2017 PREVIEW: #19 LSU at #1 Alabama

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Breakdown

LSU

Record                                 6-2, 3-1 SEC

Ranking                               #19 AP/#20 Coaches

Last Game                           Oct. 21 at Ole Miss

                                             Won, 40-24

Head Coach                        Ed Orgeron

Career Record                     28-31

LSU Record                         12-4

vs. Alabama                        0-4

LSU vs. Alabama                25-51-5

#1/1 Alabama

Record                                 8-0, 5-0 SEC

Ranking                               #1 AP/#1 Coaches

Last Game                           Oct. 21 vs. Tennessee

                                             Won, 45-7

Head Coach                        Nick Saban

Career Record                     218-61-1, 23rd Season

Alabama Record                 127-19, 11th season

vs. LSU                                8-3

* LSU travels to Tuscaloosa to face Alabama in a matchup of Top-20 teams.

* The Tigers have beaten two Top-25 teams already this season – No. 21/20 Florida and No. 10/11 Auburn.

* Both teams are coming off of a bye week following key SEC wins.

* The Tigers have out-gained their opponents on offense in seven of eight games this season.

*LSU’s defense has limited opponents to only seven touchdowns in the first half of the last 13     

   games, going back to the start of the 2016 Alabama game.

* QB Danny Etling needs 376 yards to enter LSU’s top-10 career passing yards list.

* RB Derrius Guice owns 2,534 rushing yards for his career which moves him into seventh on LSU’s career rushing list.

* LB Arden Key owns 20.5 sacks and moved into fourth place on LSU’s career sack rankings. He needs one sack to move into third place.

* RB Derrius Guice became the first player in SEC history to rush for 250-plus yards in three games over a career, finishing with 276 yards at Ole Miss.

* RB Darrel Williams became the first player in LSU history to record more than 100 yards rushing (103) and receiving (105) in the same game, doing it against Ole Miss.

* LSU’s defense grabbed three interceptions against Ole Miss, the first time since 2015 the Tigers had recorded three interceptions. The picks were made by Grant Delpit, John Battle and Kevin Toliver II.

* PK Connor Culp was 4-for-4 on field goal attempts and 4-for-4 on extra points against Ole Miss. The last time LSU had four field goals in a game was Sept. 15, 2011 at Mississippi State. Culp now owns a streak of seven straight field goals made.

By the Numbers

80

The number of tackles for Devin White this season through eight games. White’s average of 10.0 tackles per game leads the Southeastern Conference.

55

LSU goes into Saturday’s game ranked for the 55th time in 58 games in November dating back to the 2002 season.

20

Get to 20 points and LSU is more than likely going to win, at least that’s according to recent history as the Tigers are 21-1 over the past three years when scoring at least 20 points in a game.

LSU vs. No. 1 Ranked Teams

* LSU goes into the Alabama game with an all-time record of 2-12-1 against the No. 1 ranked team in the nation.

* LSU’s two wins over the No. 1 ranked team came in 1997 when the Tigers beat Florida, 28-21, in Tiger Stadium and on January 7, 2008 in a 38-24 victory over Ohio State in the BCS National Championship Game.

* Saturday will mark the sixth time LSU will face a No. 1-ranked Alabama team. Last year, top-ranked Alabama scored 10 fourth quarter points to break open a scoreless game and escaped Baton Rouge with a 10-0 victory.

* Alabama was also No. 1 in the nation in games against LSU in 1979 (lost, 3-0); 2008 (lost, 27-21 in OT); 2012 (lost, 21-17), and 2013 (lost, 38-17).

Alabama Game Makes It Five Straight Top 25 Opponents in November for LSU

* When LSU lines up against No. 1 Alabama on Saturday, it will mark the fifth straight Top 25 November opponent for the Tigers.

* All four of LSU’s November opponents in 2016 were ranked in the Top 25 and the Tigers went 2-2 in those games.

* Last year in November, LSU lost to No. 1 Alabama, 10-0; beat No. 25 Arkansas, 38-10; lost to No. 21 Florida, 16-10; and defeated No. 22 Texas A&M, 54-39. LSU was ranked in the Top 25 for all four of those November games last year.

LSU To Face A Former Head Coach For 14th Time; Tigers Are 5-8 Against Former Coaches

* When the Tigers line up against Alabama and Nick Saban on Saturday, it will mark the 14th time in LSU football history that a former LSU head coach will be on the opposing sidelines as head coach of the other team. LSU is 5-8 in those games.

* The only two coaches it has occurred against were Paul Dietzel in 1966 and 1973 when he was head coach at South Carolina and Saban in the last 11 years.

* LSU is 3-8 vs. Saban, winning 41-34 in Tuscaloosa in 2007, 24-21 in Baton Rouge in 2010, and 9-6 in overtime in 2011.

* LSU won both games against Dietzel, beating South Carolina, 28-12, in Tiger Stadium to open the 1966 season and followed by a 33-29 win over the Gamecocks in Columbia in 1973.

