The Tigers' win over
After falling to both
LSU's loss to the Longhorns marks
the last time the Tigers dropped back-to-back contests, a loss that followed
defeat at the hands of
In his first two seasons at the helm, Les Miles' Tigers have dropped their SEC openers. Only two other coaches in LSU history share that distinction – Gaynell "Gus" Tinsley and Nick Saban.
THE SOUTH FORTY
Although the Tigers didn't win at home 45-3 again, LSU did replicate their 42-point margin of victory in Tiger Stadium for a third consecutive time. Once again, such a performance was made possible because of the turnovers the defense produced.
LSU has forced at least two
interceptions in each game and has picked-off opposing quarterbacks seven times
when playing in
"It's sad he didn't get in the endzone on that one," LSU Coach Les Miles said of Steltz's return. "He should've been awarded a touchdown on great effort."
The return was the longest for a Tiger since 1996, when Mark Roman brought an interception back 86 yards against another Tulane team.
True freshman Charles Scott became LSU's first 100-yard rusher in a game this season, carrying the ball 15 times for 101 yards and two touchdowns against the Green Wave.
"It's nice to have a back go over a hundred yards," Miles said. "That's nice to have happen, but I'm not certain next week that it might not be another back. So we'll kind of see how it goes."
Scott's 15 rushes were more
attempts in a game this season than any other back has had thus far. Alley Broussard, who had zero carries against Tulane, held the previous high of 10
YOU KNOW MY NAME
With a solo tackle, three assists, a fumble recovery and a blocked field goal attempt against Tulane, Ricky Jean-Francois' name was uttered often by LSU P.A. Announcer Dan Borné. Most importantly for Jean-Francois, his name was being pronounced correctly. Borné's style of pausing between "Ricky" and the rest of the defensive end's moniker suits the redshirt freshman just fine.
"That keeps me happy every time he pronounces my name, ‘Ricky…Jean Francois.'" Jean-Francois said. "People can get used to it. It's like a catchphrase now. Now they can say my name right. When I was back home it was ‘Francisco, Francis' or they just said ‘Jean' and stopped. They wouldn't say anything else."
AFTER FURTHER REVIEW
Instant replay actually benefited LSU against Tulane…twice
Following a slew of reviews that
hindered the Tigers at
With 5:37 to go in the second quarter Scott fumbled, resulting in a first down for LSU. The spot was challenged by Tulane, and the Green Wave was charged with a timeout after the ruling on the field stood.
"Yeah, how about that," Miles said enthusiastically when someone commented it was nice to see a replay go his way for a change.
WELCOME BACK LESTER
Former LSU quarterback Lester Ricard's return to
After an ominous fumbled snap to start the game, Ricard endured three-and-outs on three of the Green Wave's six possessions of the opening half and was knocked out of the contest by the Tigers' defense before Tulane's last drive of the second quarter ended in a blocked field goal.
Ricard was 6-of-15 passing for 44 yards and was sacked twice. Including his sacks, he rushed three times for minus 13 yards.