LSU among leaders in several categories

Two games into the college football season and LSU has already established itself as one of the nation's top teams in terms of statistics as the Tigers rank among the national leaders in six categories.

After back-to-back wins by identical scores of 45-3 against Louisiana-Lafayette and Arizona, the Tigers stand atop the Southeastern Conference and rank seventh in the nation in scoring offense at 45.0 points per game.

Defensively, LSU ranks first in the nation in scoring defense (3.0 points per game) and pass defense efficiency (53.1 rating). The Tigers also rank second in the nation in pass defense (90.0 yards per game) and third in total defense (164.0 yards per game).

Through two games, LSU is the only team in the nation that hasn't allowed a touchdown. The Tigers carry a string of 14 consecutive quarters without allowing a touchdown into the Auburn game on Saturday.

Offensively, the Tigers rank fourth in the nation and second in the SEC in pass efficiency with a 199.9 rating. In two games, the Tigers have completed 33 of 46 passes for 529 yards, five touchdowns and only one interception.

LSU is second in the league and 12th in the nation in total offense with an average of 465 yards per contest. The Tigers are averaging 200.5 yards rushing per game and 264.5 yards passing a contest.

Individually, LSU quarterback JaMarcus Russell is ranked third in the nation in pass efficiency with a 211.4 rating. The junior from Mobile, Ala., has completed 26 of 37 passes for 449 yards, five touchdowns and only one interception.

Cornerback Jonathan Zenon is one of only two defensive players in the nation with two touchdowns to his credit this year. Zenon currently ranks first in the nation in interceptions with three.

LSU returns to action on Saturday when the sixth-ranked Tigers travel to face third-ranked Auburn at 2:30 p.m. at Jordan-Hare Stadium. The game will be televised to a national audience by CBS.

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