NOTEBOOK: Previewing LSU vs. Tennessee

A refreshed LSU football team returns to action on Saturday as the 13th-ranked Tigers head to Knoxville to face eighth-ranked Tennessee.

LSU goes into the Tennessee game coming off an open date, while the Vols posted a 31-24 road win over South Carolina last Saturday.

 

The Tennessee contest is the first of four games in November for the Tigers, a stretch that has LSU also facing Alabama, Ole Miss and Arkansas. Kickoff for the Tennessee contest is set for 2:30 p.m. CDT from Neyland Stadium. The game will be televised to a national audience by CBS marking LSU's third appearance on the network this year. Saturday's game will be the first for the Tigers in Knoxville since a 26-18 setback in 2001. LSU, winners of two straight, brings a 6-2 overall mark and a 2-2 league record into the Tennessee game.

 

The Vols are 7-1 overall and 3-1 in league action. The Tigers are 6-0 at home this year and 0-2 on the road, which includes losses to then-No. 3 Auburn (lost 7-3) and then-No. 5 Florida (lost 23-10). It's the first time in school history that LSU will play three top 10 teams on the road in the same season.

 

LSU goes into the Tennessee game ranked No. 1 in the SEC in scoring offense (35.9 points per game), scoring defense (8.2 points per game), total offense (414.8 yards per game) and total defense (211.6 yards per game).

 

The Tiger defense, which goes into the Tennessee game having not allowed a touchdown in 9 quarters, ranks first in the nation in total defense and pass efficiency defense (85.36 rating), and they are No. 2 in scoring defense, No. 5 in pass defense (139.0 yards per game), No. 7 in rushing defense (72.63 yards per game) and No. 10 in sacks (3.3 per game).

 

LSU QB JaMarcus Russell leads the SEC and ranks No. 4 in the nation in pass efficiency with a 174.6 rating. Russell, who is 20-4 as LSU's starting quarterback, has connected on 135 of 194 passes for 1,910 yards, 15 TDs and just four interceptions. His top targets have been Craig Davis (41-595-2), Dwayne Bowe (37-620-7) and Early Doucet (29-403-4).

 

Defensively, LB Derry Beckwith leads the Tigers with 51 tackles, while DE Tyson Jackson has 6.5 sacks to his credit to pace LSU.

 

 

LSU Defense Shuts Down Fresno State in 38-6 Win in Wet Tiger Stadium

 

The LSU defense stretched its streak of not allowing a TD to 9 straight quarters as the Tigers had little trouble in a 38-6 non-conference win over Fresno State in a wet Tiger Stadium. Despite an afternoon filled with rain and lightning in the Baton Rouge area, the game was delayed just four minutes after the teams mutually agreed upon a 10-minute warm-period. It didn't seem to bother the Tigers as LSU needed only 5 plays to score its first TD, which came on a 38-yard run by Trindon Holliday at the 10:52 mark in the first quarter. LSU's Craig Davis followed that with a 77-yard punt return for a TD, giving the Tigers a 14-0 lead just seven minutes into the contest. LSU led 17-3 at halftime. In the second half, Alley Broussard scored on a 21-yard to stretch the margin to 24-6 late in the third quarter. LSU opened the fourth quarter with a 58-yard TD pass from JaMarcus Russell to Dwayne Bowe, which tied the school record for career receiving TDs at 21. Russell connected with Davis on a 30-yard scored four minutes later to cap the scoring for the Tigers. For the game, LSU gained 394 yards of offens, while holding Fresno State to just 211 yards and only 11 first downs. Russell paced the Tigers by connecting on 15 of 19 passes for 210 yards and 2 TDs, while Broussard rushed for 67 yards and 1 score. Defensively, LB Derry Beckwith and S Craig Steltz each had 11 tackles for the Tigers, while LB Ali Highsmith added 8 tackles and a pair of sacks.

