The LSU-Auburn matchup is the
nation's only game this week to feature a pair of top 10 teams. It also marks
the first time since 1972 that LSU and
LSU brings a 2-0 mark into the
contest as the Tigers are coming off a 45-3 win over
The LSU-Auburn winner has gone on
to claim the SEC Western Division four of the last five years (exception 2002).
Last year, LSU claimed a 20-17 overtime win over
LSU's running game has been by committee through the first two weeks of the season as Alley Broussard (76 yards), Hester (74 yards, 2 TDs) and Justin Vincent (52 yards) each have 16 carries to their credit this year. Defensively, the Tigers are allowing only 3.0 points and 164 yards per game. In two games, the Tiger defense has forced 6 turnovers and scored 2 touchdowns. LB Darry Beckwith leads the Tigers with 15 tackles and 1.5 sacks, while FS Jessie Daniels has 13 tackles and 1 sacks. CB Jonathan Zenon has intercepted 3 passes this year, returning two for touchdowns.
LSU struck early and often and
never looked back as the Tigers scored on their first possession for the second
straight week on their way to a 45-3 win over
LSU and Auburn face each other for the 41st time with LSU holding a 21-18-1 lead in the series ... The winner of LSU-Auburn game has gone on to win the SEC Western Division in four of the last five years (exception came in 2002) … The teams have meet every year since 1992 when the SEC was split into divisions … Since 1992, Auburn has won eight of the 14 meetings between the teams, which includes five of the seven games at Auburn … In games between 1988 and 1997, the contest was decided by a touchdown or less seven of eight times … Last two games have been decided by a total of four points (and two kickers legs) … LSU missed a PAT in a 10-9 loss at Auburn in 2004 and Auburn missed five field goals last year an overtime loss to LSU in Tiger Stadium … LSU hasn't won at Auburn since a 31-19 victory in 1998 … LSU coach Les Miles is 1-0 vs. Auburn.
Goes On Road For First Time In 2006
LSU hits the road for the first
time in 2006 as the sixth-ranked Tigers travel to face third-ranked
When LSU and
LSU goes into the
In The Polls
The Tigers moved up two spots to
No. 6 in the AP poll this week following the 45-3 win over
Expect The Unexpected When LSU and
Since 1988, the LSU-Auburn series has become one of close calls and one in which the teams and the fans have come to expect the unexpected. The following is a listing of some of the notable happenings in the series since 1988:
1988: LSU's Tommy
Hodson hit Eddie Fuller in the back of the endzone on fourth down with 1:41 left
to lift the Tigers to a 7-6 win over fourth-ranked
1995: LSU donned
white jerseys at home for the first time since the early 1980's and promptly
went out and upset fifth-ranked
1996: With the old Auburn Sports Arena burning to the ground a couple hundred yards away, LSU beat Auburn, 19-15, in a game titled "The Night the Barn Burned."
1997: Titled "The Comeback", Auburn QB Dameyune Craig engineered a 10-play, 80-yard drive late in the fourth quarter to spark the Tigers to a 31-28 upset of 10th-ranked LSU.
2004: Titled "The
LSU has three players on its roster
from the state of
The LSU-Auburn Connection
LSU offensive coordinator Jimbo Fisher spent six seasons (1993-98) as the quarterbacks coach for the Auburn Tigers ... Offensive line coach Stacy Searels, a 1990 Auburn grad, was an All-American lineman and a 3-year starter for the Tigers (1984-87) and spent two seasons as a graduate assistant coach at Auburn ... Sam Nader, LSU's assistant AD for Football Operations, graduated from Auburn in 1967 after playing quarterback for the Tigers … Jimmy Brumbaugh, LSU's assistant strength and conditioning coordinator, was a All-SEC defensive linemen at Auburn from 1995 to 1999 ... Current Auburn defensive coordinator Will Muschamp held the same position for the Tigers under Nick Saban … Auburn tight ends coach Steve Ensminger played quarterback at LSU from 1976-79.
