Here are some of the major storylines heading into this weekend's game at Alabama.
LSU Travels To Face 17th-Ranked Alabama With Control Of SEC Western Division On Line
Third-ranked LSU will face a top 25 opponent for the sixth time this year when the Tigers travel to Tuscaloosa to tackle 17th-ranked Alabama at 4 p.m. on Saturday. The game will be televised to a national audience by CBS, marking LSU's fourth appearance on the network this year. Control of the SEC Western Division will be on the line on Saturday as a victory by the Tigers will move LSU to within one victory of clinching a berth in the SEC Championship Game.
LSU, which had an open date last week, brings a 7-1 overall mark and 4-1 league record into the game. LSU beat Auburn, 30-24, in its last outing on Oct. 20 in Baton Rouge. Alabama is 6-2 overall and 4-1 in conference play. LSU goes into the Alabama game riding a 15-game winning streak in games played during the month of November. LSU hasn't dropped a game in November since the 2002 season when they fell to Arkansas by a 21-20 count. LSU has also won four straight and six of the last seven games against Alabama marking its most successful stretch against the Crimson Tide in the history of the series. Last year, LSU posted a 28-14 win over Alabama in Baton Rouge.
LSU brings one of the nation's top defenses into the game as the Tigers are ranked among the top five in the nation in five categories. LSU is No. 2 in total defense (232.25 ypg), No. 3 in pass efficiency defense (91.08 rating), No. 4 in pass defense (160.63 ypg), No. 5 in rushing defense (71.63 ypg) and scoring defense (15.38 ppg).
Offensively, the Tigers are averaging 36.75 points per game and 435.38 yards per game. LSU's 224.25 rushing yards per game is second in the SEC and 12th in the nation. Individually, QB Matt Flynn brings a 7-1 overall mark as a starter into the contest. In seven games this year, Flynn has thrown for 1,266 yards and 8 TDs and he's rushed for another 138 yards and a score. RB Jacob Hester leads the Tigers with 544 yards and 5 scores, while Brandon LaFell (30 rec., 412 yards, 1 TD) and Early Doucet (22 rec., 246 yards, 2 TDs) are LSU's top receivers.
Defensively, S Craig Steltz leads the team with 59 tackles, while LB Ali Highsmith has 56 tackles and DT Glenn Dorsey 39 tackles, 6.5 TFL and 4 sacks.
Last Second Heroics Lift LSU Past Auburn, 30-24
Matt Flynn connected with Demetrius Byrd on a 22-yard TD pass with one second left to lift LSU to a 30-24 win over Auburn. The TD capped a comeback that saw the Tigers rally from deficits of 17-7 at halftime and 24-23 with just over three minutes left in the contest. It also marked the third straight game in which the outcome of a contest was decided on LSU's final possession of the game.
Trailing 24-23 with 3:13 left in the game, Flynn guided LSU on a 9-play, 58-yard drive capped with his TD pass to Byrd. Flynn rushed for 19 yards, including runs of 10 and 7 yards, on the final drive and threw for another 23 yards on LSU's final possession. LSU started slow against Auburn, falling behind 17-7 at halftime. LSU closed the gap to 17-13 in the third quarter following field goals of 29 and 26 yards by Colt David.
LSU took its first lead of the game at 20-17 on a 5-yard TD pass from Flynn to Jacob Hester with 12:55 left to go. Another David field goal extended the LSU lead to 23-17 with 8:12 remaining Auburn regained the lead at 24-23 following a 9-play, 83-yard drive with just over three minutes left setting up Flynn and LSU's last second heroics. For the game, Flynn threw for a career-best 319 yards and 3 TDs, while Hester rushed for 50 yards. Early Doucet led the Tigers in receiving with 7 catches for 93 yards. LB Ali Highsmith led the Tigers with 11 tackles and a sack, while S Craig Steltz added 10 tackles.
