SEASON REVIEW: The Tigers game by game in 06

Despite not making it to Atlanta and the SEC Championship Game, the LSU Tigers capped off the eighth 10-plus win season in school history.

For only the second time in the 113-year history of LSU football, the Tigers won 10-plus games in consecutive seasons. LSU has a chance at winning No. 11 and the 22nd in two seasons when the Tigers take the field in the AllState Sugar Bowl versus Notre Dame.



No. 8 LSU 45, UL-Lafayette 3

Sept. 2, 2006

Tiger Stadium

Baton Rouge, La.



The Tigers wasted little time getting the season jump-started. LSU scored on its third offensive play of season, a 58-yard pass from JaMarcus Russell to Brandon LaFell setting the tone for the Tigers' 45-3 rout of the Cajuns in the season opener. LSU bolted out to a 28-3 halftime lead as Russell tossed three, first-half touchdown passes and Jonathan Zenon returned an interception 20 yards for another score. The Tigers struggled to run the football, but still managed just 170 yards on the ground. Alley Broussard led all rushers with 46 yards on eight carries with a touchdown. Russell completed 13 of 17 passes for 253 yards and three scores.



No. 8 LSU 45, Arizona 3

Sept. 9, 2006

Tiger Stadium

Baton Rouge, La.



The Arizona Wildcats came to Baton Rouge thinking upset. However, the Wildcats were the ones who left the capital city upset. LSU physically brutalized the visitors from the Pac-10 disposing of Mike Stoops team by the same score by which the Tigers beat ULL – 45-3. LSU used a balanced attack rushing for 231 yards and passing for 230 in dismantling the Wildcats. Jonathan Zenon again returned a first quarter interception for a touchdown. Jacob Hester led the Tigers offensively scoring a rushing and receiving touchdown.



No. 3 Auburn 7, No. 6 LSU 3

Sept. 16, 2006

Jordan-Hare Stadium

Auburn, Ala.



Craig Davis was tackled on the four yard line as time expired as the Auburn Tigers held off the LSU Tigers 7-3 in an epoch SEC Western Division showdown. Defense set the tone of the day in this classic SEC slugfest as LSU dented the scoreboard first just before halftime on a 42-yard, Colt David field goal. The Tigers took the lead 7-3 on a 1-yard Brandon Cox 1-yard run late in the third quarter. A controversial pass interference non-call appeared to have ended LSU's hopes of a fourth quarter comeback, but the Tigers got one last chance inside the last minute of play. However, LSU's efforts four yards short.



No. 10 LSU 49, Tulane 7

Sept. 23, 2006

Tiger Stadium

Baton Rouge, La.



After LSU's emotional loss at Auburn, the Tigers returned home and let out some frustration on an overmatched Tulane team. Early Doucet led the Tigers scoring three touchdowns, two receiving and one rushing score. LSU scored 14 points in each of the first three quarters and led 42-0 going into the final frame. Charles Scott became LSU's first 100-yard rusher (15 carries, 101 yards, 2 TDs) since Joseph Addai ran for 130 yards in the 2005 Peach Bowl win over Miami.



No. 9 LSU 48, Mississippi State 17

Sept. 30, 2006

Tiger Stadium

Baton Rouge, La.



Mississippi State never had a chance. In blitzkrieg-like fashion, the LSU Tigers bolted out to a 21-0 first quarter lead and led 35-3 at halftime in a 48-17 domination of the visiting Bulldogs. The game was delayed 52 minutes in the second due to inclement weather. A few thousand LSU fans remained in the stands to watch the remainder of the contest as the Tigers did allow 14 second half points, including a 23-yard interception return for a touchdown by Derek Pegues on an errant pass from backup quarterback Matt Flynn. JaMarcus Russell was nearly flawless going 18 of 20 for 330 yards and three touchdowns.



No. 5 Florida 23, No. 9 LSU 10

Oct. 7, 2006

Ben Hill Griffin Stadium

Gainesville, Fla.



Plagued by turnovers and special teams mishaps, LSU lost to the Florida Gators 23-10 in The Swamp. LSU took an early 7-0 lead on a 2-yard pass to Jacob Hester. But a muffed punt by Chevis Jackson led to a 1-yard run by Tim Tebow. An interception and an Russell fumble at the Florida one allowed the Gators to squeeze in another score just before halftime allowing a 14-7 lead at the break. Early Doucet fumbled the opening kickoff of the second half resulting in a safety and Tebow threw a touchdown pass to Louis Murphy to open up a 23-7 lead. LSU was on the Florida side of 50 five times down the stretch but could muster only a field goal.



