NOTEBOOK: Auburn at LSU

Control of the SEC Western Division will be on the line on Saturday when fifth-ranked LSU hosts 19th-ranked Auburn at 8 p.m. in a sold out Tiger Stadium.

The game will be televised to a national audience on ESPN. The winner of the LSU-Auburn game has gone on to claim the SEC Western Division title in five of the past seven years dating back to the 2000 season (exceptions came in 2002 and 2006 when Arkansas claimed the Western Division title).

 

LSU goes into the game rated No. 4 in the first edition of the BCS Standings, which were released on Sunday. LSU is also No. 5 in all three major polls this week after spending the previous week as the unanimous No. 1 ranked team in college football. LSU actually spent two weeks ranked first in the nation in the AP poll. LSU saw its 13-game overall winning streak snapped last week, dropping a 43-37 triple-overtime decision to Kentucky.

 

LSU is 6-1 overall and 3-1 in league play. Auburn brings a four-game winning streak and a 5-2 overall mark and a 2-1 league record into the game. Auburn is coming off a 9-7 win over Arkansas in its last outing. Last year, Auburn posted a 7-3 win over LSU in Jordan-Hare Stadium. Despite having its 13-game overall winning streak snapped, the Tigers still bring a school-record tying 17-game Tiger Stadium winning streak into the Auburn contest. LSU hasn't lost a home game since a 30-27 overtime setback to Tennessee on Sept. 26, 2005. The 17-game Tiger Stadium win streak ties the mark previously set from 1935-37. The game will also pit two of the SEC top defenses against one another.

 

LSU and Auburn rank 1-2 in the SEC in scoring defense and total defense. LSU is first in the nation in pass efficiency defense with a 83.75 rating and they are No. 2 in total defense (233.14 yards per game), No. 4 in pass defense (155.14 yards per game), No. 6 in scoring defense (14.14 points per game) and No. 7 in rushing defense (68.0 yards per game).

 

Offensively, the Tigers are 13th in the nation in scoring offense with 37.7 points per game and 10th in rushing defense with 232.14 yards per contest. LSU RB Jacob Hester leads the Tigers with 494 yards and 5 TDs, while QB Matt Flynn has thrown for 947 yards and 5 TDs, while backup QB Ryan Perrilloux has 414 passing yards and 6 TDs. Perrilloux has also rushed for a pair of scores.

 

S Craig Steltz leads the Tigers in defense with 46 tackles, 4 interceptions and 2 forced fumbles, while LB Ali Highsmith has 45 tackles and 5.0 TFL. DT Glenn Dorsey is tops on the team with 4 sacks.

 

 

 

LSU Drops Triple-Overtime Battle With No. 17 Kentucky,  43-37

 

LSU RB Charles Scott was stopped short on 4th-and-2 in the third overtime as the Tigers had their 13-game winning streak snapped in a 43-37 loss to 17th-ranked Kentucky.

 

Trailing 43-37 after Kentucky scored on their offensive possession, the Tigers couldn't convert on their possession in the third overtime sending the Wildcats to their first win over a No. 1 ranked team since 1964. With the game tied at 27-27 at the end of regulation, the teams traded TDs during the first  overtime and then exchanged field goals in the second overtime before UK QB Andre Woodson connected with Steve Johnson for a 7-yard TD in the third overtime for what proved to be the winning points. LSU actually led early in the game, taking a 17-7 advantage following a 13-yard TD run by Scott. The Wildcats used a 5-play, 78-yard drive that spanned just 37 seconds to pull to within 17-14 at halftime.

 

LSU extended the lead to 27-14 late in the third quarter following a 30-yard field goal by Colt David. The Wildcats responded with 13 unanswered points to tie the game at 27-27 on a 27-yard field goal with 2:47 left. LSU drove to the UK 40-yard line late in regulation where David's 57-yard field goal sailed just left as the game was forced into overtime. For the game, Scott led the Tigers with 94 yards rushing and a pair of TDs. Matt Flynn connected on 17 of 35 passes for 130 yards and a score. LB Darry Beckwith led LSU with 11 tackles.

