Kickoff for the contest is set for 2:30 p.m. The game will be televised to a national audience by CBS, the first appearance on the network for the Tigers this year.
LSU brings a 3-0 overall mark into
the game following its 44-0 win over Middle Tennessee last week.
LSU hasn't won 11 straight games
since 1971-72. The school record for consecutive victories is 19 set during the
1957-59 seasons. Saturday's contest against
Offensively, the Tigers are averaging 45.7 points per game and 483.3 yards per contest. Dating back to last season, LSU has scored 40 or more points in four straight games. Only one other time in school history have the Tigers reached the 40-point mark in four straight games and that came in 1911. Individually, quarterbacks Matt Flynn and Ryan Perrilloux have paced the Tiger offense, combining to complete 57 of 82 passes for 757 yards, eight touchdowns and just one interception. Jacob Hester leads the Tigers in rushing with 206 yards and 1 TD, while Keiland Williams has a team-best 4 touchdowns to go with 174 yards on the ground. Early Doucet, despite missing the Middle Tennessee contest, leads the Tigers with 15 catches for 153 yards and 2 scores. Brandon LaFell is second on the squad with 11 receptions for 187 yards and a touchdown.
The Tiger defense is led by All-America DT Glenn Dorsey who has 14 tackles, 3.5 TFL and 2 sacks. LB Ali Highsmith leads the team with 21 tackles to go with 4 QB hurries. SS Craig Steltz leads the nation in interceptions with 4 to his credit to go along with 11 tackles, 3 TFL, and 1 sack.
Defense Dominates, Perrilloux Steps
In To Lead Tigers Past Middle
LSU's defense put together another dominating performance and backup Ryan Perrilloux stepped in for an injured Matt Flynn at quarterback to lead the Tigers to a 44-0 win over Middle Tennessee. In his first collegiate start, Perrilloux connected on 20-of-25 passes for 298 yards and 3 TDs to pace an LSU offense that accounted for 505 yards against the Blue Raiders.
The Tiger defense did its apart as well, limiting Middle Tennessee to only 9 first downs, 9 rushing yards and just 90 yards of offense in pitching its second shutout this year. The game was never in doubt as the Tigers opened with 10 first quarter points and then stretched the lead to 17-0 early in the second quarter when Perrilloux connected with Demetrius Byrd on a 67-yard TD. The Tigers led 24-0 at halftime following a pair of Colt David field goals during the final three minutes of the first half.
LSU scored three times in the third quarter - the first on an 18-yard TD pass from Perrilloux to Brandon LaFell. Perrilloux hit Terrance Toliver with a 15-yard TD pass less than two minutes later and then Richard Murphy capped the scoring for Tigers with an 8-yard run with 1:28 to play. Jacob Hester led the Tigers in rushing with 57 yards on 10 carries, while Perrilloux added 37 yards on eight attempts.
Jared Mitchell, in his first collegiate start, led the Tigers in receiving with six catches for 82 yards. Defensively, LB Ali Highsmith had 7 tackles, while DB Danny McCray had 4 tackles, 2 sacks and a fumble recovery in the win.
Date/Time: Saturday, Sept. 22 at 2:30 p.m. CDT
Television: CBS (live) - cable ch.
Radio: LSU Sports Radio Network -
98.1 FM in
The Series: LSU leads 14-2-1
Series Notes: LSU and South Carolina meet for the 18th time with the Tigers holding a 14-2-1 series advantage … LSU has played South Carolina fewer times than any other SEC team … The next closest in terms of series length is the 26 games that LSU has played Georgia … This year's contest will be only the fifth time the teams have played since South Carolina joined the SEC in 1992 … LSU is 2-1-1 vs. South Carolina since they joined the league … It will also mark just the second time in the series that both teams go into the game ranked … In 1987, #7 LSU posted a 30-13 win over #8 South Carolina in the Gator Bowl in what is the only postseason meeting between the teams … LSU is 9-1 all-time vs. South Carolina in Tiger Stadium … South Carolina's only win in Tiger Stadium came in 1994 by an 18-17 margin.
Record 3-0 (1-0 SEC)
Ranking: No. 2 Associated Press;
Last Game: Sept. 15 in
Coach: Les Miles
Career Record: 53-25/seventh year
LSU Record: 25-4/third year; vs.
