LSU Game Notes vs. Georgia

– LSU has won 20 straight games played in Tiger Stadium during the month of October, a streak that dates back to 2009.
– The LSU-Georgia contest will be the highest-ranked matchup in Tiger Stadium since 2015 when No. 6 LSU beat No. 8 Florida, 35-28.
– LSU is 6-0 under Coach Orgeron in games following a loss. LSU hasn’t lost back-to-back games since dropping three straight in November of 2015.
– Georgia marks the fourth Top 25 opponent, three of which were Top 10 at the time of the game, for the Tigers this year. LSU is 2-1 vs. Top 25 foes this year.
– It’s only the third time in school history that LSU will face three Top 10 teams during the first seven games of the season. It also happened in 1951 and 1995.
– Ed Orgeron, who took over the Tigers four games into the 2016 season, is 20-7 as LSU’s head coach (6-2 in 2016; 9-4 in 2017, 5-0 in 2018). Over his last 35 games as a head coach, Orgeron has produced a 26-9 mark – a stretch the also includes a 6-2 record with Southern Cal in 2013.
– Coach O’s 20 wins in first 27 games, trails only Les Miles (23-4) and Bernie Moore (22-4-1) for most victories in school history during that span.
– LSU is 14-0 under Orgeron when the Tigers feature a 100-yard rusher (6-0 in 2016, 5-0 in 2017, 3-0 in 2018.
– LSU’s five FBS opponents are a combined 21-8 overall with LSU being responsible for four of the eight losses.
– LSU is No. 2 in the SEC in redzone offense having converted on 23-of-25 opportunities (14 TDs/9 FGs). In 14 games with Steve Ensminger as offensive coordinator, LSU is 47-of-52 on redzone opportunities (24-27 in 2016; 23-25 in 2018).
– Joe Burrow is 5-1 as LSU’s starting quarterback and he’s the only LSU QB in school history to have a pair of Top 10 wins during the first month of his career with the Tigers. Burrow threw a school-record 158 passes without an interception before being intercepted for first time in LSU career last week.
– Five different running backs have rushed for 100 yards in a game since Coach O took over as head coach of the Tigers. The list includes current Tigers Nick Brossette and Clyde Edwards-Helaire.
– RB Nick Brossette ranks No. 5 in the SEC in rushing with 576 yards (96.0 per game). Brossette is tied for the league lead in rushing TDs with 8.
– LSU PK Cole Tracy ranks first among all active collegiate kickers with 80 career field goals. The graduate transfers kicked 68 at DII Assumption College and now has 12 to his credit at LSU.
– All-America LB Devin White ranks No. 2 in the SEC in tackles (53) and tackles per game (8.8).
– Through 6 games, LSU has started a different combination on the offensive line each week. Overall, eight players have started at least one game on the offensive line for LSU this year.
– In 31 games with Dave Aranda as defensive coordinator, LSU has held opponents to fewer than 100 rushing yards 13 times. LSU is 13-0 in those games.
– Going back to 2001 when LSU’s football program won its first SEC Championship since the 1980s, LSU has played 209 of its 227 games ranked in the Top 25, which includes 22 of 27 games under Orgeron. LSU is 15-7 as a Top 25 team under Coach O.

LSU To Celebrate 125 Seasons of Football In 2018
– LSU will celebrate its 125th season of football in 2018.
– Started in 1893, LSU is one of college football’s most storied programs, winning three national titles (1958, 2003, and 2007) and claiming 11 SEC championships (1935, 1936, 1958, 1961, 1970, 1986, 1988, 2001, 2003, 2007, and 2011).
– LSU is the 12th-winningest program in NCAA history by victories with 792 and the Tigers are No. 14 all-time in terms of winning percentage (.652). LSU has an all-record of 792-413-47 in 125 seasons.
– To honor the 125 seasons of LSU Football, players will wear a 125 patch on their jerseys and the logo will also be painted on the field for all home games.

LSU vs. SEC Eastern Division
– LSU has won eight of its last 10 games against SEC Eastern Division foes.

Red-Zone Efficiency Significantly Improved
– LSU has significantly improved its red zone offense in 2018 with a 92 percentage in 25 trips.
– The offense, under coordinator Steve Ensminger, has 14 touchdowns in red zone and nine field goals. The Tigers have punched it in 12 times on the ground and twice in the air.
– In 14 games with Ensminger as the Tigers’ coordinator, LSU is 47-of-52 on red zone opportunities (24-27 in 2016, 23-25 in 2018).

Offense Continues to Gel in 2018
– LSU increased its total offense output from the prior week in each of the first five games of the season.
– After totaling 296 yards in the season opener win over Miami, LSU has eclipsed the 300-yard mark in every game: 335 yards against Southeastern, 370 at Auburn, 409 against Louisiana Tech, 573 most recently against Ole Miss and 371 at Florida
– Through 6 games, 12 players have caught at least two passes and six players have both a rush and reception to their credit so far this season.
– Burrow has also continued to get comfortable in Baton Rouge. The graduate transfer quarterback has thrown for 140, 151, 191 (2x), 249 and 292 yards this season.

