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LSU vs. the Big Ten: Five memorable games
Since LSU and Wisconsin have played just twice in football, we thought we’d highlight five memorable games between the Tigers and current members of the Big Ten:
Jan. 7, 2007 – LSU 38, Ohio State 24: Given a second chance at the national title despite two losses, the Tigers spot the Buckeyes a 10-0 lead at the Superdome and come storming back for their second BCS crown in four years. Matt Flynn throws for four touchdowns, two to tight end Richard Dickson, to lead the charge.
Jan. 1, 2005 – Iowa 30, LSU 25: The Capital One Bowl is guaranteed an emotional farewell after Nick Saban accepts the Miami Dolphins job on Christmas Day. The ending tops even that. JaMarcus Russell rallies LSU from a 24-12 deficit to take a 25-24 lead before Drew Tate’s 56-yard touchdown pass to Warren Holloway on the final play.
Jan. 1, 2002 – LSU 47, Illinois 34: After upsetting No. 2 Tennessee in the SEC Championship Game, the Tigers train their explosive offense on the Big Ten champion Illini. With Rohan Davey throwing bombs to Biletnikoff Award winner Josh Reed, LSU sprints to a 34-7 halftime lead and coasts to its first Sugar Bowl win in 34 years.
Sept. 25, 1971 – LSU 38, Wisconsin 28: A capacity crowd of 78,535 at Camp Randall Stadium watches the Tigers invade Madison and leave with a wild victory in the first meeting between LSU and the Badgers. Paul Lyons directs the LSU offense with a then school record 304 yards total yards.
Jan. 1, 1971 – Nebraska 17, LSU 12: The SEC champion Tigers meet the No. 3-ranked Cornhuskers in an Orange Bowl spiked with national title implications. LSU leads 12-10 in the fourth quarter before Nebraska drives 76 yards for the winning score on a 1-yard keeper by Jerry Tagge. The ‘Huskers secure the title with an interception of Bert Jones.
Les Miles re-affirmed that both Anthony Jennings and Brandon Harris will play in LSU’s game against Wisconsin, and that there’s a game plan for playing each, but he’s not revealing it. He also said, again, that if and when one QB separates himself then LSU will play him and him alone.
More nuggets from Miles’ 10-minute Q&A on the SEC teleconference:
- On a QB plan: “There’s a plan. We’re going to do those things that we feel like will benefit both quarterbacks and play them appropriately. It’s not something I’m going to reveal. I don’t think there’s any tremendous magic to it. We like both guys. Both will play.”
- On why he’s playing two QBs: “I think there’s not a great separation in the two. We’re confident with both. We’re looking at those things that each guy does extremely well. We like the duality at this point. If a guy handles and seaparates himself from the other over time, I think it’d be obvious for all and we’d certainly give him the nod. He’ll be our starter. At this point, we’re going to play two and we’re confident in both.”
- Miles said his defensive line is healthy and fresh and mentioned that defensive tackle Quentin Thomas has played “the entire time.” We know that’s not true. Thomas tore his biceps the first week of fall camp and missed multiple practices.
- Miles mentioned freshman Davon Godchaux as a guy when asked about the defensive line. It appears Godchaux could see some playing time. The coach hasn’t mentioned him much this fall camp. “Him, Frank Herron and a number of guys will have an opportunity to step in there and play,” Miles said.
- Wisconsin plans to play two quarterbacks, pocket passer Joel Stave and Tanner McEvoy, a converted safety. LSU is preparing for both and knows about each: “We certainly recognize that Stave is their starter from a year ago. You certainly see him on field you realize he can really throw it. You kind of prepare that piece. You recognize McEvoy is the athlete. You recognize … you watch his spring game and he has real athleticism. We’re prepared for really both styles and looking forward to adjusting to whichever guy they play.”
- Miles on Wisconsin running back Melvin Gordon: “He’s one of those guys that if you … kind of a concern because he’s a big, strong, physical back. He can make you miss. You’re going to have to tackle well. What you do on defense, first thing you do and is tremendously important in this game is you need to tackle well.”
Miles spoke to the media again after Wednesday’s practice, offering little news.