 

 

 

Date/Time: Saturday, Oct. 20 at 8 p.m. CDT

 

Location: Baton Rouge, La. (Tiger Stadium - 92,.400)

 

Television: ESPN (live) - cable ch. 35 in Baton Rouge; CST (delay) - cable ch. 37 in Baton Rouge

 

The Series: LSU leads 21-19-1

 

Series Notes: LSU and Auburn face each other for the 42nd time with LSU holding a 21-19-1 lead in the series ... Home team has won for seven straight years, including last year's 7-3 Auburn victory on the Plains … The winner of the LSU-Auburn game has gone on to win the SEC Western Division in four of the last six years (exceptions came in 2002 and 2006) … In games between 1988 and 1997, the contest was decided by a touchdown or less seven of eight times … Last three games have been decided by a total of eight points … LSU's won three straight over Auburn in Tiger Stadium … Former LSU defensive coordinator Will Muschamp is in his second year as the defensive coordinator at Auburn … LSU coach Les Miles is 1-1 vs. Auburn.

 

 

 

LSU

 

Record 6-1 (3-1 SEC)

 

Ranking: No. 5 Associated Press; No. 5 USA Today/Coaches

 

Last Game: Oct. 13 in Lexington, Ky.; lost to #17/18 Kentucky, 43-37 in 3OT

 

Coach: Les Miles

 

Career Record: 56-26/seventh year

 

LSU Record: 28-5/third year

 

vs. AU: 1-1

 

 

Auburn

 

Record: 5-2 (3-1 SEC)

 

Ranking: No. 18 Associated Press; No. 19 USA Today/Coaches

 

Last Game: Oct. 13 in Fayetteville, Ark.; def. Arkansas, 9-7

 

Coach: Tommy Tuberville

 

Career Record: 101-51/13th year

 

AU Record: 76-31/ninth year

 

vs. LSU: 7-5 (5-3 with Auburn)

 

 

 

LSU Set For SEC Western Division Battle With Auburn

 

LSU will look to regain control of the SEC Western Division on Saturday as the fifth-ranked Tigers host 18th-ranked Auburn at 8 p.m. in Tiger Stadium. LSU is coming off a 43-37 triple-overtime loss to Kentucky last week, while Auburn won its fourth straight with a 9-7 road victory over Arkansas. Last year, Auburn posted a 7-3 win over LSU in Jordan-Hare Stadium. The winner of the LSU-Auburn game has gone on to claim the SEC Western Division title in five of the past seven years.

 

 

 

LSU Opens At No. 4 in BCS Standings

 

LSU made its highest debut in the BCS Standings, coming in at No. 4 in the poll that determines which two teams will play in the national championship game. The BCS Standings, which had its first release on Sunday, has Ohio State at No. 1, followed by South Florida, Boston College and LSU. Last year, the Tigers opened at No. 18 in the BCS. The highest LSU has ever been in the first BCS Standings came in 2005 when the Tigers were No. 6. In 2003, the year LSU won the BCS National Championship, the Tigers opened at No. 12 in the standings.

 

 

 

In the Polls - Tigers Now No. 5 In All Three

 

LSU is No. 5 in all three major polls - AP, USA Today Coaches and Harris Interactive - this week after holding the top spot in the polls last week. LSU actually spent two weeks at No. 1 in the AP Poll, holding that position following wins over Tulane and Florida. The No. 1 ranking was the first for the Tigers during the regular season since the 1959 season. LSU has now been ranked 75 consecutive weeks in the USA Today Coaches Poll and for 74 straight weeks in AP poll. The last time LSU failed to make the top 25 in either poll came following the Tigers loss to Texas in the 2003 Cotton Bowl to conclude the 2002 season.

