GAMEWEEK NOTEBOOK: LSU vs. Ole Miss

Top-ranked LSU will look to clinch the SEC Western Division title outright and in the process claim double-digit victories for an unprecedented third straight year on Saturday when the Tigers travel to face Ole Miss in Oxford. The game will be televised to a national audience by CBS and will kickoff at 2:30 p.m.

LSU has already clinched a spot in the SEC Championship Game due to having the tiebreaker over Auburn and Alabama, however, a victory over the Rebels will give the Tigers the SEC Western Division title outright. LSU will be making its fourth appearance (2001, '03, '05, '07) in the SEC Championship Game, all coming this decade.

LSU, now 9-1 overall following last week's 58-10 win over Louisiana Tech, is the consensus No. 1 ranked team this week. It's the second time this year that the Tigers have been ranked as the consensus No. 1 team in college football. LSU is also No. 1 in the BCS Standings during the regular season for the first time in school history.

The Tigers go into the Ole Miss game having won 17 straight games played during the month of November, which includes all 10 November games that they have played under Les Miles. LSU hasn't lost a game played in the month of November since a 21-20 decision to Arkansas in 2002. Ole Miss is 3-7 overall and 0-6 in league play. Last year, LSU scored 13 fourth quarter points to force overtime and eventually beat the Rebels, 23-20. LSU has won five straight and six of its last seven against Ole Miss.

The Tigers continue to have one of the nation's best overall defenses as LSU ranks among the top 10 in the nation in five categories. LSU is No. 1 in the nation in both total defense (236.8 yards per game) and pass efficiency defense (92.62 rating), No. 3 in rushing defense (66.0 yards per game), No. 6 in pass defense (170.8 yards per game) and No. 10 in scoring defense (16.7 points per game). Offensively, the Tigers are first in the SEC in total offense (455.3 yards per game) and No. 2 in the league in scoring with 39.3 points per game.

Tigers Ride Arm Of Flynn, Feet Of Hester To 58-10 Win over Louisiana Tech

Matt Flynn threw for 237 yards and three scores and Jacob Hester rushed for a career-best 115 yards, including an 87-yard TD run, as LSU rolled to a 58-10 win over Louisiana Tech in Tiger Stadium.

The Tigers racked up 595 yards, including 343 on the ground in extended their school-record Tiger Stadium winning streak to 19 straight games. The Tigers limited the Bulldogs to 256 total yards, which included just 67 rushing yards. LSU also forced five Tech turnovers which resulted in 20 LSU points. LSU never trailed in the contest, taking a 10-0 lead in the first quarter on a 1-yard run by Flynn followed by a 31-yard Colt David field goal.

Tech pulled to within 10-7 early in the second quarter before the Tigers responded with 17 unanswered points, which had Flynn throwing TD passes of 71 yards to Terrance Toliver and 37-yards to Brandon LaFell, extending the margin to 27-7 at halftime. LSU stretched its lead to 37-7 on Hester's 87-yard TD run early in the third quarter. Richard Dickson added a 14-yard TD reception in the third quarter followed by a 15-yard run by Trindon Holliday and a 2-yard TD reception by Mit Cole in the fourth quarter to close out the scoring for the Tigers. Four different Tigers caught TD passes with another three scoring on the ground for LSU.

Date/Time: Saturday, Nov. 17 at 2:30 p.m. CST

Location: Oxford, Miss. - Vaught/Hemingway Stadium (60,580)

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: LSU leads 54-37-4

Series Notes: LSU and Ole Miss meet for the 96th time with the Tigers holding 54-37-4 in the series that dates back to a 26-6 Ole Miss win on Dec. 3, 1894 … LSU is currently riding a 5-game winning streak over the Rebels, which includes a 23-20 overtime victory last year in Tiger Stadium … LSU has also won three straight and four of the last five games played in Oxford, including a 40-7 victory in its last trip there in 2005 … From 2002-04, the games were decided by a total of seven points … LSU is 8-5-1 all-time against Ole Miss in games played in Oxford … Ole Miss last beat LSU in 2001 by a 35-24 count in Baton Rouge … The last time LSU dropped a game in Oxford came in 1998 by a 37-31 count in overtime … In its last three tips to Oxford, LSU came in ranked No. 3 (in 2003), No. 4 (in 2005) and No. 1 (this year) … Since bringing the LSU-Ole Miss game back to Oxford in 1994, LSU is 4-2 against the Rebels … The teams played in Jackson, Miss., in odd numbered years from 1965-87 … The teams played the 1989 game in Oxford before returning to Jackson in 1991 and 1992 … LSU coach Les Miles is 2-1 vs. Ole Miss, which includes a 2-0 record as head coach of the Tigers.

