LSU/La Tech Pre-game Notes

LSU and Louisiana Tech meet at 6 p.m. on Saturday.

LSU steps out of conference play for the final time during the regular season on Saturday when the eighth-ranked Tigers host Louisiana Tech at 6 p.m. in Tiger Stadium.


LSU goes into the game ranked No. 8 in the latest BCS standings, No. 9 in the AP Top 25 and No. 11 in the USA Today Coaches Poll and the Harris Interactive Rankings.


The Tigers are 7-2 overall with its only losses coming at the hands of No. 1 Florida and No. 3 Alabama. Unranked Louisiana Tech stands at 3-6 overall.


Both teams go into the game coming off losses to top-five ranked opponents - LSU falling to No. 3 Alabama last week, 24-15, while Tech dropped a 45-35 decision to No. 5 Boise State on Friday night.


LSU and Louisiana Tech meet for the second time in three years and the third time this decade. LSU is 17-1 all-time against the Bulldogs, which includes a 58-10 win in the last meeting between the teams in 2007.


Tech's only win in the series came in 1904 when the Bulldogs posted a 6-0 win over the Tigers in Ruston. In 18 games vs. LSU, Tech has only scored 42 points as the Tigers have posted 12 shutouts against the Bulldogs.


This week's game against Louisiana Tech will serve as Homecoming for LSU. The Tigers are 56-25-3 all-time in Homecoming games, which includes an eight-game winning streak. LSU's hasn't dropped a Homecoming game since a 13-10 defeat to UAB in 2000.


LSU brings the nation's longest non-conference winning streak into the Tech game as the Tigers have won 22 straight games against non-SEC opponents. The Tigers haven’t dropped a non-conference contest since falling to Iowa, 30-25, in the Capital One bowl during the 2004 season.


LSU has also won 24 consecutive games over teams from Louisiana. The last time LSU lost to a team from Louisiana came in 1982 when the Green Wave beat the Tigers, 31-28, in Tiger Stadium.


LSU coach Les Miles will go after his 50th win as head coach of the Tigers on Saturday vs. Louisiana Tech. Miles is 49-13 overall as head coach at LSU.


Les Miles is 22-0 in non-conference games with the Tigers outscoring their opponents 798-194 in those games.


LSU goes into the Tech game averaging 25.1 points and 317.1 total yards (136.3 rushing, 180.8 passing) per game.


LSU is No. 3 in the SEC in third-down conversions at 41.2 percent (47 of 114).


Jordan Jefferson, who suffered a sprained ankle against Alabama and is questionable for Saturday, has performed well in the first nine games of the season as he's connected on 133-of-210 passes for 1,535 yards, 12 TDs and just five interceptions. He has also added 159 rushing yards.


If Jefferson can’t go then Jarrett Lee will start under center for LSU. Lee has played in six games and has completed 9-of-18 passes for 92 yards with a touchdown and an interception.


The Tigers will be without their leading rusher in Charles Scott (broken clavicle) who will miss the remainder of the regular season. Scott, who ranks sixth all-time in school history with 2,317 rushing yards, was injured against Alabama.


In Scott’s absence, expect Stevan Ridley (10-81-2) and Keiland Williams (44-212-2) to get the bulk of the carries. Russell Shepard will also get some action at running back and he is the second leading rusher on the team with 224 yards and two touchdowns on 31 carries.


LSU's Brandon LaFell and Terrance Toliver have combined for more receptions (83) than any other wide receiver tandem in the SEC. Toliver leads the Tigers with 42 catches for 527 yards and 3 TDs, while LaFell has 41 receptions for 506 yards and 8 TDs.


The Tigers are among the best in the SEC in defense, allowing only 13.4 points and 310.7 total yards (121.2 rushing, 189.4 passing) per game.


LSU is third in the SEC and 10th in the nation in scoring defense at 13.4 points per game. The Tigers are allowing just 7.0 points in its five home games this year.


LSU has only allowed 13 first half points in its last five games (Florida 10, Alabama 3).


LSU has forced 17 turnovers this year and the Tigers are tied with Arkansas for first in the SEC and tied for ninth in the nation in turnover margin at +9 (1.0 per game)


The Tigers have intercepted at least one pass in 11 straight games, it's the longest streak for the Tigers since having an interception in 19 consecutive games from the Tulane game in 1983 to the Ole Miss game in 1985.

Kelvin Sheppard (78 tackles, 7.5 TFL), Perry Riley (63 tackles, 3.0 TFL) and Harry Coleman (55 tackles, 2 sacks) lead the Tigers in tackles.


Kelvin Sheppard ranks No. 3 in the SEC in tackles with 8.7 per game (78 total).


Drake Nevis and Rahim Alem are tied for the team lead in sacks with three apiece.


Patrick Peterson leads the SEC in passes defended with 11 (9 PBUs, 2 interceptions).


Louisiana Tech’s offense averages 27.9 points a game and 365 total yards (173.6 rushing and 191. 4 passing).


Ross Jenkins leads Tech’s passing game as he’s completed 133-of-225 passes for 1,581 yards with 12 TDs and 5 INTs.


Daniel Porter is the Bulldogs’ best running threat with 732 yards and 8 TDs on 148 carries.


Porter enters this week’s game at No. 9 LSU with an opportunity to become only the third player in Louisiana Tech history to record 3,000 rushing yards. Only Jason Cooper (3,342 yds, 1991-94) and Ryan Moats (3,112 yds, 2002-04) have achieved such a feat while wearing a Tech jersey. Porter enters the game with 2,952 career rushing yards, only 48 rushing yards shy of the 3,000 mark.


Leading Tech’s receiving corps is Dennis Morris (27-435-7), Phillip Livas (20-205-0) and R.P. Stuart (17-249-1 TD).


Phillip Livas is one of the country’s top return guys, averaging 29.2 yards on punts and 24.8 on kickoffs. He’s returned one punt and one kickoff for a touchdown this year.


Defensively, Tech yields 26.1 points and 387.7 yards a game (178.9 rushing and 208.8 passing).


The Bulldogs’ leading tackler is Adrien Cole with 64 stops followed by Tank Calais and Antonio Baker with 55 and 51, respectively.


Antonio Baker enters this week’s game with 343 career tackles to his credit, a mark that ranks him third in the nation among active players.


D’Anthony Smith leads Tech with 2.5 sacks and 4.5 tackles for loss.


Deon Young has a team-leading three interceptions.


Kickoff is set for 6 p.m. on ESPNU.

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