NOTEBOOK: LSU to host Ole Miss

LSU will honor 22 seniors on Saturday as the ninth-ranked Tigers host Ole Miss in the 2006 home finale. Kickoff between the Tigers and the Rebels is set for 7 p.m. in a sold out Tiger Stadium.

The game will be televised on LSU's pay-per-view network, TigerVision. LSU goes into the contest riding a 4-game winning streak following last week's 28-14 win over Alabama.

 

With its win over the Crimson Tide, the Tigers have crept back into the top 10 as they are ranked No. 9 in the AP Poll and the USA Today Coaches Poll. LSU is No. 11 in the BCS Standings, up a spot from last week. The Tigers are 8-2 overall and remain in contention for the SEC Western Division title as they stand 4-2 in league play. Ole Miss, which is coming off an open date, brings a 3-7 overall mark and a 1-5 conference record into Saturday's game. LSU has won 13 straight games in November dating back to the 2003 season. LSU brings a 12-game home field winning streak into the Ole Miss game.

 

The Tigers are 7-0 at home this year and LSU has a chance to win eight home games in a season for the only time in school history. In 7 home games in 2006, LSU has outscored the opposition, 302 to 50, for an average of 43 to 7 a contest. LSU has scored at least 45 points in five of their seven home games this year.  LSU continues to have the conference's top rated offense and defense as the Tigers lead the SEC in scoring (34.3 points per game), scoring defense (10.40 points per game), total offense (421.4 yards per game) and total defense (231.0 yards per game).

 

LSU QB JaMarcus Russell continues to stake his claim as the top offensive player in the conference as he leads the SEC in total offense (249.4 yards per game) and he's first in the league and No. 5 in the nation in pass efficiency with a 172.35 rating. In 10 games, Russell has connected on 177 of 250 passes for 2,364 yards and 21 TDs. Russell is 22-4 as LSU's starting quarterback. Other offensive leaders for the Tigers include RB Jacob Hester, who has rushed for 355 yards and 6 TDs and he's caught 30 passes for 205 yards and 3 scores. WR Dwayne Bowe has 48 receptions for 780 yards and 9 TDs, while Craig Davis has 44 receptions for 637 yards and 3 TDs and Early Doucet 44 catches for 577 yards and 6 scores.

 

LB Darry Beckwith leads an LSU defense that ranks among the top 5 in the nation in four categories with 56 tackles. FS LaRon Landry has 52 tackles for the Tigers,  while DE Tyson Jackson has 30 tackles and 7.5 sacks.

 

 

 

LSU Uses Balanced Attack in 28-14 Win Over Alabama

 

LSU scored on its first three possessions in building a 21-7 lead just 16 minutes into the contest as the Tigers went on to a 28-14 win over Alabama in Tiger Stadium. The win was the fourth straight for the Tigers in the series against the Crimson Tide. LSU wasted little time in getting on the board as the Tigers went 73 yards on 5 plays capped with a 38-yard TD run by Keiland Williams to take a 7-0 lead at the 13:34 mark in the first quarter. JaMarcus Russell connected with Early Doucet on a 30-yard TD pass just six minutes later to stretch the lead to 14-0. After an Alabama TD, the Tigers scored on their third straight possession when Russell hit Dwayne Bowe with a 19-yard TD pass to run the advantage to 21-7 at the 13:33 mark in the second quarter. Alabama added a scored four minutes later to cut the deficit to 21-14. The Crimson Tide had a chance to pull closer just before halftime, but LSU's Chase Pittman recovered a Bama fumble at the 18-yard line with 19 seconds left in the second quarter. LSU increased its lead to 28-14 on its first possession of the second half when Russell hit Jacob Hester with a 17-yard TD pass. LSU's defense then took over as the held the Crimson Tide to only 126 yards in the second half. Russell paced a balanced offensive attack for the Tigers as he connected on 18 of 21 passes for 207 and 3 scores. Williams led a Tiger rushing attack that accounted for 211 yards by gaining 79 yards and 1 TD. Hester added 64 yards rushing and another 25 yards and 1 TD receiving on four catches. Doucet caught 7 passes for a career-best 101 yards and 1 score. Craig Steltz led a Tiger defense with 9 tackles, while LB Ali Highsmith added 8 tackles and a tackle for a loss.

