NOTEPAD: Notes from LSU-Tennessee

ATLANTA - Listed here are news, notes and tidbits from LSU's 21-14 win over Tennessee in the SEC Championship Game.

LSU vs. Tennessee

Dec. 1, 2007 – Georgia Dome (Atlanta, Ga.) – SEC Championship Game

Postgame Notes

Team Notes

LSU's game captains were 16 Craig Steltz, 18 Jacob Hester and 72 Glenn Dorsey.

Tennessee won the toss and elected to receive the opening kickoff. LSU received the ball to open the in the second half.

Tigers extending their consecutive starts streak today were: CB Chevis Jackson (39), LB Ali Highsmith (27), LT Ciron Black (26), CB Jonathan Zenon (26), LG Herman Johnson (23) and DT Glenn Dorsey (21).

DT Ricky Jean-Francois started today's game, his first game action of the season after being reinstated after serving a year-long suspension.

LSU has scored on its first possession of the second half in 11 of 13 games this season. Six of those nine scores have been touchdowns.

LSU's 475 points this season (including the 21 points today) tied the school record for point in a season. The 2003 team also tallied 475 points set.

LSU's fake punt for a first down with 12:03 left in the fourth quarter on a nine-yard pass from Patrick Fisher to Quinn Johnson was the first by the Tigers since Sept. 10, 2005 at Arizona State when Chris Jackson converted a first down on a 12-yard pass to Ronnie Prude. Fisher's toss was also the first completion by an LSU punter since Jackson.

The Tigers tallied their first defensive touchdown of the season when Jonathan Zenon picked off an Erik Ainge pass and took it 18 yards for a score with 9:54 left in the fourth quarter.

It marked the first interception for a TD by LSU since Zenon recorded one in a 41-yard return versus Arizona on Sept. 9, 2006.

LSU claimed its 10th Southeastern Conference Championship with the victory and its first since the 2003 season. The Tigers other league titles came in 1935, '36, '58, '61, '62, '70, '86, '88 and 2001.

The Tigers improved to 3-1 in SEC Championship Games and 6-1 all-time in the Georgia Dome.

LSU advanced to a BCS bowl game for the fourth time in program history. The Tigers' other BCS appearances came in 2001, '03 and '07.

The Tigers became the first SEC team to reach BCS bowls in consecutive seasons since Florida did so in 2001 (Sugar) and 2002 (Orange).

QB Ryan Perrilloux became the third LSU player in school history to be named SEC Championship Game MVP. Matt Mauck (2001) and Justin Vincent (2003) were the Tigers' other MVPs.

LSU recorded its fourth fourth-quarter comeback of the season. It was the ninth time during the Les Miles era the Tigers came from behind in the last period to win a contest.

The Tigers improved to 6-1 versus Top 25 teams with the victory.

Individual Notes

TE Keith Zinger's 27-yard reception in the first quarter was a career-high for the senior.

PK Colt David kicked a 30-yard FG with 8:29 left in the first quarter and 30-yard FG with 3:07 left in the first quarter. The successful kicks were his 36th and 37th of his career and the 24th and 25th of the season. With his first quarter FGs, David moved into a third-place tie on LSU's career made field goal list.

David's successful field goals in the first quarter extended his streak to 10 straight field goals made. His streak was snapped on a miss late in the second quarter on a 30-yard attempt.

David's extra point in today's game was the 67th consecutive PAT made by the junior, the fourth longest streak in LSU history.

With first quarter tackles, S Craig Steltz, CB Chevis Jackson, CB Jonathan Zenon extended their streaks to 23 straight games with a tackle and DT Glenn Dorsey extended his streak to 29 straight. With a third quarter tackle, LB Ali Highsmith extended his streak to 39 straight games.

QB Ryan Perrilloux tossed his eighth passing touchdown of both the season and his career with a 27-yard strike to WR Demetrius Byrd with 11:52 left in the third quarter.

WR Demetrius Byrd pulled down his seventh touchdown reception of both the season and his career with a 27-yard catch from QB Ryan Perrilloux with 11:52 left in the third quarter.

CB Jonathan Zenon's interception for a touchdown with 9:54 remaining in the fourth quarter was the senior's third of the season and ninth of his career.

LB Darry Beckwith picked off his first pass of the season and second of his career late in the fourth quarter. Beckwith's other interception came at Tennessee last season.

RB Jacob Hester eclipsed the 1,000-yard mark for the season on his game-clinching 20-yard run late in the fourth quarter. The senior finished the game with 120 yards and now has 1,017 for the season.


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