LSU

Record: 9-1 (5-1 SEC)

Ranking: No. 1 Associated Press; No. 1 USA Today/Coaches

Last Game: Nov. 10 in Baton Rouge; def. Louisiana Tech, 58-10

Coach: Les Miles

Career Record: 59-26/seventh year

LSU Record: 31-5/third year; vs. UM 2-1 (2-0 at LSU)

Ole Miss

Record: 3-7 (0-6 SEC)

Ranking: NR Associated Press; NR USA Today/Coaches

Last Game: Nov. 3 at Oxford, Miss.; def. Northwestern State, 38-31

Coach: Ed Orgeron

Career Record: 10-23/third year

UM Record: 10-23/third year; vs. LSU 0-2

Tigers Go After Outright SEC Western Division Title Against Ole Miss

Having already clinched a spot in the SEC Championship Game due to owning all possible tiebreakers against Auburn and Alabama, LSU will go after the western division title outright on Saturday against Ole Miss. The Tigers, now 9-1 overall and 5-1 in league play, are ranked No. 1 in the nation for the second time this year. LSU is also No. 1 in the BCS for the first time in school history during the regular season. Ole Miss is 3-7 overall and 0-6 in league play. Kickoff for Saturday's game is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. on CBS.

LSU No. 1 In BCS Poll For First Time During Regular Season

For the first time in school history, LSU is ranked No. 1 in the Bowl Championship Series Standings during the regular season as the Tigers climbed to the top spot on Sunday following their 58-10 win over Louisiana Tech last week. LSU finished the 2003 season as the BCS National Champions following its 21-14 win over Oklahoma in the Sugar Bowl that year.

In this week's BCS Standings, the Tigers climbed past Ohio State, who dropped its first game of the season on Saturday to Illinois, to the top spot with a .9802 BCS average. The Tigers are ahead of No. 2 Oregon (.9383 average), No. 3 Kansas (.9094), No. 4 Oklahoma (.8540) and No. 5 Missouri (.8096) in the BCS Standings. The top two teams in the BCS Standings on Sunday, Dec. 2 will meet for the national championship at the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans on Jan. 7.

With its move to No. 1 in the BCS Standings, the Tigers have jumped one spot in the poll in each of the last three weeks. LSU was No. 3 in the BCS on Oct. 28 following its open date, No. 2 last week after the victory over Alabama and they hold down the top spot after the win over Louisiana Tech.

In the Polls - Tigers Up To No. 1 For Second Time This Year

For the third straight week, LSU moved up a spot in the polls, this time coming in at No. 1 in the nation following its win over Louisiana Tech. The win over Tech, coupled with Ohio State's loss to Illinois, put the Tigers back at No. 1 in all three major polls - AP, USA Today Coaches and Harris Interactive - for the second time this year. 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 this is the first for the Tigers during the regular season since the 1959 season. LSU has now been ranked 79 consecutive weeks in the USA Today Coaches Poll and for 78 straight weeks in the 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 Injury Report

LSU starting MLB Darry Beckwith, who missed the Louisiana Tech game, is listed as doubtful for this week's game against Ole Miss … Beckwith suffered a leg injury against Alabama … Other injuries for the Tigers include: DT Charles Alexander (knee - out for year), OL Mark Snyder (knee - out for year), OL Matt Allen (knee - out for year).

Magnolia State Tigers

LSU has four players on its roster who call Mississippi home. They are OG Will Arnold (Gloster), TE Richard Dickson (Ocean Springs), TE Mit Cole (Picayune), and LB/FB Stevan Ridley (Natchez).

Tigers Eye 10-Win Season For Unprecedented Third Straight Year

LSU brings a 9-1 overall mark into the Ole Miss contest leaving the Tigers just one victory shy of reaching the 10-victory mark for third straight year. A win over Ole Miss on Saturday will give the Tigers at least 10 wins for a third straight season, which would be a first in school history. LSU coach Les Miles led the Tigers to 11 wins in each of his first two years with the Tigers.

Tigers Look For 6th SEC Win For Fifth Straight Season

A win over Ole Miss on Saturday would also give the Tigers at least six SEC wins for the fifth consecutive season, also a first in school history. LSU's currently enjoying its most successful SEC run ever, winning 31 league games since the start of the 2003 season. Counting regular season games only, LSU won 7 SEC games in 2003, followed by 6 in 2004, 7 in 2005, 6 in 2006 and currently five this year.