No. 14 LSU 49, Kentucky 0

Oct. 14, 2006

Tiger Stadium

Baton Rouge, La.



Similar to the Tigers win over Tulane, LSU scored 14 points in each of the first three quarters en route to a 49-0 win over the Kentucky Wildcats. Dwayne Bowe caught three touchdown passes AND Jacob Hester rushed for two more in leading the Tigers offensive assault. LSU rushed for 268 yards and JaMarcus Russell was again nearly perfect going 15 of 18 for 226 yards and a pair of touchdowns. On the night, LSU accumulated 546 total yards of offense.



No. 14 LSU 38, Fresno State 6

Oct. 21, 2006

Tiger Stadium

Baton Rouge, La.



When LSU scheduled the Bulldogs, no one thought Fresno would be mired in the midst of its worst seasons in years. The Tigers throttled 1-6 Fresno State 38-6 on a stormy night in Tiger Stadium. The start of the game was delayed 16 minutes due to weather and a pregame deluge resulted in a mostly empty Death Valley. LSU took advantage of big plays scoring five touchdowns on plays equaling 21 yards or more. A 38-yard run by Trindon Holliday, a 38-yard touchdown pass from JaMarcus Russell to Dwayne Bowe and a 77-yard punt return for a touchdown highlighted the scoring.



No. 13 LSU 28, No. 8 Tennessee 24

Nov. 4, 2006

Neyland Stadium

Knoxville, Tenn.



For the eighth time in his career, LSU quarterback JaMarcus Russell engineered a game-winning drive in the fourth quarter or overtime. Russell completed a 4-yard pass to Early Doucet with nine seconds remaining giving LSU a 28-24 victory over the Tennessee Volunteers. It was only the second-ever victory for LSU in Neyland Stadium. LSU scored first when Russell hit Craig Davis for on 23 –yard touchdown pass in the second quarter. But the Tigers fell behind 17-7 when Russell's first pass of the second half went the other for a pick-six. LSU re-took a 21-17 lead on two third quarter touchdowns, but the Volunteers forced the issue when Jonathan Crompton hit Robert Meachem on a 54 yard touchdown pass midway through the fourth. LSU got the ball back with 7:29 left to play, converted a key fourth and eight and never relinquished possession until the final seconds of the game.



No. 12 LSU 28, Alabama 14

Nov. 11, 2006

Tiger Stadium

Baton Rouge, La.



Reeling Alabama visited Tiger Stadium still smarting from an embarrassing loss to Mississippi State. Down and out, the Tide fought valiantly in a 28-14 loss to the Tigers, LSU's fourth straight win over Alabama and sixth in the last seven meetings. LSU bolted out to a 14-0 first quarter lead on a 38-yard touchdown run by Keiland Williams and a 30-yard touchdown reception by Early Doucet. The Tide cut into the lead with a 29-yard touchdown reception by Kenneth Darby. The teams traded scores in the second quarter and LSU led 21-14 at the break. But a 17-yard touchdown catch by Jacob Hester in the third quarter secured the victory for the Tigers.



No. 9 LSU 23, Ole Miss 20

Nov. 18, 2006

Tiger Stadium

Baton Rouge, La.



While Ole Miss hasn't been the best of teams in the SEC Western Division, the Rebels have given LSU fits over the last several years and this season was no different. The Tigers had to score 13 fourth quarter points to force overtime with a 3-7 Ole Miss team, which led 20-7 heading into the final period. JaMarcus Russell tossed a pair of fourth quarter touchdown passes to Early Doucet and Dwayne Bowe. Colt david's extra point was blocked with 14 seconds left forcing the extra period. David got to redeem himself kicking a game-winning 26-yard field goal in the first overtime period.



No. 9 LSU 31, No. 5 Arkansas 26

Nov. 24, 2006

War Memorial Stadium

Little Rock, Ark.



In what started as a defensive struggled ended with an electrifying 28-point fourth quarter explosion as LSU beat Arkansas 31-26 in Little Rock. The Tigers took a 24-12 lead early in the fourth quarter when JaMarcus Russell found early Doucet on a seven-yard touchdown pass. But the Hogs' Darren McFadden ripped off an 80-yard touchdown run closing the gap to 24-19. On the ensuing kickoff, Trindon Holliday broke free on a 92-yard kickoff return for a touchdown and a 31-19 lead. Arkansas' Felix Jones made it a 31-26 game with 4:53 left to play. But the Tigers defense held as LSU defeated the SEC Western Division champions. LSU hadn't surrendered a 100-yard rusher all season long but gave up 298 yards to the Hogs' Darren McFadden (182) and Felix Jones (137).

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