LSU-Tulane News & Notes

LSU welcomes Tulane to Baton Rouge on Saturday as the Tigers renew one of the South's oldest rivalries hosting the Green Wave at 7 p.m. in Tiger Stadium. The LSU-Tulane series dates back to 1893 and spans 94 games with the Tigers holding a 65-22-7 advantage.

Saturday's contest is the first of what will be 10 games between the schools over the next decade. LSU and Tulane play in the Superdome next year as the series will alternate between Baton Rouge and New Orleans for the next 10 years.


LSU goes into Saturday's game with a 2-1 overall record following last week's 7-3 loss to third-ranked Auburn. Tulane is 1-1 overall following its 32-29 victory over Mississippi State in Starkville. This will mark the first meeting between LSU and Tulane since the 2001 season opener when the Tigers posted a 48-17 win over the Green Wave. LSU is 53-25-3 all-time in Homecoming games.


LSU has won five straight Homecoming contests dating back to the 2001 season. This is the first time that Tulane will serve as LSU's Homecoming opponent. LSU brings one of the nation's toughest defenses into the Tulane game as the Tigers lead the country in total defense (170.0 yards per game) and pass efficiency defense (63.53 rating) and they are ranked No. 2 in pass defense (96.7 yards per game) and No. 3 in scoring (4.3 points per game).


Offensively, the Tigers are averaging 31 points and 413.7 yards per game. QB JaMarcus Russell has completed 46 of 72 passes for 718 yards and five touchdowns. RB Alley Broussard is the Tigers' leading rusher with 92 yards and 2 TDs on 26 carries. LSU has three players with at least 11 receptions led by Buster Davis with 13 catches for 207 yards. RB Jacob Hester has 12 catches for 81 yards and a score, while WR Dwayne Bowe has 11 receptions for 209 yards and 2 TDs.


LB Darry Beckwith leads the Tiger defense with 23 tackles, including 2.5 for losses and 1.5 sacks. DT Glenn Dorsey is second on the team with 17 tackles and he's tops on the squad with 6 tackles for losses and 2 sacks. CB Jonathan Zenon leads the Tigers with 3 interceptions, while S Craig Steltz has 2 picks to his credit this year.



LSU Loses Defensive Battle to No. 3 Auburn, 7-3


LSU held Auburn to only 7 points and just 182 yards of total offense, but it wasn't enough as No. 3 Auburn held off LSU, 7-3, in Jordan-Hare Stadium. Trailing 3-0 late in the third quarter, Auburn used a 12-play, 75-yard drive capped with a 1-yard run by QB Brandon Cox to take a 7-3 lead against LSU. That score would hold up as LSU had a last-minute drive stopped at the Auburn 4-yard line as time expired. In a game that featured two of the nation's top defenses, LSU took a 3-0 halftime lead when PK Colt David drilled a 42-yard field goal as time expired in the second quarter.


The David field goal capped a 13-play, 55-yard drive for the Tigers. QB JaMarcus Russell highlighted the Tiger offense by completing 20 of 35 passes for 269 yards. LSU, which had 311 yards of total offense in the contest, managed just 42 yards on the ground with RB Alley Broussard and Justin Vincent each totaling 16 yards rushing. The Tiger defense, led by LB Darry Beckwith and DT Glenn Dorsey, held Auburn to only 72 yards rushing in the contest. Of its 9 possessions, Auburn went 3-and-out five times, including all four of its first quarter possessions.



Date/Time:          Saturday, Sept. 23 at 7 p.m. CDT


Location:              Baton Rouge, La. (Tiger Stadium - 92,400)


Television:           TigerVision


                Cox Sports Television (delay) - cable ch. 37 in Baton Rouge


Radio:   LSU Sports Radio Network - 98.1 FM in Baton Rouge


                Sirius Satellite Radio - ch. 181


The Series:           LSU leads 65-22-7


The Series


LSU and Tulane renew one of the South's oldest rivalries on Saturday in Tiger Stadium in the first of 10 games between the teams over the next decade … The team's have met 94 times with the Tigers holding a 65-22-7 advantage in the series that dates back to 1983 … The teams played every year from 1919 to 1994 when the series was dropped … LSU and Tulane has played twice since 1994 with the Tigers winning both contests (35-17 in 1996 and 48-17 in 2001) … LSU has won 14 straight against the Green Wave, a streak that dates back to a 20-7 victory in 1983. … LSU is 35-10-1 all-time against Tulane in Baton Rouge … Tulane's last win over LSU came in 1982 by a 31-28 count in Tiger Stadium … This will be LSU coach Les Miles' first game against Tulane.