Finally A Breather, But They're Still The Cardiac Tigers

For the first time in over a month, LSU gave its fans a chance to relax in the fourth quarter as the Tigers rolled to a 58-10 win over Louisiana Tech. The win over Louisiana Tech marked the first time since the Tulane game on Sept. 29 that an LSU contest was decided late in the fourth quarter. LSU does return to SEC action this week where its last four games against conference opponents have all gone down to the wire. In its last SEC outing against Alabama on Nov. 3, LSU scored with less than two minutes left and basically on its final possession to post a 41-34 win over Alabama. The win over the Crimson Tide capped a comeback that saw LSU score 14 points in the final 2:49 of the contest to register the come-from-behind victory. The Alabama comeback fell in line with other games in recent weeks for the Tigers. 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. Then, on Oct. 20, 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.

LSU Now 13-2 In Games Played As No. 1 Ranked Team

With its loss to Kentucky on Oct. 13, LSU fell from the No. 1 spot in college football and in the process dropped its record in games played as the nation's No. 1 ranked team to 13-2. This year, LSU is 1-1 in games played as the nation's top ranked team. The Florida contest on Oct. 6 marked the first time since the 1959 season that LSU played a football game as the nation's No. 1 ranked team.

LSU's Dorsey One Of Four Finalists For Both The Lombardi And Nagurski Awards

LSU All-American DT Glenn Dorsey is one of four finalists for both the Rotary Lombardi Award and one of five finalists for the Bronco Nagurski Award. The Lombardi Award is given annually to the top interior lineman in college football. Other finalists for the Lombardi Award include: Ohio State linebacker James Laurinaitis, Virginia defensive end Chris Long and Michigan offensive lineman Jake Long. The winner of the 38th annual Rotary Lombardi Award will be named at the award's dinner on Wednesday, December 5 at the Hilton Americas Hotel in Houston. Dorsey is the first LSU player since Ronnie Estay in 1971 to make the list of finalists for the Lombardi Award. The Nagurski Trophy is presented annually by the Charlotte Touchdown Club and goes to college football's top defensive player. The leader of the top-ranked and 9-1 Tigers, Dorsey has managed to accumulate 53 overall tackles this year, despite being double and triple-teamed on just about every snap. In addition to his 53 tackles, he has recorded 11.5 tackles for losses and six sacks. He's also batted down three passes and posted four quarterback hurries to lead an LSU defense that ranks among the top 10 in the nation in five categories, including a No. 1 rating in total defense.

Steltz Named One Of 12 Semifinalists For Thorpe Award

LSU senior DB Craig Stletz is one of 12 semifinalists for the Thorpe Award, the screening committee for the award announced. The Thorpe Award, now in its 21st year, is given annually to the top defensive back in college football. Thorpe Award winners are selected for performance on the field, athletic ability and character. Steltz, a senior from New Orleans, leads LSU in tackles with 68, five of which have gone for losses. Steltz is also tied for team-high honors with four interceptions to go with six pass breakups. He's also recorded one sack, forced two fumbles and recovered a fumble. Steltz currently ranks fourth in the SEC in interceptions and he's eighth in the league in passes defended with a total of 10. As a unit, LSU's defense is ranked among the top 10 in the nation in five categories, including a No. 1 rating in total defense (234.7 yards per game), No. 4 in rushing defense (168.8 yards per game) and No. 6 in pass defense.

Another Fourth Quarter Comeback Under Les Miles

LSU's rally to beat Alabama on Nov. 3 marked the eighth time under Les Miles, including the third time this year, 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:

Year Opponent Situation Results QB

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)

2007 Alabama scored TD with 1:26 left W, 41-34 Flynn

(LSU trailed 34-27 with 4:53 left in 4Q)

LSU's Miles One Of 16 Up For Bear Bryant Award

LSU's Les Miles is one of 16 head football coaches from across the country that have been named to the watch list for the 2007 Paul "Bear" Bryant College Football Coach of the Year Award, the awards committee of the American Heart Association announced. Miles, in his third season with the Tigers, has guided LSU to a No. 1 national ranking and to a 9-1 overall mark this year.

The Tigers have also clinched a berth in the league's title game for the second time in three years. Of LSU's nine wins, five have come against teams ranked in the top 25, including top 10 victories over No. 7 Florida and No. 9 Virginia Tech. LSU's five wins over ranked opponents is the most of any team in the country this year. The Bear Bryant Watch list will be narrowed down to five candidates on Dec. 12 at a press conference in Houston. The finalists will attend an awards dinner on Jan. 17, 2008 in Houston where the winner will be announced.

