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
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.
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
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
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.
LSU has 5 players on its roster who
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
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
LSU Brings SEC's Top Rated Offense
And Defense Into
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
LSU is 1-2 on the road this year,
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
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
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
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
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
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.
Defense Finally Allows A 300-Yard Game
For the first time this year, the
LSU defense allowed a 300-yard game as
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
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.
LSU WR Dwayne Bowe broke the school
record for career TDs with his 22nd scoring reception 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 20 with a score against
LSU Sack Streak At 16 Straight
LSU ran its streak of games with a
sack to 16 straight against
LSU Has Nation's Fifth-Best Home Mark Over Last 4 Years
LSU brings the nation's fifth-best
home mark over the last 4 years into the
Tigers Have Scored At Least 40 Points Five Times This Year
By racking up 49 points against
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
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. 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
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.
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
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
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
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
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,
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
Tigers Have Outscored Opponents 383-107 Over Last 44 Quarters
Dating back to 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
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
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
Landry Runs Starting Streak to 45 Straight
LSU All-America free safety LaRon
Landry ran his streak of consecutive starts to 45 straight against