 

 

 

Who's In And Who's Out For LSU

 

LSU DT Charles Alexander will miss the rest of the season after suffering a knee injury in a non-contact drill in practice on Sept. 20 … WR Early Doucet saw action on one play against Kentucky last week … Doucet practiced all week and should be ready to see more action this week against Auburn … LSU OG Will Arnold has missed LSU's last five games with an infection … His status for this week's game against Auburn is uncertain.    

 

 

 

LSU-Auburn Winner Usually Wins The West

 

Since the 2000 season, the winner of the LSU-Auburn game has gone on to represent the SEC Western Division in the league's championship game five times. The only exception came in 2002 and 2006 when Arkansas won the Western Division. The following is a look at the LSU-Auburn series dating back to the 2000 and the impact the win had on the remainder of the season:

 

Year       Results                  Noteworthy

 

2000       Auburn won 34-17           Auburn won West; LSU finished 8-4

 

2001       LSU won 27-14  Game played on Dec. 1 due to 9/11; LSU won West with victory

 

2002       Auburn won 31-7              Arkansas won West; LSU lost 4 of last 6 to finish 8-5

 

2003       LSU won 31-7     LSU won West and went on to win national title

 

2004       Auburn won 10-9              Auburn won West and went 13-0;  LSU went 9-3

 

2005       LSU won 20-17 OT           LSU won West; Finished 11-2 overall

 

2006       Auburn won 7-3                Arkansas won West; LSU goes 11-2 overall

 

 

 

Home Team Has Won Seven Straight In LSU-Auburn Series

 

History is on LSU's side this week as the home team in the LSU-Auburn series has won seven straight in the series. That streak dates back to the 2000 season when Auburn posted a 34-17 win over LSU in Jordan-Hare Stadium. Since then, the home team has won every game in the series. The last time a road team won in the series came in 1999 when Auburn posted a 41-7 victory over LSU in Tiger Stadium. Ironically, that was the fourth straight game in which the road team had won in the series. LSU beat Auburn at Auburn in 1996 and 1998; and Auburn won in Tiger Stadium in 1997 and 1999.

 

 

 

Eight Points Has Been The Difference In Last Three Meetings Between LSU And Auburn

 

Since Auburn's 10-9 win over LSU in 2004, a total of eight points has been the difference in winning or losing between these teams. A year later in 2005, LSU held on for a 20-17 overtime win over Auburn in Tiger Stadium and last year, Auburn posted a 7-3 victory over LSU in Jordan-Hare Stadium. 

 

 

 

Expect The Unexpected When LSU and Auburn Get Together

 

Since 1988, the LSU-Auburn series has become one of close calls and one in which the teams and the fans have come to expect the unexpected. The following is a listing of some of the notable happenings in the series since 1988:

 

1988: LSU's Tommy Hodson hit Eddie Fuller in the back of the endzone on fourth down with 1:41 left to lift the Tigers to a 7-6 win over fourth-ranked Auburn. The noise from the stadium crowd after the play registered on a seismograph across campus prompting the game to be titled "The Earthquake Game."

 

1994: Auburn intercepted five passes in the fourth quarter, returning three for TDs as the Tigers rally to post a 30-26 win over LSU in a game that become known as "The Interception Game."

 

1995: LSU donned white jerseys at home for the first time since the early 1980's and promptly went out and upset fifth-ranked Auburn, 12-6. LSU preserved the win with an interception in the endzone on the last play of the game. The contest was dubbed the "Bring Back the Magic" game.

 

1996: With the old Auburn Sports Arena burning to the ground a couple hundred yards away, LSU beat Auburn, 19-15, in a game titled "The Night the Barn Burned."

 

1997: Titled "The Comeback", Auburn QB Dameyune Craig engineered a 10-play, 80-yard drive late in the fourth quarter to spark the Tigers to a 31-28 upset of 10th-ranked LSU.

 

2004: Titled "The Call", Auburn appeared to have missed an extra point with 1:14 left that would have left the game tied at 9-9. However, LSU was called for a penalty on the extra point, thus giving Auburn a second chance at winning the game. The second PAT was good and Auburn held on for a 10-9 win, snapping LSU's 10-game winning streak.