* Dietzel coached at LSU for seven years before leaving the Tigers for Army after the 1961 season. Dietzel coached at Army for four years before joining South Carolina in 1966. Dietzel’s first game as head coach of the Gamecocks came against LSU. Ironically, it was Dietzel, still serving as the Tiger head coach, suggesting to then LSU AD Jim Corbett in 1959 that LSU schedule a four-game series with South Carolina with games being played in 1960-61 and 1965-66. The 1966 game became an immediate sellout once it was announced the Dietzel was joining South Carolina as its head coach. 

LSU Goes Into November Game In Top 25 For 55th Time in 58 Games Dating Back To 2002

* LSU brings a Top 25 ranking into a game in November for the 55th time in 58 tries, a streak that dates back to November of 2002.

* Starting with the Bluegrass Miracle win over Kentucky on November 9 when LSU was ranked No. 16 in the nation, the Tigers have played 54 of their 57 games in November in the Top 25.

* The Alabama contest on November 4 will make it 55 for 58 as a ranked opponent for the Tigers.

* LSU is 41-16 in November games since the 2002 season, which includes a 39-15 in games in which they were ranked.

* The only three games LSU played in November going back to 2002 unranked came in 2008 at Arkansas (L, 31-30); 2014 at Texas A&M (W, 23-17) and 2015 vs. Texas A&M (W, 19-7).

Guice, Etling Only LSU Tandem with Multiple 200-Yard Passing/Rushing In Same Game

* Derrius Guice rushed for 276 yards and Danny Etling threw for 200 yards against Ole Miss to become the first tandem in school history to have multiple 200-yards rushing/passing games in school history.

* Guice and Etling have combined to do it twice – the first time was actually a 300-yard passing/200-yard rushing effort against Texas A&M in 2016.

* Here’s a look at LSU’s all-time list of games where the quarterback passed for 200 yards and a running back gained at least 200 yards on the ground:

Year         Quarterback (Yards)                                         Running Back (Yards)    Opponent       Results

2017         Danny Etling (200) Derrius Guice (276)          at Ole Miss         W, 40-24

2016         Danny Etling (324) Derrius Guice (285)          at Texas A&M   W, 54-39

2016         Danny Etling (204) Leonard Fournette (284)  Ole Miss             W, 38-21

2015         Brandon Harris (261)                                       Leonard Fournette (212)            vs. Texas Tech            W, 56-27

1998         Herb Tyler (214)      Kevin Faulk (201)            Alabama            L, 22-16

Guice and Williams Only Pair To Rush For 100+ Yards in Same Game Twice Against SEC Foes

* Against Ole Miss, Derrius Guice (276 yards) and Darrel Williams (103 yards) became the first pair of running backs to rush for 100+ yards in the same game against SEC opponents twice.

* The same-game 100+ yard rushing performance has been done 31 times in LSU history, however Guice and Williams are the only ones to do it twice against SEC teams.

* Last year, the duo accomplished the feat for the first time against Missouri (Guice 163 yards, Williams 130 yards).

* The following is a look at LSU’s all-time list of rushing tandems that have accounted for 100+ yards in the same game twice in a career:

Year                                     Running Back Duo (Yards)      Opponent       Results

2017                                     Derrius Guice (276), Darrel Williams (103)     at Ole Miss      W, 40-24

2016                                     Derrius Guice (163), Darrel Williams (130)     Missouri          W, 42-7

2013                                     Jeremy Hill (143), Terrence Magee (108)         Furman           W, 48-16

2013                                     Jeremy Hill (117), Terrence Magee (108)         Kent State       W, 45-13

1997                                     Kevin Faulk (212), Rondell Mealey (131)        at Kentucky    W, 63-28

1996                                     Kevin Faulk (246), Rondell Mealey (161)        Houston          W, 35-34

1984                                     Dalton Hilliard (166), Garry James (122)        Wichita State  W, 47-7

1982                                     Dalton Hilliard (183), Garry James (116)        Florida State   W, 55-21

1982                                     Dalton Hilliard (133), Garry James (128)       Oregon State  W, 45-7

Williams Becomes First Player with 100+ Rushing/Receiving Yards

* RB Darrel Williams became the first player in LSU history to finish with 100+ rushing and receiving yards. Williams totaled 103 yards on the ground and 105 yards receiving against Ole Miss.

* Williams is the 19th FBS player in the last five years to go for over 100 yards in both categories and the first in the Southeastern Conference since at least 2013.

Guice Becomes First Player in SEC History with Three 250-Yard Rushing Games

* With a 276-yard performance against Ole Miss, RB Derrius Guice became the first player in Southeastern Conference history to have three 250-yard rushing games.

* Last season, Guice totaled 250-yard rushing games against Arkansas and at Texas A&M. He became the third player in the league’s history to rush for multiple 250-yard rushing games, joining Moe Williams of Kentucky, Bo Jackson of Auburn and Herschel Walker of Georgia.

* Guice is one of seven players in the nation to own three or more 250-yard rushing games for their career.

Tigers Haul in Eight Weekly Honors

* Following eight weeks of the season, the Tigers have earned a combined six Southeastern Conference and two national award weekly honors.

* OL Garrett Brumfield was the named the SEC Offensive Lineman of the Week following the season opener against BYU.

* LB Devin White took home SEC Defensive Player of the Week honors after totaling 13 tackles against Florida.

