FACTS & FACTORS: LSU vs. Arkansas

Some quick hitters from Friday's win over Arkansas.

Quote of the Game:

 

"We've made a case for the BCS, certainly.  When they're picking the best team from the SEC, they'll have something to talk about.  We have had the distinct impression that we were the best team in the SEC West.  The SEC West champion is Arkansas, but we're right there."

 

- LSU coach Les Miles on his team's bowl future

 

 

Turning Point:

 

In a game that had shaped up to be a defensive struggle, the Tigers looked to be in the driver's seat with a 24-21 lead when JaMarcus Russell hit Early Doucet on a 7-yard touchdown pass to open the fourth quarter.

 

But Arkansas' Darren McFadden had other plans.

 

After Chris Jackson put the ensuing kickoff in the end zone for a touchback, McFadden took the first snap directly up the middle for an 80-yard touchdown, inciting a glum War Memorial Stadium crowd.

McFadden's run energized the crowd even more when the 53,000-plus learned the jaunt broke the Arkansas rushing record.

 

But then came the dagger.

 

Everyone knew Trindon Holliday had the speed and quickness to be LSU's next great kick returner. In Little Rock, he proved it.

 

Arkansas made a mistake and kicked the ball in Holliday's direction. The 5-foot-5 sparkplug caught the ball at the 8 and proceeded up the right side. Holliday found a crease and outran the Razorback's kick coverage for a 92-yard kickoff return for a touchdown. It was LSU's first kickoff return for a score since Kevin Faulk brought back an 88-yard return for a touchdown against Notre Dame in South Bend in 1998.

 

 

Stat of the Game:

 

2 – Coming into Friday's game, the Tiger defense had yet to surrender 100 yards to a single running back, that including the likes of Auburn's Kenny Irons, Alabama's Kenneth Darby and Ole Miss' BenJarvus Green-Ellis. Versus the Hogs, LSU not only allowed one running back to surpass 100 yards, but two backs broke the century mark. Darren McFadden carried the mail for 182 yards, and Felix Jones ran for 137 more as Arkansas totaled 298 yards rushing in the game.

 

 

By the Numbers:

 

3 – Passes completed by Arkansas quarterback Casey Dick. Dick, who replaced Mitch Mustain as the Hogs' signal caller, was a miserable 3-of -17 for 29 yards in the game. Darren McFadden lined up at quarterback several times and completed two of two passes for 33 yards. Robert Johnson was 0-for-1 as Arkansas, as a team, completed five of 20 passes for 62 yards with an interception.

 

10 – Wins for the Tigers for the first time in consecutive years in the school's history. LSU has come close a couple of times, including a nine-win season in 1959, a year after the Tigers went 11-0 in 1958 in winning the national title. In 1997, LSU won nine games, going 9-3, a year after the Tigers went 10-2 in 1996. In 2004, Nick Saban's last team compiled a 9-3 record, losing its third game in the final seconds to Iowa in the CapitalOne Bowl. That nine-win season followed a 13-1 campaign in 2003, which led to the program's second-ever national title.

 

26 – Points scored by Arkansas, the most allowed in a single game by the Tigers this season. The Razorbacks' point total was six more points scored than LSU's first four opponents combined (ULL-3, Arizona-3, Auburn-7, Tulane-7).

 

Three Points:

 

1 – A DAVIS OF A DAY - Craig Davis pulled in a 5-yard reception in the first quarter to extend his consecutive-games-with-a-reception streak to 34. With a 20-yard catch in the second quarter, Davis became just the seventh player in LSU history to record over 2,000 receiving yards for his career. He now ranks sixth in school history with 2,057 career receiving yards. Davis' 47-yard touchdown grab in the second quarter marked his fourth of the season and the seventh of his career.

 

2 – MOVING ON UP – With 14 completions on the day, QB JaMarcus Russell moved past Jamie Howard to third on LSU's career completions list with 471. Russell also moved up to third on LSU's career passing yards list. He finished the game with 210 yards and now has 6,287 for his career.

 

3 – ODDS & ENDS – LSU has recorded at least one sack in 18 straight games after a first quarter sack by Tyson Jackson. ... LSU has outscored its opponents 122-20 in the first quarter this season. Florida, Alabama and Arkansas are the only teams to dent the scoreboard in the first quarter against LSU. … The Tigers won their 15th straight game in the month of November. The last time LSU lost a game in November was a 21-20 loss at Arkansas in 2002. … With a 5-yard catch by WR Craig Davis in the first quarter, LSU now has three receivers with 50 or more catches in a season for the first time in school history – Craig Davis (52), Dwayne Bowe (60) and Early Doucet (51).


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