Record 3-0 (1-0 SEC)
Ranking: No. 12 Associated Press; No. t14 USA Today/Coaches
Last Game: Sept. 15 in
Coach: Steve Spurrier
Career Record: 160-50-2/18th year
USC Record: 18-10/third year; vs. LSU: 11-1
Tigers Return To Conference Play
After a two-week layoff from
Southeastern Conference action, the Tigers play their third straight home game,
but first against an conference foe, hosting 12th-ranked South Carolina at 2:30
p.m. CT. The game will be televised to a national audience on CBS. LSU brings a
3-0 overall mark into the contest following last week's 44-0 victory over Middle
In The Polls
LSU remained No. 2 in both national
polls this week following its 44-0 win over Middle Tennessee. LSU has now been
ranked 71 consecutive weeks in the USA Today Coaches Poll and for 70 straight
weeks in AP poll. The last time LSU failed to make the top 25 in either poll
came following the Tigers loss to
Tigers Welcome CBS Back To Tiger Stadium After One-Year Hiatus
CBS returns to Tiger Stadium this
week after taking a one-year hiatus from the venue in 2006. Last year, LSU
played four games on CBS with all four of those contests coming on the road. The
last time the Tigers played a CBS game in Tiger Stadium came against
Observations And Did You Knows About This Year's LSU Football Team
LSU has allowed only one trip into the redzone this year, which came in week 2 by Virginia Tech ... LSU is 18-of-18 in redzone opportunities this year, while the opposition is just 1-for-1 in those chances … In 37 possessions by its opponents, LSU has held the opposition to less than 10 total yards in 25 of those 37 possessions ... LSU opponents have also gone 3-and-out in 18 of its 37 possessions ... The longest drive against LSU this year is 65 yards, which came in week 2 in the third quarter by Virginia Tech ... The longest first half drive allowed by LSU this season was a 9-play, 34-yard possession by Mississippi State … LSU has held opponents to only 29 first downs and just 385 total yards, which is the fewest allowed by the Tigers over the first 3 games of a season in school history.
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 20 UAB (2000)
Consecutive Home Wins
Consecutive Overall Wins
Consecutive SEC Home Wins
Consecutive SEC Wins
Consecutive Wins Over Top 25
Tigers Stretch Overall Winning Streak To 10 Straight
LSU ran its overall winning streak
to 10 straight games with its 44-0 win over Middle Tennessee. . 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
LSU's Been Dominating In First Quarters Under Miles In Tiger Stadium
LSU continued what has become a
dominating first quarter trend last week as the Tigers held Middle Tennessee
scoreless during the first 15 minutes of action in the 44-0 victory. In the 16
home games the Tigers have played under Les Miles, only one team (
LSU "D" Pitches Shutout; Tigers Have Held Opponents Scoreless In 13 of Last 14 Quarters
For the second time in three games,
LSU's defense pitched a shutout, holding Middle Tennessee scoreless in the 44-0
victory on Saturday. LSU opened the year with a 45-0 road win over
LSU's Defense Has Only Allowed 1
In three games and 12 quarters of
football this year, LSU's defense has allowed only one team (Va. Tech) to
penetrate into the redzone. The Hokies scored a touchdown on that possession for
the only points allowed by the Tigers this year. A quick look at the SEC stats
show that remarkably the Tigers rank last in the league in red zone defense
(it's based on percentage). However, taking a further look to explore those
numbers show that the next closest team to LSU in terms of redzone penetration
LSU's Allowed Only 7 Points This Year; Fewest Over 1st 3 Games Of Season Since '59
Through 3 games, the Tiger defense has held opponents to only 7 points. The 7 points allowed over the first 3 games is the fewest by an LSU team since 1959 when the Tigers held their first 3 opponents to only 3 points. That year, Rice kicked a field goal in the first game and LSU followed that with shutouts against TCU and Baylor.
On Flip Side, Offense Has Scored 40 Points In 4 Straight Games To Join 1911 Team
Not to be outdone by the Tiger defense, the LSU offense has been just as productive in its own right, scoring at least 40 points in four straight games dating back to last year. The 40 points in four straight games is something that has only been accomplished one other time in school history, that coming in 1911.
