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With a 2-0 record, LSU travels to take on Mississippi State in its first Southeastern

Conference game of the year at 6 p.m. CT Saturday. The game will be televised on ESPN.

  • The Tigers are coming off of a 45-10 victory over Chattanooga on Saturday night in Tiger

Stadium.

  • With the win, LSU extended its streak of nonconference victories at home to 48. LSU has not lost at home since 2000. It also marked the 90th win a home opener inside Tiger Stadium.
  • The LSU offense combined to rush for 222 yards. It marked the 12th-straight game in which an LSU player has rushed for more than 100 yards against a non-conference opponent.
  • LSU's offense totaled 454 yards with 10 Tigers combining to rush for 222 yards.
  • LSU's defense limited the Mocs to 242 total yards and with 68 coming on the ground.
  • RB Derrius Guice totaled 102 yards on the ground with two touchdowns on 15 carries.

Guice became the 16th player in school history to surpass 2,000 career rushing yards.

  • QB Danny Etling was 8-for-14 for 227 yard and one touchdown. Etling completed five passes of

20 or more yards, including a long of 48 yards.

  • WR DJ Chark had three catches for a career-high 103 yards. Chark surpassed the 100-yard mark for the first time in his career. The senior also returned his first punt for a touchdown in just his fifth career return.
  • LB Devin White led the Tigers in tackles for a second-straight week after totaling nine against

Chattanooga. LB Donnie Alexander finished second with eight tackles to tie his career high.

  • Freshmen Andraez "Greedy" Williams and Kary Vincent Jr. each ended the night with an interception. Williams was the second of the season and it was the first of Vincent's career.

271

Number of attempts needed by Derrius Guice to reach 2,000 career rushing yards. The fewest by any player in school history.

20

The number of true freshman who have played so far this (10 offense, 10 defense). The 20 true freshmen are the most in the nation.

3

The number of times since 1937 LSU has gone through the first two games of a season without a turnover. LSU is one of 11 teams in the nation in 2017 without a turnover.

1     

LSU has allowed only one touchdown this year. Dating back to last year, LSU has given up just one touchdown in its last 12 quarters of football.

178        

Number of offensive plays LSU has run since its last turnover. LSU threw an interception on its final play of the first half against Louisville in the 2016 Citrus Bowl.

218        

The number rushing attempts by LSU since it last lost a fumble. The last time LSU lost a fumble on a

rushing attempt came in the second quarter against Florida in 2016.

LSU Travels for SEC Opener

? LSU is 51-28-5 all-time in Southeastern Conference opening games, winning nine of the last 10 overall.

? LSU has opened SEC play with the Bulldogs 14 times and is 12-1-1 all-time.

Guice Surpasses 2,000 Career Yards, Nearing Top-10 List

? RB Derrius Guice surpassed the 2,000 career rushing yard 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 271 attempts, 32 fewer than Fournette’s 302. Guice is 170 yards away from moving into the top-10 of LSU's career rushing yard list.

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

8.         2,317           Charles Scott (43 games)                         2006-09

9.         2,238           Rondell Mealey (46 games)                     1996-99

10.       2,217           Garry James (42 games)                          1982-85

16.       2,047           Derrius Guice (26 games)                        2015-present

True Freshmen Continue to Play Big Roles at LSU

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

? Against BYU, seventeen 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 freshman 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.

Thirteen First-Time Starters So Far in 2017

? Thirteen Tigers have earned starts for the first time so far this season: Garrett Brumfield, 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, LB Tyler Taylor, Nickel Kary Vincent Jr., CB Andraez Williams and LB Devin W White.

? LSU's six true freshmen starters in 2017 are tied for the second highest since the 2005 season. 
? 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 Tolliver (CB, 2015), Trey Quinn (WR, 2014), Jalen Mills, (CB, 2012) and Jessie Daniels, Nickle, 2003).

Most True Freshmen Starters by Year Since 2005     

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

2017        6 (K'Lavon Chaisson, Saahdiq Charles, Grant Delpit, Ed Ingram, Tyler Taylor, Kary       Vincent Jr.)

