NOTEBOOK: Inside the LSU Tigers

The LSU Tigers are just five days away from the season opener with the University of Louisiana-Lafayette. Here is all the news and notes on the Tigers heading into this weekend's game. Check out all this weeks news on TigerRag.com.

The Series

 

Teams will meet for the 21st time on Saturday in Tiger Stadium … Will be only the second meeting between the teams since 1938 … Last meeting came in 2002 when LSU posted a 48-0 win over the Cajuns in Homecoming … LSU has held Louisiana-Lafayette without a point in 10 straight games … The Cajuns have gone scoreless in 16 of the 20 games against the Tigers … LSU has yielded just 19 points to the Cajuns in 20 games … On the other hand, LSU has scored 912 points over the 20-game span … The largest margin of victory in school history came against Louisiana-Lafayette in 1936 by a 93-0 margin … LSU is 29-0 all-time against current members of the Sun Belt Conference (20-0 vs. ULL, 3-0 vs. North Texas, 3-0 vs. Arkansas State, 1-0 vs. Middle Tennessee, 1-0 vs. Troy State, 1-0 vs. Louisiana-Monroe) … LSU coach Les Miles is 1-0 all-time against ULL.

 

 

Tigers Open 113th Season Of Football Against Louisiana-Lafayette

 

LSU opens its 113th season of football, and the second under Les Miles, on Saturday at 7 p.m. against Louisiana-Lafayette in Tiger Stadium. The game will be televised live on LSU's pay-per-view network - TigerVision -  and will be carried on a tape-delay basis by Cox Sports Television. In 112 years of football, LSU has won two national titles, nine SEC titles and posted an overall mark of 669-374-47.

 

 

LSU's Celebrates 75th Anniversary Under The Lights In Tiger Stadium

 

The 2006 season will also mark the 75th anniversary of LSU's first night game in Tiger Stadium. LSU's first night game in Tiger Stadium was played in 1931 when the Tigers posted a 35-0 win over Spring Hill on Oct. 3. Since that first night game in Tiger Stadium, played under the lights in Death Valley has become one of the grandest traditions in all of college football.

 

 

About Louisiana-Lafayette

 

Louisiana-Lafayette, formerly known as Southwestern Louisiana or USL, comes to Tiger Stadium as the preseason favorite to win the Sun Belt title this year … The Cajuns tied for the Sun Belt Conference title a year ago, going 6-5 overall and 5-2 in league play … The Cajuns are coached by Ricky Bustle, who enters his fifth season at ULL … Bustle has an overall coaching mark of 17-29, which includes an 0-1 mark vs. LSU … The Cajuns return their top rusher (Tyrell Fenroy - 1,053 yards in 2005) and their top passer (Jerry Babb - 859 yards, 3 TDs in 2005) … ULL brings a 5-game overall winning streak into Saturday's as they closed the 2005 season on a 5-game winning streak.

 

 

LSU-ULL Ties

 

ULL freshman DT Sharrick Moore is the son of LSU defensive line coach Earl Lane … LSU assistant equipment manager Chico Rodriguez is a graduate of Louisiana-Lafayette … LSU has four players on its 105-man roster from Lafayette and another six players who hail from the Acadiana area.

 

 

Miles vs. ULL

 

LSU coach Les Miles has a 1-0 mark vs. Louisiana-Lafayette. Miles was head coach of the Oklahoma State team that posted a 56-3 win over the Cajuns in Stillwater in 2003.

 

 

In The Polls

 

The Tigers go into the 2006 season ranked No. 8 in the Associated Press poll and No. 9 in the USA Today Coaches poll. It marks the third straight year that the Tigers start a season ranked in the top 10. Last year, the Tigers were ranked No. 5 in the AP poll and No. 6 in the USA Today Coaches poll. LSU also had a top 10 national ranking to open the 2004 season as the Tigers were ranked No. 4 in the AP poll following their national championship season in 2003. LSU has now been ranked for 51 consecutive polls by USA Today and 50 straight polls by the AP.