 

 

The Series

 

LSU and Ole Miss meet for the 95th time with the Tigers holding a 53-37-4 advantage in the series that dates back to a 26-6 Rebel win in 1894 … The teams have meet every year since 1945 … LSU has won four straight and five of the last six against the Rebels … Last year, LSU posted a 40-7 win over Ole Miss in Oxford, which was the largest margin of victory in a game in the series since a 45-8 Tiger win in 1982 …

 

LSU has won two straight over Ole Miss in Baton Rouge … The Tigers hold a 35-22-1 lead in games played in Baton Rouge … Ole Miss' last win over LSU came in 2001 by a 35-24 count in Tiger Stadium … From 2002 to 2004, the games were decided by a total of seven points … LSU coach Les Miles is 1-1 vs. Ole Miss, which includes a 1-0 mark at LSU … Miles dropped a 31-28 decision to Ole Miss in the 2004 Cotton Bowl while he was head coach at Oklahoma State.

 

 

LSU's Closes Out Home Slate Against Ole Miss

 

LSU plays its final game in Tiger Stadium in 2006 on Saturday as the ninth-ranked Tigers host Ole Miss at 7 p.m. The game will serve as the final home game for 22 LSU seniors. LSU will honor the group of seniors prior to kickoff. LSU brings a 7-0 overall home mark into the Ole Miss game. LSU has also won 12 straight home games, which dates back to the Tennessee game to open the home slate in 2005. LSU brings an 8-2 overall mark and a 4-2 league record into the game, while Ole Miss is 3-7 overall and 1-5 in conference play.

 

 

 

Senior Salute

 

LSU will honor its 22-player senior class on Saturday night. This year's senior class has been a part of the 2003 national championship as well as an SEC title,  a pair of SEC Western Division titles and what will be five bowl games. This year's senior class includes those players who redshirted as true freshman in 2002 and those players who played as true freshmen in 2003. The 5-year record of this year's senior class is 49-13.

 

 

Tigers Have Won 7 Straight Home Finales

 

LSU goes into the Ole Miss game riding a streak of victories in 7 straight home finales. LSU hasn't loss the final home game of a season since 1998 when the Tigers dropped a 22-16 decision to Alabama. Since then, the Tigers have gone 7-0 in Senior Night games, which includes a 14-13 win over Ole Miss in 2002 and a 27-27 victory over the Rebels in 2004.

 

 

In The Polls

 

The Tigers moved up three spots to No. 9 in both the AP Poll and the USA Today Coaches Poll this week. LSU also moved up one spot to No. 11 in this week's BCS Standings. LSU has now been ranked for 61 consecutive polls by USA Today and 60 straight polls by the AP.

 

 

Mississippi Tigers

 

LSU has 5 players on its roster who call Mississippi home. The list includes junior OG Will Arnold (Gloster), junior TE Mit Cole (Picayune), freshman TE Richard Dickson (Ocean Springs), freshman LB Derrick Odom (Jackson) and junior DL Donald Hains (Diamondhead).

 

 

LSU-Ole Miss Ties

 

Ole Miss running backs coach Frank Wilson was the high school coach (O.P. Walker) of LSU WR Craig Davis. 

 

 

November Reign - Tigers Have Won 13 Straight Games In November

 

LSU brings a 13-game winning streak in games played in November into the Ole Miss 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 20-3 in games played in November, which includes a 9-2 mark in road games. LSU coach Les Miles has won 8 straight November games dating back to his final season (2004) with Oklahoma State.

 

 

LSU's Won 27 Straight Against Unranked Opponents

 

The Tigers bring a 27-game winning streak against unranked teams into the Ole Miss 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 20 straight games in Tiger Stadium against unranked foes, a streak that also dates back to the Florida loss in 2003.

 

 

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 Ole Miss 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.

 

 

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. 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.

 

 

Tyson Jackson Named SEC Defensive Lineman Of The Week

 

For the fourth time this year, LSU has a defensive lineman honored by the league as DE Tyson Jackson is this week's SEC Defensive Lineman of the Week. He joins DT Glenn Dorsey (twice) and DE Chase Pittman (once) as LSU's honorees for the award this year. Against Alabama, Jackson had 4 tackles, 2 PBU's and a sack in the 28-14 win. In the game, the Tigers limited the Crimson Tide to just 78 yards rushing.

 

 

No 100-Yard Rushers Allowed

 

LSU goes into the Ole Miss 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 14 games without allowing a player to reach the 100-yard mark.

 

 

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 201-59-3 (.769) at night under the lights compared to a 19-22-3 (.466) mark in Tiger Stadium during the day. Since 2000, LSU is 42-6 overall at home, which includes a 34-4 (.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. 

 

 

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 12 Straight At Home

 

LSU goes into the game against Ole Miss having won 12 straight and 22 of its last 23 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 20 consecutive Saturday night games. The 12 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 7-0 at home this year as the Tigers have outscored opponents 302 to 50 in those games. LSU is averaging 43 points in those 7 home games, while holding opponents to just 7 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 only allowed 7 first quarter points at home this year with those coming last week against Alabama.  

