NOTEBOOK: LSU vs. Alabama

LSU will look to add to its 12-game November winning streak on Saturday as the 12th-ranked Tigers host Alabama at 6:45 p.m. in Tiger Stadium. The game will be televised to a national audience by ESPN with Mike Patrick, Todd Blackledge, and Holly Rowe handling the call.

The Tigers ran their November winning streak to 12 straight, a stretch that dates back to the 2003 season, with a 28-24 come-from-behind win over then-No. 8 Tennessee last Saturday in Knoxville. As a result, LSU kept its chances for an SEC title alive as they ran their record to 7-2 overall and 3-2 in league play. Alabama fell to 6-4 overall and 2-4 in conference action with a 24-16 setback to Mississippi State last week. LSU goes into the Alabama game riding an 11-game home field winning streak.


The Tigers are 6-0 at home this year, winning by an average of nearly 40 points per game in those six home contests. LSU has outscored its opposition 274 to 36 at home this year as the Tigers have scored at least 45 points in five of their six home games. LSU goes into the Alabama game leading the SEC in scoring offense (35.0 points per game) and scoring defense (10.0 points per game) as well as total offense (421.8 yards per game) and total defense (215.7 yards per game).


LSU currently ranks first in the nation in total defense and they are among the top 10 nationally in five other categories, including No. 2 in pass efficiency defense (87.93 rating), No. 3 in scoring defense, No. 6 in rush defense (71.44 yards per game), No. 7 in pass defense (144.22 yards per game) and No. 9 in sacks (3.22 per game).


LSU QB JaMarcus Russell is 21-4 as a starter. In three years with the Tigers, he's lead LSU to seven wins in the fourth quarter or overtime. He currently leads the SEC in total offense (250.1 yards per game) and pass efficiency (168.4). In 9 games, Russell has connected on 159 of 229 passes for 2,157 yards and 18 TDs.


His top targets are seniors Craig Davis (44-637-3) and Dwayne Bowe (43-709-8). LSU's top rusher is Jacob Hester with 291 yards and 6 TDs. Defensively, LB Darry Beckwith leads the Tigers with 55 tackles, while DE Tyson Jackson has 6.5 sacks to his credit.




Russell's Last Minute Heroics Leads Tigers Past Tennessee, 28-24


LSU QB JaMarcus Russell connected with Early Doucet on a 4-yard TD pass with 9 seconds left to lift the 13th-ranked Tigers to a 28-24 come-from-behind win over No. 8 Tennessee. The win was only the second ever for LSU in Knoxville and the first since a 34-9 victory in 1988. Trailing 24-21 with just over 7 minutes left in the contest, Russell engineered a 15-play, 80-yard scoring drive, which included converting on a fourth-and-8 situation, to lead the Tigers to the victory. 


The victory came despite a fourth quarter that saw the Tigers lose a pair turnovers as well as a 21-17 lead. Tennessee took a 24-21 lead at the 7:29 mark following a Dwayne Bowe fumble at the UT 46-yard line. On UT's first play following the turnover, Jonathan Crompton completed a 54-yard TD pass to Robert Meachem. The Tigers controlled the contest early, taking a 7-0 lead early in the second quarter on a 23-yards pass from Russell to Craig Davis. Tennessee added 10 second quarter points to take a 10-7 lead at halftime.


Tennessee scored its 17th unanswered point just two minutes into the third quarter when Demetrice Morley returned an interception 31-yard for a TD, giving the Vols a 17-7 lead. LSU didn't fold, however, as the Tigers responded with a 10-play, 77-yard drive to pull to within 17-14 on a 5-yard pass from Russell to Dwayne Bowe. The Tigers then took the lead on their next possession as Keiland Williams raced 7-yards for a score, putting LSU up 21-17 with just under three minutes left in the quarter to setup the fourth quarter fireworks between the teams.


For the game, the Tigers racked up 478 yards compared to just 248 for the Vols as LSU had 41 minutes of possession time to UT's 19 minutes. Russell led the Tigers with 247 yards passing and 3 TDs. He also added 71 yards rushing on 7 carries. Doucet led all LSU receivers with 8 catches for 73 yards and the game-winning TD.




