But that may not be quite the case.

People typically categorize great moments as things in the past, years gone by, in which immortal moments such as Cannon's magical Halloween night run or the Earthquake game of 1988 transpired.

But from looking at the record book, at present, it is truly the highest point in the history of LSU football. Prior to the Nick Saban tenure, only five teams had compiled seasons in which the Tigers won 10 or more games. Since 2001, LSU has now posted three 10-plus-win seasons clinching the third last Friday when Les Miles' squad topped Arkansas 19-17 for victory No. 10. LSU is now primed to post its 11th win, for only the third time in school history in the SEC title game.

Here is a glimpse at LSU's eight, 10-plus win teams:

1908: Coach Edgar Wingard's Tigers gave up just 11 points all season long as LSU rolled to a 10-0 record and was named national champions by the National Championship Foundation.

1958: Paul Dietzel's Tigers rolled to an undefeated 10-0 record for a national championship and added its 11th with a 7-0 victory over Clemson in the Sugar Bowl.

1961: Two seasons later, which turned out to be Dietzel's last in Baton Rouge, LSU went 10-1, losing only the season opener to Rice 16-3, won the SEC and blasted Colorado in the Orange Bowl.

1987: Strangely enough, Charles McClendon, LSU's all-time winningest coach, never compiled a 10-win season. Nor did Jerry Stovall or Bill Arnsparger, but Mike Archer led his Tigers to a 10-1-1 record and was a 22-10 loss to Alabama away from an SEC title. LSU tied Ohio State 13-13 en route to a win over South Carolina in the Gator Bowl.

1996: It was probably the most unceremonious 10-win season in school history, mainly due to a pair of ugly losses at Florida (56-13) and to Alabama (26-0), but Gerry DiNardo's LSU squad went 10-2 and was rewarded with a snub to the Peach Bowl, which they won 10-7 over Clemson.

2001: In a season that looked lost after seven games, Nick Saban's Tigers turned a 4-3 campaign into a 10-3 gem winning its last six straight games, including a stunner over No. 2 Tennessee in the SEC title game and blasted Big Ten champion Illinois in the Sugar Bowl.

2003: Saban has his Tigers back in the SEC title game two years later, which they beat Georgia to solidify a slot in the BCS national championship game. LSU set a school record for wins grabbing No. 13 in a 21-14 shocker over top-ranked (BCS) Oklahoma.

Game Notes:

The Tigers extended their winning streak to nine games, the longest stretch since winning 10 straight at the end of 2003 and the beginning of 2004.

LSU recorded its 11th consecutive win in the month of November. The last time the Tigers lost in the month of November was at Arkansas on Nov. 29, 2002.

LSU's attendance of 92,127 was the sixth largest in Tiger Stadium history.

LSU's game captains were 5 Skyler Green, 41 Chris Jackson, 95 Kyle Williams, 76 Andrew Whitworth.

LSU won the toss and deferred to the second half. LSU will defend the south endzone.

Tigers extending their consecutive starts' streak today were: OT Andrew Whitworth (50), FS LaRon Landry (31), DT Kyle Williams (31) and LB Cameron Vaughn (23).

LSU recorded a safety with 0:12 left in the second quarter when WR Early Doucet tackled Arkansas punter Jacob Skinner in the endzone after a bad center snap. It is the third safety recorded by the Tigers this season and the fifth time the LSU defense has scored this season. (The interception return against Tennessee and a safety and fumble return against Vanderbilt).

It marked the first time an individual recorded a safety for the Tigers Vanderbilt on Oct. 8, 2005, when DE Chase Pittman sacked QB Jay Cutler in the endzone.

LSU has outscored its opponents 53-6 in the first quarter since the game at Vanderbilt on Oct. 8. LSU has outscored its opponents 70-10 in the first quarter for the season and has allowed only one first-quarter touchdown (at Mississippi State). 12. LSU has not allowed a first quarter touchdown in eight-straight games.

Individual Notes

OT Andrew Whitworth, in his final game in Tiger Stadium, became the first player in school history to start 50 games. He passed Jerel Myers and Rodney Reed (48 games) for first place last week at Ole Miss.

With a tackle in the first quarter, both DT Kyle Williams and FS LaRon Landry extended their tackles in consecutive games streak. They each have now made a tackle in 37 straight games.

PK Colt David's 26-yard field goal with 13:24 remaining in the second quarter was his third made field goal of the season and first since a 30-yarder at Mississippi State.

DE Melvin Oliver's three sacks of Casey Dick gave him 20 for his career and moved him into a tie for fourth place in the LSU record book with Jarvis Green.

QB JaMarcus Russell tossed his 15th touchdown of the season and 24th of his career on a 50-yard lob to WR Bennie Brazell in the second quarter.

Russell has now thrown at least one touchdown in nine straight games.

With his touchdown pass tonight, Russell moved into a tie for eighth place for touchdown passes in a single season at LSU with 15. He is tied with Tommy Hodson (15 in 1987).

WR Bennie Brazell pulled down his third touchdown of the season and his career with a 50-yard TD catch with 10:50 remaining in the second quarter.

CB Ronnie Prude's sack of Casey Dick in the second quarter was his first of the season and the second of his career.

WR Craig Davis pulled in an eight-yard reception with 3:25 left in the second quarter to extend his consecutive games with a reception streak to 21 (games in which he has played).

RS Skyler Green recorded his longest reception of the season on a 29-yard catch with 3:00 remaining in the second quarter.

RB Justin Vincent scored his fifth rushing touchdown of the season and 17th of his career on a four-yard run with 10:40 left in the third quarter.

Vincent has scored a rushing touchdown in five consecutive games dating back to the North Texas game.

RB Justin Vincent tied his season high for rushing attempts with 20. He previously recorded 20 attempts against Alabama on Nov. 12.

FS LaRon Landry's interception with 0:57 left in the game was his third of the season and the ninth of his career.

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