Date/Time: Saturday, Nov. 3 at 4:07 p.m. CST
Location: Tuscaloosa, Ala. - Bryant-Denny Stadium (92,138)
Television: CBS (live) - cable ch. 7 in Baton Rouge; CST (delay) - cable ch. 37 in Baton Rouge
Radio: LSU Sports Radio Network - 98.1 FM in Baton Rouge
The Series: Alabama leads 43-22-5
Series Notes: LSU and Alabama meet for the 71st time ... LSU is currently enjoying its most successful stretch ever against Alabama, having won four straight and six of the last seven against the Crimson Tide … LSU has also won three straight road games against Alabama which marks the Tigers' longest winning streak in Tuscaloosa … Since 1996, the home team in the series has won just four times in 11 tries (LSU won three of the four) ... LSU's 30-28 win over Alabama in Baton Rouge in 2000 was the first for the Tigers over the Crimson Tide in Tiger Stadium since 1969 … Current Alabama coach Nick Saban served as LSU's head coach for five years from 2000-04 … LSU coach Les Miles is 2-0 vs. Alabama … Saban is 0-1 vs. LSU.
Record 7-1 (4-1 SEC)
Ranking No. 3 Associated Press; No. 3 USA Today/Coaches
Last Game Oct. 20 in Baton Rouge; def. #18/19 Auburn,
Coach Les Miles
Career Record 57-26/seventh year
LSU Record 29-5/third year
vs. Alabama 2-0
Record 6-2 (4-1 SEC)
Ranking No. 17 Associated Press; No. 18 USA Today/Coaches
Last Game Oct. 20 in Tuscaloosa, Ala.; def. #20 Tennessee, 41-17
Coach Nick Saban
Career Record 112-61-1/14th year (includes NFL)
UA Record 6-2/first year
vs. LSU 0-1 (at Michigan State)
Tigers To Face Old Coach as LSU Battles Alabama
One of the most anticipated regular season games in school history will take place on Saturday when No. 3-ranked LSU travels to Tuscaloosa to face 17th-ranked Alabama. LSU and Alabama go into the contest tied for first place in the SEC Western Division with identical 4-1 league records. LSU is 7-1 overall and No. 3 in the BCS, while Alabama is 6-2 overall and No. 17 in the BCS. The game will also pit LSU against its former head coach in Nick Saban, who left Baton Rouge following the 2004 season to take over as head coach of the NFL's Miami Dolphins. Saban then left the Dolphins are two years, taking over at Alabama in January of this year. Saturday's game will carry a 4:07 p.m. kick and will be televised to a national audience by CBS.
LSU To Face A Former Head Coach For Just Third Time
When the Tigers line up against Alabama and Nick Saban on Saturday, it will mark just the third time in LSU football history that a former LSU head coach will be on the opposing sidelines as head coach of the other team. The other two times it occurred came in 1966 and then again in 1973 when LSU faced its former head coach in Paul Dietzel, who was then the head coach at South Carolina. LSU won both games, beating Dietzel and South Carolina, 28-12, in Tiger Stadium to open the 1966 season and then followed that with a 33-29 win over the Gamecocks in Columbia in 1973. Dietzel coached at LSU for seven years before leaving the Tigers for Army after the 1961 season. Dietzel coached at Army for four years before joining South Carolina in 1966. Dietzel's first game as head coach of the Gamecocks came against LSU. Ironically, it was Dietzel, still serving as the Tiger head coach, suggesting to then LSU AD Jim Corbett in 1959 that LSU schedule a four-game series with South Carolina with games being played in 1960-61 and 1965-66. The 1966 game became an immediate sellout once it was announced the Dietzel was joining South Carolina as its head coach. Sound familiar? LSU set a school-record with over 33,000 ticket requests for this week's game in Tuscaloosa.
LSU Remains No. 3 in BCS Standings
The week off didn't have any affect on LSU's standing in the Bowl Championship Series as the Tigers remained No. 3 in this week's edition of the BCS, which was released on Sunday. Ohio State is No. 1 in the BCS with a .9756 average, followed by Boston College at No. 2 with a .9559 average. LSU holds the No. 3 spot with a .8879 average. Arizona State (.8493 average) and Oregon (.8390) round out the top five in the BCS Standings. LSU opened the year at No. 4 in the BCS and then jumped a spot to No. 3 after its win over Auburn on Oct. 20. The No. 4 ranking is the first BCS poll this year marked the highest open eve for LSU in standings. It bettered the previous high of No. 6 set in 2005. In 2003, the year LSU won the BCS National Championship, the Tigers opened at No. 12 in the standings.
In the Polls - Tigers No. 3 In All Three For Second Straight Week
LSU is ranked No. 3 in all three major polls - AP, USA Today Coaches and Harris Interactive - for the second straight week. LSU moved to No. 3 in all three major polls following its win over Auburn on Oct. 20. Earlier this year, LSU spent two weeks as the nation's No. 1 ranked team in the AP Poll. The Tigers were the consensus No. 1 ranked team for one week following their win over Florida. LSU then dropped to No. 5 after its loss to Kentucky. The No. 1 ranking was the first for the Tigers during the regular season since the 1959 season. LSU has now been ranked 77 consecutive weeks in the USA Today Coaches Poll and for 76 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.