* White and WR DJ Chark earned SEC Defensive Player and Offensive Player of the Week honors following the win over Auburn. White finished with a career-high 15 tackles and Chark finished with 250 all-purpose yards, including a 75-yard punt return for a touchdown.

* White was also named the Chuck Bednarik National Player of the Week following the win over Auburn.

* RB Derrius Guice was named SEC Offensive Player of the Week and Maxwell Football National Player of the Week following his 276-yard rushing game at Ole Miss.

* PK Connor Culp was also named the SEC Specialist of the Week after going 4-for-4 on field goals, including a career-long 48 yard FG at Ole Miss.

White is SEC Leader in Tackles

* True sophomore linebacker Devin White leads the Tigers in tackles after eight games this season and has been the team’s leading tackler in six games.

* White’s 80 tackles and average of 10.0 this season leads the Southeastern Conference.

* The Springhill, Louisiana native has set or tied his career high in tackles in six of eight games this season.

* White was named the Southeastern Conference Defensive Player of the Week following his 13-tackle performance at Florida.

Culp Delivers as Tigers’ Placekicker

* PK Connor Culp is 8-for-9 on field goals and 13-for-13 on PATs this season.

* Culp has made all six of his field goals during the Tigers’ current three-game win streak.

* Culp is on a streak of seven straight made field goals.

* With a perfect 4/4 night on the road at Ole Miss, Culp became the fourth LSU player since 1971 to be perfect on four or more attempts.

Date                                                       Placekicker                Opponent                 

October 21, 2017                                   Connor Culp             at Ole Miss

September 15, 2011                               Drew Alleman          at Mississippi St.

November 28, 2009/September 18, 2010                              Josh Jasper    vs. Arkansas/vs. Mississippi St. (5 FG’s)

October 10, 1987                                   David Browndyke    at Georgia

Etling Surpasses 3,000 Career Passing Yards

* When senior Danny Etling took the first snap against BYU, he became the most veteran LSU quarterback in terms of collegiate starts since Herb Tyler in 1998.

* Etling is 13-5 as LSU’s starting quarterback.

 The LSU graduate has guided the Tigers to wins over Jacksonville State, Missouri, Southern Miss, Ole Miss, Arkansas, Texas A&M, Louisville in the Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl, BYU, Chattanooga, Syracuse, Florida and Auburn.

* The LSU graduate surpassed 1,000 yards for the season against the Gators and 3,000 yards for his career in Baton Rouge. Etling is just 376 yards from entering LSU’s top-10 career passing yards list.

* Etling owns 30 career starts (18 at LSU, 12 at Purdue). His 18 consecutive starts at LSU are the fifth-most by a quarterback since 1986.

39              Herb Tyler                          10 in 1998, 12 in 1997, 12 in 1996, 3 in 1995

26              Tommy Hodson                 11 in 1989, 12 in 1988, 3 in 1987

25              Zach Mettenberger            13 in 2012, 12 in 2013

20              Tommy Hodson                 12 in 1986, 8 in 1987

18              Danny Etling                     10 in 2016, 8 in 2017

Defense Second in League in Sacks

* The LSU defense has combined for 26 sacks through eight games at second in the league. 

* NT Greg Gilmore and DE Christian LaCouture lead the squad with 4.5 sacks this season. LB Corey Thompson is second on the team with 4.0 sacks.

Twenty Is Magic Number for LSU

* Get to 20 points and LSU is more than likely going to win, at least that’s according to recent history as the Tigers are 21-1 over the past three years when scoring at least 20 points in a game.

* Dating back to 2015, the only game that LSU has lost when scoring at least 20 points came against Troy this year when the Trojans posted a 24-21 win over the Tigers. LSU was 8-0 in 2015, 8-0 in 2016 and 5-1 this year when scoring at least 20 points.

LSU Receivers Involved In Both Run and Pass Game

* A lot was made of LSU wide receivers not catching a pass in the win over Ole Miss on October 21.

* While LSU wide outs may not have caught a pass, they were still targeted three times (LSU only attempted 13 passes) and two receivers – Russell Gage and Derrick Dillon – both rushed the ball in the victory. Gage had two carries for eight yards, while Dillon had a 6-yard run.

* Through eight games, LSU wide receivers have accounted for 94 touches (53 receptions, 41 rushes). Over the same 8-game span last year, LSU receivers had 80 touches (73 receptions, 7 rushes).

* Russell Gage leads the group with 33 touches (20 rushes, 13 receptions) for 347 yards and three scores, while DJ Chark has 31 touches to his credit (22 receptions, 9 rushes) for 595 yards and a score.

LSU Tight Ends/F-Backs Thriving In New Offense

* LSU tight ends/F-backs have each week become more involved the passing game for the Tigers as they have combined to catch 26 passes for 267 yards and five touchdowns.

* Junior Foster Moreau leads the way with 14 catches for 180 yards and three scores, including a career-best 60-yard TD reception against Ole Miss. Foster leads the Tigers in TD receptions (3) and he’s third on the team in receptions (14) and receiving yards (180).

* Senior JD Moore has caught six passes for 51 yards and a TD, while freshman Tory Carter has three catches for 14 yards and a score.