 

 

LSU In Season-Openers

 

LSU brings a 79-28-5 overall mark in season-openers into the Louisiana-Lafayette game. The Tigers have won three straight and nine of their 10 season-openers. LSU's only season-opening loss over the past nine years came at Virginia Tech by a 26-8 count in 2002. Last year, the Tigers beat Arizona State, 35-31, in Tempe to open the year. LSU has also won nine straight season-opening games played in Baton Rouge. The last time the Tigers lost a season-opening game in Tiger Stadium came in 1994 by an 18-13 count to Texas A&M. LSU is 69-14-3 all-time in season-openers in Baton Rouge.

 

 

Tigers Have Been Tough To Beat In Tiger Stadium

 

LSU goes into the game against Louisiana-Lafayette contest having won four straight and 15 of its last 16 games in Tiger Stadium. LSU's last loss at home came against Tennessee on Sept. 26 of last year, a Monday night. LSU hasn't lost a Saturday game in Tiger Stadium since a 19-7 setback to Florida on Oct. 11, 2003. To take it a step further, LSU hasn't dropped a Saturday night game at home since a 31-0 defeat to Alabama on Nov. 16, 2002, a streak that stretches 14 consecutive games.

 

 

Weather Delay?

 

LSU's last three scheduled season openers have all been delayed due to weather. In 2003, a thunderstorm delayed the Tiger opener against UL-Monroe. The same thing happened again in 2004 against Oregon State. Both of those games were played that night after half-hour delays. LSU didn't get that far last year against North Texas as that game was postponed early in the week due to Hurricane Katrina and replayed on Oct. 29.

 

 

LSU's Non-Conference Home Winning Streak At 14 Straight

 

LSU brings a streak of having won 14 straight non-conference home games in the ULL contest. The Tigers haven't dropped a home non-conference game since falling to UAB, 13-10, on Sept. 23, 2000.

 

 

LSU's Won 4 Straight and 12 Of Last 13 Non-Conference Games

 

LSU has won four straight and 12 of its last 13 non-conference games heading into the Louisiana-Lafayette contest. LSU was 4-0 in non-conference action a year ago. LSU's last non-conference loss came at the hands of Iowa by a 30-25 count in the Capital One Bowl on Jan. 1, 2005. Prior to that, LSU's last non-conference loss was to Texas by a 35-20 margin in the Cotton Bowl during the 2002 season.

 

 

Tiger Defense Hasn't Allowed A TD For 6 Straight Quarters

 

LSU's defense brings a streak of holding its opponents without a touchdown for six straight quarters into the 2006 season. LSU closed out last year by holding Miami to only 3 points in the Peach Bowl. Prior to that, LSU's defense allowed only a pair of second half field goals in a loss to Georgia in the SEC Championship Game. The last offensive touchdown scored against LSU was on a 7-yard run by D.J. Shockley at the 8:23 mark of the second quarter in the SEC title game.

 

 

Keeping Them Under 20 Points

 

LSU goes into the Louisiana-Lafayette game having held 10 of its last 11 opponents, 7 of which were SEC foes, to 20 points or less, a streak that dates back to early last year. Prior to the Georgia game in the SEC Championship, LSU held 9 straight opponents to 20 points. It was the longest streak since 2003 when the Tigers did it for the first 11 weeks of the season on their way to claiming both the SEC and National titles.

 

 

Taking Note On The Tigers Since 2000

 

Here is a look at some notable trends for LSU during the 77 games its played since 2000 … LSU is 49-4 when leading at halftime and 44-4 when leading after three quarters … The Tigers are 54-5 when scoring 20 or more points and 45-2 when scoring at least 25 points in a game … On the other hand, the Tigers are 5-13 when failing to reach the 20-point mark … LSU is 19-5 in games decided by 7 points or less and 9-3 in games decided by 3 points or less … LSU is 40-2 when holding opponents to fewer than 100 team rushing yards and the Tigers are 26-1 when having a player rush for 100 yards.

 


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