LSU Brings One Of Nation's Best Defenses Into Bama Contest
LSU brings one of the nation's best overall defenses into the Alabama game as the Tigers are ranked among the top five in the country in five categories. The Tigers also lead the SEC in three statistical categories. LSU is second in the nation in total defense, allowing 232.25 yards per game and they are No. 5 in scoring defense, yielding just 15.38 points per contest.
Dorsey Gets "Chopped" Against Auburn; Miles Optimistic About His Return This Week
LSU DT Glenn Dorsey was the unfortunate recipient of an illegal "post and chop" block in the third quarter against Auburn two weeks ago that sent the All-American to the sidelines for the remainder of the game. Dorsey, who didn't practice lat week, didn't suffer any permanent damage, but his availability for this week's game against Alabama is still uncertain. Last Thursday, Miles had the following update on Dorsey's condition: "He worked out a little bit today. He's done some treadmill. We're still optimistic. We're pretty optimistic that permanent damage is not significant. There isn't any question that he's lucky and pretty flexible, too."
LSU Offense Has Been Productive; Tigers Are Averaging 36.7 Points Per Game
LSU's offense has been just as productive as the defense as the Tigers are averaging 36.75 points per game, a figure that ranks fourth in the SEC and 18th nationally. In addition, the Tigers are second in the SEC and 12th in the nation in rushing yards per game with a 224.25 average. LSU is third in the SEC in total offense with 435.38 yards per contest. LSU has scored at leas 40 points three times this year and they've gone over the 30-point mark in six of its eight games.
LSU Games Not For Faint At Heart
If you have heart problems and you're an LSU fan, watching the Tigers over the last three games probably didn't do much to help your health. LSU's last three football games have all come down to being decided on the Tigers' final possession. LSU scored on its final possession with just over a minute left to beat Florida, 28-24, on Oct. 13. The last game-winning drive featured a pair of fourth-down conversions that kept LSU's hopes alive. The following week, the Tigers went to triple-overtime before dropping a 43-37 decision to Kentucky. In its last outing, LSU scored with just one second left when QB Matt Flynn connected with WR Demetrius Byrd on a 22-yard pass to beat Auburn, 30-24. Incidentally, the last time the Tigers ventured to Tuscaloosa, LSU scored on its final play of the game - JaMarcus Russell completed an 11-yard pass to Dwayne Bowe - to beat the Crimson Tide 16-13 in overtime.
Bowl Eligible Again; Tigers Have Won At Least 7 Games In A Season For 8 Straight Years
With the win over Florida in week 6, LSU became bowl-eligible for a school-record eighth straight season. Since the 2000 season, LSU has played in the Peach Bowl (2000 and 2005), Sugar Bowl (2001, 2003, 2006) Cotton Bowl (2002) and Capital One Bowl (2004) in consecutive years. In addition, the Tigers have now recorded at least 7 wins for the eighth straight season, also a first for LSU.
Another Fourth Quarter Comeback Under Les Miles
LSU's rally from a 10-point fourth quarter deficit against Florida marked the seventh time under Les Miles that the Tigers have come from behind in the final quarter to win a game. The following is a look at LSU's fourth quarter comebacks under Miles, how many points the Tigers had to overcome in the final frame to win the game and the quarterback who engineered the comeback:
2005 at Arizona State scored TD with 1:13 left W, 35-31 Russell
(LSU trailed 17-7 entering 4Q; LSU scored 28 4Q points)
2005 Florida scored TD with 12:35 left W, 21-14 Russell
(LSU trailed 17-14 in 4Q)
2005 Auburn scored FG with 1:40 left to force OT W, 20-17 Russell
(LSU trailed 17-14 with less than 5 minutes to play)
2006 at Tennessee scored TD with 9 seconds left W, 28-21 Russell
(LSU trailed 24-21 with less than 8 minutes left in 4Q)
2006 Ole Miss scored TD with 14 seconds left to force OT W, 23-20 ot Russell (LSU trailed 20-7 with less than 9 minutes left in 4Q)
2007 Florida scored TD with 1:06 left W, 28-24 Flynn
(LSU trailed 24-14 to start 4Q)
2007 Auburn scored TD with :01 left W, 30-24 Flynn
(LSU trailed 24-23 with 3:12 left in the 4Q)
LSU To Face Top 25 Team For Sixth Time This Year
When LSU lines up against Alabama on Saturday they will do so against a top 25 team for the sixth time this year. LSU goes into the game with a 4-1 record against ranked opponents this year. The six top 25 opponents is the most LSU has faced during the regular season since 1999 when the Tigers played six ranked teams during their 3-8 season under Gerry DiNardo. LSU was 1-5 against top 25 teams that year. The most top 25 teams that LSU has ever faced in a season (both regular and post season) is seven, which has happened twice - 2005 and 1988. LSU was 3-4 against ranked teams in 1988 and 5-2 against ranked teams in 2005. 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; a 28-24 win over then-No. 7 Florida in week 6 and a 30-24 win over then-No. 18 Auburn in week 8. 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 an 11-5 mark in games against Top 25 teams.
