LSU/Florida Pre-game Notes

LSU returns to Tiger Stadium for the first time in three weeks on Saturday as the fourth-ranked Tigers host No. 1 ranked Florida in a prime time CBS telecast at 7 p.m.

LSU and Florida meet for 56th time with the Gators holding a 29-23-3 lead in the series.

 

Florida has a 15-13 advantage in games played in Tiger Stadium. This decade, Florida has won five of the nine meetings between the teams.

 

Saturday's game will mark the third straight prime time contest between the teams on CBS.

 

LSU's won two straight against the Gators in Baton Rouge.


Gameweek Links:
  • The Grind Continues
  • TSD Television: Richard Dickson
  • Q&A: UF Style
  • Q&A: LSU Style
  • Les Miles Wednesday Briefing
  • Confidence Builder
  • TSD Television: Charles Scott
  • Primetime Drama
  • Recruits Visiting for LSU/UF
  • TSD Television: Ciron Black
  • Miles Reflects on UGA
  • A Look Ahead: Florida
  • LSU, winners of six straight dating back to last season, is 5-0 overall and 3-0 in conference play following last week's 20-13 win over Georgia.

     

    Florida, the defending national champion, is coming off an open date and stands at 4-0 overall and 2-0 in league play.

     

    LSU is ranked No. 4 in the nation in all three major polls - AP, USA Today Coaches and Harris Interactive.

     

    LSU and Florida have combined to win the last three BCS National Championships - LSU in 2007 and Florida in 2006 and 2008.

     

    LSU and Florida bring the highest combined ranking for a game in Tiger Stadium since 1959 when No. 1 LSU hosted No. 3 Ole Miss. It also marks the second straight year that LSU will host the nation's No. 1 ranked team - last year No. 1 Alabama escaped Tiger Stadium by a 27-21 count in overtime.

     

    LSU is 2-8-1 all-time against teams ranked No. 1 in the AP Poll. One of those wins came against top-ranked Florida in Tiger Stadium in 1997.

     

    LSU goes into the Florida game having won 21 straight night games in Tiger Stadium. The streak goes to 32 straight in games played on a Saturday night in Tiger Stadium.

     

    LSU is 211-59-4 (.778) at night under the lights compared to a 21-25-3 (.459) mark in Tiger Stadium during the day.

     

    With its win over Georgia, LSU has now recorded 12 fourth quarter comebacks under Les Miles.

     

    LSU will retire Tommy Casanova's jersey (No. 37) on Saturday. Casanova remains the only three-time All-American in school history.

     

    LSU coach Les Miles is 1-2 vs. No. 1 ranked teams during his career as a head coach.

     

    Through five games, LSU is averaging 27.0 points per game and 321.6 total yards - 135.4 rushing, 186.2 passing.

     

    Jordan Jefferson has connected on 80-of-128 passes for 920 yards, seven touchdowns and just two interceptions. He is 6-1 as a starter.

     

    Charles Scott leads the Tigers rushing attack with 274 yards and a pair of TDs.

     

    Scott’s two rushing touchdowns puts him at 30 career rushing TDs. He needs one more TD to tie Terry Robiskie (1973-76) for fourth and 10 more to tie Charles Alexander (1975-78) for third place.

     

    Terrance Toliver leads the Tigers in receiving with 23 catches for 324 yards and two scores, while Brandon LaFell has 23 receptions for 282 yards and five TDs.

     

    With his 31 receiving yards at Georgia, Richard Dickson shattered the school record for career receiving yards by a tight end. Dickson, who owns 890 receiving yards, eclipsed David LaFleur's old mark of 881 yards set from 1993-96.

     

    Defensively, the Tigers are coming off another strong effort in the win over Georgia and are now allowing 14.8 points and 321.6 total yards - 116.8 rushing, 204.8 passing.

     

    Harry Coleman leads the Tiger defense with 34 tackles from his linebacker spot.

     

    Senior defensive end Rahim Alem has a team-leading two sacks, while his younger brother – Chad Jones – leads the Tigers with two interceptions.

     

    Florida has piled up 2,105 scrimmage yards (526.3 per game) over the first four games of the 2009 season, 14th in the nation and third among teams that have played four games. UF also boasts an average of 8.7 yards per touch (fifth in the nation) and tie for 10th nationally with 22 touchdowns from scrimmage.

     

    UF sports the country’s No 2 third-down conversion rate at 59.2 percent, converting 29 of 49 attempts (BYU, 60.0).

     

    Florida leads the nation with 25 runs of 10-plus yards on first down and also has a nation’s best 11-plus runs of 20 yards or more on first down.

     

    Florida head coach Urban Meyer still hasn’t named a starting quarterback out of Tim Tebow and John Brantley.

     

    Tim Tebow has a 26-5 (.839) record since taking the reins as starting quarterback at Florida.

     

    John Brantley has completed 22 of 30 passes for 232 yards and four touchdowns with no interceptions in 2009. His 182.3 passer rating this season is the best in the nation of any quarterback with at least 30 attempts.

     

    Jeff Demps leads the Gators with four rushing touchdowns, while Chris Rainey tops the team with 225 rushing yards.

     

    Overall, UF’s running backs have accounted for 843 yards and seven touchdowns on 96 carries (8.8 avg.) in 2009.

     

    Florida is led by Riley Cooper and Aaron Hernandez with 15 receptions and two touchdowns each. Cooper has tallied 242 yards and Hernandez 198.