 

2005: Auburn missed five field goals, including one in overtime, as LSU held on for a 20-17 win over Auburn in Tiger Stadium. The win helped propel LSU to the SEC Western Division title and the game is now known as the "Field Goal Game".

 

 

 

The LSU-Auburn Connection

 

Sam Nader, LSU's assistant AD for Football Operations, graduated from Auburn in 1967 after playing quarterback for the Tigers … Current Auburn defensive coordinator Will Muschamp held the same position for the Tigers under Nick Saban … Auburn tight ends coach Steve Ensminger played quarterback at LSU from 1976-79 … LSU assistant strength and conditioning coach Jimmy Brumbaugh was an All-SEC defensive lineman for Auburn during his 48-game career that spanned from 1995-99.

 

 

 

 

Alabama Tigers

 

LSU has four players on its roster who call the state of Alabama home. Starting cornerback Chevis Jackson, along with freshmen defenders Phelon Jones and Sidell Corley are all from Mobile, while tight end J.D. Lott is from Hoover.

 

 

 

LSU Stretches Tiger Stadium Winning Streak To 17; Ties For Longest Streak In School History  

 

LSU ran its Tiger Stadium winning streak to 17 straight with its victory over Florida. The 17-game Tiger Stadium winning streak ties for the longest streak in school history, equaling the 17 consecutive wins that LSU had at home from 1935-37. The 17-game home winning streak is also the nation's longest current streak. In addition to its 17-game winning streak at home, LSU has also won 27 of its last 28 games in Tiger Stadium. LSU's last loss at home came against Tennessee on Sept. 26, 2005, a Monday night. LSU hasn't lost a Saturday game in Tiger Stadium since a 19-7 setback to Florida on Oct. 11, 2003. To take it a step further, LSU hasn't dropped a Saturday night game at home since a 31-0 defeat to Alabama on Nov. 16, 2002, a streak that stretches 24 consecutive Saturday night games.

 

 

 

LSU's Won 24 Straight Saturday Night Home Games

 

In addition to LSU's 17-game overall home winning streak, the Tigers have also won 24 straight Saturday night home games in Tiger Stadium. LSU hasn't lost a Saturday night game in Tiger Stadium since the 2002 season when Alabama posted a 31-0 win over LSU. The following is a look at LSU's Saturday night wins in Tiger Stadium:

 

2002

 

  1. def. Ole Miss,  4-13 (7:42 p.m.)

 

2003

 

  2. def. UL-Monroe 49-7 (7 p.m.)

 

  3. def. Western Illinois 35-7 (7 p.m.)

 

  4. def. Auburn 31-7 (7:05 p.m.)

 

  5. def. Louisiana Tech 49-10 (7 p.m.)

 

2004

 

  6. def. Oregon State 22-21 OT (5:54 p.m.)

 

  7. def. Arkansas State 53-3 (7 p.m.)

 

  8. def. Troy 24-20 (7 p.m.)

 

  9. def. Vanderbilt 24-7 (7 p.m.)

 

10. def. Alabama 26-10 (6:47 p.m.)

 

11. def. Ole Miss 27-24 (7 p.m.)

 

2005

 

12. def. Auburn 20-17 OT (6:47 p.m.)

 

13. def. North Texas 56-3 (7 p.m.)

 

14. def. Appalachian State 24-0 (7 p.m.)

 

2006

 

15. def. UL-Lafayette 45-3 (7 p.m.)

 

16. def. Arizona 45-3 (5:32 p.m.)

 

17. def. Tulane 49-7 (7 p.m.)

 

18. def. Kentucky 49-0 (7 p.m.)

 

19. def. Fresno State 38-6 (8:16 p.m.)

 

20. def. Alabama 28-14 (6:47 p.m.)

 

21. def. Ole Miss 23-20, OT (7 p.m.)

 

2007

 

22. def. Virginia Tech 48-7 (8:15 p.m.)