- “The hard work is behind us,” Miles said. “We had a good practice and are looking forward to taking the field.” The coach added he’s had team managers pump crowd noise into LSU’s practices this week to simulate the atmosphere inside NRG Stadium.
- Miles was asked if the way LSU plays Jennings and Harris against Wisconsin will be by feel or will it be more scripted. “Obviously both,” he said. “But that will all depend on the success of the guy in there (at the time).”
- Miles was asked if he tries to emphasize “bulletin board” material to his team. “We don’t avoid it, but we don’t really search for it. I don’t really point at it as much as it’s reviewed by our team.”
Lastly, Miles answered questions during his call-in show from T.J. Ribs.
- LSU’s best pocket passer is Jake Clise, Miles said to a questioner. ”A guy named Clise,” Miles said when asked about the best pocket passer. Clise is a walk-on and is not in the hunt for the starting job between Anthony Jennings and Brandon Harris.
- The coach was asked specifically if cornerback Rashard Robinson would start Saturday against Wisconsin. His response: “Rashard Robinson practiced today. Everything’s good.”
- Freshman linebacker Clifton Garrett had “a reaction to the heat” and missed much of the early portion of fall camp, Miles said. Garrett isn’t prepared to play at the linebacker position, but could see time at special teams, the coach said.
- Sounds more and more like cornerback Tre’Davious White will return punts and/or kicks this season. Miles on him: “This year we’re going to give him some return duties. He has some unbelievable capable hands.”
- Kendell Beckwith is “competing tooth and nail” with D.J. Welter at middle linebacker, Miles said. “I think you look forward to those guys playing a lot of football,” he said of them both.
Twitter Mailbag is a blog series running each Tuesday answering readers’ questions about the LSU football team. Readers submit their questions through Twitter each Tuesday, and the best are posted here with answers. Follow us on Twitter at @DellengerAdv to submit a question.
It’s finally game week. LSU and Wisconsin meet Saturday in Houston to open the 2014 season. This marks our final preseason Twitter Mailbag.
@DellengerAdv 2 questions. Who is your breakout player this year for LSU & who is the player that you have most enjoyed getting to know.
— Michael Bonnette (@LSUBonnette) August 26, 2014
Answer: My breakout guy this season is defensive end Danielle Hunter. The rumblings out of practice and scrimmages are that Hunter has been a beast. He’s an intimidating figure and a guy who showed sparks last season.
I really enjoy speaking with offensive linemen Evan Washington and Jerald Hawkins. Those big guys are bubbly and outgoing. Reporters love talkative players, and they fit into that category. Not only that, they appear to be genuinely nice guys.
@DellengerAdv now my serious question. Do we see a freshman make an impact play in Houston, and who will it be?
— Ashley Purifoy (@LAPurifoy) August 26, 2014
Answer: Coach Les Miles said six to 12 true freshmen could play against Wisconsin in the season opener and six rookies could play key roles.
I believe one of these five will make an impact in the game against the Badgers: RB Leonard Fournettes, WRs Trey Quinn and Malachi Dupre, QB Brandon Harris and S Jamal Adams.
To answer your question more specifically, I’ll say Harris.
@DellengerAdv How would you say this LSU D, esp D line, compares to South Carolina last yr? Badgers ran on them easily in Cap One bowl.
— Arman Belding (@armanbelding) August 26, 2014
Answer: Good point. Wisconsin ran for 293 yards against the Gamecocks, including 143 by RB Melvin Gordon.
Comparing the two defensive lines is tough. Also, we shouldn’t read too much into bowl game outcomes and stats. They’re bowl games.
That said, I’ll tell you that LSU feels great about its defensive line, but there are weak spots. Jermauria Rasco, at defensive end, still has a tone to prove. He wasn’t the star player last season many thought he’d be, but he was battling a shoulder injury. He’s healthy now. As mentioned above, Hunter is expected to be the breakout guy. He’s a fierce pass-rusher on the edge.
At defensive tackle, the Tigers are inexperienced. Opposite sophomore Christian LaCouture is redshirt freshman Frank Herron. He’s never played college football. Two of the rotating guys at that spot – Greg Gilmore and Maquedius Bain – are redshirt freshmen as well. Still, some around the program feel that defensive tackle will be deeper and strong than last season. Anthony Johnson had a disappointing season last year.