     

    Defensively, Ahmad Black leads UF with 22 tackles from his strong safety spot.

     

    Defensive end Carlos Dunlap leads the Gators with two sacks, while Janoris Jenkins leads the club with two interceptions.

     

    Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. on Saturday.



    LSU Leaders
    Rushing Att Yds Avg TD Long
    Keiland Williams 38 187 4.9 2 16
    Charles Scott 62 274 3.3 2 33
    Jordan Jefferson 47 107 2.3 0 26
    Russell Shepard 17 106 6.2 0 18
    Passing Com Att Pct Yds TD INT
    Jodan Jefferson 80 128 62.5 920 7 2
    Receiving Rec Yds Avg TD Long
    Brandon LaFell 23 282 12.3 5 58
    Terrance Toliver 23 282 12.3 2 45
    Richard Dickson 11 95 8.6 0 12
    R.J. Jackson 7 95 13.6 0 40
    Punt Returns No Yds Avg TD Long
    Trindon Holliday 10 85 8.5 0 19
    Chad Jones 5 121 24.2 1 93
    Kick Returns No Yds Avg TD Long
    Trindon Holliday 9 232 25.8 0 49
    Kicking FG FG% Long Blk PAT
    Josh Jasper 8-9 88.9 52 0 13-13
    Punting No. Avg Long Blk
    Derek Helton 20 40.0 59 0
    Defense Tackles TFL Sacks PBU INT FF
    Harry Coleman 34 2.0 0.0 2 0 1
    Kelvin Sheppard 31 2.5 0.0 1 0 0
    Perry Riley 30 1.0 0.0 1 1 1
    Chad Jones 23 0.0 0.0 2 2 0
    Rahim Alem 16 4.5 2.0 2 0 1
    Patrick Peterson 18 1.0 0.0 6 1 0
    Florida Leaders
    Rushing Att Yds Avg TD Long
    Jon Demps 28 304 10.9 4 41
    Tim Tebow 55 271 4.9 5 30
    Chris Rainey 31 261 8.4 2 76
    Passing Com Att Pct Yds TD INT
    Tim Tebow 44 68 64.7 643 6 1
    John Brantley 22 30 73.3 232 4 0
    Receiving Rec Yds Avg TD Long
    Riley Cooper 15 242 16.1 2 68
    Aaron Hernandez 15 198 13.2 2 44
    Omarius Hines 7 98 14.0 0 25
    David Nelson 7 66 9.4 0 14
    Punt Returns No Yds Avg TD Long
    Brandon James 10 16 1.6 0 6
    Kick Returns No Yds Avg TD Long
    Brandon James 8 276 34.5 1 85
    Kicking FG FG% Long Blk PAT
    Caleb Sturgis 5-5 100.0 37 0 9-9
    Jonathan Phillips 0-1 0.0 0 0 14-15
    Punting No. Avg Long Blk
    Chas Henry 10 38.4 55 0
    Defense Tackles TFL Sacks PBU INT FF
    Ahmad Black 22 0.5 0.0 1 1 0
    Brandon Spikes 21 1.5 1.0 1 0 0
    Joe Haden 21 1.0 1.0 0 1 0
    Ryan Stamper 21 3.0 1.0 1 0 1
    Carlos Dunlap 9 3.0 2.0 2 0 0

     

     



    Tale of the Tape
    Conf (NCAA) Rank
    Category LSU UF LSU UF
    Record 5-0 4-0 -- --
    Conference 3-0 2-0 -- --
    Scoring Offense 27.00 45.00 10(62) 1(2)
    Total Offense 321.00 526.25 12(99) 1(3)
    Rushing Offense 135.40 307.50 10(66) 1(1)
    Passing Offense 186.20 218.75 9(86) 5(58)
    Scoring Defense 14.80 7.25 4(17) 1(2)
    Total Defense 321.60 212.75 7(40) 1(1)
    Pass Defense 198.75 120.00 10(48) 1(2)
    Rushing Defense 116.80 92.75 5(41) 2(17)
    Kickoff Return Average 19.80 34.50 12(93) 1(3)
    Punt Return Average 13.73 3.93 2(23) 10(105)
    Time of Possession 30:08 29:43 4(56) 6(64)
    3rd Down Conversion 28-66 29-49 4(43) 1(2)
    Opp. 3rd Down Conversion 36-86 18-64 12(83) 3(34)
    Turnover Margin +7 +2 2(8) 6(42)
    Net Punting 39.64 36.40 2(40) 5(55)
    Fumbles Recovered 3 2 8 10
    Passes Intercepted 8 6 1 4
    Fumbles Lost 2 5 1 10
    Turnovers Gained 11 8 3 6
    Turnovers Lost 4 6 2 5
    Passing Efficiency 140.49 173.93 6(41) 1(1)
    Pass Efficiency Defense 96.96 75.31 5(13) 1(1)
    Fewest Penalties 5.00 7.00 2(17) 9(70)
    Fewest Yards Penalized 43.60 52.50 2(24) 4(46)
    Sacks 1.00 1.75 12(101) 9(67)
    Tackles for Losses 5.00 5.75 11(82) 8(60)
    First Downs 18.60 25.75 10(82) 1(6)
    Red Zone Offense 14-18 19-21 10(80) 5(28)
    Red Zone Defense 10-14 5-7 3(19) 3(19)


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