 

23. def. Middle Tennessee 44-0 (7 p.m.)

 

24. def. Florida, 28-24 (7:28 p.m.)

 

 

 

A Quick Look At LSU's Current Streaks

 

Here's a quick look at LSU's current winning streaks.

 

Streak                                                                    Number                Last Loss

 

Consecutive Sat. Night Wins In Tiger Stadium       24                Alabama (2002)

 

Consecutive Non-Conference Home Wins              20                UAB (2002)

 

Consecutive Home Wins                                         17           Tennessee (2005)

 

Consecutive Non-Conference Wins                        11           Iowa (2005 CapOne Bowl)

 

Consecutive SEC Home Wins                                 9              Tennessee (2005)

 

 

 

LSU Overall Winning Streak Snapped At 13 Straight; Ranks Third In School History 

 

LSU had its overall winning streak snapped at 13 straight last week against Kentucky. The 13-game streak, which started a year ago with a 49-0 win over Kentucky in Tiger Stadium, ranks as the third-longest winning streak in school history. The following is a look at the longest winning streaks in school history:

 

Consecutive Wins             Started                                  Ended                  

 

19                           Nov. 30, 1957 vs. Tulane, 25-6      Nov. 7, 1959 vs. Tennessee, 14-13

 

15                           Nov. 30, 1907 vs. Baylor, 48-0       Oct. 30, 1909 vs. Sewanee, 15-6

 

13                           Oct. 14, 2006 vs. Kentucky, 49-0   Oct. 13, 2007 at Kent., 43-37 (OT)

 

 

 

LSU To Face Another Ranked Opponent; LSU 3-1 Against Top 25 Teams This Year

 

LSU will face its fifth ranked opponent on Saturday against Auburn. LSU, which has won six of it last seven games against ranked teams, is 3-1 versus Top 25 teams this year. This year, LSU has wins over then-No. 9 Virginia Tech, 48-7, in week 2; a 28-16 win over then-No. 12 South Carolina in week 4; and a 28-24 win over then-No. 7 Florida in week 6. LSU's loss came against then-No. 17 Kentucky, 43-37 in triple overtime in week 7. Since taking over at LSU, Les Miles has a 10-5 mark in games against Top 25 teams. 

 

 

 

LSU Defense Still Among Nation's Best

 

Despite giving up season-highs of 43 points and 375 yards against Kentucky, LSU is still ranked No. 2 in the nation in total defense, allowing 223.14 yards per game. The Tigers remain No. 1 nationally in pass efficiency defense with a 68.0 rating. Other categories that the Tigers rank among the top 10 nationally include: No. 4 in pass defense (155.14 yards per game), No. 6 in scoring defense (14.14 points per game), and No. 7 in rushing defense (68.0 yards per game).

 

 

 

Tigers Are No. 10 In Nation In Rush Defense And No. 13 In Scoring

 

LSU's offense is ranked No. 10 in the nation in rushing offense with an average of 232.14 yards per game. LSU is second behind Arkansas (293.17 ypg) in that category in the SEC. In terms of scoring offense, the Tigers are averaging 37.71 points per game, which ranks third in the SEC and No. 13 in the nation.

 

 

 

Tigers Have Nation's Fourth-Best Home Winning Percentage Since 2003

 

Since 2003, the Tigers have posted a 29-2 overall mark in Tiger Stadium, a figure that ranks as the nation's fourth-best total during that span. The following is a look at the top 5 home winning percentages since 2003:

 

Best Home Winning Percentage The Last Five Years (2003-07)

 

Rk.          School                   W-L        Pct.

