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LSU's 41-point beatdown of Virginia Tech marked the worst loss of the Frank Beamer era.

LSU vs. Virginia Tech

Sept. 8, 2007 – Tiger Stadium (Baton Rouge, La.)

Postgame Notes

Team Notes

 

LSU's game captains were 6 Colt David, 7 Ali Highsmith, 9 Early Doucet, and 18 Jacob Hester.

 

Virginia Tech won the toss and deferred to the second half. LSU received the opening kickoff.

 

Tigers extending their consecutive starts streak today were: CB Chevis Jackson (28), LB Ali Highsmith (16), LT Ciron Black (15), CB Jonathan Zenon (15), LG Herman Johnson (12) and DT Glenn Dorsey (10).

 

First-time starters for LSU in tonight's game: WR Chris Mitchell.

 

LSU has recorded at least one sack in 21 straight games after a first quarter sack by Curtis Taylor in tonight's game. The last time LSU's defense did not record a sack was against North Texas last season.

 

LSU has outscored its opponents 113-7 over the last 10 quarters, including the 48-7 final margin tonight. Before the Hokies' touchdown in the third quarter, opponents had not scored against the Tigers since Notre Dame did so in the second quarter of the 2007 Sugar Bowl.

 

LSU has outscored it opponents 157-7 in the first quarter in the 15 home games under head coach Les Miles (15 home games), including the 14-0 score tonight. Alabama was the only team to score on the Tigers in the first quarter during that stretch.

 

LSU extended several streaks tonight with the victory ... The Tigers extended their overall winning streak to nine games, and as a result of losses by Boise State, BYU and TCU, LSU now holds the second-longest winning streak in the nation ... Wisconsin holds the longest streak at 10 games, heading into tonight's contest versus UNLV ... The Tigers stretched their home winning streak to 14 games and 18 games at home against non-conference teams.

 

LSU's 598 yards of total offense is the most by the team since racking up 653 yards against Louisiana Tech on Nov. 1, 2003.

 

The 48-7 win was the largest margin of victory by LSU over a ranked opponent since downing No. 16 Ole Miss, 61-17, on Dec. 5, 1970 in Baton Rouge. The Tigers were ranked No. 8 heading into that contest.

 

The 48-7 win was also the largest margin of victory by LSU over a Top 10 team in school history.

 

Tonight's attendance of 92,739 is the largest in Tiger Stadium history surpassing the previous mark of 92,664 set on Oct. 22, 2005 against Auburn.

 

 

Individual Notes

 

FS Curtis Taylor's first-quarter sack was the first of his career.

 

RB Jacob Hester scored the ninth rushing touchdown of his career on a 3-yard run with 10:46 left in the first quarter.

 

Hester's 81 yards tonight is a career-high. His previous high was 70 against Miami in the 2005 Peach Bowl.

 

QB Matt Flynn scored the second rushing touchdown of his career on a 7-yard run with 5:54 left in the first quarter. His other rushing touchdown came against Tulane in 2006.

 

Flynn's 17 completions, 27 attempts and 217 yards in tonight's game are all career highs.

SS Craig Steltz recorded his fourth interception of the season and ninth of his career late in the first quarter.

 

Steltz recorded the second sack of his career and first of the season midway through the fourth quarter.

 

PK Colt David made the 14th field goal of his career with on a 30-yarder on the first play of the second quarter.

 

David made his 15th career field goal on a 28-yard attempt with 8:30 left in the third quarter. He has now made 15 of 21 attempts in his career.

 

RB Keiland Williams scored his third and fourth rushing touchdowns of this season and the eighth and ninth of his career tonight. The first was on a 67-yard run with 11:55 left in the second quarter and the second came on a 32-yard run with 9:29 left in the fourth quarter.

 

Williams' 67-yard run was the longest of his career and the longest by an LSU player since Alley Broussard's 74-yard run vs. Iowa in the 2005 Capital One Bowl.

 

Williams' 126 rushing yards marks a career-high for the sophomore. His previous high was 107 yards against Notre Dame in the 2007 Sugar Bowl. Tonight also marks the second 100-yard rushing game for Williams.

 

With a reception late in the first quarter, WR Early Doucet extended his streak of consecutive games with a reception to 24.

 

Doucet pulled in the 17th receiving touchdown of his career on a 34-yard pass from Ryan Perrilloux with 1:36 left in the third quarter. The 17 career TDs moves the senior receiver into a sixth-place tie for career receiving TDs with Josh Reed and Ken Kavanaugh, Sr.

P Patrick Fisher's 61-yard punt in the second quarter is his career long. His previous career best was a 59-yard kick in 2005.

 

QB Ryan Perrilloux tossed the second touchdown of his career with s 34-yard strike to Early Doucet with 1:36 left in the third quarter.

 

WR Brandon LaFell's seven receptions and 125 yards in tonight's game are both career highs for the sophomore.

 

LaFell is LSU's first 100-yard receiver since Early Doucet collected 115 in the Sugar Bowl against Notre Dame.

 

WR Demetrius Byrd made the first catch of his career on a 12-yard strike from Perrilloux with 6:00 remaining in the fourth quarter.

 

WR Terrance Toliver scored his first career touchdown on a 28-yard pass from Perrilloux with 3:18 left in the fourth quarter.

 

The 28-yard reception was also the longest of Toliver's career.

 

DE Rahim Alem collected the first sack of his career with 0:55 left in the fourth quarter.


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