 

 

 

Date/Time: Saturday, Nov. 4 at 2:30 p.m. CST

 

Location: Knoxville, Tenn. (Neyland Stadium - 104,079)

 

Television: CBS, 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. 130

 

The Series: Tennessee leads 20-5-3

 

 

The Series

 

LSU and Tennessee meet for the 29th time on Saturday in Knoxville … The Vols lead the series 20-5-3 … It will mark the 14th meeting between the teams in Knoxville with the Vols holding an 11-1-1 mark in the previous 13 games … It's the first trip for LSU to Knoxville since a 26-18 setback in 2001 … LSU's only win in Knoxville came in 1988 by a 34-9 count … LSU also tied Tennessee, 0-0, in Knoxville in what was the first meeting between the teams … Two of the last four games between the teams have gone to overtime, including last year's UT win in Baton Rouge by a 30-27 count … LSU beat UT in overtime in 2000 by a 38-31 margin in Tiger Stadium … LSU also beat the Vols 31-20 in the SEC Championship Game in 2001 to claim the Tigers' first outright league title since 1988 … Last year's LSU-Tennessee game was played on a Monday night in Tiger Stadium due to Hurricane Rita … That game drew the largest viewing audience for a college football game in the history of ESPN2 … LSU coach Les Miles is 0-1 vs. Tennessee.

 

 

LSU Returns To Action Against Tennessee

 

The Tigers return to action on Saturday, traveling to Knoxville to face No. 8 Tennessee at Neyland Stadium. The Tigers go into the game with a 6-2 overall mark and a 2-2 league record. Tennessee is 7-1 overall and 3-1 in conference play. LSU has won two straight and four of its last five, while the Vols bring a 5-game winning streak into the contest.

 

 

LSU Brings SEC's Top Rated Offense And Defense To Rocky Top

 

Statistically speaking, LSU brings the SEC's top offense and defense into the Tennessee game. LSU is currently ranked No. 1 in the SEC in both scoring offense and scoring defense as well as being first in the league in total offense and total defense.

 

 

November Reign

 

LSU brings an 11-game winning streak in games played in November into the Tennessee contest. LSU hasn't lost in the month of November since a 21-20 last-second defeat to Arkansas in 2002. LSU was 4-0 in November in 2003 and then followed that with a 3-0 mark in November, 2004 and a 4-0 mark in November games last year. Dating back to the 2000 season, LSU is 18-3 in games played in November, which includes an 8-2 mark in road games. LSU coach Les Miles has won six straight November games dating back to his final season (2004) with Oklahoma State.

 

 

Another Top 10 Ranked Road Opponent

 

LSU's game against No. 8 Tennessee will mark the third against a top 10 team on the road for the Tigers this year. It's the ONLY time in school history that LSU has faced three top 10 teams on the road in the same season. LSU has already played then-No. 3 Auburn (lost 7-3) and then-No. 5 Florida (lost 23-10). LSU closes out the season on the road against currently No. 12 ranked Arkansas. If Arkansas remains in the Top 25, it will mark the ONLY time in school history that every road game for LSU will come against a Top 25 team.

 

 

Tigers Go After First Road Win In 2006

 

LSU heads to Knoxville on Saturday looking for its first road win in 2006. LSU is 0-2 on the road this year, dropping a 7-3 decision to then-No. 3 Auburn on Sept. 16 and then falling to then-No. 5 Florida, 23-10, on Oct. 7.

 

 

Home and Road Has Been Like Night and Day For LSU

 

LSU is 6-0 at home this year and the Tigers have outscored their opponents 274 to 36 in those six contests. LSU is averaging 45.7 points in its six home games. On the road, it's been a different story as the Tigers are 0-2 and have only managed to score 13 points, while allowing 36 points.