The winner of the Bear Bryant College Football Coach of the Year Award is voted on by members of the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association and is the only college coaching award given after all of the bowl games have finished. Other coaches on the watch list for the award include: Michael Bellotti (Oregon), Rich Brooks (Kentucky), Lloyd Carr (Michigan), Randy Edsall (Connecticut), Dennis Erickson (Arizona State), Jeff Jagodzinski (Boston College), June Jones (Hawaii), Mark Mangino (Kansas), Chris Petersen (Boise State), Gary Pinkel (Missouri), Mark Richt (Georgia), Rich Rodriguez (West Virginia), Nick Saban (Alabama), Bob Stoops (Oklahoma), and Jim Tressel (Ohio State).

Flynn Adds Named To Short List of LSU QBs With 3 TD Passes In 3 Straight Games

By throwing for 3 touchdowns in LSU's win over Louisiana Tech, Matt Flynn became just the second quarterback in school history to toss at least 3 TD passes in three straight games. In consecutive games, Flynn has tossed 3 TD passes against Auburn, Alabama and Louisiana Tech. The only other Tiger to accomplish the feat is JaMarcus Russell, who tossed three TD passes in consecutive games against Tennessee, Alabama and Ole Miss in 2006.

Flynn Joins Elite Group Of LSU QBs With Second 300-Yard Passing Game

When Matt Flynn threw for a career-best 353 yards against Alabama on Nov. 3, he became only the seventh quarterback in LSU history to throw for 300 or more yards in two games in the same season. Flynn has done it twice this year - also throwing for 319 yards and 3 scores against Auburn on Oct. 20. Flynn is also just one of four LSU quarterbacks who have thrown for 300 yards in back-to-back games joining Rohan Davey (3 straight times in 2001), Jeff Wickersham (twice in 1983), and Tommy Hodson (twice in 1989).

Colt David Ties School Record For Field Goals In A Season

With three field goals against Louisiana Tech, LSU PK Colt David tied the school record for field goals in a season, running his 2007 total to 19. The 19 field goals ties the mark set by David Browndyke in 1988. This year, David has converted 19 of 25 field goals. The 19 field goals ranks second in the SEC.

LSU Still Has One Of Nation's Best All Around Defenses

LSU brings one of the nation's best overall defenses into the Ole Miss game as the Tigers are ranked among the top 10 in the country in five categories. The Tigers also lead the SEC in four statistical categories. LSU is first in the nation in total defense, allowing 236.8 yards per game and they are No. 3 in rushing defense, yielding just 66.0 yards per contest. The following is a look at how LSU ranks both nationally and in the SEC in several key defensive categories:

Category Average SEC Rank National Rank

Total Defense 236.8 No. 1 No. 1

Pass Efficiency Defense 92.62 rating No. 1 No. 1

Rushing Defense 66.0 No. 1 No. 3

Pass Defense 170.8 No. 2 No. 6

Scoring Defense 16.7 No. 1 No. 10

LSU Offense Not Too Shabby Either; Tigers Lead League In Total Offense

LSU's offense has been just as productive as the defense as the Tigers are averaging 39.3 poiints per game and a league best 455.3 total yards per contest. In addition, the Tigers are second in the SEC and 13th in the nation in rushing yards per game with a 220.0 average. LSU has scored at least 40 points five times this year and they've gone over the 30-point mark in seven of its nine games. LSU is coming off a 58-point, 595-yard effort against Louisiana Tech.

November Reign - Tigers Have Won 17 Straight Games In November

LSU brings a 17-game winning streak in games played in November into the Ole Miss 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 24-3 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 12 straight November games dating back to his final season (2004) with Oklahoma State. Miles is 10-0 in November games as LSU's head coach.

Bowl Eligible Again; Tigers Have Won At Least 8 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 8 wins for the eighth straight season, also a first for LSU.

LSU's Won 7 Straight Against SEC Western Division Foes

LSU's win over Alabama ran the Tigers' winning streak over teams from the SEC Western Division to seven straight. LSU is 3-0 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.

LSU's Won 31 Straight Against Unranked Opponents

The Tigers bring a 32-game winning streak against unranked teams into the Ole Miss contest. LSU hasn't lost a game to an unranked team since the 2003 when the No. 6 Tigers fell to unranked Florida, 19-7, in Tiger Stadium.

LSU Is 10-3 In Road Games Under Miles

LSU's win over Alabama ran the Tigers' overall road to 10-3 under Les Miles. 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 10 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 9-1 As LSU's Starting Quarterback

Matt Flynn ran his record to 9-1 as LSU's starting quarterback with the Tigers' 58-10 victory over Louisiana Tech last week. Flynn is 8-1 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.

