LSU/Troy pre-game notes

The Troy Trojans (6-3, 4-1 Sun Belt) travel to Baton Rouge to take on the No. 20 ranked LSU Tigers (6-3, 3-3 SEC) Saturday at 7 p.m.

Coming off of a 27-21 overtime loss to Alabama last weekend, the Tigers welcome the Trojans in a game that was rescheduled from its original Sep. 6 date as a result of damages suffered from Hurricane Gustav.

 

This marks the final non-conference regular season game for the Tigers, as well as the university's homecoming weekend.

 

LSU is 55-25-3 all-time in Homecoming games, including a current winning streak of seven games.

 

The only other meeting between the teams came in 2004, when the Tigers hosted the Trojans for Homecoming, slipping away with a 24-20 win.

 

For the Trojans, it will be the fourth consecutive homecoming game this season, following games at North Texas, ULM and, last week against Western Kentucky, at home.

 

Troy has won four its last five games, while the Tigers have dropped three of their last five.

 

LSU goes into the contest having won 29 straight Saturday night games in Tiger Stadium, a streak that stretches back to the 2002 season.

 

The Tigers also moved their streak of scoring at least 21 points to 30 straight games, a school record.

 

Offensively, the Tigers are averaging 31.2 points and 400.2 yards a game, making LSU the only team to rank in the top four in the SEC in both passing and rushing yards.

 

The Tigers are led on the ground by junior Charles Scott, who ranks No. 3 in the SEC with 109.0 yards per game. Scott has totaled 981 yards and 13 touchdowns on 156 carries this season.

 

At quarterback, redshirt freshman Jarrett Lee continues to get the start for LSU.

 

Lee has struggled on the season, completing 119-of-223 passes for 1,608 yards, 13 touchdowns and 14 interceptions. Six of his interceptions have been returned for touchdowns.

 

Junior Brandon LaFell has been the Tigers biggest threat at wide receiver, pulling in 43 passes for 646 yards and six touchdowns.

 

Defensively, the Tigers are holding opponents to 24.2 points per game and 303.4 yards (109.3 rushing, 194.1 passing) per game.

 

Junior Harry Coleman leads the team with 52 total tackles, 29 of which were solo, while junior Rahim Alem has recorded six sacks for 48 yards on the season.

 

Senior Curtis Taylor and junior Chris Hawkins have each recorded a pair of the Tigers five interceptions.

 

The Trojans are allowing just 21.7 points per game on the season, while the offense has produced to the tune of 31.7 points per game.

 

Junior quarterback Levi Brown has filled in nicely for the Trojans, starting his fifth game on the season after starter Jami Hampton went down for the year with an injury.

 

Brown has completed 119-of-172 passes for 1,227 yards nine touchdowns and a pair of interceptions.

 

His favorite receiver, sophomore Jerrell Jernigan, has pulled down 54 receptions for 666 yards and five touchdowns.

 

Sophomore DuJuan Harris leads the ground attack for the Trojans, carrying the ball 131 times for 654 yards and seven touchdowns.

 

Troy's defense has remained on point this season, with eight different players recording interceptions on the year, and the team recording a total of 16.

 

Senior defensive back Sherrod Martin has picked off four passes and logged 44 solo tackles, both good for the most by any Trojan.

 

Junior linebacker Boris Lee leads the team in total stops with 71.


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