LSU Goes After 15th
Straight Home Win On Saturday Against Middle
LSU will look to build on last week's 48-7 win over then-No. 9 ranked Virginia Tech on Saturday when the second-ranked Tigers host Middle Tennessee in a non-conference matchup in Tiger Stadium. Kickoff for the contest 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 brings a 2-0 mark into the game following last week's dismantling of Virginia Tech.
Dating back to last season, LSU has
won nine straight games, outscoring its opponents 331 to 111 over that span. LSU
has outscored its first two opponents, 93-7, this year. Middle
The Tigers rank first in the nation in pass efficiency defense (43.51 rating), No. 7 in pass defense (107.0 yards per game) and No. 11 in rushing defense (40.5 yards per game). Offensively, the Tigers have been efficient, scoring 46.5 points per game to go with 472.5 yards per game. LSU has yet to commit a turnover on offense, while racking up eight on the defensive end.
LSU also brings a 14-game Tiger Stadium winning streak into the Middle Tennessee contest. The 14-game streak ranks as the third-longest streak in Tiger Stadium history and it's the longest since the Tigers won 15 consecutive games at home from 1971-73. The school record for consecutive wins in Tiger Stadium is 17, which was set from 1935-37.
Individually, QB Matt Flynn has been nearly flawless; connecting on 29 of 46 passes for 345 yards and 2 TDs. Flynn has also rushed for 54 yards and a score. RB Jacob Hester leads the Tigers in rushing with 149 yards and 1 TD, while RB Keiland Williams has 144 yards and 4 scores for the Tigers. WR Early Doucet has caught 15 passes for 153 yards and 2 scores, while WR Brandon LaFell is LSU's other top target, hauling in eight balls for 140 yards and a score.
Tigers Click On All
Cylinders In 48-7 Win Over No. 9
LSU scored on four of its first five possessions and the Tiger defense didn't allow Virginia Tech to cross midfield until the third quarter in a 48-7 victory over the ninth-ranked Hokies in Tiger Stadium. In a game that saw LSU dominate in all phases, the Tigers raced out to a 24-0 halftime lead and never looked back in a contest that was billed as a defensive battle.
LSU set the tone early, taking the opening kickoff and going 87 yards on 10 plays, capped with a 3-yard run by Jacob Hester to take a 7-0 lead. After a three-and-out by the Hokies, LSU went 85 yards on eight plays on its next possession, capped with a 7-yard TD run by Matt Flynn to stretch the margin to 14-0. LSU blew the game open early in the third quarter when Keiland Williams used a spectacular 67-yard run to give the Tigers a 24-0 lead. The Hokies scored their only points in the contest late in the third quarter to cut the deficit to 27-7.
However, it took the Tigers only three minutes to add another score, this time Ryan Perrilloux connected with Early Doucet on a 34-yard TD pass. LSU added a pair of fourth quarter TDs for the final margin. For the game, LSU racked up 598 yards of offense (297 rush, 301 pass), while limiting the Hokies to just 149 yards (71 rush, 78 pass). Williams led the Tigers with 126 yards and 2 TDs on 7 carries, while Hester added 81 yards and 1 score on 12 rushes. Flynn and Perrilloux combined to complete 22 of 32 passes for 301 yards and a pair of scores. Brandon LaFell led all receivers with 7 catches for 125 yards and a score.
Date/Time: Saturday, Sept. 15 at 7 p.m. CDT
Television: TigerVision (pay-per-view) – live; Cox
Sports Television (delay) - cable ch. 37 in
Radio: LSU Sports Radio Network -
98.1 FM in
The Series: LSU leads 1-0
Series Notes: LSU and Middle Tennessee meet for the second time when the Blue Raiders travel to Tiger Stadium on Saturday night … LSU posted a 30-14 win over Middle Tennessee during the 2001 season in the only other meeting between the teams … LSU is 30-0 all-time against current members of the Sun Belt Conference (21-0 vs. UL-Lafayette, 3-0 vs. North Texas, 3-0 vs. Arkansas State, 1-0 vs. Middle Tennessee, 1-0 vs. Troy State, 1-0 vs. UL-Monroe) … Middle Tennessee is 3-25 against the SEC with all three of its wins coming against Vanderbilt … Former LSU assistant basketball coach Kermit Davis is the head men's basketball coach at Middle Tennessee.