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)

#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.      Miam                44

T4.      Alabama          44

6.         Ohio State        42

7.         Florida State    40

T8.      Georgia             38

T8       Clemson           38

10.       Michigan          35

Chark Returns TD, Sets Career High

? Senior WR DJ Chark returned a punt 65 yards for a touchdown against Chattanooga for his first career special teams touchdown.

? The punt return was the first since DB Tre'Davious White returned a 60-yard punt against Jacksonville State on Sept. 10, 2016.

? Chark also totaled three catches for a career-high 103 yards. The Alexandria, Louisiana native surpassed 100 receiving yards for the first time in his career.

Offense, Defense Winning Turnover Battle

? The LSU offense is just one of 11 teams without a turnover this season and one of eight teams without a turnover in two games.

? The defense has given LSU a +3 turnover margin with interceptions by Andraez "Greedy" Williams and true freshman Kary Vincent Jr. Williams has two interceptions through the first two games and Vincent Jr. intercepted his first ball against Chattanooga on a one-handed catch.

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.

Etling is Tigers' Starting Quarterback

? 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 owns 24 career starts (12 at LSU, 12 at Purdue)

? Etling is 9-3 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 and Chattanooga.

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

? With 48 consecutive wins over non-conference opponents at home in Tiger Stadium, the LSU football team can lay claim to having the longest among current teams and the fifth-longest ever in college football.

? The last loss at home to a non-SEC opponent came in 2000 against UAB, but since 2001 LSU has gone unblemished when playing in front of their home fans. The only other team to have a longer streak in the modern era was Miami from 1985-94 with 48, putting LSU within striking distance just two away.

? Here’s a look at the longest non-conference home winning streaks:

            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-Present          48

            Miami (FL)         1985-1994              48

Dominant Defense Shuts Out 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 BYU offense's average start was its own 19-yard line. 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 now allow its FBS opponent to cross midfield.  The following are the times a defense has not allowed its opponent to cross midfield: BYU vs LSU (Saturday); FIU vs Louisville (2013); UMASS vs Uconn (2012); New Mexico St vs Ohio St (2009); Washington St vs USC (2008).

Brumfield Named SEC Offensive Lineman of the Week after BYU Performance

?? Junior Garrett Brumfield was named the SEC Offensive Lineman of the Week after his performance in the season opener against BYU.

?? Brumfield played 70 offensive snaps at left guard, leading the Tigers with 12 knockdown blocks in the win over the Cougars.

?? It marked Brumfield's first honor and the first individual award for the Tigers in 2017.

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                 Game moved from Oct. 3 to Dec. 5                         Hurricane Hilda

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Neutral Site Season Openers

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Since 2010, LSU has played five of seven season openers at a neutral site and the Tigers own a 4-1 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 Matheiu 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 to Play in 2017 as LSU Graduate

? During the 2017 season, six Tigers are going to take the field as LSU graduates. The group owns more than 150 games of experience.

Name                           Major                                      Graduation Date         Games Played

Danny Etling                Mass Communication            Summer 2017              11

Frank Herron                Interdisciplinary Studies        Summer 2017              26

Christian LaCouture   Sport Administration             Summer 2016              37

K.J. Malone                  Interdisciplinary Studies        Spring 2017                  29

Jonathan Rucker          Interdisciplinary Studies        Spring 2017                  16

Corey Thompson         Sport Administration             Spring 2016                  33

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

? LSU is riding a streak of 12 consecutive non-conference games with a 100-yard rusher. LSU is 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 came in a 52-0 win over Louisiana-Monroe on September 13, 2014.

? The following is a look at LSU’s current 10-game 100-yard rushing in non-conference games:

Date                   Player (Yards)                                         Opponent

Sept. 27, 2014    Leonard Fournette (122 yards, 2 TDs)  Def. New Mexico State, 63-7

Dec. 30, 2014     Leonard Fournette (143 yards, 2 TDs)  Lost Notre Dame, 31-28 (Music City)

Sept. 26, 2015    Leonard Fournette (244 yards, 2 TDs)  Def. Syracuse, 34-24

Oct. 3, 2015       Leonard Fournette (233 yards, 3 TDs)  Def. Eastern Michigan, 44-22

Oct. 24, 2015     Leonard Fournette (150 yards, 1 TD)    Def. Western Kentucky, 48-20