Greedy Leads Team In Interceptions

* Redshirt freshman Andraez “Greedy” Williams is the Tigers’ starting cornerback opposite of junior Kevin Toliver II

* Greedy has intercepted three passes this season and has totaled 10 passes defended, which are is second in the league.

* Greedy’s interceptions came against BYU, Chattanooga and the first play of the game against Syracuse.

Aranda’s LSU Defense Flexes in Fourth Quarter

* LSU’s defense has held strong in the fourth quarter of its last three games against No. 21 Florida, No. 10 Auburn and Ole Miss.

* Aranda’s defense did not allow a point against the Gators or Tigers and gave up just eight points against the Rebels. The defense has limited the teams to a total of 142 yards and eight first downs in the final 15 minutes of the three games.

True Freshmen Continue to Play Big Roles at LSU

* So far this season, 20 true freshmen have played for the Tigers, which is tied for the most in the nation after eight weeks of the season.

* Against BYU, 17 true freshmen saw action for the most by an LSU team in a season opener since at least 1995.

* LSU tied Georgia and Miami for the most true freshmen to play in a season opener in the nation. The following is a list of teams that played double-digit true freshmen in its season opener: LSU (17), Georgia (17), Miami (17), Arizona (12), Illinois (12), Baylor (11), USC (11), Colorado State (10), Duke (10), Florida (10, Michigan (10) and Virginia (10).

* The following is a list of true freshmen who have played this season: QB Myles Brennan, TE/F Tory Carter, LB K’Lavon Chaisson, RG Saahdiq Charles, OG Austin Deculus, FS Grant Delpit, RB Clyde Edwards-Helaire, DE Neil Farrell Jr., S Todd Harris Jr., OG Ed Ingram, WR Justin Jefferson, CB Jontre Kirklin, WR Racey McMath, WR Mannie Netherly, LB Jacob Phillips, LB Patrick Queen, WR JaCoby Stevens, LB Tyler Taylor, DE Justin Thomas, CB Kary Vincent Jr.

Twenty-One First-Time Starters So Far in 2017

* Twenty-one Tigers have earned starts for the first time so far this season: DE Ed Alexander, RB Nick Brossette, OG Garrett Brumfield, TE/F Tory Carter, RG Saahdiq Charles, LB K’Lavon Chaisson, WR Drake Davis, S Grant Delpit, WR Derrick Dillon, OL Ed Ingram, DE Rashard Lawrence, DE Glen Logan, OL Adrian Magee, S Eric Monroe, TE Jamal Pettigrew, WR JaCoby Stevens, WR Stephen Sullivan, LB Tyler Taylor, Nickel Kary Vincent Jr., CB Andraez Williams and LB Devin White.

* LSU’s eight true freshmen starters in 2017 are the most since at least 2005

* The four true freshmen (Charles, Chaisson, Taylor and Delpit) who started the season opener matched the total number between 2000-16.

* The four true freshmen starters were the most in the nation to start the 2017 season: 4 LSU (1 offense, 3 defense), 3 Arizona (0 offense, 3 defense), 3 Baylor (1 offense, 2 defense), 3 Illinois (0 offense, 3 defense).

* With Charles’ start against BYU, he became the first true freshman to start a season opener on the offensive line since at least World War II.

* The following have started a season opener since 2000: Charles (RG, 2017), Chaisson (LB, 2017), Delpit (S, 2017), Taylor (LB, 2017), Kevin Toliver (CB, 2015), Trey Quinn (WR, 2014), Jalen Mills (CB, 2012) and Jessie Daniels (Nickel, 2003).

Most True Freshmen Starters by Year Since 2005   

2017            8 (Tory Carter, K’Lavon Chaisson, Saahdiq Charles, Grant Delpit, Ed Ingram,       JaCoby Stevens, Tyler Taylor, Kary Vincent Jr.)

2015:           7 (Arden Key, Donte Jackson, Foster Moreau, Bry’Kiethon Mouton, Maea Teuhema, Kevin Toliver II, Toby Weathersby)

2014:           6 (Jamal Adams, Malachi Dupre, Leonard Fournette, Davon Godchaux, Brandon Harris, Trey Quinn)

2012:           6 (Kwon Alexander, Vadal Alexander, Reid Ferguson, Jeremy Hill, Lamar Louis, Jalen Mills)

2013:           5 (Rickey Jefferson, Anthony Jennings, Ethan Pocic, Rashard Robinson, Tre’Davious White)

2006:           4 (Jacob Cutrera, Richard Dickson, Charles Scott, Keiland Williams)

2010:           3 (Alfred Blue, Tyrann Mathieu, Eric Reid)

2011:           2 (Odell Beckham Jr., Jarvis Landry)

2007:           2 (Drake Nevis, Terrence Toliver)

2008:           2 (Jordan Jefferson, Patrick Peterson)

2009:           2 (Dominique Allen, Rueben Randle)

2016            1 (Dee Anderson)

Guice Surpasses 2,000 Career Yards, Moves Into Top-10 List

* RB Derrius Guice surpassed the 2,000 career rushing-yards mark in LSU’s win over Chattanooga. The Baton Rouge native became the 16th player in LSU history to rush for 2,000 or more yards in a career.