 

 

First Quarter Dominance

 

LSU has outscored its opponents 115 to 14 in the first quarter this year, which includes a 94-0 point difference in home games. The only teams to score in the first quarter against LSU this year was Florida, who scored with 11 seconds left in the opening frame, and Alabama. 

 

 

Tigers Go For First 8-Win Home Season in School History

 

A win over Ole Miss on Saturday will give the Tigers their first 8-win home season in school history. It will also mark only the 12th time in school history that the Tigers have gone undefeated at home. LSU last did it in 2004 by posting a 7-0 mark. Prior to that, LSU hadn't gone undefeated at home since a 7-0 record in 1972. This year marks only the second time in school history that the Tigers have played eight games in Tiger Stadium. The other came in 1949 when LSU recorded a 7-1 mark at home.

 

 

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. 5 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.

 

 

Hester's 30 Receptions Most For Tiger Running Back Since 1989

 

With 30 receptions this year, LSU RB Jacob Hester has the most catches by a Tiger running back since 1989 when Eddie Fuller hauled in 38 passes. In 10 games this year, Hester has 30 catches for 205 yards and 3 TDs, including a 17-yard catch-and-run for a score in the fourth quarter against Alabama. Hester has caught at least 1 pass in 9 of LSU's 10 games this year. The only game that he went without a reception came against Tulane.

 

 

Run, JaMarcus, Run

 

LSU QB JaMarcus Russell again used his legs in a positive way on Saturday as he accounted for 36 yards rushing on 7 carries. Russell has now rushed for 107 yards on 14 carries in LSU's last two games. He 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 Impressive Again

 

LSU true freshman RB Keiland Williams was again impressive in the Tiger backfield as he rushed for a team-best 79 yards on 9 carries in the win over Alabama. Williams added a 38-yard TD run in the first quarter for the second TD of his career. Over the last two games, Williams has rushed for 132 yards and 2 scores in what has been the most extensive action he's seen all year.

 

 

Hester The Workhorse

 

LSU RB Jacob Hester continues to prove to be invaluable for the Tigers as he saw action in 44 of 55 offensive plays against Alabama. That came just a week after he was in on 72 of 81 offensive plays against Tennessee. Hester, who can play both tailback and fullback, again had a productive day for the Tigers, rushing for 64 yards and  caught 4 passes for 25 yards and 1 TD in the win over the Crimson Tide.

 

 

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 9 games that he's appeared in this season, Holliday has touched the ball 15 times and he's accounted for 227 yards. Holliday is averaging 15.1 yards every time he touches the football. Holliday has rushed for 159 yards on 11 carries, he's returned 3 kickoffs for 64 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.

 

 

Defense Finally Allows A 300-Yard Game

 

For the first time this year, the LSU defense allowed a 300-yard game as Alabama accounted for 369 yards against the Tigers. That snapped LSU's treak of 16-games of not allowing an opponent to eclipse the 300-yar mark. Prior to the Alabama game, the most yards given up by the Tigers in 2006 was 288 by 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.

 

 

LSU's Defense Has Allowed Only 10 TDs All Season; Fewest Since 1970

 

LSU's defense goes into the Ole Miss game having allowed just 10 touchdowns (3 rushing, 7 passing) all year. The 10 TDs allowed by the Tigers is the fewest through 10 games by an LSU team since 1970. That year, the Tigers also allowed 8 TDs in the first 9 games before finishing the regular season by allowing 10 scores.

 

 

LSU Defense Rated Among Nation's Top 5 In Four Categories

 

LSU's defense goes into the Ole Miss game rated among the top 5 in the nation in four categories, including a No. 2 national ranking in total defense (231.0 yards per game). This week marks the first time since early October that LSU is not ranked No. 1 in the nation in total defense.

 

 

Russell Moves Into Sole Possession Of Fifth Place On Wins List At LSU

 

With a 22-4 overall mark as LSU's starting quarterback, junior JaMarcus Russell has moved into sole possession of fifth place in school history for most victories by a signal caller in school history. 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; Ranks No.6 in Single-Season TDs

 

LSU WR Dwayne Bowe broke the school record for career TDs with his 22nd scoring reception against Tennessee. Bowe has since increased his total to 23 after his 19-yard scoring reception against Alabama. Bowe broke the mark previously held by Michael Clayton. Bowe has 9 TD receptions this year, which ties for the sixth-highest single-season total in school history. Bowe's 23 career TD receptions is currently tied for 13th in SEC history. Bowe needs just one more TD catch to move into top 10 in SEC history. Bowe also ranks No. 6 in LSU history in career receiving yards (2,193)  and tied for No. 6 in career receptions with 137.