 

 

LSU vs. the SEC Eastern Division

 

The Tigers are 1-1 vs. the SEC Eastern Division this year, beating Kentucky and losing to Florida. LSU coach Les Miles has a 3-3 mark vs. SEC Eastern Division teams, which includes a loss to Georgia in the SEC Championship Game. Since going to the divisional format in 1992, LSU is 21-26-1 against teams from the SEC Eastern Division. However, since the 1996 season, the Tigers are 20-16 against foes from the east. 

 

 

LSU Is 5-2 In Road Games Under Miles

 

LSU brings a 5-2 mark in road games under Les Miles into the Tennessee contest. LSU won all five of its road games a year ago. The Tigers are 0-2 on the road this season.

 

 

In The Polls

 

The Tigers remained No. 13 in all three major polls for a second straight week. LSU dropped a spot in the BCS Standings, falling to No. 17 this week. LSU has now been ranked for 59 consecutive polls by USA Today and 58 straight polls by the AP.

 

 

LSU' s Defense Has Gone 9 Quarters Without Allowing A TD

 

LSU's defense bring a streak of 9 consecutive quarters without allowing a touchdown into the Tennessee contest. LSU hasn't allowed a touchdown since the third quarter against Florida when Tim Tebow threw a 35-yard TD pass. The Tigers held the Gators scoreless in the fourth quarter and then followed that by holding Kentucky and Fresno State out of the endzone in consecutive games. Earlier this year, LSU had a streak of 16 straight quarters without allowing a TD before Auburn snapped it with a Brandon Cox run in the third quarter of the 7-3 loss.

 

 

LSU's Defense Has Allowed Only 6 TDs All Season; Fewest Since 1970

 

LSU's defense goes into the Tennessee game having allowed just 6 touchdowns (3 rushing, 3 passing) all year. The 6 TDs allowed by the Tigers is the fewest through 8 games by an LSU team since 1970. That year, the Tigers also allowed 6 TDs in the first 8 games before finishing the season by allowing 10 scores.

 

 

Tigers On CBS For Third Time; All Road Games In 2006 On CBS

 

LSU returns to CBS for the third time this year when they face Tennessee. LSU is 0-2 this year on CBS after losing to Auburn and Florida on the network. LSU is 19-18-1 all-time on CBS, which includes a 3-3 mark under Les Miles. LSU closes out the regular season against Arkansas on the Friday after Thanksgiving in a game that will also be televised by CBS.

 

 

LSU Brings Nation's Top Rated Defense Into Tennessee Game

 

For the fourth 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 85.6 rating and they are No. 2 in points allowed with an 8.25 average. In eight games this year, LSU's defense has allowed only 6 touchdowns (3 rushing and 3 passing).

 

 

Russell Moves Closer To Cracking Top 5 For Wins At LSU

 

With a 20-4 overall mark as LSU's starting quarterback, junior JaMarcus Russell goes into the Tennessee contest with a shot at tying Jeff Wickersham for the fifth-highest win total by a starting quarterback in school history. Russell currently has a 20-4 mark as LSU's starting quarterback. Tommy Hodson (1986-89) holds the school record by compiling a 31-14-1 mark during his career as a starter.

 

 

Bowe Ties School Mark For Career Receiving TDs

 

LSU WR Dwayne Bowe tied Michael Clayton for the school record in career TD receptions with 21 with his fourth quarter scoring reception against Fresno State. Bowe has 7 TD receptions this year. Bowe's 21 career TD receptions is currently tied for 16th in SEC history. Bowe also ranks No. 8 in LSU history in career receptions (126) and he's No. 6 in career receiving yards (2,033).

 

 

LSU Goes Without A Turnover For Second Straight Game

 

For the second time this year, LSU has now gone back-to-back games without committing a turnover. The Tigers didn't commit turnovers in wins over Kentucky and Fresno State. LSU goes into the Tennessee game having not committed a turnover since the fourth quarter of the Florida game. LSU has had 58 minutes and 57 seconds of possession time without a turnover. Earlier this year, LSU went without a turnover in consecutive games against Auburn and Tulane.