* Guice passed Leonard Fournette as the most efficient rusher to surpass 2,000 yards as he needed only 271 attempts, 32 fewer than Fournette’s 302.

* Guice moved into the top-10 of LSU’s career rushing yard list after a 71-yard performance on the ground against Auburn.

* A year ago, Guice became the fastest player to reach 1,000 yards.

Career

1.                  4,557               Kevin Faulk (41 games)             1995-98

2.                  4,050               Dalton Hilliard (44 games)        1982-85

3.                  4,035               Charles Alexander (44 games)  1975-78

4.                  3,830               Leonard Fournette (32 games)   2014-16

5.                  2,860               Harvey Williams (40 games)     1986-90

6.                  2,576               Joseph Addai (51 games)           2001-05

7.                  2,534               Derrius Guice (31 games)           2015-present

8.                  2,517               Terry Robiskie (42 games)          1973-76

9.                  2,317               Charles Scott (43 games)            2006-09

10.                2,238               Rondell Mealey (46 games)        1996-99

Chark Joins Kevin Faulk As Only Players In LSU History With 75+-Yard TDs Three Ways

* WR DJ Chark finished with 233 all-purpose yards to lead LSU to a top-10 win over Auburn. Chark finished with a career-high 150 yards on five receptions. Three of Chark’s receptions converted first down for the Tigers.

* With LSU down 23-14 on the second play of the fourth quarter, Chark took Aidan Marshall’s punt to the house on a 75-yard return to spark LSU’s comeback win. Chark became the first LSU player since Odell Beckham Jr. (2012) to return two punts for a touchdown in a single season.

* Chark joins former Tiger All-American Kevin Faulk as the only players in LSU history to score on plays of 75 yards or longer three different ways. Chark has done it rushing, receiving and on a punt return, while Faulk did it rushing, and on both kickoff and punt returns.

* Chark is the only player in school history to score on a rush and reception of 75 yards or more.

* The following is a look at the 75-yards or longer scoring plays that link the players in LSU football history:

DJ Chark 

Scoring Play                                         Opponent (Year)

79-yard rush                                        Texas Tech (2015 Texas Bowl)

80-yard reception from Danny Etling          Southern Miss (2016)

75-yard punt return                            Auburn (2017)

Kevin Faulk

81-yard rush                                        Idaho (1998)

80-yard rush                                        Houston (1996)

88-yard kickoff return                         at Notre Dame (1998)

78-yard punt return                            Houston (1996)

Louisiana’s Own Takes the Field as Head Coach of the Tigers

* Coach Orgeron became the first Louisiana native to take the field as the head coach of the Tigers in a season-opener since 1983 when West Monroe native Jerry Stovall coached the Tigers. Stovall and the Tigers lost to Florida State, 40-35, to open the 1983 season.

* Prior to Stovall, the last time LSU was coached by a Louisiana native came from 1948-54 when Homer native Gaynell Tinsley was coach of the Tigers.

* Orgeron, Stovall and Tinsley are the only Louisiana natives to serve as head coach of the Tigers in the SEC era.

#NFLSU – 50 Tigers Lead Nation with Most Players on NFL Rosters

* LSU can lay claim as #NFLU with 50 players on NFL opening day rosters for 2017.

* The Tigers are the only team in the nation to reach the 50-player mark.

* Below is a list of the schools with the most players on NFL Rosters:

1.                                          LSU        50

T2.                                        USC       45

T2.                                        Florida   45

T4.                                        Miami    44

T4.                                        Alabama            44

LSU Set Fifth-Longest Non-Conference Home Winning Streak Of All-Time

* With 49 consecutive wins over non-conference opponents at home in Tiger Stadium from 2001-2017, the LSU football team laid claim to the fifth-longest non-conference home winning streak of all-time and the longest in the modern era.

* LSU’s streak came to an end following a 24-21 loss to Troy.

            Team                      Years                     Non-Conference Home Win Streak

1.         Harvard                 1890-1895             55

2.         Carlisle                   1901-1915             54

3.         Yale                        1886-1895             50

4.         Wisconsin               1897-1909             50

5.         LSU                        2001-2017             49

LSU Had a 100-Yard Rusher In 12 Straight Non-Conference Games

* LSU’s streak of 12 consecutive non-conference games with a 100-yard rusher came to an end against Syracuse after RB Darrel Williams fell eight yards short of the century mark. LSU was 10-2 in those games with the setbacks coming in last year’s season-opener against Wisconsin at Lambeau Field and the 2014 Music City Bowl against Notre Dame.

* The last time LSU failed to have a 100-yard rusher in a non-SEC game, prior to the game against Syracuse, came in a 52-0 win over Louisiana-Monroe on September 13, 2014.

Weather Impacted Games for LSU Football

* LSU played a weather-impacted game for the fourth time in three years against BYU. Following the devastating rain from Hurricane Harvey in Houston, the season opener was moved to New Orleans and the Mercedes Benz Superdome.

* Last year, LSU’s game against Florida was relocated to Baton Rouge and moved to Nov. 19 following Hurricane Matthew. In 2015, LSU’s home opener against McNeese State was canceled due to a nearly four-hour lightning delay. Then, in week five, horrific flooding in the state of South Caroline forced LSU to host the Gamecocks in Tiger Stadium.