Tigers Welcome Tulane To Tiger Stadium For Homecoming


LSU celebrates Homecoming on campus this week as the 10th-ranked Tigers welcome Tulane to Tiger Stadium for a 7 p.m. contest on Saturday. The game will be televised on LSU's pay-per-view network, Tigervision. LSU brings a 2-1 overall mark into the Tulane game following last week's 7-3 loss at Auburn. Tulane, 32-29 winners over Mississippi State last week, is 1-1 overall. It's the first meeting between the teams since 2001 when LSU opened the year with a 48-17 victory over the Green Wave in Tiger Stadium.



LSU Brings Nation's Top Rated Defense Into Tulane Game


LSU brings the nation's No. 1 rated defense in terms of total yards allowed into the Tulane game as the Tigers are allowing 170.0 yards per contest, which ranks first nationally. The Tigers, who have yet to allow an opponent to reach 200 yards of offense this year, also rank No. 1 in the nation in pass efficiency defense (63.53 rating) and they are No. 2 in pass defense (96.67 yards per game) and No. 3 in scoring (4.33 points per game). Through 12 quarters of action this year, LSU's defense has yielded just one touchdown.



LSU Has Held 4 Straight Opponents To Under 200 Yards Of Offense - A First In School History


LSU kept its streak of keeping opponents from reaching the 200-yard mark in total offense alive against Auburn, holding the Tigers to 182 total yards. LSU has now held its last four opponents to fewer than 200 yards of offense, which is a first in school history. The current streak dates back to the Miami game in last year's Peach Bowl as the Tigers limited the Hurricanes to 153 total yards in the 40-3 victory. The following is a look at how LSU's defense has performed over the last four games:



Dorsey Already An All-American? Yes, According To Dennis Dodd


LSU DT Glenn Dorsey is off to one of the best starts for a Tiger defender in recent history as he already has 6 tackles for losses and a pair of sacks through the first 3 games of the season. Dorsey played so well against Auburn last week that CBSsportsline's Dennis Dodd wrote, "based on Saturday, Glenn Dorsey should be named an All-American right now. End of discussion." Dorsey keyed an LSU defense that held Auburn to 182 yards of offense. Dorsey finished with 8 tackles, 3 tackles for losses (17 yards) and 1.5 sacks (11 yards). He also added a QB hurry in the game.



LSU In Homecoming Games


The Tigers bring a 53-25-3 mark in Homecoming games into the Tulane contest. LSU has won five straight Homecoming games, including a 24-0 victory over Appalachian State last year. LSU's last loss in a Homecoming contest came in 2000 when UAB stunned the Tigers, 13-10. This year will mark the first that Tulane will serve as LSU's Homecoming opponent.



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.



The First Of 10 With The Green Wave


Saturday's game will mark the first contest in a 10-game series with Tulane over the next decade. The teams, who have played 94 times since 1893, will alternate hosting games over the next 10 years. Next year's game will be played in the Louisiana Superdome. The series between LSU and Tulane is scheduled to run through 2015.



In The Polls


The Tigers fell four spots in both national polls this week following the 7-3 loss to Auburn. The Tigers fell from No. 6 to No. 10 in the AP poll and dropped from No. 7 to No. 11 in the USA Today Coaches poll. LSU has now been ranked for 53 consecutive polls by USA Today and 52 straight polls by the AP. Tulane is unranked.



Tigers Have Been Tough To Beat In Tiger Stadium


LSU goes into the game against Tulane contest having won 7 straight and 17 of its last 18 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 16 consecutive games.

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