After a season-opening 31-23 win over Washington, the Tigers stayed put in the polls as they are No. 9 in the Coaches’ Poll and No. 11 in the AP Poll. Vanderbilt is unranked after last week’s 45-0 victory over FCS opponent Western Carolina.
The last time LSU and Vanderbilt met was in 2005 – Miles’ first season at LSU – and the Tigers won 34-6.
The last time Vanderbilt defeated LSU was in 1990, 24-21. LSU receiver Todd Kinchen caught what appeared to be the game-winning touchdown on a Hail Mary pass, but he was flagged for offensive pass interference and the game ended.
LSU holds a 20-7-1 record in the series and Vanderbilt has won only twice in 13 trips to Tiger Stadium.
Les Miles brings a 43-11 record at LSU into the Vandy contest and is 26-3 against unranked opponents during his time in Baton Rouge. Bobby Johnson is in his eighth year at Vanderbilt and he holds a 28-56 record with the Commodores.
Les Miles is 2-2 in conference openers with LSU, losing at home to Tennessee in 2005 and at Auburn in 2006. Vanderbilt is 5-20 in its last 25 conference openers, but is 2-2 in the last four.
Over the past six years, LSU has posted a 65-16 record, which is best in the SEC. The 65 victories are also good for fourth in the country, trailing USC (72), Boise State (69) and Oklahoma (66).
Offensively, LSU is led by sophomore quarterback Jordan Jefferson, who is the youngest starting quarterback in the SEC and was the youngest Tiger signal caller to start a season opener since Y.A. Tittle started under center in 1945. Jefferson completed 11-of-19 passes for 172 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions against the Huskies, and added 42 yards on eight rushes.
LSU’s ground game was led by Charles Scott with 52 yards on 12 carries, followed by Keiland Williams with 51 yards on seven totes.
Terrance Toliver is the leading receiver with four catches for 112 yards and two touchdowns with Brandon LaFell checking in next with four grabs for 34 yards and a score.
The Tigers are currently 10th in the league in scoring (31 points) and total offense (321 yards), and 9th in passing (172 yards) and rushing (149 yards).
Defensively, sophomore cornerback Patrick Peterson leads the team in tackles (9), passes broken up (2), and he’s also recovered a fumble.
Harry Coleman logged seven tackles in his first start at Sam linebacker, while Perry Riley recorded six stops from the Will linebacker spot.
LSU’s lone sack against Washington was credited to Drake Nevis, who also recorded four tackles and batted down a pass at the line of scrimmage.
The Tiger defense is last in the league in total yards and passing yards surrendered at 478 and 321, respectively, along with third down conversions by an opponent (11-19) and first downs allowed (25).
LSU’s run defense is ranked 11th in the conference in rushing yards allowed (157) and is 10th in points allowed (23).
The Tigers are a plus-one in the turnover column as they intercepted a pass and returned it for a touchdown, and also recovered a fumble. Charles Scott committed the only turnover when he fumbled at the Washington 19 yard line.
Vanderbilt’s shutout of Western Carolina was the first time the Commodores have held an opponent scoreless since 1999.
The Commodores amassed 620 total yards against the Catamounts with 433 by way of the ground which was the most rushing yards since 1978. Their 433 yards was second in the country in week one and tops in the conference.
Vandy was led by a pair of true freshmen running backs last week in Zac Stacy (20-133-1 TD) and Warren Norman (18-105-2 TDs). Stacy’s 133 yards was the highest single-game total ever by a Vanderbilt true freshman.
Larry Smith got the start at quarterback and completed 10-of-18 passing for 153 yards with one touchdown. Mackenzi Adams also got into the game when Smith exited with cramps and a minor arm injury, and he completed 3 of 7 for 34 yards. Smith will start against the Tigers.
Vanderbilt’s tight end duo of Brandon Barden (3-38) and Austin Monahan (3-31) were the leading receivers last week, but Alex Washington (2-16) and Justin Green (1-46-1TD) are their big play guys.
Vandy allowed only 115 total yards last week with 74 through the air and 41 on the ground. That is good for second in the SEC after week one.
Backup defensive lineman T.J. Greenstone leads the Commodores in tackles with five and he also recorded one of the Commodores’ three sacks last week.
Vanderbilt forced four fumbles last week – recovered three – and picked off one pass.
Kickoff is set for 6 p.m. on ESPNU.