Yards Have Been Hard To Come By; Fewest Yards Allowed Thru 3 Games In School History
In a age of football when offenses pile up the yards, LSU's defense has gone old school, allowing only 128.3 yards per game over the first three contests of the year. The 128.3 yards per game ranks No. 1 in the nation. Of the 128.3 yards allowed, 30 of those have come on the ground. In all, LSU has held its first three opponents to a total of 385 yards. The 385 yards over the first three games of the season is the fewest ever allowed by an LSU football team over that span (records go back to 1940). Prior to this year's mark of 385 total yards through 3 games, the next closest was the 407 yards given up by the 1959 squad. The 1959 team allowed only 3 touchdowns and just 29 points all season.
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 203-59-3 (.772) 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 15-Game Home Winning
LSU brings a 15-game winning streak
in contests played in Tiger Stadium into Saturday's game against Middle
Tennessee. The 15-game home winning streak ranks as the nation's fourth-longest
current streak, along with
Miles Now 25-4 At LSU; Best Start For A Coach In LSU History
With a 3-0 mark this year, LSU coach Les Miles ran his record with the Tigers to 25-4 overall. The 25 wins in his first 29 games is the most of any coach in school history during that span. Bernie Moore ranks second with 24 wins during his first 28 games.
Miles Is 14-3 In SEC Games
LSU coach Les Miles goes into the
Miles Runs Record To 5-3 Against Top 10 Teams As LSU's Coach; He's 9-4 In Top 25 Games
With LSU's 48-7 win over then-No. 9
LSU Defense Ranked 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 three games, the Tigers are ranked No. 1 in the nation in scoring (2.33 points per game), total defense (128.33 yards per game), and pass efficiency defense (54.30 rating). LSU is also in the top 10 in the nation in pass defense (N o. 2 at 98.33 yards per game), rushing defense (No. 3 at 30.0 yards per game), sacks (No. 4 at 4.33 per game), and turnover margin (No. 5 at +2.33 per game).
Perrilloux Shines In First Start
LSU QB Ryan Perrilloux stepped in for an injured Matt Flynn and directed the Tigers to a 44-0 victory over Middle Tennessee last week. The start was the first of Perrilloux's career. For the game, he connected on 20-of-25 passes for 298 yards and 3 scores.
Not Bad For A Non-Starter, McCray Leads SEC In Sacks
LSU DB Danny McCray goes into the
Steltz Continues To Lead Nation In Interceptions With 4
LSU senior safety Craig Steltz,
despite not picking off a pass against Middle Tennessee, continues to lead the
nation in interceptions with four over the first three games of the season.
Steltz opened the year by tying an LSU record with three interceptions against
LSU Offense Finally Commits A Turnover
LSU's streak of quarters without a turnover came to an end against Middle Tennessee when Ryan Perrilloux was intercepted in the second quarter against the Blue Raiders. Prior to that interception, LSU had gone 10 straight quarters without a turnover.
Double Trouble At Quarterback
Through 3 games, LSU QBs Matt Flynn and Ryan Perrilloux have both shown their ability to lead the Tigers. Flynn, who is 3-0 as LSU's starting quarterback, started the first two games before giving way to Perrilloux because of an injury in week 3. In 2 games, Flynn has been responsible for 3 TDs (2 passing, 1 rushing), while Perrilloux has accounted for 7 TDs (6 passing, 1 rushing). 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. Perrilloux has gone 27 of 33 for 403 yards, 6 TDs and 1 interception. As a duo, Flynn and Perrilloux have combined to connect on 57 of 82 passes for 757 yards, 8 TDs and 1 interception. They have also combined for 124 rushing yards and 2 TDs.
Hester Does It All For Tigers
LSU senior RB Jacob Hester does it all for the Tigers. In two games this year, Hester has played a variety of positions for the Tigers. He's started both games at tailback, but he's also seen action at fullback as well as on LSU's punt, punt return, and PAT/field goal teams. Through two weeks of action, Hester has seen action in a total of 115 plays from scrimmage.
Sharing The Wealth On Offense
LSU's offense has been sharing the
wealth in the first three games of the season. Ten different players have scored
at least one touchdown and five have crossed the goal line at least twice. In
addition to the scoring balance, the Tigers have had a different receiver lead
the team in each of the first three games. Early Doucet's 9 catches for 78 yards
led LSU in the win over
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 11 catches for 187 yards and a score.
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