 

 

LSU Sack Streak At 14 Straight, Interception Streak Snapped Against Fresno State at 8

 

LSU ran its streak of games with a sack to 14 straight against Fresno State. However, LSU's streak of games with an interception was snapped against Fresno State as the Tigers didn't record an interception for the first time since the Miami game a year ago. The last time LSU failed to record a sack came last year against North Texas.

 

 

LSU Is Nation's Fourth Best Team Away From Tiger Stadium Since 2003 Season

 

Since the 2003 season, LSU has compiled a 16-6 mark in games away from Tiger Stadium, which ranks nationally as the fourth-best mark.

 

 

SEC Has Honored LSU With Player of the Week Honors 6 Times This Year

 

LSU has picked up player of the week honors from the SEC six times in 2006. Tiger QB JaMarcus Russell has been named the SEC Offensive Player of the Week twice, while LSU DT Glenn Dorsey has been picked as the league's defensive lineman of the week on two occasions.

 

 

Hester Ranks Second in SEC In Touchdowns

 

LSU RB Jacob Hester ranks second in the SEC in total touchdowns with 8 to his credit this year. Hester has 6 rushing touchdowns and 2 receiving TDs for the Tigers. Hester's 48 points is second to Arkansas' Darren McFadden of any non-kicker in the SEC this year. 

 

 

Tigers Have Scored At Least 40 Points Five Times This Year

 

By racking up 49 points against Kentucky, LSU has now gone over the 40-point mark a school-record tying five times this year. The 2003 team scored 40 points five times in 14 games that year. This year's team became the first squad in school history to score 40 or more points during the first seven weeks of a season.

 

 

Tigers Have Scored 287 Points In 8 Games

 

LSU's 287 points through the first 8 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 8 games of a year came in 1930 when that Tiger team scored 289 points in the first 8 contests.

 

 

LSU Defense Has Allowed Only 66 Points In 8 Games, Fewest Since 1970

 

By allowing only 66 points in the first 8 games of the season, the LSU defense has surrendered the fewest points by a Tiger team since the 1970 squad. In 1970, the Tigers allowed only 65 points over the first 8 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 the Oct. 16 issue. The Sporting News said 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 Michigan at No. 2, Texas at No. 3, Florida at No. 4 and Ohio State at No. 5.

 

 

LSU's Highsmith Named A Semifinalist For Butkus Award

 

LSU linebacker Ali Highsmith is one of 10 players from across the country who has been named as semifinalists for the Butkus Award. The Butkus Award is presented annually to the top linebacker in college football. In 8 games this year, Highsmith has recorded 34 tackles, 4.5 tackles for losses and 3 sacks for the nation's top-rated defense. He also has a forced fumble, two pass breakups and a quarterback hurry to his credit this season. 

 

 

LSU's Jackson On Mid-Season Watch List For Hendricks Award

 

LSU DE Tyson Jackson is one of 28 players named to the mid-season watch list for the Hendricks Award, the Ted Hendricks Foundation announced. The award goes to the top defensive end in college football. Jackson, a sophomore from Edgard, La., has 23 tackles, six sacks, 6.5 tackles for losses and 4 QB hurries.

 

 

LSU'S Landry Named Quarterfinalist For Lott Trophy

 

LSU S LaRon Landry is one of 17 players who have been named as quarterfinalists for the Lott Trophy, the Pacific Club IMPACT Foundation announced on Thursday. Named after Hall of Famer Ronnie Lott, The Lott Trophy is awarded to college football's Defensive IMPACT Player of the Year.  Now in its third year, The Lott Trophy is the first and only college football award to equally recognize athletic performance and the personal character attributes of the player. In his fourth season as a starter for the Tigers, Landry currently is second on the LSU squad in tackles with 40. He also has two tackles for losses, one interception and a blocked punt for the nation's No. 1 rated defense.