Offensive Line Uses Different Starting Lineup in All Six Games
– Due to injuries, LSU offensive line coach James Cregg has been forced to use a different starting line combination in every game in 2018.
– Eight different players have started this season on the offensive line. Lloyd Cushenberry, Damien Lewis, Badara Traore, Austin Deculus and Donavaughn Campbell are all first-time starters.
– Going back to 1986, this is the first time LSU has opened a season with six different starting lineup combinations on the offensive line.
– Below is a look at the starters for each game.
Game LT LG C RG RT
vs. Miami Charles Brumfield Cushenberry Lewis Magee
vs. Southeastern Deculus Brumfield Cushenberry Lewis Traore
at Auburn Charles Brumfield Cushenberry Lewis Deculus
vs. Louisiana Tech Traore Brumfield Cushenberry Lewis Deculus
vs. Ole Miss Magee Campbell Cushenberry Lewis Deculus
at Florida Charles Magee Cushenberry Lewis Deculus

White Second in League in tackles
– Regarded as one of the top linebackers in the country, junior Devin White has continued his top play in 2018.
– White owns 53 total tackles and averages 8.8 per game this season to rank No. 3 in the Southeastern Conference.
– In the last two seasons, White has totaled 10 double-digit tackle games. He added his first of 2018 in week two against Southeastern with 11 and finished with 11 against Louisiana Tech.
– A year ago, White led the Southeastern Conference with 133 tackles. He became the first LSU player to lead the league in tackles since the mid 1980’s when tackles became an NCAA stat.

Two Top-10 Wins Already in 2018
– With wins over No. 8 Miami and No. 7 Auburn, LSU has the two best victories in the country after four weeks.
– LSU is the first team since 1976 to defeat two AP top-10 teams in the first four weeks of the season.
– In 1976, Missouri won at No. 8 USC and at No. 2 Ohio State.

LSU Managing Turnovers Early in 2018
– After six games, LSU owns a +5 turnover margin with three forced fumbles and eight interceptions.
– The defense’s eight interceptions are second in the league.
– The Tigers’ six turnovers is enough for fourth in the conference.
– A year ago, LSU tied the NCAA mark for fewest turnovers in a season and set the school record with eight.
– Up until 2:21 remaining in the fourth quarter against Florida, LSU quarterbacks had thrown 250 consecutive passes without an interception. The streak dated back to November 4, 2017.
– Joe Burrow broke the school record for consecutive passes without an interception, throwing 158 passes before being intercepted against Florida. The previous mark was 137 held by Alan Risher.
– In its last 13 games, LSU only has nine turnovers.

Brossette Carries the Load as LSU’s Running Back
– RB Nick Brossette opened the season with back-to-back 100-yard rushing games and added 69 yards on the ground against Auburn.
– Brossette owns 576 yards and eight touchdowns in 2018. His total yardage ranks fifth in the league and total touchdowns rank second by a running back.
– In his career, Brossette owns 882 yards. Needing just 118 yards, Brossette could be the 49th player in LSU history with 1,000 yards on the ground for a career.
– Brossette totaled a career-high 137 yards against Southeastern and 125 yards with a pair of touchdowns against Miami.
– Brossette became the fifth-straight 100-yard rusher in a season opener for LSU: Guice (2017), Fournette (2015, 16) and Kenny Hilliard (2014).
– The Baton Rouge native scored two touchdowns in the opener against Miami and then set a career high with three against Louisiana Tech.

Delpit Making His Case as Nation’s Top Safety
– S Grant Delpit has stepped up as one of the top players on the defensive side of the ball.
– Delpit is second on the team in tackles with 37. He is first on the team with three sacks and 6.5 tackles for loss.
– His three interceptions and four hurries top the team.
– Delpit led the team in tackles with 10 against Auburn and had an interception.

Kicker Cole Tracy Has Ice in His Veins
– PK Cole Tracy is 12-for-14 as the Tigers’ kicker and 20-of-20 from PATs.
– The Assumption College graduate transfer knocked in the game-winning field goal from 42 yards out in the last seconds against Auburn to win on The Plains. It is the first walk-off field goal in regulation in school history.
– Tracy has already tied the school record for longest field goal with a 54-yard field goal against Miami. The field goal tied Wade Richey vs. Kentucky (1996) and Ron Lewis vs. North Carolina (1985) for the longest in school history.
– He became the first LSU player to hit two field goals of 50+ yards in the first two games since Colt David in 2008.
– Tracy leads all active collegiate kickers with 80 career field goals. The graduate transfer kicked 68 field goals at DII Assumption College.
– Overall, Tracy ranks second in the nation with 12 made field goals and his 85.7 percentage is in the top-25 in the nation.

Coach O Owns Most Top 25 Wins During First 25 Games of LSU Career With 7
– Ed Orgeron owns the most Top 25 wins during the first 26 games of his LSU career with seven.
– Orgeron, who is 20-6 as head coach of the Tigers, had three Top 25 wins in 2016, followed by two last year. – Orgeron and the Tigers opened 2018 with a 33-17 win over then-No. 8 Miami for his sixth Top 25 victory and added another with a 22-21 win over No. 7 Auburn.