2005: A Year of Firsts For LSU and Les Miles
A year ago, Les Miles set several
milestones for first-year LSU coaches as he guided the Tigers to 11 wins, making
him the winningest first-year Tiger coach in school history. In addition, Miles
became the only coach in school history to beat
Miles Is First Coach In LSU History To Win 13 Of First 15 Games
With the win over
The Tigers are coached by Tommy Tuberville and bring a 2-0 overall mark and a 1-0 league record into the LSU contest … Tuberville is 87-47 overall, which includes a 62-27 mark at Auburn … Tuberville has a 6-5 mark vs. LSU, which includes a 4-3 record against the Tigers as head coach at Auburn … Auburn goes into the LSU game averaging 37 points per game and they are allowing just 7 points per contest … RB Kenny Irons is averaging 126 yards rushing per game, while QB Brandon Cox has completed 29 of 45 passes for 440 yards and 3 TDs … In two games, Auburn's defense has recorded 9 sacks and come away with 4 turnovers (2 interceptions, 2 fumbles).
LSU Brings One Of Nation's Best
LSU brings one of the nation's highest rated defenses into the Auburn contest as the Tigers lead the country in scoring defense (3.0 points per game) and pass efficiency defense (53.06 rating). LSU is also ranked No. 2 in pass defense (90.0 yards per game), No. 2 in interceptions (5), and No. 3 in total defense (164.0 yards per game). LSU remains as the only school in the nation that has yet to allow a touchdown this year.
LSU Defense Stretches Streak Of No TDs Allowed To 14 Straight Quarters
LSU's defense ran its streak of not
allowing a touchdown to 14 straight quarters against
• It's the first time LSU hasn't allowed a TD in three straight games since 1962
• It's the first time LSU hasn't allowed a TD in the first two games of a season since 1987
• Over the 14 quarters that LSU's defense hasn't allowed a TD, the Tiger defense has scored a pair of touchdowns themselves. In fact, not counting PATs, LSU's defense has outscored its opposition, 12-9, over the past 3 games.
Tigers Have Held Three Straight Opponents To Under 200 Yards Of Offense
In addition to its streak of
keeping the opponent out of the endzone, LSU's defense brings a streak of having
held three consecutive teams under 200 yards of total offense. That streak dates
back to the
LSU In SEC Openers
Despite having one of the best
records in the SEC since 2000, LSU has struggled in conference openers during
that span. Since 2000, LSU is 2-4 in SEC openers with all four of those losses
coming to ranked teams. LSU's two wins during that span have come against
Miles Has Been Good In SEC Games; Off To Best Start For LSU Coach Since Coach Mac
LSU coach Les Miles guided the Tigers to a 7-1 regular season mark last year, which included four conference wins on the road. The 7-1 SEC start in regular season games is the best by an LSU coach since 1962-63 when Charles McClendon opened his Tiger career by winning eight of his first nine league games. Bernie Moore holds the school record for best SEC start to a career by winning his first 13 league games.
LSU On CBS
LSU will make its 37th appearance
on CBS when they face
LSU In Road Games Against Ranked Opponents
Two of the biggest road wins in
school history have come in the state of
LSU's Scored 40 Or More Points In Three Straight Games, A First In Modern Day History
LSU's current streak of scoring at
least 40 points in three straight games marks the first time in modern day
school history that it's ever happened. LSU closed last year with a 40-3 win
Tigers Go Over 450 Yards Of Total Offense For Third Straight Game
With 461 yards of offense against
LSU Has Second-Best Record In SEC Over Last 5-Plus Seasons
LSU's record of 52-14 over the last 5-plus seasons is the second-best record in the SEC during that span. Only Georgia, who has a 53-13 mark over that span, has a better 5-year record than LSU. The following is a look at how teams in the SEC rank by wins over the last 5-plus years:
Redzone Success Streak Reaches 34 Straight
LSU's ran its streak of successful
trips inside the redzone to 34 straight by going 3-for-3 against
Tiger Defense Scores Again
LSU's defense supplied points for
the Tigers for the second straight game against
Zenon Joins Elite Club
With his 41-yard interception return for a touchdown, LSU CB Jonathan Zenon is the first Tiger since at least the 1960s to return interceptions for scores in back-to-back games. Zenon is also the first LSU player since Jack Hunt in 2003 to have two interceptions returned for touchdowns in the same season.