Record: 2-0 (1-0 SEC)
Ranking: No. 2 Associated Press;
Last Game: Sept. 8 in
Coach: Les Miles
Career Record: 53-25/seventh year
LSU Record: 24-4/third year
Vs. MTSU, 0-0
Record: 0-2 (0-1 Sun Belt)
Ranking: NR Associated Press; NR
Last Game: Sept. 6 in
Coach: Rock Stockstill
Career Record: 7-8/2nd year
MTSU Record: 7-8/2nd year
Vs. LSU: 0-0
Tigers Host Middle
LSU plays its second straight home game this week when the second-ranked Tigers welcome Middle Tennessee of the Sun Belt Conference to Tiger Stadium. Kickoff for the Tigers and the Blue Raiders is set for 7 p.m. The game will be televised on LSU's pay-per-view network, TigerVision. LSU, winners of nine straight dating back to last season, is 2-0 following last week's 48-7 win over No. 9 Virginia Tech. Middle Tennessee is 0-2 overall after falling to No. 8 Louisville by a 58-42 margin last Thursday.
In The Polls
LSU remained No. 2 in both national
polls this week following its 48-7 win over then-No. 9 Virginia Tech. LSU has
now been ranked 70 consecutive weeks in the USA Today Coaches Poll and for 69
straight weeks in AP poll. The last time LSU failed to make the top 25 in either
poll came following the Tigers loss to
LSU's homecoming game won't come until later in the year against Louisiana Tech, but this weekend's contest against Middle Tennessee will serve as a homecoming of sorts for several members of the MTSU athletic department. Four former members of the LSU athletic department are now playing major roles for the Blue Raiders. Former LSU assistant basketball coach Kermit Davis is the head basketball coach for the Blue Raiders; former LSU basketball trainer Drew Shea holds the same title at Middle Tennessee; former LSU business manager Michael Szul is an associate AD for the Blue Raiders; and Jim Rost, who spent four years as an associate director in LSU academic center for student-athletes, serves as the director of Middle Tennessee's academic center.
How About LSU's Middle
LSU's special teams coordinator/linebackers coach Bradley Dale Peveto served on the Blue Raiders staff in 2003-04. Peveto served as MTSU's defensive coordinator in 2004 after coaching the secondary in 2003. In addition, LSU administrative interns Glen Elarbee and Brendan Farrell have served on Middle Tennessee's staff. Elarbee actually played for the Blue Raiders from 1999-02, and then later coached there. Farrell coached on the defensive side of the ball for the Blue Raiders in 2004-05.
LSU has one player on its roster
A Quick Look At LSU's Current Streaks
Here's a quick look at LSU's current winning streaks. For more on these streaks see additional game notes listed below:
Streak – Number – Last Loss
Consecutive Non-Conference Home Wins – 19 – UAB (2000)
Consecutive Home Wins – 14 –
Consecutive Non-Conference Wins –
Consecutive Overall Wins – 9 –
Tigers Stretch Overall Winning Streak To 9 Straight
LSU ran its overall winning streak
to nine straight games with its 48-7 win over Virginia Tech on Saturday. LSU won
its final seven games a year ago, which included victories over No. 5 Arkansas,
No. 8 Tennessee and No. 11 Notre Dame. LSU hasn't lost a game since a 23-10 setback to
Tigers Win Rare Top 10 Non-Conference Matchup In Tiger Stadium
Last week's LSU-Virginia Tech contest marked only the third time in the history of Tiger Stadium that a pair of top 10 teams squared off in a non-conference contest. Prior to last Saturday, the last time it happened came in 1987 when No. 4 LSU and No. 7 Ohio State battled to a 13-13 tie.
Top 10 Non-Conference Matchups In Tiger Stadium History
Date Teams Results
Sept. 26, 1959 No. 1 LSU vs. No. 9 TCU LSU won, 10-0
Sept. 26, 1987 No. 4 LSU vs.
Sept. 8, 2007 No. 2 LSU vs. No. 9 Va. Tech LSU won, 48-7
This Day vs. Night Thing In Tiger Stadium
The facts indicate that LSU plays better at night in Tiger Stadium than they do during the day. The numbers show that since 1960, LSU is 202-59-3 (.771) at night under the lights compared to a 19-22-3 (.466) mark in Tiger Stadium during the day. Since 2000, LSU is 44-6 overall at home, which includes a 36-4 (.900) 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 Brings 14-Game Home
Winning Streak Into Middle
LSU brings a 14-game winning streak
in contests played in Tiger Stadium into Saturday's game against Middle
Tennessee. The 14-game home winning streak ranks as the nation's fourth-longest
current streak, along with
Miles Now 24-4 At LSU; Best Start For A Coach In LSU History
With a 2-0 mark this year, LSU coach Les Miles ran his record with the Tigers to 24-4 overall. The 24 wins in his first 28 games is the most of any coach in school history during that span. Bernie Moore ranks second with 23 wins during his first 28 games. Charles McClendon ranks third with 21 wins during his first 28 games.