 

1.             Oklahoma                            28-1        .966

 

                Boise State           28-1        .966

 

3.             USC                       27-1        .964

 

4.             LSU                        30-2        .938

 

                Ohio State            30-2        .938

 

 

 

LSU's 50 Wins Since 2003 Ranks No. 3 Nationally

 

Since the start of the 2003 season, LSU has won 50 games, which ranks as the third-highest total nationally during that span. Southern Cal's 53 wins ranks first, followed by Boise State (51 wins) and LSU (50 wins). The following is a look at the school's with the most wins since the start of the 2003 season:

 

Most Wins Since 2003

 

Rk.          School                   Wins

 

1.             Southern Cal          52          

 

2.             Boise State             51

 

3.             LSU                        50

 

4.             Texas                      49

 

                Oklahoma               49

 

                Ohio State               49

 

 

 

LSU Defense Stingy Against The Run

 

In addition to not allowing many points this year, the Tigers have also become stingy when it comes to rushing yards as the Tigers have allowed only 476 yards rushing on 224 attempts this year. That's an average of 2.2 yards per carry. Only two teams have gone over the 100-yard mark against LSU this year - Florida with 156 yards and Kentucky with 125 yards. Under defensive coordinator Bo Pelini, the Tigers have held 22 of their 33 opponents to less than 100 net rushing yards. LSU is 19-3 in those games with the losses coming to Tennessee in 2005 and Auburn and Florida in 2006.

 

 

 

First Quarter Dominance Continues Into 2007

 

One big reason for LSU's success last year was its ability to take control of the contest early. Last year, the Tigers outscored their opponents 136 to 27 in the first quarter and 240 to 87 in the first half. LSU didn't allow a single point in the first quarter of a game last year until the sixth contest of the year when Florida scored with 11 seconds remaining in the opening frame. In all, LSU held nine of its 12 opponents without a point in the first quarter a year ago. This year, LSU has outscored its opponents 41-17 in the first quarter and 119-47 in the first half.

 

 

 

The Bo Pelini "D"

 

Since taking over as defensive coordinator for the Tigers in 2005, defensive coordinator Bo Pelini has put a unit on the field that rarely allows opponents to reach the 20-point mark. In 33 games with Pelini as its defensive coordinator, LSU has held 26 opponents to fewer than 20 points. In addition, 17 of LSU's 31 opponents (55 percent) failed to score more than 10 points. Last year, LSU limited seven of its 13 opponents to 10 points or less, including holding Kentucky scoreless, Arizona to 3 points, Fresno State to 6 points, and Auburn to 7 points. Pelini's defenses have also recorded four shutouts over the past 2-plus seasons, including two this year. 

 

 

 

LSU's Been Dominating In First Quarters Under Miles In Tiger Stadium

 

In the 18 home games the Tigers have played under Les Miles, only 3 teams (Alabama in 2006, South Carolina and Florida 2007) have scored points on LSU in the first quarter. In all, LSU has outscored its opposition 174 -17 in the first quarter of its 18 home games under Miles since the start of the 2005 season.

 

 

 

LSU "D" Has Held Opponents Scoreless In 19 Of Last 30 Quarters

 

Dating back to last year's Notre Dame contest, LSU has held its opponent scoreless in 19 of the last 30 quarters in which they have played. That streak included holding opponents scores in 17 of 28 quarters this year. The Tigers have allowed just 17 first quarter points this year and a total of 47 first half points. Four teams - Kentucky (14 points), Florida (17 points), Tulane (9 points) and South Carolina (7 points) are the only teams to score on LSU in the first half this year. Florida's 17 first half points were the most scored on the Tigers since Georgia's 21 points in the SEC Championship game in 2005. 

 

 

 

Miles Now 28-5 At LSU; Best Start For A Coach In LSU History

 

With a 6-1 mark this year, LSU coach Les Miles is now 28-5 overall with the Tigers. The 28 wins in his first 33 games is the most of any coach in school history during that span. Bernie Moore ranks second with 27 wins during his first 33 games.  

 

 

 

Miles Is 16-4 In SEC Games

 

LSU coach Les Miles is 16-4 in SEC games as LSU's head coach. Miles was 7-1 in 2005 in conference games followed by a 6-2 record a year ago. Miles is 7-3 in SEC road games and 9-1 in league games played in Tiger Stadium.

