The game will be televised to a
national audience by ESPN2. The game will be the first ever meeting between LSU
LSU goes into the Fresno State game with perhaps the most dominating defense in the nation as the Tigers are ranked among the top 8 in the nation in six categories, including leading the country in total defense (211.71 yards per game) and pass efficiency defense (81.81 rating). LSU is also No. 2 in the nation in scoring defense (8.57 points per game), No. 4 in pass defense (139.71 yards per game), No. 5 in interceptions (11) and No. 8 in rush defense (72.0 yards per game).
Offensively, LSU leads the SEC in scoring with 35.6 points per game and the Tigers are No. 2 in the league in total offense with 417.7 yards per game. LSU has scored 40 or more points five times this year, all coming in Tiger Stadium. In five home games this year, LSU is 5-0, has outscored its opponents 236-30 and has won those games by an average of 42 points per game (47 to 5). LSU QB JaMarcus Russell leads the Tigers offensively as he's thrown for 1,700 yards and 13 TDs. LSU RB Jacob Hester leads the SEC in touchdowns with 8 (6 rushing, 2 receiving). LSU's trio of receivers - Dwayne Bowe, Craig Davis and Early Doucet - have combined for 97 receptions for 1,446 yards and 11 TDs. Davis leads the Tigers with 37 catches for 538 yards and 1 TD.
Defensively, DE Tyson Jackson leads the SEC in sacks with 6.0 through seven games. LB Darry Beckwith is tops on the team in tackles with 40, while FS LaRon Landry has 35. As a unit, the Tigers have 22 sacks and 41 tackles for losses to their credit.
Offense and Defense Shine in 49-0
A balanced offense and a stingy
defense proved just too much for
Flynn finished off the scoring for the Tigers early in the fourth quarter with a 2-yard TD pass to Shawn Jordan. For the game, LSU racked up a season-best 546 yards (268 rushing, 278 passing), while holding the Wildcats to season lows in points (0), passing yards (166) and total yards (227). For the game, Russell connected on his first 11 passing attempts on his way to completed 15 of 18 for 226 yards and 2 scores. Bowe led all receivers with 6 catches for 111 yards and a career-best 3 TDs, while Hester added 44 rushing yards and 2 TDs on the ground for the Tigers.
DE Tyson Jackson led a Tiger defense that pitched their first shutout of the season with 3 tackles, 1 sack and his first career interception.
LSU Steps Out Of Conference To
LSU steps out of conference for the
final time during the regular season on Saturday as the 14th-ranked Tigers host
In The Polls
The Tigers came in at No. 14 in all
three major polls - AP, USA Today Coaches and Harris Interactive. LSU also
opened at No. 18 in the first BCS Standings, which were released on Sunday. LSU
has now been ranked for 57 consecutive polls by USA Today and 56 straight polls
The Tigers will take a much-needed
Saturday off on Oct. 28 before returning to action for a November run that has
LSU Brings Nation's Top Rated
For the third straight week, LSU stands atop the national rankings in total defense, allowing only 211 yards per game. The Tigers also remain No. 1 in the nation in pass efficiency defense with an 81.8 rating and they are No. 2 in points allowed with an 8.6 average. In seven games this year, LSU's defense has allowed only 6 touchdowns (3 rushing and 3 passing).
Russell Named SEC Offensive Player of the Week
LSU QB JaMarcus Russell has been
named the SEC Offensive Player of the Week for the second time this year.
Russell won the honor on Monday after leading the Tigers to a 49-0 win over
Hester Leads SEC In Touchdowns
With a pair of rushing touchdowns
Tigers Have Scored At Least 40 Points Five Times This Year
By racking up 49 points against
Tigers Have Scored 249 Points In 7 Games
LSU's 249 points through the first seven games is the most ever in modern history for a Tiger team at this point in a season. The only LSU team to score more points during the first seven games of a year came in 1930 when that Tiger team scored 283 points in the first seven contests.
LSU Defense Has Allowed Only 60 Points In 7 Games, Fewest Since 1985
By allowing only 60 points in the first seven games of the season, the LSU defense has surrendered the fewest points by a Tiger team since the 1985 squad. In 1985, the Tigers allowed only 57 points over the first 7 games of the season.
LSU Defense Tabbed "Baddest In the Land" By the Sporting News
LSU's defense has been named the
"Baddest in the Land" by the Sporting News in this week's issue. The Sporting
News says of the LSU defense, "it starts with the best defensive player in the
country, tackle Glenn Dorsey, the leader of a wicked-good front seven. The
emergence of shutdown corner Chevis Jackson completes the unit. Other teams on
the list include
LSU's Won 25 Straight Against Unranked Opponents
The Tigers bring a 25-game winning
streak against unranked teams into the
LSU's Non-Conference Home Winning Streak At 17 Straight
LSU's Won 7 Straight and 15 Of Last 16 Non-Conference Games
With the win over Tulane, LSU has
now won 7 straight and 15 of its last 16 non-conference games. LSU was 4-0 in
non-conference action a year ago. LSU's last non-conference loss came at the
This Day vs. Night Thing In Tiger Stadium
Myth has it that LSU plays better at night in Tiger Stadium than they do during the day. The facts show that since 1960, LSU is 199-59-3 (.768) at night under the lights compared to a 19-22-3 (.466) mark in Tiger Stadium during the day. Since 2000, LSU is 40-6 overall at home, which includes a 32-4 (.889) mark at night in Tiger Stadium and an 8-2 (.800) record during the day. Prior to 2000, LSU had only won 11 games at home during the day in 34 tries. From 1960 to 1999, LSU posted an 11-20-3 (.368) record at home during the day.