Miles Runs Record To 5-3 Against Top 10 Teams As LSU's Coach
With LSU's 48-7 win over Virginia
Tech, Les Miles ran his record against teams ranked in the top 10 to 5-3 during
his two-plus years with the Tigers. In his head coaching career, Miles has a 7-7
mark against Top 10 teams. At
Tigers Have Also Won 19 Straight At Home Against Non-SEC Teams
In addition to its 14-game overall home winning streak, the Tigers have also won 19 straight games in Tiger Stadium against non-SEC teams. The last time LSU dropped a non-conference home game came in a 13-10 setback to UAB on Sept. 23, 2000.
LSU's Overall Non-Conference Win Streak At 10
Overall, the Tigers have won 10
straight non-conference games, including five wins a year ago, which was capped
with a 41-14 victory over Notre
Dame in the Sugar Bowl. Under Les Miles, the Tigers are 10-0 in non-SEC games.
Of those 10 non-conference games under Miles, the Tigers have outscored their
opponents, 421 to 77. Included in LSU's 10 non-SEC wins under Miles, four have
come against ranked teams (def. No. 15 Arizona State, 35-31, def. #10 Miami,
40-3, def. #11 Notre Dame, 41-14, def. #9 Virginia Tech, 48-7). LSU's last
non-conference loss came against then-No. 11
LSU Defense Back Among Nation's Elite
For the third straight season, LSU has put a defense on the field that ranks among the nation's best. Through two games, the Tigers have allowed just 3.5 points per game and only 147.5 yards of offense per contest. LSU is currently No. 3 in the nation in scoring defense and total defense. The Tigers lead the country in pass efficiency defense with a 43.51 rating and they are No. 11 nationally in rushing defense, yielding just 40.5 yards per game.
Tigers Are 2nd In Nation In Turnover Margin; Steltz Leads Nations In Interceptions
After going another contest without
committing a turnover, LSU has increased its turnover margin to plus-8 (or 4.0
per game). LSU opened the season by forcing seven turnovers (6 interceptions, 1
LSU's Gone Without A Turnover In Two Straight Games
LSU again without a turnover
against Virginia Tech marking the second straight game that the Tigers didn't
commit a turnover. Dating back to last season, LSU has now gone nine straight
quarters without a turnover. The last time LSU went back-to-back games without a
turnover came a year ago in wins over
Double Trouble At Quarterback
Through two games, LSU QBs Matt Flynn and Ryan Perrilloux have both shown their ability to lead the Tigers. Flynn, who is now 3-0 as LSU's starting quarterback, has started both games this year and has been responsible for 3 TDs (2 passing, 1 rushing), while Perrilloux has accounted for 4 TDs (3 passing, 1 rushing) in a backup role. In two games, Flynn has connected on 29 of 46 passes for 345 yards, 2 TDs and no interceptions. Flynn has also rushed for 54 yards and a score for the Tigers. As a duo, Flynn and Perrilloux have combined to connect on 36 of 54 passes for 450 yards, 5 TDs and no interceptions. They have also combined for 77 rushing yards and 2 TDs.
LaFell Enjoys Breakout Game Against Virginia Tech
LSU sophomore WR Brandon LaFell had his coming out party against Virginia Tech, setting career highs for receptions (7) and yards (125). LaFell hauled in a 56 yard TD to held set up LSU's second touchdown of the game. For the year, LaFell ranks second on the team with 8 catches for 140 yards and a score.
Williams Makes SportsCenter Highlight Reel
LSU RB Keiland Williams made ESPN SportsCenter's highlight reel on Saturday with his 67-yard TD run against Virginia Tech. During the run, Williams leaped over fullback Shawn Jordan, who had fallen to ground, and then raced the remaining 50-plus yards to the endzone for the touchdown. The run was the highlight of Williams' career-night, one that saw him carry seven times for 126 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Williams has now scored at least 2 TDs in three straight games and he's scored at least one TD in the last six games in which he's played dating back to last season.
Tiger Offense Has Good Balance Under Flynn
In a word LSU's offense can be called balanced. Through two games, the Tigers are averaging 472.5 yards per game (247.5 rushing, 225 passing). The Tigers have scored seven rushing TDs and added another five scores through the air.
LSU Running Backs Take Care Of The Football
LSU's running back-by-committee
approach has been good at more than just rushing yards and TDs. The group has
also done a tremendous job of taking care of the football. Of LSU's four running
backs - Jacob Hester, Keiland Williams, Charles Scott and Richard Murphy - only
Hester has lost a fumble on a rushing attempt. Hester's lost fumble on a rush