 

 

 

Miles Is 6-3 Against Top 10 Teams As LSU's Coach; He's 11-5 In Top 25 Games

 

Les Miles has a 6-3 record against top 10 teams as LSU's head coach and he's now 11-5 against top 25 teams. Miles and the Tigers are 3-1 against top 25 teams this year, which includes a 2-0 mark against top 10 teams. 

 

 

 

Taking Note On The Tigers Under Miles (Since 2005)

 

Here are some notable trends for LSU in the 33 games its played under head coach Les Miles … The Tigers are 26-1 when rushing for 100 yards or more … The Tigers are 21-1 when leading after the first quarter with the only loss during that span coming against Tennessee in 2005 … LSU is 25-2 when scoring 20 or more points and 22-2 when scoring 25 or more points … The Tigers are 19-3 when holding opponents to fewer than 100 yards rushing.

 

 

Hester Does It All For Tigers

 

LSU senior RB Jacob Hester does it all for the Tigers. In 7 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.

 

 

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 came against Georgia in what was the first game of his career in 2004. Since then, Hester has gone 230 carries from the running back position without a fumble. The following is a look at the number of carries LSU's running backs have toted the football without a fumble:

 

Player                               Carries w/out a fumble              Last fumble lost

 

Jacob Hester                      230                                           Georgia, 2004 (second quarter)

 

Keiland Williams                   116                                            none

 

Charles Scott                     74                                            none

 

Richard Murphy                   23                                             none

 

 

 

Hester Goes Over 1,000-Yard Mark For Career

 

LSU RB Jacob Hester ran his career rushing total to 1,171 yards with a 61-yard effort against Kentucky. For his career, Hester has accounted for 1,572 total yards (1,171 rushing, 401 receiving) and a total of 17 TDs (13 rushing, 6 receiving).

 

 

 

Steltz Has Big Night Against Florida

 

LSU S Craig Steltz came up with a career-best 16 tackles in LSU's win over Florida. Of his 16 tackles, 13 were solo. The 16 tackles by Steltz were the most by an LSU player since the 2002 season when LB Bradie James had 18 against Arkansas that year. Steltz currently leads the Tigers with 49 tackles, which includes 4 TFL and 1 sack. He also has an SEC-best 4 interceptions to his credit this year.

 

 

 

Flynn Passes For Career-High 258 Yards In Win Over Tulane

 

LSU QB Matt Flynn threw for a career-best 258 yards on 16 of 29 passing against Tulane. Flynn, despite being sacked six times against the Green Wave, had his best passing game yardage wise of his career. Flynn's previous best was a 217-yard effort in week 2 against Virginia Tech. For the year, Flynn has connected on 84 of 156 passes for 947 yards, 5 TDs and 4 interceptions.

 

 

 

Holliday The Speedster Makes Most Of His Touches; He Averages 9.3 Yards Per Touch

 

LSU RB/RS Trindon Holliday doesn't get many touches during a game, but he sure makes them count when he does get his hands on the ball. In week 5 against South Carolina, Holliday rushed for 73 yards on six carries, including a 33-yard TD run in the first quarter. For the game, Holliday totaled 93 all-purpose yards on a total of seven touches for an average of 13.3 yards every time he touched the ball against the Gamecocks. For the season, Holliday has a total of 437 all-purpose yards on 45 touches for an average of 9.7 yards every time he gets his hands on the ball. Holliday has rushed for 204 yards on 33 attempts; he's caught two passes for three yards; he's returned nine kickoffs for 230 yards and one punt for zero yards. 

 

 

 

Big Al Woods Pounces On Fumbles

 

LSU DT Al Woods recovered his third fumble of the season against Tulane, which ranks first in the SEC. Woods' fumble recoveries have come against Mississippi State, South Carolina and Tulane. Woods, who made his first career start against Tulane, has 9 tackles, 2 sacks and 3 fumble recoveries to his credit this year.