*The following is a look at some other notable weather-impacted LSU games through the years:

Date                  Game                Impact                                                         Weather Issue

Dec. 5, 1964     Florida              Moved from Oct. 3 to Dec. 5                      Hurricane Hilda

Sept. 10, 2005 Arizona State   Moved from Baton Rouge to Tempe, Ariz.           Hurricane Katrina

Sept. 26, 2005 Tennessee         Moved from Saturday to Monday             Hurricane Rita

Oct. 29, 2005    North Texas     Moved from Sept. 3                                    Hurricane Katrina

Aug. 30, 2008 Appalachian State Moved from 4 p.m. to 10 a.m. CT       Hurricane Gustav

Nov. 15, 2008 Troy                  Moved from Sept. 6 (common open date) Hurricane Gustav

Sept. 5, 2015    McNeese          Canceled due to nearly 4-hour lightning delay    Lightning

Oct. 10, 2015    South Carolina                                                                     Moved from Columbia, S.C. to Baton Rouge               Flooding

Nov. 19, 2016  Florida              Moved from Gainesville to Baton Rouge   Hurricane Matthew

Sept. 2, 2017    BYU                  Moved from Houston to New Orleans     Hurricane Harvey

Neutral Site Season Openers

* Since 2010, LSU has played six of eight season openers at a neutral site and the Tigers own a 5-1 record in those games.

Year         Opponent                                       Score               Top Moment

2010         #18 North Carolina (Atlanta, Ga.)                       W, 30-24         Russell Shepard 50-yd TD Run

2011         #3 Oregon (Arlington, Texas)       W, 40-27         Tyrann Mathieu Strip and TD

2013         #20 TCU (Arlington, Texas)         W, 37-27         Odell Beckham Jr. 75-yd KO Return

2014         #14 Wisconsin (Houston, Texas)  W, 28-24         Overcame a 21-point defect

2016         Wisconsin (Green Bay, Wisc.)       L, 16-14

2017         BYU (New Orleans, La.)               W, 27-0           Defense allowed -5 rushing yards

Corey Thompson Is the Elder Statesman on Tiger Defense

* Graduate student Corey Thompson enters his sixth season with the Tigers in 2017 after getting an additional year of eligibility from the NCAA due to missing 2014 and 2016 with injuries.

* Thompson played as a true freshman in 2012, appearing in 13 games and recording 11 tackles. That year, Thompson played alongside nine defensive players who are currently in the NFL.

* This season, Thompson will play alongside some LSU true freshmen who were in eighth grade when Thompson saw his first action as an LSU Tiger in 2012.

* Thompson graduated from LSU in December of 2015 with a degree in sports administration. At the time of Thompson’s college graduation, members of LSU’s 2017 freshman class were only sophomores in high school.

Six Play in 2017 as LSU Graduate

* During the 2017 season, six Tigers haven taken the field as LSU graduates.

Name                          Major                               Graduation Date     Games Played

Danny Etling              Mass Communication    Spring 2017             19

Frank Herron             Interdisciplinary Studies                                 Summer 2017            28

Christian LaCouture  Sport Administration     Summer 2016          45

K.J. Malone                 Interdisciplinary Studies                                 Spring 2017   35

Jonathan Rucker        Interdisciplinary Studies                                 Spring 2017   25

Corey Thompson       Sport Administration     Winter 2015             41

Orgeron Begins New Tradition with Two No. 18s

* Senior defensive lineman Christian LaCouture was awarded the prestigious No. 18 during the spring after electing to return to Baton Rouge for a fifth season.

* LaCouture began a new tradition of two No. 18s as senior John David Moore was selected to wear the number on the offensive side. It marked the first time since the tradition began in 2003 that two players have worn the number.

* The prestigious No. 18 began when, in 2003, quarterback Matt Mauck guided LSU to its first national championship since 1958. His number became synonymous with success – both on and off the field – as well as a selfless attitude that has become the epitome of being an LSU football player.

* Here is a look at the previous players to wear No. 18:

Years                                    Player                 Position

2003             Matt Mauck                               QB

2004-07        Jacob Hester                              RB

2008-09        Richard Dickson                       TE

2010             Richard Murphy                       RB

2011             Brandon Taylor                         S

2012             Bennie Logan                            DT

2013             Lamin Barrow                           LB

2014             Terrence Magee                         RB

2015-16        Tre’Davious White                    CB

Guice Breaks Single-Game Rushing Mark, Becomes First LSU Player With Two 250-Plus Yard Rushing Games in Same Season

* In the regular season finale against Texas A&M, running back Derrius Guice broke Leonard Fournette’s LSU single-game rushing record by a yard with 285 and four touchdowns in LSU’s 54-39 win over the Aggies.

* Guice carried the ball 37 times in the victory and out-rushed the entire Texas A&M unit by himself as he became the first LSU player in program history to have two games of 250 yards or more when coupled with his 252 against Arkansas just two weeks prior.

* In SEC history, he is only the fourth player ever to do so joining the likes of Herschel Walker, Bo Jackson and Moe Williams. 