 

 

Miles' 17 Wins After 21 Games Second-Highest Total In LSU History

 

LSU coach Les Miles has won 17 of his first 21 games, which ranks second for the most victories during that span in LSU history. Bernie Moore holds the mark by posting an 18-2-1 mark during his first 21 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 junior from Gonzales, La., has 35 tackles, seven tackles for losses and a pair of sacks for the 13th-ranked Tigers. Dorsey earned Southeastern Conference Defensive Lineman of the Week twice this year for his performances against Arizona and Auburn. Against Arizona, Dorsey recorded four tackles and 1.5 tackles for loss in the 45-3 LSU victory. A week later against Auburn, Dorsey registered a career-high eight tackles, including three for losses and 1.5 sacks in the 7-3 setback. Landry, who has started 43 straight games for the Tigers dating back to his true freshman season in 2003, is second in the team with 40 tackles. He also has two tackles for losses, one interception, three QB hurries and a blocked punt.

 

 

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 40 Points This Year

 

While LSU may be allowing 8.2 points per game, the Tiger starting defense is responsible for allowing only 40 of the 66 points scored by the opponents this year. LSU's starting defense yielded field goals against Louisiana-Lafayette and Mississippi State, a touchdown against Auburn, three touchdowns against Florida, one of which came after an LSU turnover at its own 19-yard line, and a pair of field goals against Fresno State. 

 

 

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 seven of eight games this year. The only game in which LSU didn't score on their opening possession came against Auburn.

 

 

Taking Note On The Tigers Since 2000

 

Here is a look at some notable trends for LSU during the 85 games its played since 2000 … LSU is 55-5 when leading at halftime and 50-4 when leading after three quarters … The Tigers are 60-5 when scoring 20 or more points and 51-2 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 45-4 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 ranks third in school history in TD passes with 39 and he's fifth in passing yards with 5,406. For his career, Russell has connected on 396 of 648 passes for 5,406 yards, 39 TDs and just 17 interceptions. Russell's 396 completions ranks No. 5 in LSU history, while his 648 attempts is also No. 5. 

 

 

Bowe Sets Career-High With 3 TD Catches Against Kentucky

 

Senior WR Dwayne Bowe set a career-high with 3 touchdown receptions against Kentucky. Bowe caught 2 first half TD passes and then added another in the third quarter. For the game, Bowe finished with 6 receptions for 111 yards and 3 scores, including a 48-yarder in the second quarter.

 

 

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 Kentucky with 4 catches for 54 yards. Bowe is tops on the list with 2,033 yards on 126 catches, while Davis has 1,867 yards on 127 receptions. Doucet has 1,049 yards on 73 receptions. This year, the trio has combined for 107 catches for 1,618 yards and 13 touchdowns.

 

 

Russell Has Career Day Against Mississippi State

 

LSU QB JaMarcus Russell had a career-day against Mississippi State. Russell threw for a career-best 330 yards and tied a career-high with 3 TD passes (all in the first half) against the Bulldogs. In addition, he tied a school-record with 14 consecutive completions in the contest and he tied another school record for completion percentage by connecting on 18 of 20 passes (.900 percent) in the contest. Russell did all of this despite not playing in the fourth quarter of the contest.

 

 

Craig Davis Reception Streak At 31 Straight

 

Senior WR Craig Davis has caught at least one pass in 31 straight games. The streak dates back to LSU's season-opener in 2003 against Oregon State. Davis caught at least one pass in all 12 games a year ago. Davis missed the Mississippi State and Florida contests with injuries a year ago. In 11 games in 2005, Davis caught 35 passes for 559 yards and 2 TDs. This year, Davis ranks first on the team with 41 catches for 595 yards and 2 TDs.

