10 Things You Didn't Know About LSU

You may think you know everything there is to know about Ohio State's opponent. Think again. Here are 10 little-known facts about LSU as the No. 2 Tigers go into battle against the top-ranked Buckeyes in the BCS National Championship Game.

By now, you are probably reaching information overload on the BCS National Championship Game. Everything from which players are visiting Bourbon Street and which players aren't to what the coaches had last night for dinner has been parsed and analyzed.

But there still are a few things you may not know about Ohio State's opponent. So as a public service, here are some little-known LSU facts you can use to dazzle your friends at your tailgate or television watching party.

1. SCORING MACHINE

LSU heads into Monday night's game having scored 21 or more points in every contest so far this season. Never before have the Tigers gone the length of an entire season scoring at least 21 points in every game. The only other LSU team to score at least 20 points in each game over a single season was the 1969 squad that finished 9-1.

2. BALL CONTROL

When tailback Trindon Holliday fumbled in the third quarter of the SEC championship game Dec. 1 against Tennessee, it marked the first and only fumble for an LSU running back this season encompassing 402 carries. Of the Tigers' five primary running backs, Jacob Hester, Keiland Williams, Charles Scott, Richard Murphy and Holliday have lost only two fumbles in their combined careers over 596 carries.

3. LIVE LEG

Junior place kicker Colt David is LSU's version of Mike Nugent – he's their ace in the hole when they need points the most. David currently has a streak of 67 consecutive PATs made, and his 25 field goals and 139 points scored for the Tigers this season have established new school records. David even has gone Nooge one better – the LSU kicker ran for a 15-yard touchdown against South Carolina on a fake field goal that made everyone's season-ending highlight reel.

4. COMEBACK KIDS

If Ohio State is leading Monday night heading to the fourth quarter, hold onto your hats because LSU had made a habit of making fourth-quarter comebacks during the last two seasons. The Tigers have rallied from late deficits six times over the past two years, including four times this season alone. Over that span, LSU has wiped out deficits as large as 13 against Ole Miss last year and 10 against Florida this year.

5. LES HAS MORE

With 33 wins in his first 39 games, Les Miles has the most victories of any head coach in LSU history through his first 39 games. Bernie Moore (1935-47) is second with 31.

6. YOUNG FAMILY

6. Miles has four young children – Kathryn, Leslie Matthew, Benjamin and Macy Grace. The two older children have interesting nicknames. Kathryn is called "Smacker" while Leslie Matthew goes by "Manny." Smacker happens to be one of the top junior swimmers in the state of Louisiana.

7. QUICKEST OF THE QUICK

Holliday is billed by LSU as "college football's fastest player." According to the school's football media guide, Holiday holds the fastest recorded 100-meter time by a track/football player in history at 10.02 seconds.

8. SPREAD IT AROUND

Seventeen different players caught at least one pass for the Tigers this season. Ohio State had 16.

9. BAD MEMORIES

Playing the Buckeyes may bring back bad memories for LSU defensive backs coach Doug Mallory. In 1987, he was on the field for Michigan when Ohio State freshman tailback Carlos Snow scored on a 70-yard touchdown reception on the first play of the second half. Not only was Mallory on the field, but Snow juked him out of his shoes at about the 20-yard line on the play. The Buckeyes went on to engineer an emotional 23-20 victory over the Wolverines in Earle Bruce's final game as head coach.

10. LOSING RECORDS

LSU is 1-6-1 all-time against teams ranked No. 1 in The Associated Press poll. Their most recent contest against a top-ranked team, however, resulted in their only victory – 27-21 over Florida in Baton Rouge in 1997. Meanwhile, Miles is 6-8-1 all-time against Ohio State – 0-2 as a Michigan player, 6-5-1 as a U-M assistant and 0-1 as Oklahoma State head coach, a 33-7 loss to the Buckeyes in the 2004 Alamo Bowl.


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