Tigers Have Been Tough To Beat In Tiger Stadium
LSU goes into the game against
LSU Has Nation's Fifth-Best Home Mark Over Last 4 Years
LSU brings the nation's fifth-best
home mark over the last 4 years into the
Miles' 16 Wins After 20 Games Second-Highest Total In LSU History
LSU coach Les Miles has won 16 of his first 20 games, which ties Mike Archer for the second-most victories during that span in school history. Bernie Moore holds the mark by posting a 17-2-1 mark during his first 20 games as the Tigers head coach.
LSU's Landry And Dorsey On CBS Sportsline.com Halfway to All-America Team
CBS Sportsline.com has named Tiger
DT Glenn Dorsey and FS LaRon Landry to their Halfway to
All-America Team. Dorsey and
Landry lead an LSU defensive unit that ranks first in the nation in total
defense and the Tigers are second nationally in scoring defense. Dorsey, a
LSU's Dorsey Named Mid-Season All-America By SI.com
In addition to the midseason honor by CBS Sportsline.com, LSU DT Glenn Dorsey has also been cited as a midseason First-Team All-America by Sports Illustrated and SI.com.
LSU Starting Defense Has Allowed Only 34 Points This Year
While LSU may be allowing 8.6 points per game, the Tiger starting defense is responsible for allowing only 34 of the 60 points scored by the opponents this year. LSU's starting defense yielded field goals against Louisiana-Lafayette and Mississippi State, a touchdown against Auburn and three touchdowns against Florida, one of which came after an LSU turnover at its own 19-yard line.
Quick Starting Tigers
LSU's been good at getting off to
quick starts this year as the Tigers have scored on their first possession in
five of six games this year. The only game in which LSU didn't score on their
opening possession came against
Taking Note On The Tigers Since 2000
Here is a look at some notable trends for LSU during the 84 games its played since 2000 … LSU is 54-5 when leading at halftime and 49-4 when leading after three quarters … The Tigers are 59-5 when scoring 20 or more points and 50-2 when scoring at least 25 points in a game … On the other hand, the Tigers are 5-15 when failing to reach the 20-point mark … LSU is 19-6 in games decided by 7 points or less and 9-3 in games decided by 3 points or less … LSU is 44-4 when holding opponents to fewer than 100 team rushing yards and the Tigers are 27-1 when having a player rush for 100 yards.
First Half 3-And-Outs For The Opposition
One of the keys to LSU's defensive success has been keeping the Tigers fresh early in the game. First half drives of over three plays are anything but common for the Tiger opposition this year. Through 7 games, LSU has allowed only 20 first half points and of the 43 first half possessions for Tiger opponents, 22 ended after 3 plays or less. The longest first half drive allowed by the Tigers this year is 72 yards (vs. Florida - resulted in TD) and the longest the LSU defense has been on the field in the first half is 8:31 (vs. Auburn). In SEC games against Auburn and Mississippi State, LSU held both of those teams to a combined 25 first quarter yards (minus 1-yard for Auburn and 25 yards for Miss. State).
Miles Is 9-3 In SEC Games
LSU coach Les Miles is now 9-3 in SEC games, which is the best start for a Tiger coach since 1987-88 when Mike Archer won 9 of his first 11 games as the Tiger head coach.
Russell No. 3 In School History In Passing TDs; He's No.5 In Passing Yards
LSU QB JaMarcus Russell has now climbed into the top 5 in LSU history in both TD passes and passing yards. Russell is tied for ranks fourth in school history in TD passes with 37 and he's fifth in passing yards with 5,196.
Bowe Sets Career-High With 3 TD
Senior WR Dwayne Bowe set a
career-high with 3 touchdown receptions against
Tigers Have 3 Receivers With Over 1,000 Career Yards
LSU's trio of receivers - Buster Davis, Dwayne Bowe and Early Doucet - all have over 1,000 yards receiving in
their career. Doucet went over the 1,000-yard mark against
Colt David PAT Streak At 62 Straight
LSU PK Colt David ran his streak of
successful PATs to 62 straight by connecting on all four attempts against
LSU Turnover Streak Ends Against State
LSU's streak of not committing a
turnover ended against
Russell Has Career Day Against
LSU QB JaMarcus Russell had a
Craig Davis Reception Streak At 30 Straight
With 4 catches against
Russell-To-Bowe TD Combination Now Second Best Combo In School History
The pitch and catch combination of
JaMarcus Russell-to-Dwayne Bowe ran their TD streak to 17 with a pair of scores
Tyson Jackson Leads The SEC In Sacks
LSU DE Tyson Jackson picked up his
league-leading sixth sack of the season on Saturday against
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
LSU'S Dorsey Has Been Named SEC Defensive Lineman Of The Week Twice In 2006
LSU DT Glenn Dorsey has been named
SEC Defensive Lineman of the Week twice during the 2006 season. He earned it the
first time for his efforts in a 45-3 win over
LSU's Allowed Only 6 TDs In Last 36 Quarters
The LSU defense goes into the
Tigers Have Outscored Opponents 289-63 Over Last 28 Quarters
Dating back to the