LSU Returns To Tiger Stadium To Host Alabama


The Tigers return to Tiger Stadium on Saturday, hosting Alabama at 6:45 p.m. on ESPN. It's the first appearance on ESPN this year for the Tigers. LSU has been on ESPN2 twice this season, beating both Arizona (45-3) and Fresno State (38-6) on that network. LSU brings a 7-2 overall mark and a 3-2 league record into the Alabama contest following last week's 28-24 win over Tennessee in Knoxville. Alabama is 6-4 overall and 2-4 in conference play after dropping a 24-16 decision to Mississippi State last week.




Russell Does It Again… Leads Tigers To Fourth Quarter/Overtime Victory


For the seventh time during his 32-game career, LSU QB JaMarcus Russell led the Tigers to a fourth quarter or overtime victory in the 28-24 win over Tennessee last week. Against the Vols, Russell guided the Tigers on a 15-play, 80-yard drive over the game's final 7 minutes, culminating with a 4-yard TD pass to Early Doucet with just 9 seconds left to send the Tigers to the victory. The last minute win over the Vols represents the 14th time since the 2000 season that the Tigers have rallied to win games despite trailing in either the fourth quarter or in overtime.



Russell Named SEC Offensive Player of the Week For Third Time


For the third time this year, LSU QB JaMarcus Russell has been named the SEC Offensive Player of the Week. The three offensive player of the week honors is the most of any player in the SEC this year. Russell earned the honor after guiding the Tigers to the game-winning TD with nine seconds left in LSU's 28-24 win over Tennessee. For the game, Russell threw for 247 yards and 3 TDs, while also rushing for a career-best 71 yards on 7 carries. Russell earned SEC Offensive Player of the Week honors following wins over Mississippi State and Kentucky.



In The Polls


The Tigers moved up five spots to No. 12 in this week's BCS Standings, which were released on Sunday. LSU is also No. 12 in the AP Poll and in the USA Today/Coaches Poll. LSU has now been ranked for 60 consecutive polls by USA Today and 59 straight polls by the AP.



Alabama Tigers


LSU has 3 players on its roster who call Alabama home - QB JaMarcus Russell and CB Chevis Jackson from Mobile, and TE J.D. Lott from Shoal Creek.



LSU-Alabama Ties


Alabama coach Charlie Harbison spent two seasons, including the 2001 SEC Championship season, on the LSU staff. Harbison, who serves as Alabama's wide receivers coach, coached the defensive backs for the Tigers.



LSU Brings SEC's Top Rated Offense And Defense Into Alabama Contest


Statistically speaking, LSU brings the SEC's top offense and defense into the Alabama 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.



No 100-Yard Rushers Allowed


LSU goes into the Alabama game having not allowed a 100-yard rushing game by an individual this year. LSU is one of only 10 teams in the nation that haven't allowed a 100-yard rusher this year. The last time a player rushed for 100 yards against LSU came last season against Alabama when Kenneth Darby accounted for 104 yards on the ground. LSU has since gone 13 games without allowing a player to reach the 100-yard mark.



LSU's Won 26 Straight Against Unranked Opponents


The Tigers bring a 26-game winning streak against unranked teams into the Alabama contest. LSU hasn't lost a game to an unranked team since the 2003 when the No. 6 Tigers fell to unranked Florida, 19-7, in Tiger Stadium. LSU has won 19 straight games in Tiger Stadium against unranked foes, a streak that also dates back to the Florida loss in 2003.



November Reign - Tigers Have Won 12 Straight Games In November


LSU brings a 12-game winning streak in games played in November into the Alabama 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 19-3 in games played in November, which includes a 9-2 mark in road games. LSU coach Les Miles has won 7 straight November games dating back to his final season (2004) with Oklahoma State.



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 200-59-3 (.769) at night under the lights compared to a 19-22-3 (.466) mark in Tiger Stadium during the day. Since 2000, LSU is 41-6 overall at home, which includes a 33-4 (.892) 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.  The following is a breakdown of LSU's night record, day record and overall record in Tiger Stadium since 1960:



LSU's Celebrates 75th Anniversary Under The Lights In Tiger Stadium


The 2006 season will also mark the 75th anniversary of LSU's first night game in Tiger Stadium. LSU's first night game in Tiger Stadium was played in 1931 when the Tigers posted a 35-0 win over Spring Hill on Oct. 3. Since that first night game in Tiger Stadium, played under the lights in Death Valley has become one of the grandest traditions in all of college football.