Dec. 29, 2015     Leonard Fournette (212 yards, 4 TDs)  Def. Texas Tech, 56-27 (Texas Bowl)

Sept. 3, 2016      Leonard Fournette (138 yards)              Lost Wisconsin, 16-14

Sept. 10, 2016    Derrius Guice (155 yards, 1 TD)            Def. Jacksonville State, 34-13

Oct. 5, 2016       Derrius Guice (162 yards, 2 TDs)          Def. Southern Miss, 45-10

Dec. 31, 2016     Derrius Guice (138 yards, 1 TD)            Def. Louisville, 29-9 (Citrus Bowl)

Sept. 2, 2017      Derrius Guice (122 yards, 2 TDs)          Def. BYU, 27-0

Sept. 9, 2017      Derrius Guice (102 yards, 2 TDs)          Def. Chattanooga, 45-10

Orgeron Begins New Tradition with Two No. 18’s

? 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 Joins Elite SEC Company With Two 250-Yard Rushing Games in 2016

? With a pair of 250-yard rushing games in 2016, RB Derrius Guice joined elite SEC company as he along with Moe Williams of Kentucky are the only two players in league history to have two 250-yard rushing games in the same season. Williams did it in 1995 with 299 yards vs. South Carolina and 272 vs. Cincinnati.

? Guice had 252 yards vs. Arkansas in week 9 and then followed that with a record-setting day of 285 yards vs. Texas A&M in week 11.

? Guice joins Williams are joined by Auburn’s Bo Jackson and Georgia’s Herschel Walker as the only four players in SEC history with two 250-yard games to their credit in a career.

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 to Start Season

? 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 Siiberian-Bengal male Tiger and was donated to LSU from a sanctuary in Okeechobee, Fla., 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 that season                                                   (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       (1-0)

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 60 of 63 games and owns a .952 winning percentage.

School                           Games       Wins            Losses        Streak

LSU                              64               61                 3                 W4

Arkansas                      66               57                 9                 L1

Georgia                         66               58                 8                 W2

Alabama                      66               55                 11               W35

Auburn                         66               54                 12               L1

Tennessee                     66               54                 11               W8

South Carolina             65               53                 12               W1

Florida                          64               49                 15               L2

Ole Miss                       66               50                 16               W5

Kentucky                      66               49                 17               W5

Mississippi State          66               47                 19               W3

Texas A&M                  22               21                 1                 W1

Missouri                       21               17                 4                 W1

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 99 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                    116-19       10             5                4                 9

LSU                            100-32       10             2                1                 7

Georgia                       95-39         10             0                0                 5

Florida                        91-41         9               1                1                 5

Missouri                     86-47         7               0                0                 5

Auburn                       83-49         8               2                1                 4

South Carolina           80-51         8               0                0                 4

Texas A&M                78-53         9               0                0                 3

Mississippi State        75-55         8               0                0                 2

Arkansas                    72-57         7               0                0                 2

Tennessee                   70-59         6               0                0                 2

Ole Miss                     68-60         6               0                0                 4

Kentucky                    56-71         5               0                0                 0

Vanderbilt                  55-72         5               0                0                 2

LSU Is 70-0 Under When Rushing For 100 Yards and Holding Opponents To Less Than 100 Yards

? In the last 156 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 117-16 when that happens.

? Hold the opponent to fewer than 100 yards and the Tigers are 71-5.

? 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 70-0.

? 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                   5-0

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

2017        2-0               -                     -                       2-0                   2-0

Totals      117-16         5-20               51-29               71-5                 70-0

True Freshmen Play Big Roles at LSU

? LSU recently has never shied away from playing true freshmen. In the last 12 years, a total of 145 true freshmen have seen action for LSU, including 17 just one week into 2017. Of the 145 true freshmen who have played, 50 have started at least once during their freshman season.

Aranda Returns as Nation’s Elite Coordinator

? LSU’s defense under coordinator Dave Aranda allowed the fewest touchdowns (16) and fewest touchdowns per game (1.3) in college football in 2016.

?The Tigers’ defense finished ranked No. 5 in points per game and No. 10 in total yards. In 2016, LSU held six of its 12 opponents to fewer than 300 total yards.