November Reign - Tigers Have Won 15 Straight Games In November
LSU brings a 15-game winning streak in games played in November into the Alabama contest. LSU hasn't lost in the month of November since a 21-20 last-second defeat to Arkansas in 2002. LSU was 4-0 in November in 2003; 3-0 in November of 2004; 4-0 in November of 2005; and 4-0 in November last year. Dating back to the 2000 season, LSU is 22-3 in games played in November, which includes a 10-2 mark in road games. Both of those road losses have come at the hands of Arkansas in Little Rock. LSU coach Les Miles has won 10 straight November games dating back to his final season (2004) with Oklahoma State. Miles is 8-0 in November games as LSU's head coach.
LSU To Play Auburn And Alabama In Consecutive Games For Just Fourth Time
This week's game against Alabama will mark just the fourth time in school history that LSU will face Auburn and Alabama in back-to-back games. The last time LSU played Auburn and Alabama in consecutive games came in 1970. LSU won both of those games, beating Auburn, 17-9, followed by a 14-9 victory over Alabama. The other two times came in 1927 and 1903.
Miles Does It Again - Beats Auburn And Florida In Same Year
When LSU beat Auburn two weeks ago in Tiger Stadium, Les Miles became the first coach in LSU history to beat Auburn and Florida in the same year in two different seasons. Miles first did it in 2005 and then followed up the feat again this year. With his wins over Florida and Auburn in 2005, Miles became only the fourth coach in school history, and the first since Jerry Stovall in 1980, to beat Florida and Auburn in the same season. The only other coaches in LSU history to beat Florida and Auburn in the same season were Charles McClendon (1973) and Bernie Moore (1937).
Miles Has Shot To Add To His Milestone Against Alabama
With wins over Florida and Auburn already under his belt this year, Les Miles can become the only coach in LSU history to beat Florida, Auburn and Alabama in the same season twice. Miles originally set the mark back in 2005, beating all three schools during his first year with the Tigers.
LSU's Won 6 Straight Against SEC Western Division Foes
LSU brings a 6-game winning streak against SEC Western Division opponents into the Alabama game. LSU is 2-0 this year against the SEC West after winning its final four games against western division opponents last year. LSU's last loss against an SEC Western Division team came on Sept. 16, 2006 when they fell to Auburn on the road by a 7-3 count.
One look at the Alabama coaching and support staff and it looks as if a branch of the LSU family tree fell off and landed in Tuscaloosa … Seven members of the Alabama staff have LSU ties, including head coach Nick Saban, who served in the same capacity with the Tigers from 2000-04 … Other ties include Alabama secondary coach Kirby Smart coached at LSU in 2004; Alabama defensive line coach Bo Davis played at LSU and then later served on the Tigers strength and conditioning staff under Saban; Alabama linebackers coach Lance Thompson coached with the Tigers in 2002 and 2003; Alabama head strength coach Scott Cochran graduated from LSU and was part of the Tigers' strength staff; Alabama football administrator C.C. Thompson worked in the same capacity at LSU; and Alabama strength intern Rob Sale played football at LSU from 2000-02.
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.
Offense Comes Up Big In Second Half Against Auburn
After being held to just seven points in the first half against Auburn in its last outing, LSU erupted for 23 second half points, including 17 in the fourth quarter, in its win over Auburn. LSU scored on five of its six second half possessions against Auburn, including the game-winning touchdown with just one second left. In all, LSU racked up 351 yards of total offense in the second half against Auburn, which included 222 passing yards.