 

 

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 20 with a score against Alabama. The 20 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 8 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 16 Straight

 

LSU ran its streak of games with a sack to 16 straight against Alabama after the Tigers had 4 sacks against the Crimson Tide. In 10 games this year, the Tigers have recorded 32 sacks with DE Tyson Jackson leading the way with 7.5. 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 Third in SEC In Touchdowns

 

LSU RB Jacob Hester ranks second in the SEC in total touchdowns with 9 to his credit. Hester has 6 rushing  TDs and 3 receiving TDs for the Tigers. Arkansas RB Darren McFadden leads the SEC with 13 touchdowns.

 

 

LSU Starting Defense Has Allowed Only 71 Points This Year

 

While LSU may be allowing 10.0 points per game, the Tiger starting defense is responsible for allowing only 71 of the 104 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, a field goal and two touchdowns against Tennessee and two TDs against Alabama.

 

 

Tigers Have Scored 343 Points In 10 Games; Second Highest Total in School History

 

LSU's 343 points through the first 9 games ranks as the second-highest total over that span since the 2003 national champion team scored 348 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.

 

 

SEC Has Honored LSU With Player of the Week Honors 8 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.

 

 

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 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 30 tackles, 8.5 tackles for losses, 7.5 sacks and 5 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. 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 19 of his first 23 games, which ties with Bernie Moore for the most in school history. Miles is currently 19-4 as LSU's head coach, while Moore posted an 19-3-1 mark during his first 23 games in Baton Rouge.

 

 

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 42 tackles, 8 tackles for losses and 3 pair of sacks for the ninth-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 45 straight games for the Tigers dating back to his true freshman season in 2003, is second in the team with 52 tackles.

 

 

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.

 

 

Taking Note On The Tigers Since 2000

 

Here is a look at some notable trends for LSU during the 87 games its played since 2000 … LSU is 56-5 when leading at halftime and 52-4 when leading after three quarters … The Tigers are 62-5 when scoring 20 or more points and 53-2 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 47-4 when holding opponents to fewer than 100 team rushing yards and the Tigers are 27-1 when having a player rush for 100 yards.

 

 

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 8 of 10 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.

 

 

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).

 

 

Miles Is 11-3 In SEC Games

 

LSU coach Les Miles is now 11-3 in SEC games, which is the best start for a Tiger coach since 1987-88 when Mike Archer won 11 of his first 14 games as the Tiger head coach.

 

 

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 45 and he's fifth in passing yards with 5,860. For his career, Russell has connected on 438 of 705 passes for 5,860 yards, 45 TDs and just 20 interceptions. Russell's 438 completions ranks No. 4 in LSU history, while his 705 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 2,193 yards on 137  catches, while Davis has 1,909 yards on 130 receptions. Doucet has 1,223 yards on 88 receptions. This year, the trio has combined for 136 catches for 1,944 yards and 18 touchdowns.

 

 

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 75 Straight

 

LSU PK Colt David ran his streak of successful PATs to 75 straight by connecting on all 4 of his attempts against Alabama. The 75 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. 4 in the SEC in sacks with an average of .70 per game. In 10 games, Jackson has recorded 7.5 sacks, which have accounted for 33 yards in losses.

 

 

LSU's Allowed Only 10 TDs In Last 48 Quarters

 

The LSU defense goes into the Ole Miss game having allowed only 10 touchdowns over the last 48 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 10 games in 2006, LSU has allowed only 40 first half points.

 

 

Tigers Have Outscored Opponents 383-107 Over Last 44 Quarters

 

Dating back to the Miami (Fla.) game in last year's Peach Bowl, the Tigers have outscored their opposition 383-107. That stretch has had the Tigers scoring over 40 points six times, while holding their opponents to a combined 12 touchdowns (3 by Florida and Tennessee, 2 by Miss. State and Alabama, 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 Ole Miss ranked first in the SEC in sacks, having recorded 32 through its first 10 games of the year. In addition, the Tigers are third in the league in sacks allowed as the LSU offensive line has yielded only 13 sacks this season. 

 

 

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

 

LSU's record of 59-16 over the last 5-plus seasons gives the Tigers the best overall mark among all SEC teams over that span. The 59 wins ties with Georgia for the most wins among SEC teams.

 

 

Keeping Them Under 20 Points

 

LSU goes into the Ole Miss game having held 18 of its last 21 opponents, 11 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.

 

 

Landry Runs Starting Streak to 45 Straight

 

LSU All-America free safety LaRon Landry ran his streak of consecutive starts to 45 straight against Alabama. Landry, from Ama, La., has been in the LSU lineup since the Mississippi State contest (week 5) in 2003. The 45 straight starts ranks as the fifth-longest streak in the Division IA. 


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