 

 

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 18 with a score against Fresno State. The 18 touchdowns between the pair (Russell throwing and Bowe catching) ranks as the second most prolific scoring combo in school history. Russell and Bowe hooked up for 8 TDs in 2005 after combining for 4 scores in 2004. This year, the duo has combined for 6 touchdowns. Tommy Hodson-to-Wendell Davis ranks as the most prolific TD combination in school history as the duo accounted for 21 touchdowns during their careers.

 

 

Colt David PAT Streak At 67 Straight

 

LSU PK Colt David ran his streak of successful PATs to 67 straight by connecting on all five of his attempts against Fresno State. The 67 straight successful PATs ranks as the third-longest streak in school history, trailing only David Browndyke (109 straight) and Andre' Lafleur (69).

 

 

Tyson Jackson Ranks No. 3 in SEC In Sacks

 

LSU DE Tyson Jackson ranks No. 3 in the SEC in sacks with an average of .75 per game. In 8 games, Jackson has recorded 6 sacks, which have accounted for 30 yards in losses.

 

 

LSU's Allowed Only 6 TDs In Last 40 Quarters

 

The LSU defense goes into the Tennessee game having allowed only 6 touchdowns over the last 40 quarters of play. The streak dates back to the second half of the SEC Championship Game against Georgia. LSU ran its streak of quarters without allowing a TD to 16 straight before Auburn scored on a 1-yard TD run in the third quarter in week 3. Through 8 games in 2006, LSU has allowed only 23 first half points. Florida became the first team this year to score a touchdown in the first half against LSU.

 

 

Tigers Have Outscored Opponents 327-69 Over Last 28 Quarters

 

Dating back to the Miami (Fla.) game in last year's Peach Bowl, the Tigers have outscored their opposition 327-69. That stretch has had the Tigers scoring over 40 points six times, while holding their opponents to a combined 7 touchdowns (3 by Florida, 2 by Miss. State and 1 by Auburn and Tulane), 6 field goals (2 by Fresno state, 1 by Miami, UL-Lafayette, Arizona and Miss. State) and a safety (by Florida).

 

 

Tigers First In SEC In Sacks By; Third in Sacks Against 

 

LSU goes into the Tennessee game ranked first in the SEC in sacks, having recorded 26 through its first 8 games of the year. In addition, the Tigers are third in the league in sacks allowed as the LSU offensive line has yielded only 10 sacks this season. 

 

 

Tiger Defense Has Scored In Two Games This Year

 

LSU's defense has supplied points for the Tigers in two games this year as CB Jonathan Zenon has returned a pair of interceptions for touchdowns for the Tigers. Zenon opened the year by returning an interception 20 yards for a first quarter score against Louisiana-Lafayette. A week later he followed with an interception return of 41-yards for a touchdown against Arizona. The Zenon interception return for a score against Arizona marked the fourth time under defensive coordinator Bo Pelini that the Tiger defense has scored a touchdown.

 

 

LSU Has Second-Best Record In SEC Over Last 5-Plus Seasons

 

LSU's record of 56-15 over the last 5-plus seasons is the second-best record in the SEC during that span. Only Georgia, who has a 57-14 mark over that span, has a better 5-year record than LSU.

 

 

Steltz Picked Off A Pass In Four Straight Games, A First In LSU History

 

LSU S Craig Steltz intercepted a pass for the fourth straight game with a fourth quarter pick against Mississippi State. Steltz is the first player in LSU history to intercept a pass in four straight games. His streak of games with an interception came to an end against Florida. Steltz has returned his four interceptions a total of 111 yards, which includes a 76-yard return against Tulane in week 4. He's averaging 27.8 yards per return.

 

 

Doucet Scores By Land And Air Against Tulane

 

Early Doucet scored a career-best 3 touchdowns against Tulane, all coming in the first half. Doucet scored on a 17-yard run as well as catching TD passes of 12 and 4 yards. Doucet became the first LSU wide receiver to score both a rushing TD and a receiving TD in the same game since Michael Clayton did it against Ole Miss in 2001.