Orgeron’s 20 Wins Thru 27 Games Rank Among Best in LSU History
– With a 20-7 mark thru his first 27 games as LSU’s head coach, Ed Orgeron ranks among the school’s all-time leaders in victories to start a career with the Tigers.
– Les Miles (23) and Bernie Moore (22) are the only two coaches to have more wins than Orgeron over the first 27 games at LSU.

LSU is 6-0 Under Coach O Following A Loss
– LSU goes into the Georgia contest with a 6-0 mark under Coach O in games following a loss.
– LSU was 2-0 following under Coach O in 2016, followed by a 3-0 mark in 2017. LSU opened up 2018 with a win over Miami, which followed the bowl loss to Notre Dame.
– LSU hasn’t lost back-to-back games since 2015 when the Tigers dropped three straight during the month of November.

Coach O’s 12 Wins In First 17 Games Are Third-Most in LSU History Over That Span
– With 12 wins during his first 17 SEC games, Coach Orgeron ranks third in school history in terms of victories over that span.
– Orgeron is currently 12-5 in league games, which is bettered only by Bernie Moore (14-2) and Les Miles (13-3).

20 Is LSU’s Magic Number In SEC Games
– LSU has won 18 straight SEC games when scoring at least 20 points, a streak that dates back to a 30-27 victory over Florida in 2014.
– Under Coach O, LSU is 11-0 in league games when hitting the 20-point mark. Overall under Coach O, the Tigers are 19-1 when scoring at least 20 points in a contest with the only defeat coming to Troy by a 24-21 count.
– The last SEC team to beat LSU when the Tigers scored 20 or more points was Mississippi State by a 34-29 count on Sept. 20, 2014.

Double-Digit Wins Under Coach O
– Ed Orgeron has won 20 games as head coach of the Tigers with 16 of those coming by double-digits.
– All six of LSU’s wins under Orgeron in 2016 came by double-figures and last year, the Tigers won six of their nine games by at least 10 points.
– This year, four of LSU’s five wins have come by double-figures.

Seventeen Players Make First Start in 2018
– Seventeen Tigers have started for the first time in their careers in 2018: RB Lanard Fournette, C Lloyd Cushenberry III, G Damien Lewis, WR Jonathan Giles, QB Joe Burrow, WR Justin Jefferson, WR Terrace Marshall Jr., DE Breiden Fehoko, CB Kristian Fulton, CB Terrence Alexander, LB Jacob Phillips, OL Austin Deculus, OT Badara Traore, OLB Andre Anthony, S Todd Harris Jr., OL Donovaughn Campbell and LB Micah Baskerville
– A total of 13 true freshmen have played in 2018: K Avery Atkins, LB Micah Baskerville, WR Ja’Marr Chase, LB Damone Clark, DT Davin Cotton, DT Nelson Jenkins, WR Kenan Jones, CB Kelvin Joseph, WR Terrace Marshall Jr., RB Tae Provens and OL Cole Smith
– Marshall became just the eighth true freshman to start a season opener since 2000.

Streak of 100-Yard Rushing Games Extended to 23
– Dating back to November 2016, LSU has rushed as a team for more than 100 yards in 23-straight games.
– In that stretch of 23 games, 13 players have rushed for more than 100 yards in a game. Darrel Williams and Derrius Guice each ran for more than 100 yards in a game in 2017 against Ole Miss and Texas A&M.
– A year ago, LSU rushed for more than 100 yards in every regular season game for just the 14th time since 1949.
– Only 10 times has an LSU team rushed for 100 or more yards in every game in a season including the bowl game.

LSU Is 76-0 When Rushing For 100 Yards and Holding Opponents To Less Than 100 Yards
– In the last 159 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 128-21 when that happens.
– Hold the opponent to fewer than 100 yards and the Tigers are 77-5.
– 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 76-0.

Von Rosenberg One of Nation’s Oldest Players
– At 28 years old, punter Zach Von Rosenberg is the sixth-oldest player in college football in 2018.
– Von Rosenberg played minor league baseball for six seasons before joining the team in the fall.
– James Stefanon of Colorado is the oldest player at 31 years old.

This is #NFLSU
– The 2018 season marked the fifth-straight year LSU led all of college football with players on opening day NFL rosters at 52.
– There were a total of 40 players on active rosters, which was second in the Southeastern Conference.
– Sixty-five LSU players have been selected in the NFL Draft over the past 10 years, which ranks No. 2 nationally. LSU is one of just three schools in college football to have 60 or more drafted players since the 2009 NFL Draft.
– Over the last decade, LSU has produced nine first round NFL Draft picks. The Tigers have had at least one player selected in the first round 11 of the past 15 years.
– Overall, 59 former Tigers have appeared on Super Bowl rosters, and LSU has had at least one Super Bowl in 39 of 52 championship games.

We are DBU:
– Since 2007, LSU leads the nation in number of defensive backs selected in the NFL draft with 18, including six in the first round.
– At least one player has appeared in the Super Bowl for 17 consecutive years, which stands as the longest current streak in the SEC.

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