LSU Is 9-3 In Road Games Under Miles
LSU brings an overall road record of 9-3 under Les Miles into the Alabama game. LSU was 2-2 on the road last year after going 5-0 away from Tiger Stadium in 2005. The Tigers are 2-1 away from Tiger Stadium this year, beating Mississippi State in the season-opener followed by a 34-9 win over Tulane in week 5. LSU's road loss this year came to Kentucky in triple-overtime by a 43-37 count. Of LSU's nine road wins under Miles, four have come against teams ranked in the top 15 with three of those coming against top 10 ranked teams. LSU's top 10 road wins under Miles include a 16-13 victory over No. 3 Alabama in 2005; a 28-24 win over No. 8 Tennessee and a 31-26 victory over No. 5 Arkansas in 2006.
Flynn Now 7-1 As LSU's Starting Quarterback
Matt Flynn ran his record to 7-1 as LSU's starting quarterback with the Tigers' 30-24 victory over Auburn last week. Flynn is 6-1 this year as LSU's starter after going 1-0 in 2005. Flynn's first start for the Tigers came in the 2005 Peach Bowl as he directed LSU to a 40-3 victory over Miami.
Flynn Named SEC Offensive Player of Week For Performance In Win Over Auburn
LSU quarterback Matt Flynn was for playing the best game of his career in the Tigers' 30-24 win over Auburn on Oct. 20 as he was named the Southeastern Conference's Offensive Player of the Week. Flynn, a senior from Tyler, Texas, set career highs for completions (22), attempts (34) and passing yards (314) and tied another career-best with three touchdown passes, including the game-winner with one second left, in the LSU victory. Flynn also rushed for 34 yards, including runs of 10 and seven yards, on LSU's game winning drive. Trailing 24-23 with just over three minutes left, Flynn directed the Tigers on a 9-play, 58-yard drive, which was capped with a 22-yard TD pass to Demetrius Byrd with one second left in the contest. Trailing 17-7 at halftime, Flynn took over in the second half, guiding LSU to scores on five of its six possessions in the third and fourth quarters. LSU outscored Auburn, 23-7, in the second half to record its second fourth quarter comeback in the last three weeks. In all, the Flynn directed an LSU offense to a total of 488 yards, including 356 yards in the second half. Auburn's defense came into the contest ranked second in the SEC in total defense and scoring defense.
Doucet Has Big Game In Return; Breaks Into LSU Top 10 List For Receiving
WR Early Doucet came up big in his return to the lineup against Auburn two weeks ago. Doucet, who had been out of action since the Virginia Tech contest, caught 7 passes for 93 yards, including a key 33-yard reception on a third-and-nine situation early in the third quarter. Doucet caught six of his seven passes in the second half and all 93 of his receiving yards came after halftime. Despite missing four games, Doucet still ranks second on the team with 22 receptions for 246 yards and a pair of scores. For his career, Doucet ranks ninth in school history with 125 catches.
Colt David Continues To Use Foot To Move Up LSU Record Book
LSU PK Colt David became the school's all-time leader in PATs against Auburn as he ran his career total to 131. David moved past John Corbello, who held the school record since the 2002 season with 129 career PATs. David has also moved up to sixth in LSU history in career scoring with 215 points. This year, David has converted 14 field goals, which ranks as the fourth-highest single-season total in school history. David has 26 career field goals, which ranks seventh in LSU history.
A Quick Look At LSU's Current Streaks
Here's a quick look at LSU's current winning streaks.
