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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.