 

 

Charles Scott Gives Tigers First 100-Yard Back In 2006

 

LSU true freshman Charles Scott rushed for a career-best 101 yards and 2 touchdowns against Tulane becoming the first Tiger to reach the 100-yard mark this year. In reaching the 100-yard mark in his third career game, Scott becomes the quickest LSU true freshman to rush for 100 yards in a game since 1995 when Kevin Faulk went for 171 yards against Mississippi State in the second game of his career. Scott is also the first LSU true freshman to rush for 100 yards in a game since 2003 when both Justin Vincent and Alley Broussard did it.

 

 

Zenon Joins Elite Club

 

With his 41-yard interception return for a touchdown against Arizona, LSU CB Jonathan Zenon is the first Tiger since at least the 1960s to return interceptions for scores in back-to-back games. Zenon is also the first LSU player since Jack Hunt in 2003 to have two interceptions returned for touchdowns in the same season.

 

 

Keeping Them Under 20 Points

 

LSU goes into the Tennessee game having held 17 of its last 19 opponents, 10 of which are SEC foes, to 20 points or less, a streak that dates back to early last year. Prior to the Georgia game in the SEC Championship, LSU held 9 straight opponents to 20 points. It was the longest streak since 2003 when the Tigers did it for the first 11 weeks of the season on their way to claiming both the SEC and National titles.

 

 

LSU O-Line Goes From Grey to Green

 

A year ago, LSU had one of the most experienced offensive lines in school history, as the starting five up front combined for 146 career starts (Andrew Whitworth - 52, Nate Livings - 34, Rudy Niswanger - 31, Brian Johnson - 16, and Will Arnold - 14). This year, the Tigers went into the season with an offensive line that had combined for 32 career starts. Johnson and Arnold combined for 30 of the 32 starts, while center Brett Helms made up the other two. Peter Dyakowski and Ciron Black both made their first career starts against Louisiana-Lafayette.

 

 

Russell Is 19-4 As LSU's Starting QB  

 

LSU QB JaMarcus Russell is now 19-4 as a starter for the Tigers after last week's loss to Florida. Russell won 17 of his first 20 starts for the Tigers, ranking him second behind Matt Mauck as the quickest LSU quarterback to 17 victories. Mauck won 17 of his first 19 games and 18 of his first 20 starts. Mauck finished his career with an 18-2 mark as the Tiger starter. Russell posted a 10-2 mark in 2005 after going 4-0 as a redshirt freshman in 2004. He's 5-2 this year. 

 

 

Landry Runs Starting Streak to 43 Straight

 

LSU All-America free safety LaRon Landry ran his streak of consecutive starts to 43 straight against Fresno State. Landry, from Ama, La., has been in the LSU lineup since the Mississippi State contest (week 5) in 2003. The 43 straight starts ranks as the fifth-longest streak in the Division IA. 

 

 

10 True Freshmen Have Seen Action For The Tigers In 2006

 

A total of 11 true freshmen have seen action for the Tigers this year. Here's a list of true freshmen who have played so far this season: WR/RS Trindon Holliday, RB Charles Scott, DB Danny McCray, LB Jacob Cutrera, LB Perry Riley, TE Richard Dickson, WR Chris Mitchell, WR Jared Mitchell, DT Al Woods, and RB Keiland Williams.

 

 

LSU Streak Of Holding Opponents To Under 200 Yards Of Offense Snapped By Tulane

 

LSU's streak of holding opponents to fewer than 200 yards of offense came to an end at four game in the fourth quarter against Tulane in week 4. With the Tiger starters on the bench, LSU's reserves couldn't keep the Green Wave under 200 yards as Tulane finished the contest with 231 yards of offense, 90 of which came in the fourth quarter. It's marked the first time a team has gone over the 200-yard mark against the Tigers since the SEC Championship game last year against Georgia. The streak was the first time in school history that LSU held four consecutive opponents to fewer than 200 yards in a game.

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