NOTEBOOK: LSU getting streaky with Tide

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - When people talk about LSU and Alabama and the word streak is involved it typically revolves around the Tigers' 31-year winless drought against the Tide in Tiger Stadium.

LSU snapped a home losing streak against Alabama with a 30-28 win in 2000. The losing streak dated back to the 1969 season.

These days, the Crimson Tide's embarrassing domination of LSU in Death Valley is a distant memory. The Tigers are the ones that are streaking these days.

With LSU's 41-34 win over the Crimson Tide Saturday night in Bryant-Denny Stadium, the Tigers won their fifth straight game over Alabama. The win was also LSU's seventh in the last eight meetings with the Tide.

The win was also the Tigers' fourth straight in hallowed Bryant-Denny Stadium. LSU has not lost at Alabama since 1999.


Much like the Crimson Tide's winning streak in Baton Rouge, Alabama fans pride themselves on the fact legendary coach Paul "Bear" Bryant was a sparkling 16-4 against LSU in his 20 meetings with the Tigers.

While LSU fans widely regard the Crimson Tide as a rival, many Alabama fans do not regard the Tigers as one, mainly because Bama's chief counterpart remains Auburn.

However, how times they are a changing.

Since Bryant retired from Alabama in 1982, the last 25 years have literally been a dead heat between the two programs. With LSU's latest victory over the Tide, the series is tied at 12-12-1 in the post-Bryant era.


Les Miles continues to rack up firsts as the head coach of the LSU Tigers.

With Saturday's win over Alabama, Miles became the first LSU coach to defeat the Tigers main three opponents two of the first three times he has faced them. In little less than three season, Miles has beaten Alabama, Auburn and Florida in two of his first three meetings with each team.

In 2005, Miles became the first LSU coach to defeat all three of the aforementioned opponents in the same season. Miles has matched that feat having beaten Alabama, Auburn and Florida again in the same season.

Miles is undefeated against Alabama owning three straight victories over the Crimson Tide. Only Miles and current Alabama coach Nick Saban are the only LSU coaches to beat the Crimson Tide three times.

Saban fell to 0-2 against LSU. His only other meeting with the Tigers was a 45-26 loss to LSU in the 1995 Independence Bowl when he was the coach at Michigan State.


LSU's game captains were Colt David, Matt Flynn, Craig Steltz, Chevis Jackson and Tyson Jackson.

LSU won the toss and deferred to the second half. Alabama received the opening kickoff.

Tigers extending their consecutive starts streak today were: cornerback Chevis Jackson (35), linebacker Ali Highsmith (23), left tackle Ciron Black (22), cornerback Jonathan Zenon (22), left guard Herman Johnson (19) and defensive tackle Glenn Dorsey (17).

First-time starters for LSU in today's game: wide receiver Terrance Toliver.

Before LSU's punt with 12 minutes left in the second quarter, the Tigers had scored on seven straight possessions dating back to the second half of the Auburn game. The Tigers scored on the final four possessions against Auburn and the first three in today's game.

Defensively, LSU has held eight of nine opponents scoreless on the opening drive of the second half. Florida was the only team this season to score in its first possession of the second half against the Tigers.

Javier Arenas' 61-yard punt return for a touchdown by Alabama was the first punt return for a score LSU had allowed since Kendrick Shanklin returned one for 56 yards for Kentucky on Oct. 16, 1999 in Lexington.

With the win, LSU moved to 5-1 versus ranked teams in 2007.

LSU recorded a season-high seven sacks for a loss of 53 yards.

The Tigers' come-from-behind victory represented the eighth comeback win in the final quarter for LSU under head coach Les Miles. Three of those have come in 2007 and were all engineered by quarterback Matt Flynn.


Cornerback Chevis Jackson recorded his fourth interception of the season and seventh of his career late in the first quarter.

Quarterback Matt Flynn tossed a 10-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Early Doucet with 4:30 left in the first quarter, a 61-yard pass to wide receiver Demetrius Byrd with 0:20 left in the third quarter and a 32-yard pass to Doucet with late in the fourth quarter. The TD passes were Flynn's ninth, 10th and 11th of the season and 19th, 20th and 21st of his career.

Flynn's reception in the first quarter was the first by an LSU quarterback on a designed play since Herb Tyler pulled down a pass on Oct. 31, 1998 at Ole Miss. The pass was thrown by running back Kevin Faulk.

Flynn finished with career highs in attempts (44), completions (24) and passing yards (353).

Running back Jacob Hester scored a touchdown on a one-yard run on the first play of the second quarter and added another score on a one-yard carry with 1:26 left in the game. His rushing touchdowns were the sixth and seventh of the season and the 14th and 15th of his career.

With first quarter tackles, linebacker Ali Highsmith extended his streak to 35 straight games with a tackle, defensive tackle Glenn Dorsey extended his streak to 25 straight games, safety Craig Steltz extended his streak to 19 straight games. Third quarter tackles by cornerback Chevis Jackson and cornerback Jonathan Zenon extended their streaks to 19 straight games with a tackle.

Wide receiver Demetrius Byrd pulled down a 61-yard pass from Matt Flynn with 0:20 left in the third quarter. The TD was Byrd's fourth of the season and his career.

Byrd's six receptions and his 144 yards are both career highs. It marked the first 100-yard receiving game of his career. The 144 receiving yards are the most by an LSU receiver since Devery Henderson had 201 yards at Kentucky on Nov. 9, 2002.

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