FACT & FACTORS: LSU vs. South Carolina

TigerRag.com gets inside the numbers from Saturday's LSU-South Carolina game.

LSU-South Carolina:

Facts & Factors


Quote of the Game:


"We didn't think it would work that good. I was just looking to block somebody, but I couldn't find anyone to block. It was definitely a surprise to us that it worked that good. I don't know if it will work that good again."

- LSU tailback Jacob Hester



Turning Point:


For the first time since the fourth quarter of the Ole Miss game a year ago, a span of six games, LSU found itself on the wrong side of the scoreboard.

South Carolina put up the first points of the game on 1-yard run by Mike Davis, which capped a 12-play, 67-yard drive, no doubt the longest of the year by any opponent versus LSU.

But the Gamecocks early score seemed to only aggravate the Tigers, who wasted little time in answering. Just four plays and 69 yards later, LSU tied the score when Trindon Holliday scampered 33 yards for a touchdown.

South Carolina would eventually scored nine, fourth quarter points, but not before LSU ripped off 28 straight points to put the game away for good.



It was over when:


Colt David danced into the end zone untouched for a 15-yard touchdown run coming from a fake field goal. Facing fourth and four from the South Carolina 15, LSU lined up for what appeared to be a David field goal attempt. It was anything but. On the snap, david took off running to the right, caught a perfectly executed over the shoulder, blind pitch from folder Matt Flynn and was in the end zone before the Gamecocks had time to blink. The score gave LSU a 21-7 lead.



Stat of the Game:


17 – Yards rushing allowed by the LSU defense. Coming into the game, both South Carolina running backs Cory Boyd and Mike Davis were each averaging 80-plus yards per game. Boyd ended the night with 17 yards and Davis netted 10, but as a team the Gamecocks combined to hold South Carolina to just 17 yards on 27 carries.



By the Numbers:


1 – Rushing first down gained by the Gamecocks. South Carolina finished the game with 261 yards in the game and an impressive 244 yards passing, but the Tigers stuffed pretty much anything South Carolina tried on the ground.


0.6 – Yards gained per rush by South Carolina. Cory Boyd was the Gamecocks leading rusher and he totaled all of 17 yards on 18 carries.


70 – Passing yard accumulated by LSU. The Tigers did a number on the ground rushing for 290 yards. However, the passing game was anything but sharp as Matt Flynn and Ryan Perrilloux combined to complete 8 of 20 passes for 70 yards with a touchdown and a pick.


4 – Dropped passes by Jared Mitchell. It is clear Mitchell isn't quite ready to step in as the Tigers' No. 2 receiver. Playing in place of an injured Early Doucet, Mitchell did the passing game no favors with four drops. He caught only one pass for six yards.



Three Points:


1. LOPSIDED SCOREBOARD - South Carolina became the first team since Alabama (Nov. 11, 2006) to score a point on LSU in the first quarter in Tiger Stadium. South Carolina is also just the second team to score on the Tigers in the first quarter in Tiger Stadium under head coach Les Miles (17 games, 174-14 point differential). LSU has outscored it opponents 174-14 in the first quarter in the 17 home games under head coach Les Miles, including the 7-7 score today. South Carolina joined Alabama as the only teams to score on the Tigers in the first quarter during that stretch. LSU has outscored its opponents 185-23 over the last 16 quarters, including the 28-16 score versus South Carolina.


2. STREAKY TIGERS - LSU extended several streaks with the victory ... The Tigers extended their overall winning streak to 11 games ... LSU stretched its home winning streak to 16 games and five straight against teams ranked in the Top 25 ... The 16 consecutive home wins are just one shy of the school record of 17 set between 1935-37 ... The overall winning streak of 11 games ties for the third longest win streak in school history.


3. RUSHING ADVANTAGE - The Tigers accumulated 290 rushing yards, which is the most by the team since posting 360 yards against Ole Miss on Nov. 20, 2004. In the four games this season, LSU opponents have only managed 107 yards on 118 carries.




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