Streak Number Last Loss
Consecutive Saturday Night Wins In Tiger Stadium 25 Alabama (2002)
Consecutive Non-Conference Home Wins 20 UAB (2002)
Consecutive Home Wins 18 Tennessee (2005)
Consecutive Non-Conference Wins 11 Iowa (2005 Capital One Bowl)
Consecutive SEC Home Wins 10 Tennessee (2005)
Consecutive Wins vs. SEC Western Division Foes 6 Auburn (2006)
LSU Overall Winning Streak Snapped At 13 Straight; Ranks Third In School History
LSU had its overall winning streak snapped at 13 straight against Kentucky on Oct. 13. 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 Kentucky, 43-37 (OT)
Three Tigers Named To Midseason All-America List
With college football now past the midseason point, three members of LSU's football team earned spots on All-America teams based on played during the first half of the season. Defensive tackle Glenn Dorsey, linebacker Ali Highsmith and safety Craig Steltz each have been named to midseason All-America teams as selected by Sports Illustrated and CBSsports.com. The CBSsports.com All-America squad, as voted on by college football experts at the website, features three players from LSU and three from Boston College to lead all teams in terms of midseason All-America selections. LSU's Dorsey headlines the list of defenders on the CBSsports.com team. In eight games, Dorsey has recorded 39 tackles, 6.5 tackles for losses and four sacks for an LSU defense that ranks No. 2 nationally in yards allowed per game. Dorsey, a senior from Gonzales, La., has also batted down three passes at the line of scrimmage and he's registered a total of three quarterback hurries. Steltz, a senior from New Orleans, leads the Tigers in tackles with 59 to his credit. He also ranks second in the SEC with four interceptions, which includes a school-record tying three in LSU's win over Mississippi State to open the year. Steltz also has five tackles for losses, forced two fumbles and recorded a sack. Highsmith, a senior from Miami, is second on the team with 56 tackles, which includes 6.0 tackles for losses and 1.5 sacks. Highsmith is first on the team with six pass breakups and quarterback hurries. All three Tigers were named to the SI.com Midseason All-America list as well.
Highsmith Named Semifinalist For Butkus Award
LSU LB Ali Highsmith has been named as one of 10 semifinalists for the Butkus Award, the Downtown Athletic Club of Orlando announced. The Butkus Award, named for legendary linebacker Dick Butkus, is given out each year to the top linebacker in college football. Highsmith, a native of Miami, is in his third season as a starter for the Tigers. In seven games this year, Highsmith ranks second on the squad in tackles with 56 tackles, which includes 6.0 tackles for losses and a 1.5 sacks. Highsmith is first on the team in pass breakups with six and he's also recorded a team-best six quarterback hurries to go with a forced fumble.
Dorsey One of 12 Semifinalist For Lombardi Award
LSU DT Glenn Dorsey highlighted the list of 12 semifinalists for the Lombardi Award. The Rotary Lombardi Award goes annually to the college football lineman -- offense or defense -- who, in addition to outstanding performance and ability, best exemplifies the discipline of Vince Lombardi. Dorsey, a senior from Gonzales, La., is the leader of an LSU defense that ranks among the top 5 in the nation in five categories. Despite being double, and sometimes triple-teamed this year, Dorsey still has 39 tackles and a team-best four sacks to his credit. Dorsey has added 6.5 tackles for losses, three quarterback hurries, and he's batted down three passes at the line of scrimmage.
LSU Among Nation's Best Away From Home Since 2003
In addition to being the best in the SEC in terms of wins since 2001, the Tigers have also earned the distinction of being among the best in the nation away from home since the 2003 season. Since 2003, the Tigers have posted a 21-7 (.750) overall mark, which includes away games and neutral site contests. The .750 winning percentage for the Tigers away from Tiger Stadium ranks behind only Southern Cal (27-5, .844), Boise State (23-6, .793) and Auburn (19-6, .760) as the best winning percentage during that span. The following is a look at the top five teams and their winning percentage in games played away from home since 2003:
Rank School Record Winning Pct.
1. Southern Cal 27-5 .844
2. Boise State 23-6 .793
3. Auburn 19-6 .760
4. LSU 21-7 .750
5. Georgia 22-8 .733
LSU's 51 Wins Since 2003 Ranks No. 3 Nationally
Since the start of the 2003 season, LSU has won 51 games, which ranks as the third-highest total nationally during that span. Southern Cal's 54 wins ranks first, followed by Boise State (53 wins) and LSU (51 wins).
Tigers Have Nation's Fourth-Best Home Winning Percentage Since 2003
Since 2003, the Tigers have posted a 31-2 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 31-2 .939
Ohio State 31-2 .939
No 100-Yard Rushers Allowed
LSU goes into the Alabama game having not allowed a 100-yard rusher this season. The most yards rushed against LSU this year came against Florida when Kestahn Moore tallied 79 yards on 12 carries against the Tigers. LSU held Tulane's Matt Forte, who leads the nation in yards per game with 192 a contest, to 73 yards on 16 attempts back on Sept. 29. LSU hasn't allowed a player to reach the 100-yard mark in terms of rushing yards since the Notre Dame game a year ago when Darius Walker accounted for 128 yards on the ground against the Tigers in the Sugar Bowl.
