Not an easy job.
In LSU's case, it has been the same story all season long. The defensive front four dominated the trenches, and LSU's back seven could be the best group in the nation.
All was true again on Saturday
night when LSU (5-2, 2-2 SEC) thumped
No. 14 LSU held the Wildcats to 227
total yards of offense, giving up 61 yards on the ground and 166 yards through
the air. The front four chased
"We watched on film that they run screens," junior defensive tackle Glenn Dorsey said. "They popped one big one but it was under control. They usually get all their yards on the screen play and coach Pelini had been installing all week that they were going to run them."
Woodson scrambled the entire night due to the lack of protection and a rushing attack. Because of his mobility, the junior quarterback was able to continue many would be dead plays and stretched out LSU's defense.
LaRon Landry and Darry Beckwith led the Tigers, each recording five tackles. Four of Landry's tackles were solo's and one was for a loss of five yards with a quarterback hit. Al Woods, Tyson Jackson, Ricky Jean-Francois and Chase Pittman each added a half sack on the night while defensive backs Luke Sanders and Craig Steltz both contributed two quarterback hits a piece.
"Obviously it's the LSU defense,"
Sophomore defensive end Tyson
Jackson, who leads the Southeastern Conference in sacks with six sacks, also
extended LSU's interception streak this season with his pick in the third
The pick extended LSU's streak of interceptions to one in each game so far in 2006.
With the win, LSU's No. 1 defense
will likely hold on to their ranking as the top defense in all the land. The LSU
defense may be allowing 10 points per game, but the Tigers starting defense is
responsible for allowing only 34 of the 60 points scored by opponents this year.
Three of those touchdowns came last week at
"I think the defense played pretty well last week, and I think they played pretty well this week," LSU head coach Les Miles said. "It's a different challenge. This team has played some teams very very well. So, for us to handle them as well as we did, this football team came out today in a fashion where they were needy. They needed victory. You could see how they played that they were not going to be denied tonight."
Miles and his staff was not exactly happy with his defense last week in The Swamp. Even though the defense kept the Tigers in the game down to the final minute, they did allow three touchdowns in the contest, which was equal to as many touchdowns they allowed all season up till then.
"No one came off last week's game feeling they had accomplished much," Miles said. "If you played well and a team had beaten you, then you would feel differently. If those outings that you don't play well and you don't do what you wanted to do, then we all come out a little stung."
Miles said he believed his team
would play sharp before the game, which could be expected for a squad that is
3-0 under miles after a loss. In fact, LSU hasn't dropped back-to-back games
since the 2001 season when the Tigers loss to
Saturday's game also marked the second time former LSU head coach Mike Archer has returned to Tiger Stadium as an opponent. Archer served as head coach from 1987 to 1990, leading the Tigers to a pair of bowl games and a 27-18-1 record.
Archer returned Saturday as defensive coordinator, and loss for the second time. His first return trip to Tiger Stadium ended in a 17-13 loss in 1994 as a Wildcat.