LSU Stretches Tiger Stadium Winning Streak To School-Record 19 Straight

LSU ran its Tiger Stadium winning streak to a school-record 19 straight with its victory over Louisiana Tech on Nov. 10. The current 19-game Tiger Stadium winning streak eclipsed the previous mark of 17 consecutive wins, which was set from 1935-37. The 19-game home winning streak also ranks as the nation's longest current streak. In addition to its 19-game winning streak at home, LSU has also won 29 of its last 30 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.

LSU's Won 26 Straight Saturday Night Home Games

In addition to LSU's 19-game overall home winning streak, the Tigers have also won 26 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.

Miles Does It Again - Beats Auburn, Florida And Alabama In Same Year

With LSU's win over Alabama, LSU coach Les Miles swept those three conference foes for the second time during his LSU career. Miles is the only coach in LSU history to beat Auburn, Florida and Alabama in the same season, and now he's done it twice.

LSU Has Nation's Third-Best Winning Percentage Away From Tiger Stadium Since 2003

LSU goes into the Ole Miss game having won 22 of its last 29 games away from Tiger Stadium since the 2003. LSU's .759 away-from-home winning percentage since 2003 ranks as the nation's third-best mark, trailing only Southern Cal (.848) and Boise State (.800). The following is a look at the teams with the best winning percentage away from home (road or neutral site games) since the 2003 season:

Rank Team Record Pct.

1. Southern Cal 28-5 .848

2. Boise State 24-6 .800

3. LSU 22-7 .759

4. Georgia 22-8 .733

5. Auburn 19-7 .731

Dorsey Being Heaped A Great Deal Of Praise

LSU DT Glenn Dorsey has been dealt a great deal of praise in recent weeks. In addition to being named a Mid-Season All-America by CBSsports.com, Collegefootballnews.com and Sports Illustrated, Dorsey was recently named the third-toughest player in college football to prepare for by ESPN. Dorsey, who ranks behind Florida QB Tim Tebow and Indiana WR James Hardy on the list,was also listed by ESPN.com as the top performer in college football at the midway point of the season last week. ESPN's Mel Kiper also has Dorsey listed as the No. 1 player on his NFL Draft Big Board.

LSU Has Five Wins Over Top 25 Teams This Year

For the first time in over a month, LSU won't see a top 25 SEC team on the other sideline when they travel to face Ole Miss on Saturday in Oxford. This year, LSU has played six top 25 teams, including a stretch of four straight games against ranked opponents. LSU is 5-1 against ranked opponents this year, including its most recent 41-34 win over No. 17 Alabama. 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, a 30-24 win over then-No. 18 Auburn in week 8, and a 41-34 win over then-No. 17 Alabama in week 9. LSU's only loss against a top 25 team came against then-No. 17 Kentucky, 43-37 in triple overtime in week 7. Since taking over at LSU, Les Miles has a 12-5 mark in games against Top 25 teams.

LSU Now 6-3 In Overtime Games

With LSU's triple-overtime defeat to Kentucky on Oct. 13, the Tigers dropped their all-time overtime record to 6-3. LSU is 2-1 in overtime road games and 4-1 in overtime games against Top 25 teams. LSU coach Les Miles is 3-2 in overtime games. Only one of LSU's nine overtime games have gone more than one period (3OT loss to Kentucky, 43-37, in 2007)

Offense Scored On Seven Straight Possessions Over Two-Game Period

When LSU scored on its first three possessions against Alabama, it extended a streak that saw the Tigers score points on seven straight possessions. The streak dated back to the second half against Auburn when the Tigers successfully converted on their final four possessions of the contest.

Offense Comes Up Big In Second Half Against Auburn

After being held to just seven points in the first half against Auburn, 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 A Second Half Team

Thru 10 games this year, LSU has made its mark as a second half team, outscoring its opponents, 203 to 60 in the third and fourth quarters this season. LSU has outscored its opposition 109 to 28 in the third quarter and 104-32 in the fourth quarter. In its last SEC outing against Alabama, the Tigers scored 17 fourth quarter points on their way to the victory.

Running Back Hester Adds To Receiving Total

When it comes to catching the ball out of the backfield, RB/FB Jacob Hester has become one of the best in school history at it. During his LSU career, Hester has 59 receptions from the running back position, a figure that ranks just outside of the top six in LSU history. A year ago, Hester caught 35 passes, which ranked as the third-highest single-season total in school history. Gary James (1982-85) holds both the LSU career mark (122) and single-season record (50 in 1985) for receptions by a running back. This year, Hester has 11 catches for 87 yards and one touchdown.


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