LSU and the University of Louisiana-Lafayette (commonly known as USL or ULL) will meet for the 22nd time on Saturday and the Tigers have never lost to the Ragin’ Cajuns in 21 previous meetings.
This will only be the third time the two teams have met on the gridiron since 1938 and the Tigers won the last meeting in 2006, 45-3.
LSU has posted a shutout in 16 of the 21 meetings and the Ragin’ Cajuns have scored only 22 points combined in the 21 contests, while LSU has scored 957 points.
The Tigers enter Saturday’s tilt ranked No. 7 in the USA Today/Coaches’ Poll and No. 9 in the AP Poll. ULL is unranked.
LSU defeated Vanderbilt, 23-9, in the conference and home opener last Saturday to improve to 2-0 on the season, while ULL defeated Kansas State, 17-15, to notch its fist win over a BCS conference opponent since beating Texas A&M in 1996.
Les Miles improved his record at LSU to 44-13 in five season and his career record as a head coach on the college level is 72-32.
The Tigers offense is currently ranked ninth in the Southeastern Conference in scoring (27 ppg) and rushing offense (164.5 ypg), eleventh in total offense (323.5 ypg), and tenth in passing offense (160 ypg).
Jordan Jefferson is 10th in the league in passing, averaging 155 yards a game. He’s completed 31-of-48 passes for 310 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions.
Jefferson’s 31 completions in the first two games are the most by an LSU quarterback since Rohan Davey completed 32 tosses in the first two contests of the 2002 season. Jefferson has thrown 94 straight passes without an interception dating back to the Arkansas game last season. The school record is 137 passes without an interception set by Alan Risher in 1982.
Keiland Williams leads LSU’s ground attack with 123 yards on just 17 carries and he’s scored both of the Tigers rushing touchdowns. Williams’ 7.2 yards a carry is second to only Russell Shepard’s nine yards a carry. Shepard has rushed three times for 27 yards and has one reception for six yards and a fumble.
Charles Scott has 101 yards on the ground on 25 carries for second on the team, and Jefferson is third with 52 yards.
LSU’s two big-play receivers are Brandon LaFell (11-72-1 TD) and Terrance Toliver (7-138-2 TDs). LaFell has at last one reception in 30 consecutive games which is the longest in the SEC and the fifth-longest current streak in the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision.
R.J. Jackson is third in receiving with six catches for 55 yards and all six came against Vanderbilt. Prior to last week, the senior wide out had just one career catch.
Defensively, John Chavis’ unit is ranked seventh in the conference in scoring defense (16 ppg), tenth in total defense (344 ypg), ninth in rushing defense (139.5 ypg), and eleventh in pass defense (204.5 ypg).
Leading LSU in tackles are the three linebackers – Harry Coleman (17), Perry Riley (12) and Kelvin Sheppard (11).
Rahim Alem is fourth with 10 tackles and he leads LSU with two sacks on the year. He is one of four Tigers that have registered quarterback sacks as Drake Nevis, Chancey Aghayere and Lavar Edwards each have one.
The Tigers are plus-one in turnover margin as they’ve lost two fumbles, but picked off two passes and recovered a fumble at Washington.
LSU is fourth in the conference in converting third downs (14-27; 51.9%), but last in opponents converting on third down (15-34: 44.1%).
The Tigers have scored only three touchdowns in eight trips into the red zone, and the defense has allowed three touchdowns in six red zone opportunities.
Rickey Bustle is in his eighth year as head coach at ULL and he sports s 34-50 record.
The Ragin’ Cajuns are 2-0 for the first time since 1990. Bustle has started off 0-2 in six of his previous seven seasons at ULL.
ULL’s offense averages 29.5 points a game, 155 rushing yards a game, 255 yards passing, and 410 total yards.
The offense is led by sophomore quarterback Chris Masson who has completed 38-of-60 passes for 468 yards with three touchdowns and one interception.
The Cajuns rushing attack is led by Undrea Sails with 192 yards and two scores on 39 carries in two games.
Marlin Miller (9-69) and Luke Aubrey (9-65-2 TDs) lead the team in receptions, but Louis Lee is the playmaker with 103 yards on five grabs.
The Cajun defense has surrendered fewer than 20 points in each of the first two games, and it’s the first time in four years that the Cajuns have allowed fewer than 20 points in back-to-back games.
ULL gives up 155.5 yards rushing a game, 17 points a game, 223 passing yards a game, and 378.5 total yards of offense a contest.
Antwyn Zanders leads ULL with 24 tackles on the year.
Kickoff is set for 6 p.m. on ESPNU.