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
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).
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
Date/Time: Saturday, Nov. 4 at 2:30 p.m. CST
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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
The Tigers return to action on
Saturday, traveling to
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
LSU brings an 11-game winning
streak in games played in November into the
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
Tigers Go After
LSU heads to
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
LSU Is 5-2 In Road Games Under Miles
LSU brings a 5-2 mark in road games
under Les Miles into the
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
LSU's Defense Has Allowed Only 6 TDs All Season; Fewest Since 1970
LSU's defense goes into the
Tigers On CBS For Third Time;
LSU returns to CBS for the third
time this year when they face
LSU Brings Nation's Top Rated
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.
LSU WR Dwayne Bowe tied Michael Clayton for the school record in career TD receptions with 21 with his fourth
quarter scoring reception against
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
LSU Sack Streak At 14 Straight,
Interception Streak Snapped Against
LSU ran its streak of games with a
sack to 14 straight against
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
Tigers Have Scored At Least 40 Points Five Times This Year
By racking up 49 points against
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
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 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
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
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
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
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
Russell Has Career Day Against
LSU QB JaMarcus Russell had a
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
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
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
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,
LSU's Allowed Only 6 TDs In Last 40 Quarters
The LSU defense goes into the
Tigers Have Outscored Opponents 327-69 Over Last 28 Quarters
Dating back to the
Tigers First In SEC In Sacks By; Third in Sacks Against
LSU goes into the
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
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
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
Zenon Joins Elite Club
With his 41-yard interception
return for a touchdown against
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
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
Landry Runs Starting Streak to 43 Straight
LSU All-America free safety LaRon
Landry ran his streak of consecutive starts to 43 straight against
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