LSU is DBU

* With two first team All-America defensive backs in 2016, LSU can easily back up its claim as being “DBU”. With the addition of Tre’Davious White and Jamal Adams, LSU has now produced 10 first team All-American defensive backs since 2003.

* Overall, LSU claims 14 first team All-America defensive backs, including three-time selection Tommy Casanova (1969, 1970, 1971) and two-time pick Corey Webster (2003, 2004).

* In terms of the NFL, since 2007 LSU has had more defensive backs selected in the NFL Draft (17) than any other team in the nation. Of LSU’s 17 NFL Draft picks since 2007, six have been first round picks and five came in either the second or third round.

LSU Welcomes Mike VII in 2017

* LSU introduced the former Harvey as Mike VII on the first day of the fall semester, August 21, after a 10-month search for a new tiger.

* Mike VII is a Siberian-Bengal male tiger and was donated to LSU from a sanctuary in Okeechobee, Florida, called “Wild at Heart Wildlife Center.”

* Mikes IV, V and VI were also donated to LSU from rescue facilities. LSU has not purchased a tiger since Mike III in 1958, and LSU does not support the for-profit breeding of tigers.

* Here’s a look at notable moments during the reign of each of the previous Mike’s in LSU history:

Mascot           Years                Notable Moments (Football Record)

Mike I            1936-56            Purchased for $750, was the longest living mascot at 20 years (115-83-14)

Mike II           1956-58            The shortest reign with two tigers being used those seasons (8-12)

Mike III          1958-76            First football national title and three SEC titles during reign, (142-50-7)

Mike IV         1976-90            Two SEC championships (141-63-6 )

Mike V           1990-2007        Football national title, five baseball national championships(120-72-1)

Mike VI         2007-2016        Football national title, baseball national title (92-30)

Mike VII        2017-present    (6-2)

Non-Conference Regular Season Success since 2000

* LSU leads the Southeastern Conference in wins against non-conference opponents during the regular season since 2000.

* LSU has won 62 of 66 games and owns a .939 winning percentage.

School                                  Games    Wins    Losses  Streak

LSU                                      66           62        4          L1

Arkansas                             68           58        10        W1

Georgia                                67           59        8          W3

Alabama                              67           56        11        W36

Auburn                                67           55        12        W1

Tennessee                            67           55        12        W9

South Carolina                    66           54        12        W2

Ole Miss                               67           50        17        L1

Kentucky                             67           50        17        W6

Florida                                 64           49        15        L2

Mississippi State                  67           48        19        W4

Vanderbilt                           67           43        24        W5

Missouri                               23           18        5          W1

Texas A&M                         23           22        1          W2

LSU: One of Conference’s Elite Teams Over Last 10 Seasons

* Over the last 10 seasons, LSU has been one of the Southeastern Conference’s top teams with 104 wins. The program is just one of three teams with bowl appearances in all 10 seasons.

* LSU is one of four teams to win an SEC Championship and one of four to win a national championship in that span.

                                                            SEC     National         AP

School                                  Record   Bowls  Champ            Champ.           Top 25

Alabama                              122-19    10        5          4          9

LSU                                      104-34    10        2          1          7

Georgia                                100-39    10        0          0          5

Florida                                 94-43      9          1          1          5

Auburn                                88-50      8          2          1          4

Missouri                               87-51      7          0          0          5

South Carolina                    83-53      8          0          0          4

Texas A&M                         82-54      9          0          0          3

Mississippi State                  78-57      8          0          0          2

Arkansas                             73-61      7          0          0          2

Tennessee                            71-63      6          0          0          2

Ole Miss                               69-64      6          0          0          4

Kentucky                             59-73      5          0          0          0

Vanderbilt                           56-76      5          0          0          2

LSU Is 71-0 When Rushing For 100 Yards and Holding Opponents To Less Than 100 Yards

* In the last 160 games, LSU’s success is easy to predict when it comes to net rushing yards. Get to 100 yards rushing and LSU will more than likely win as the Tigers are 121-18 when that happens.

* Hold the opponent to fewer than 100 yards and the Tigers are 72-5.

* An even more telling stat is that when LSU rushes for 100-plus yards and holds the opponents to fewer than 100 yards, the Tigers are 71-0.

* The following is a look at LSU’s rushing numbers and have the Tigers have fared in those games:

Year                  LSU 100+                  LSU 100-                   Opp 100+         Opp 100-        LSU 100+/Opp 100-

2005                  10-0           1-2           3-1           8-1             7-0

2006                  10-0           1-2           5-0           6-2             6-0

2007                  11-2           1-0           3-2           9-0             8-0

2008                  8-3             0-2           2-5           6-0             6-0

2009                  8-0             1-4           7-4           2-0             2-0

2010                  11-2           0-0           7-1           5-0             5-0

2011                  13-0           0-1           4-1           8-0             9-0

2012                  9-1             1-2           4-2           6-1             6-0

2013                  10-1           0-2           6-3           4-0             4-0

2014                  8-3             0-2           4-4           4-1             4-0

2015                  8-1             0-2           3-3           6-0             6-0

2016                  8-3             0-1           3-3           5-0             5-0

2017                  6-2             –               3-2           3-0             3-0

Totals                121-18       5-20         54-31       72-5           71-0

Week One – vs. BYU

* The LSU defense allowed just 97 total yards in the season opener and -5 yards on the ground. The 97 yards were the fewest since limiting ULM to 93 in 2014. The rushing yards were the fewest allowed since Ole Miss had -50 yards on Oct. 3, 1982.