Tigers Have Been Tough To Beat In Tiger Stadium - LSU Has Won 11 Straight At Home


LSU goes into the game against Alabama having won 11 straight and 21 of its last 22 games in Tiger Stadium. LSU's last loss at home came against Tennessee on Sept. 26 of last year, a Monday night. LSU hasn't lost a Saturday game in Tiger Stadium since a 19-7 setback to Florida on Oct. 11, 2003. To take it a step further, LSU hasn't dropped a Saturday night game at home since a 31-0 defeat to Alabama on Nov. 16, 2002, a streak that stretches 19 consecutive Saturday night games. The 11 straight wins in Tiger Stadium is the longest streak for LSU since winning 15 consecutive games at home from 1971-73.



Home Sweet Home


LSU is 6-0 at home this year as the Tigers have outscored opponents 274 to 36 in those games. LSU is averaging 45.7 points in those 6 home games, while holding opponents to just 6.0 points per game over that span. In addition, LSU's offense is averaging 448.2 yards per game at home, while the Tiger defense is limiting the opposition to only 203.8 yards per game. LSU has yet to allow any first quarter points at home this season. 



The Tough Road


LSU is 1-2 on the road this year, beating Tennessee in Knoxville and losing at Auburn and Florida. All three teams were ranked in the top 10 in the nation when the Tigers faced them marking the first time in school history that LSU has played three top 10 teams on the road in the same season. LSU closes out the season on the road against currently No. 11 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.



First Quarter Dominance


LSU has outscored its opponents 101 to 7 in the first quarter this year, which includes a 94-0 point difference in home games. The only team to score in the first quarter against LSU this year was Florida, who scored with 11 seconds left in the opening frame.



Run, JaMarcus, Run


LSU QB JaMarcus Russell rushed for a career-best 71 yards on 7 carries against Tennessee. Russell had runs of 25 and 34 yards against the Vols. The 71 yards rushing were the most for a Tiger quarterback since Marcus Randall rushed for 79 yards in a 43-14 win over Arkansas to cap the 2004 regular season.



Keiland Williams Impresses In First Extensive Action


LSU true freshman RB Keiland Williams made the most of the first extensive action of his career against Tennessee, rushing for 53 yards and 1 TD on 17 carries. Williams entered the game in the first quarter and made an immediate impact, rushing for 14 yards on his first carry. Williams scored the first TD of his career on a 7-yard run late in the third quarter that put the Tigers up 21-17. Williams also caught 2 passes for 14 yards in the victory.



Hester The Workhorse


LSU RB Jacob Hester continues to prove to be invaluable for the Tigers as he saw action in 72 of 81 offensive plays against Tennessee. Hester, who can play both tailback and fullback, finished with 52 yards on 6 carries. He also caught 2 passes for 9 yards. For the year, Hester has rushed for 291 yards and 6 TDs on 64 carries. He's also caught 26 passes for 180 yards and 2 scores. Hester's 26 receptions is the most for an LSU running back since 2004 when Joseph Addai (now with the Colts) caught 26 passes for 294 yards and 4 scores.



Holliday Makes The Most Of His Touches


Trindon Holliday, all 5-foot-5 and 159 pounds of him, makes things happen with the football. In the 8 games that he's appeared in this season, Holliday has touched the ball 12 times and he's accounted for 184 yards. Holliday is averaging 15.3 yards every time he touches the football. Holliday has rushed for 156 yards on 10 carries, he's returned one kickoff for 22 yards and a punt for 6 yards. Holliday rushed for 26 yards on 3 carries against Tennessee. Against Fresno State, Holliday rushed for 58 yards and 1 TD (38 yard) on 3 carries.



Zinger and Arnold Out For Season


LSU TE Keith Zinger (stomach ailment) and OG Will Arnold (knee, ankle) are out for the season. Zinger, who has played in just 3 games this year, will apply for a medical redshirt and will return for a fifth year next season. Arnold is expected to be healthy for spring practice and be ready for his senior season in 2007.



Tiger Defense Has Gone 16 Straight Games Without Allowing A Team To Reach 300 Total Yards


LSU's defense brings a staggering streak of not allowing an opponent to reach the 300-yard mark in 16 straight games heading into the Alabama contest. This year, the most yards given up by the Tigers have been 288 to Florida. The last time a team reached the 300 total yards mark against LSU came in week 6 last year when Auburn produced 451 yards of offense in a 20-17 LSU overtime victory. Since that game, the Tiger defense is allowing only 219.1 yards per game (78.4 rushing and 140.6 passing) and just 10.4 points per game. LSU is also 13-3 over that span with all three losses coming to teams ranked in the top 5.  