? LSU’s most dominant performance came against Louisville and the Heisman Trophy winner Lamar Jackson  in the bowl game. Aranda’s defense held Louisville to season lows for points and rushing yards as the Tigers recorded eight sacks, just one shy of tying the school record.

LSU Defense Has Allowed TDs on Consecutive Possessions Just Twice

?Under defensive coordinator Dave Aranda, LSU has allowed touchdowns on consecutive possessions just twice, against Mississippi State in week 3 and Texas A&M in week 13 of the 2016 season.

? In 169 possessions by the opponent, LSU’s defense has yielded just 17 TDs and 25 field goals under Aranda

The Aussie Punting Connection

? Since the 2011 season, LSU has had the unique connection of having an Australian native punter. Brad Wing, a native of Melbourne, was a 2011 first-team All-American and served as the Tigers’ punter in 2012 as well.

? Jamie Keehn took over punting duties in 2013 and finished his career with the fourth-best punting average for a career last year as a senior while being a permanent team captain and was named to the 2015 SEC Academic Honor Roll.

? Sophomore Josh Growden has been the Tigers' punter over the last two seasons. Growden was selected to the All-SEC Freshman team after averaging 41.4 yards on 57 punts.

Aranda’s LSU Defense Allowed Just 2 First Half Touchdowns In Final Five Games

? Dating back to the start of last year’s Alabama game, LSU’s defense, under the direction of Dave Aranda, limited opponents to only two touchdowns in the first half of the final five games of the season and thru week one of 2017

? Arkansas and Texas A&M were the only teams to score first half TDs against the Tigers over the final five games last year.

? In the first half of the last five games of the 2016 season, LSU allowed a total of 23 points (Alabama 0, Arkansas 7, Florida 3, Texas A&M 7, and Louisville 6). On the other hand, LSU’s offense racked up 64 points during that span.

This Day vs. Night Thing in Tiger Stadium

?The facts indicate that LSU plays better at night in Tiger Stadium than they do during the day. The numbers show that since 1960, LSU is 246-65-4 at night under the lights compared to a 34-26-3  mark in Tiger Stadium during the day.

? Since 2000, LSU is 104-17 overall at home, which includes a 80-10 mark at night in Tiger Stadium and a 24-7 record during the day.

? Prior to 2000, LSU had only won 10 games at home during the day in 32 tries.

? From 1960 to 1999, LSU posted a 10-19-3 (.359) record at home during the day. The following is a breakdown of LSU’s night record, day record and overall record in Tiger Stadium since 1960:

Decade               at Night          during the day       Overall

1960-69              47-9-2             2-2-1                      49-11-3

1970-79              51-12-1           1-2                          52-14-1 

1980-89              38-16-1           3-5-2                      41-21-3

1990-99              30-18              4-10                        34-28

2000-09              49-5                11-6                        60-11

2010-15              25-4                13-0                        38-4

2016-17              6-1                  0-1                          6-2        

Totals                 246-65-4         34-26-3                  280-91-7

Tiger Stadium Top Attendances

No.   Att.            Opponent                   Date                     Results

1.      102,321      Alabama                    Nov. 5, 2016        Lost, 10-0

         102,321      Florida                        Oct. 17, 2015       Won, 35-28

         102,321      Eastern Michigan       Oct. 3, 2015         Won, 44-22

         102,321      Auburn                       Sept. 19, 2015      Won, 45-21

         102,321      Alabama                    Nov. 8, 2014        Lost, 20-13 (OT)

         102,321      Ole Miss                     Oct. 25, 2014       Won, 10-7

         102,321      Mississippi State        Sept. 20, 2014      Lost, 34-29

8.      102,164      Southern Miss            Oct. 15, 2015       Won, 45-10

9.      102,071      Missouri                     Oct. 2, 2016         Won, 42-7

10     102,043      Florida                        Nov 19, 2016       Lost, 16-10

11.    101,987      New Mexico State      Sept. 27, 2014      Won, 63-7

12.    101,803      Texas A&M                Nov. 28, 2015      Won, 19-7

13.    101,720      Ole Miss                     Oct. 22, 2016       Won, 38-21

14.    101,699      Arkansas                    Nov. 14, 2015      Lost, 31-14

15.    101,581      Kentucky                    Oct. 18, 2014       Won, 41-3

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