LSU Defense Stingy Against The Run Under Pelini
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 573 yards rushing on 259 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 23 of their 34 opponents to less than 100 net rushing yards. LSU is 20-3 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 48-24 in the first quarter and 126-64 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 34 games with Pelini as its defensive coordinator, LSU has held 26 opponents to fewer than 20 points. In addition, 17 of LSU's 34 opponents (50 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 "D" Has Held Opponents Scoreless In 21 Of Last 40 Quarters
Dating back to last year's Notre Dame contest, LSU has held its opponent scoreless in 21 of the last 34 quarters in which they have played. That streak included holding opponents scoreless in 18 of 32 quarters this year.
Miles Now 29-5 At LSU; Best Start For A Coach In LSU History
With a 7-1 mark this year, LSU coach Les Miles is now 29-5 overall with the Tigers. The 29 wins in his first 34 games is the most of any coach in school history during that span. Bernie Moore ranks second with 27 wins during his first 34 games.
Miles Is 17-4 In SEC Games
LSU coach Les Miles is 17-4 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. The Tigers are 4-1 in league play this year. Miles is 7-3 in SEC road games and 10-1 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 34 games its played under head coach Les Miles … The Tigers are 27-1 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 26-2 when scoring 20 or more points and 23-2 when scoring 25 or more points … The Tigers are 20-3 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 8 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 239 carries from the running back position without a fumble.
LSU Is 5-0 Under Miles Following A Loss
LSU ran its record to 5-0 under Les Miles in games following a loss with the win over Auburn. The win over Auburn came following LSU's 43-37 triple-overtime defeat to Kentucky. The Tigers have bounced back in impressive fashion following losses under Miles. In 2005, LSU beat Mississippi State, 37-7, the week after a 30-27 overtime loss to Tennessee. Also that year, after its 34-14 defeat to Georgia in the SEC Championship Game, the Tigers regrouped to post a 40-3 win over Miami in the Peach Bowl. Last year, LSU lost to Auburn 7-3 and then followed that with a 49-7 win over Tulane, then after a 23-10 loss to Florida, the Tigers followed with a 49-0 victory over Kentucky. Most recently, the Tigers beat Auburn, 30-24, following the loss to Kentucky.
LSU Stretches Tiger Stadium Winning Streak To 18; Ties For Longest Streak In School History
LSU ran its Tiger Stadium winning streak to a school-record 18 straight with its victory over Auburn on Oct. 20. The 18-game Tiger Stadium winning streak broke the previous record of 17 consecutive wins that LSU had at home from 1935-37. The 18-game home winning streak is also the nation's longest current streak. In addition to its 18-game winning streak at home, LSU has also won 28 of its last 29 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 25 consecutive Saturday night games.
Hester Goes Over 1,000-Yard Mark For Career
LSU RB Jacob Hester ran his career rushing total to 1,221 yards with a 50-yard effort against Auburn. For his career, Hester has accounted for 1,572 total yards (1,221 rushing, 407 receiving) and a total of 19 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 59 tackles, which includes 4 TFL and 1 sack. He also ranks second in the SEC with 4 interceptions to his credit this year.
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 454 all-purpose yards on 46 touches for an average of 9.9 yards every time he gets his hands on the ball. Holliday has rushed for 221 yards on 34 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.
Colt David Ranks First In Scoring With 84 Points
LSU PK Colt David continues to lead the SEC in scoring with a total of 84 points. David, who has kicked 14 field goals and has 36 PATs, scored the first touchdown of his career on a fake field goal against South Carolina in week 4. David's 10.5 points per game also ranks first in the league.
Double Trouble At Quarterback
Through 8 games, LSU QBs Matt Flynn and Ryan Perrilloux have both shown their ability to lead the Tigers. Flynn, who is 7-1 as LSU's starting quarterback, started the first two games before giving way to Perrilloux because of an injury in week 3. In 7 games, Flynn has been responsible for 9 TDs (8 passing, 1 rushing), while Perrilloux has accounted for 8 TDs (6 passing, 2 rushing). In seven games, Flynn has connected on 106 of 190 passes for 1,266 yards, 8 TDs and 5 interceptions. Flynn has also rushed for 138 yards and a score for the Tigers. Perrilloux has gone 29 of 41 for 414 yards, 6 TDs and 1 interception. He's also rushed for 192 yards and a pair of touchdowns.