LSU' s Defensive Streak of Not Allowing A TD Snapped At 10 Straight Quarters vs. Tennessee


LSU's defense had its streak of keeping opponents out of the endzone snapped at 10 quarters against Tennessee when the Vols scored a touchdown in the second quarter. Earlier this year, the Tigers put together a streak of 16 consecutive quarters without allowing a touchdown, which was snapped by a Brandon Cox run in the third quarter of the 7-3 loss to Auburn. 



LSU's Defense Has Allowed Only 8 TDs All Season; Fewest Since 1970


LSU's defense goes into the Alabama game having allowed just 8 touchdowns (3 rushing, 5 passing) all year. The 8 TDs allowed by the Tigers is the fewest through 9 games by an LSU team since 1970. That year, the Tigers also allowed 6 TDs in the first 9 games before finishing the season by allowing 10 scores.



LSU Brings Nation's Top Rated Defense Into Alabama Game


For the fifth straight week, LSU stands atop the national rankings in total defense, allowing only 215.67 yards per game. In 9 games this year, LSU's defense has allowed only 8 touchdowns (3 rushing and 5 passing).



Russell Cracks Top 5 For Wins At LSU


With a 21-4 overall mark as LSU's starting quarterback, junior JaMarcus Russell has moved into a tie with Jeff Wickersham for most victories by a signal caller in school history. Russell and Wickersham are tied for fifth-most victories in school history with 21. Tommy Hodson (1986-89) holds the school record by compiling a 31-14-1 mark during his career as a starter.



Bowe Breaks School Record For Career TD Receptions


LSU WR Dwayne Bowe broke the school record for career TDs with his 22nd scoring reception against Tennessee. Bowe broke the mark previously held by Michael Clayton. Bowe has 8 TD receptions this year. Bowe's 22 career TD receptions is currently tied for 15th in SEC history. Bowe also ranks No. 6 in LSU history in career receiving yards (2,122) and tied for No. 6 in career receptions with 132.



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 19 with a score against Tennessee. The 19 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 7 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.



LSU Sack Streak At 15 Straight


LSU ran its streak of games with a sack to 15 straight against Tennessee. In 9 games this year, the Tigers have recorded 28 sacks with DE Tyson Jackson leading the way with 6.5. The last time LSU failed to record a sack came last year against North Texas.



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 Alabama contest as the Tigers have put together a 24-2 record in Tiger Stadium since the 2003 season.



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.



Hester Ranks Second in SEC In Touchdowns


LSU RB Jacob Hester ranks second in the SEC in total touchdowns with 8 to his credit. Hester has 6 rushing  TDs and 2 receiving TDs for the Tigers. Arkansas RB Darren McFadden leads the SEC with 11 touchdowns.



SEC Has Honored LSU With Player of the Week Honors 7 Times This Year


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



Tigers Have Scored 315 Points In 9 Games; Second Highest Total in History Thru 9 Games


LSU's 315 points through the first 9 games ranks as the second-highest total over that span since the 2003 national champion team scored 321 points in the first 9 weeks. That 2003 team went on to score a school-record 475 points en route to a 13-1 overall mark.



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 9 games this year, Highsmith has recorded 39 tackles, 4.5 tackles for losses and 3 sacks for the nation's top-rated defense. He also has a forced two fumbles, has four 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 26 tackles, 7.5 tackles for losses, 6.5 sacks and 5 QB hurries.



LSU's Dorsey Named Mid-Season All-America By


In addition to the midseason honor by CBS, LSU DT Glenn Dorsey has also been cited as a midseason First-Team All-America by Sports Illustrated and



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. 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 47. He also has 3 tackles for losses, 1 sack, 1 interception and a blocked punt for the nation's No. 1 rated defense.



Miles' 18 Wins After 22 Games Ties For Highest Total In LSU History


LSU coach Les Miles has won 18 of his first 22 games, which ties with Bernie Moore for the most in school history. Miles is currently 18-4 as LSU's head coach, while Moore posted an 18-3-1 mark during his first 22 games in Baton Rouge.