 

 

 

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. 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. The following is a look at how Perrilloux's numbers stack up compared to other first-time starts for LSU quarterbacks in recent history:

 

 

2007       Ryan Perrilloux Middle Tennessee             W, 44-0 20-of-25, 1 Int., 298 yds, 3 TDs

 

2005       Matt Flynn                           Miami                   W, 40-3 13-of-22, 196 Yds, 2 TDs

 

2004       JaMarcus Russell              at Florida                             W, 24-21               6-of-10, 2 Int., 56 yds, 0 TD            

 

2002       Rick Clausen      Ole Miss                               W, 14-13               2-of-6, 1 Int., 9 yds, 0 TD

 

2002       Marcus Randall                 South Carolina   W, 38-14               12-of-24, 183 yds, 0 TD

 

2002       Matt Mauck                         Va. Tech                               L, 26-8   15-of-35, 1 Int., 134 yds, 0 TD

 

1999       Rohan Davey      North Texas                        W, 52-0 6-of-6, 66 yds, 1 TD

 

1999       Josh Booty                            at Georgia                            L, 23-22 19-of-45, 3 Int., 280 yds, 1 TD

 

1998       Craig Nall                            at Arkansas                         L, 41-14 15-of-30, 147 yds, 0 TD

 

1995       Herb Tyler                           North Texas                        W, 49-7 19-of-26, 208 yds, 1 TD

 

1994       Melvin Hill                          at Florida                             L, 42-18                 11-for-18, 3 INT, 128 yds, 0 TD

 

1992       Jamie Howard    Tennessee                            L, 20-0   10-for-23, 1 INT, 124 yds, 0 TD

 

1991       Jessie Daigle        at Texas A&M    L, 45-7   6-of-16, 2 Int., 68 yds, 1 TD

 

1990       Chad Loup                          Texas A&M                         W, 17-8 10-of-13, 152 yds, 1 TD

 

1990       Sol Graves                           Georgia                 W, 18-13               7-of-11, 97 yds, 2 TDs

 

1987       Mickey Guidry   at Alabama                          L, 22-10 10-of-17, 115 yds.

 

1986       Tommy Hodson Texas A&M                         W, 35-17               15-of-21, 193 yds., 2 TDs

 

1983       Jeff Wickersham Florida State                        L, 40-35 15-of-26, 3 Int., 274 yds.

 

1980       Robbie Mahfouz                at Florida                             W, 24-7 0-0 - played only first series

 

1980       Alan Risher                         Florida State                        L, 16-0   9-of-14, 1 Int., 129 yds

 

 

 

Colt David Leads SEC In Scoring With 72 Points

 

LSU PK Colt David continues to lead the SEC in scoring with a total of 72 points. David, who has kicked 11 field goals and has 33 PATs, scored the first touchdown of his career on a fake field goal against South Carolina in week 4. David's 9.4 points per game is second in the SEC. 

 

 

 

Steltz Continues To Lead SEC In Interceptions  

 

LSU senior safety Craig Steltz continues to lead the SEC in interceptions with four to his credit this year. Steltz opened the year by tying an LSU record with three interceptions against Mississippi State. He followed that a week later with an interception against Virginia Tech. For his career, Steltz has nine interceptions, which he has returned for 244 yards (or an average of 27.1 yards per interception).

 

 

 

Double Trouble At Quarterback

 

Through 7 games, LSU QBs Matt Flynn and Ryan Perrilloux have both shown their ability to lead the Tigers. Flynn, who is 6-1 as LSU's starting quarterback, started the first two games before giving way to Perrilloux because of an injury in week 3. In 6 games, Flynn has been responsible for 6 TDs (5 passing, 1 rushing), while Perrilloux has accounted for 8 TDs (6 passing, 2 rushing).  In six games, Flynn has connected on 84 of 156 passes for 947 yards, 5 TDs and 4 interceptions. Flynn has also rushed for 104 yards and a score for the Tigers. Perrilloux has gone 29 of 40 for 414 yards, 6 TDs and 1 interception. He's also rushed for 181 yards and a pair of touchdowns.

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