Hester Does It All In Win Over
LSU RB Jacob Hester has become a
jack of all trades for the Tigers as he scored a rushing touchdown, caught a
touchdown pass and even saw action on special teams in the win over
Russell Ranked No. 3 In Nation In Pass Efficiency
LSU QB JaMarcus Russell goes into
Running Back By Committee
Through 2 games, LSU has used the running back-by-committee approach as Alley Broussard, Justin Vincent and Jacob Hester have each carried the ball 16 times during the first two weeks. Charles Scott, a true freshman, leads the Tigers in rushing with 86 yards and 1 TD on nine carries, while Broussard is second on the team with 76 yards and 2 scores on 16 attempts. Hester has rushed for 74 yards and a pair of scores on 16 attempts, while Vincent has 52 yards on 16 carries to his credit.
Keeping Them Under 20 Points
LSU goes into the Auburn game
having held 12 of its last 13 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 79 games its played since 2000 … LSU is 51-4 when leading at halftime and 46-4 when leading after three quarters … The Tigers are 56-5 when scoring 20 or more points and 47-2 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 42-2 when holding opponents to fewer than 100 team rushing yards and the Tigers are 26-1 when having a player rush for 100 yards.
LSU O-Line Goes From Grey to Green
A year ago, LSU had one of the most experienced offensive lines in school history, as the starting five up front combined for 146 career starts (Andrew Whitworth - 52, Nate Livings - 34, Rudy Niswanger - 31, Brian Johnson - 16, and Will Arnold - 14). This year, the Tigers went into the season with an offensive line that had combined for 32 career starts. Johnson and Arnold combined for 30 of the 32 starts, while center Brett Helms made up the other two. Peter Dyakowski and Ciron Black both made their first career starts last week against Louisiana-Lafayette. The following is a look at the career starts for the Tigers offensive linemen in 2006 as compared to their predecessor:
Russell Runs Record As LSU's
Starting QB To 16-2; Looks To Tie
LSU QB JaMarcus Russell ran his
record as the Tigers starter to 16-2 with the 45-3 win over
Russell Sets Career Mark for TD Passes Against Louisiana-Lafayette
When LSU QB JaMarcus Russell connected with Brandon LaFell on a 58-yard TD pass on the third play of the game against Louisiana-Lafayette, it marked the longest completion of Russell's career. It also marked the first of what would be a career-best three TD passes for Russell against the Cajuns. For the game, Russell finished 13-of-17 for 253 yards and 3 scores. The 253 passing yards ranks as the second-highest total of Russell's career.
Landry Runs Starting Streak to 37 Straight
LSU All-America free safety LaRon Landry ran his streak of consecutive starts to 37 straight against
Louisiana-Lafayette. Landry, from Ama,
Russell-To-Bowe TD Combination Now Tied For Second Best Combo In School History
The pitch and catch combination of
JaMarcus Russell-to-Dwayne Bowe ran their TD streak to 14 with a third quarter
Craig Davis Reception Streak At 25 Straight
With 2 catches for 29 yards against
Colt David PAT Streak At 47 Straight
LSU PK Colt David ran his streak of
successful PATs to 47 straight by connecting on all six of his attempts against
12 True Freshmen Have Seen Action For The Tigers In 2006
A total of 12 true freshmen have seen action for the Tigers this year. Here's a list of true freshmen who have played so far this season: WR/RS Trindon Holliday, WR Ricky Dixon, RB Charles Scott, DB Danny McCary, LB Jacob Cutrera, LB Perry Riley, TE Richard Dickson, WR Chris Mitchell, WR Jared Mitchell, DT Al Woods, and RB Keiland Williams.