LSU's Landry And Dorsey On CBS Halfway to All-America Team


CBS 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 37 tackles, 8 tackles for losses and 3 pair of sacks for the 12th-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 44 straight games for the Tigers dating back to his true freshman season in 2003, is second in the team with 47 tackles.



LSU Starting Defense Has Allowed Only 57 Points This Year


While LSU may be allowing 10.0 points per game, the Tiger starting defense is responsible for allowing only 57 of the 90 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, a pair of field goals against Fresno State, and a field goal and two touchdowns against Tennessee.  



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 nine games this year. The only two games in which LSU didn't score on their opening possession came on the road against Auburn and Tennessee.



Taking Note On The Tigers Since 2000


Here is a look at some notable trends for LSU during the 86 games its played since 2000 … LSU is 55-5 when leading at halftime and 51-4 when leading after three quarters … The Tigers are 61-5 when scoring 20 or more points and 52-2 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 20-6 in games decided by 7 points or less and 9-3 in games decided by 3 points or less … LSU is 46-4 when holding opponents to fewer than 100 team rushing yards and the Tigers are 27-1 when having a player rush for 100 yards.



Russell No. 2 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 No. 2 in school history in TD passes with 42 and he's fifth in passing yards with 5,653. For his career, Russell has connected on 420 of 684 passes for 5,653 yards, 42 TDs and just 20 interceptions. Russell's 420 completions ranks No. 5 in LSU history, while his 684 attempts is also No. 5. 



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 2,122 yards on 132  catches, while Davis has 1,909 yards on 130 receptions. Doucet has 1,122 yards on 81 receptions. This year, the trio has combined for 124 catches for 1,822 yards and 16 touchdowns.



Miles Is 10-3 In SEC Games


LSU coach Les Miles is now 10-3 in SEC games, which is the best start for a Tiger coach since 1987-88 when Mike Archer won 11 of his first 13 games as the Tiger head coach.



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 9 games, LSU has allowed only 33 first half points and of the 56 first half possessions for Tiger opponents, 29 ended after 3 plays or less. The longest first half drive allowed by the Tigers this year is 80 yards (vs. Tennessee - 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).



Craig Davis Reception Streak At 32 Straight


Senior WR Craig Davis has caught at least one pass in 32 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 44 catches for 637 yards and 3 TDs.



Colt David PAT Streak At 71 Straight


LSU PK Colt David ran his streak of successful PATs to 71 straight by connecting on all 4 of his attempts against Tennessee. The 71 straight successful PATs ranks as the second-longest streak in school history, trailing only David Browndyke (109 straight). 



Tyson Jackson Ranks No. 5 in SEC In Sacks


LSU DE Tyson Jackson ranks No. 3 in the SEC in sacks with an average of .67 per game. In 9 games, Jackson has recorded 6.5 sacks, which have accounted for 30 yards in losses.



LSU's Allowed Only 8 TDs In Last 44 Quarters


The LSU defense goes into the Alabama game having allowed only 8 touchdowns over the last 44 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 9 games in 2006, LSU has allowed only 33 first half points.



Tigers Have Outscored Opponents 355-93 Over Last 40 Quarters


Dating back to the Miami (Fla.) game in last year's Peach Bowl, the Tigers have outscored their opposition 355-93. That stretch has had the Tigers scoring over 40 points six times, while holding their opponents to a combined 10 touchdowns (3 by Florida and Tennessee, 2 by Miss. State and 1 by Auburn and Tulane), 7 field goals (2 by Fresno state, 1 by Miami, UL-Lafayette, Arizona, Miss. State, and Tennessee) and a safety (by Florida).



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.



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


LSU goes into the Alabama game ranked first in the SEC in sacks, having recorded 28 through its first 9 games of the year. In addition, the Tigers are third in the league in sacks allowed as the LSU offensive line has yielded only 12 sacks this season. 



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.



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


LSU's record of 58-16 over the last 5-plus seasons gives the Tigers the best overall mark among all SEC teams over that span. The 58 wins ties with Georgia for the most wins among SEC teams.



Keeping Them Under 20 Points


LSU goes into the Alabama game having held 17 of its last 20 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.



Landry Runs Starting Streak to 44 Straight


LSU All-America free safety LaRon Landry ran his streak of consecutive starts to 44 straight against Tennessee. Landry, from Ama, La., has been in the LSU lineup since the Mississippi State contest (week 5) in 2003. The 44 straight starts ranks as the fifth-longest streak in the Division IA.

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