* The LSU defense did not allow BYU to cross the 50-yard line. LSU became the fifth FBS team in the last 10 seasons to not allow its FBS opponent to cross midfield.

* Junior Garrett Brumfield was named the SEC Offensive Lineman of the Week. Brumfield played 70 offensive snaps at left guard and led the Tigers with 12 knockdowns.

* Seven players caught a pass and ran the ball against the Cougars. It marked the second time in school history that has happened with the other time coming in 1977 against Mississippi State.

* The LSU offense combined for 296 yards on the ground to extend its streak to 11 straight non-conference games with 100 rushing yards or more.

Week Two – vs. Chattanooga

* RB Derrius Guice surpassed the 2,000-yard career rushing mark in the win. He became the 16th player in LSU history to rush for 2,000 yards or more. The junior passed Leonard Fournette as the most efficient rusher to surpass 2,000 yards as he needed 271 attempts, 32 fewer than Fournette’s 302.

* LSU did not turn the ball over through the first two games of the year. It marked the third time in school history LSU went through the first two games of the season without a turnover.

* WR DJ Chark returned a punt 65 yards for a touchdown against Chattanooga for his first career special teams touchdown. Chark also set a career high with 103 receiving yards for his first 100-yard receiving game.

* LSU extended its streak of non-conference wins at home to 48.

Week Three – at Mississippi State

* LSU did not fumble the ball against the Bulldogs. The Tigers extended their streak to 276 straight rushing attempts without losing the ball.

* OG Ed Ingram, S Grant Delpit and CB Kary Vincent Jr. started for LSU in the conference opener. It marked the most true freshmen starters in a conference opener since at least 1986.

Week Four – vs. Syracuse

* Senior RB Darrel Williams became the 47th player in LSU football history to reach 1,000 career rushing yards.

* LSU extended its streak to 49 straight home non-conference wins for the fifth-most in college football history and most in the modern era.

* CB Andraez “Greedy” Williams intercepted Syracuse QB Eric Dungey on the first offensive play of the game.

* On LSU’s first offensive play following the interception, RB Derrius Guice scored a rushing touchdown from a yard out. The score just 0:09 in the game marked the quickest LSU score since October 12, 1985 when Norman Johnson scored on an interception 0:08 into the game.

* It also marked the first time LSU has scored on its first possession of the game since Jordan Jefferson ran for an 73-yard touchdown against Tennessee in 2010.

Week Five – vs. Troy

* TE Foster Moreau caught two touchdowns against the Trojans. Moreau became the first tight end since Richard Dickson in the 2008 BCS National Championship game to catch two touchdowns in a single game.

* QB Myles Brennan threw his first career touchdown pass in the game.

Week Six – at Florida

* The one-point win against the Gators marked the closest margin in series history with the previous lowest being three.

* LSU extended its streak to 62 straight games when leading by at least 14 points at any point in a game.

* LB Devin White was named the SEC Defensive Player of the Week after a fourth straight game with double-digit tackles.

* With OL Toby Weathersby out, LSU played three true freshmen on the offensive line during a time in the game: Saahdiq Charles, Austin Deculus and Ed Ingram.

* WR Russell Gage led the Tigers in rushing with 52 yards and a touchdown.

* QB Danny Etling surpassed 3,000 passing yards for his LSU career against the Gators.

* Ed Orgeron moved to 4-0 following a loss as the head coach of the Tigers.

Week Seven – vs. Auburn

* LSU overcame a 20-0 deficit to complete the largest comeback at home against a Southeastern Conference team in school history.

* WR DJ Chark totaled 233 all-purpose yards. Chark returned his second career punt return for a touchdown in the fourth quarter for 75 yards to spark the Tiger Stadium crowd. Chark also finished with a career-high 150 receiving yards on five receptions.

* LB Devin White extended his streak of double-digit tackle games to five and the Tigers’ leading tackler in six games. He was named the SEC Defensive Player of the Week and Chuck Bednarik National Player of the Week.

* LSU did not allow a fourth quarter point against Auburn.

* LSU extended its winning streak over Auburn in Baton Rouge to nine straight games.

Week Eight – at Ole Miss

* RB Derrius Guice became the first player in SEC history to rush for more than 250 yards in three games in a career when he totaled 276 yards on the ground against the Rebels. Guice was named the SEC Offensive Player of the Week.

* RB Darrel Williams finished with 110 yards receiving and 103 yards rushing to become the first player in LSU history to total 100 yards receiving and rushing in a game.

* Guice (276 yards) and Williams (103 yards) became the first pair of running backs to rush for 100+ yards in the same game against SEC opponents twice.

* S Grant Delpit recorded a career-high nine tackles, including eight solo tackles. He also notched one tackle for loss, his first career interception and one pass breakup.

* PK Connor Culp was a  perfect 4-for-4 on field goals, including a career long 48 yards. Culp was named the SEC Specialist of the Week.

(Press Release Provided by LSU Athletics)

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