@DellengerAdv Should expect Stave to play? And if so how much?
— Ashley Purifoy (@LAPurifoy) August 27, 2014
Answer: I think Wisconsin QB Joel Stave plays a good amount. Here’s a guy who passed for the second-most touchdowns in program history last season. UW isn’t just gonna ditch him for the more run-centric Tanner McEvoy (reportedly the starter) for the entire game.
LSU is preparing for both quarterback, players and Miles said. I’d expect to see both.
— Patrick (@pwc1011) August 27, 2014
Answer: It certainly has a very good shot to be. Many compare it to the 2011 class. That group included La’el Collins, Anthony Johnson, Jarvis Landry, Odell Beckham Jr., Jeremy Hill (but sat out), Kenny Hilliard, Trai Turner and Terrence Magee.
Still, many recruiting experts believe LSU’s 2001 signing class is the best in program history (the 2014 one not withstanding). That group included Michael Clayton, Andrew Whitworth, Rudy Niswanger, Brady James, Joseph Addai, Marcus Spears and Marquise Hill. That class was also ranked No. 2 nationally, as is the 2014 class.
Here’s a list of former LSU football players who are on or have been on NFL rosters during the preseason. Information was provided by LSU:
Former players on current NFL rosters
- OT Joe Barksdale (At LSU 2007-10) St. Louis Rams
Game 1: started; Game 2: started; Game 3: started
- LB Lamin Barrow (2009-13) Denver Broncos
Game 1: 3 total tackles, Game 2: 1 TT, Game 3: 2 TT, 1 for loss
- WR Odell Beckham Jr. (2011-13) New York Giants
HOF game, Game 1, Game 2, Game 3: Did not play (hamstring)
- RB Alfred Blue (2010-13) Houston Texans
Game 1: 6 carries, 30 yds; Game 2: 6-22, TD; Game 3: 9-27
- WR Dwayne Bowe (2003-06) Kansas City Chiefs
Game 1: 1 rec, 10 yds; Game 2: 5-62: Game 3: Did not play
- DT Michael Brockers (2009-11) St. Louis Rams
Game 1, Game 2: Did not play; Game 3: 2 TT, 1 TFL
- CB Ron Brooks (2007-11) Buffalo Bills
Game 1: 3 TT, 1 PBU; Game 2: No stats; Game 3: 2 TT
- CB Morris Claiborne (2009-11) Dallas Cowboys
Game 1, Game 2, Game 3: Did not play
- FS Ryan Clark (1997-2001) Washington Redskins
Game 1: Did not play; Game 2: 1 TT, 1 TFL; Game 3: 2 TT
- DT Glenn Dorsey (2004-07) San Francisco 49ers
Game 1, Game, Game 3: Did not play (torn biceps)
- DE Lavar Edwards (2008-12) Tennessee Titans
Game 1: 1 TT, sack; Game 2: No stats: Game 3: No stats
- DT Ego Ferguson (2010-13) Chicago Bears
Game 1: 2 TT; Game 2: No stats; Game 3: 3 TT
- QB Matt Flynn (2003-07) Green Bay Packers
Game 1: 5-10, 49 yds; Game 2: 2-3, 44 yds, TD; Game 3: 4-10, 37 yds, INT
- RB Jeremy Hill (2012-13) Cincinnati Bengals
Game 1: 6-36; Game 2: 3-16 rushing, 2-13 rec.; Game 3: 12-48
- WR/RS Trindon Holliday (2006-09) New York Giants
HOF Game: Did not play; Game 1, Game 2, Game 3: No stats (hamstring)
- DE Tyson Jackson (2004-08) Atlanta Falcons
Game 1: 1 TT; Game 2: No stats; Game 3: No stats
- DT Ricky Jean-Francois (2005-08): Indianapolis Colts
Game 1: 1 TT, 1 PBU; Game 2: No stats: Game 3: No stats
- DT Anthony Johnson (2011-13) Miami Dolphins
Game 1: 2 TT, 1 TFL; Game 2: 1 TT; Game 3: No stats
- P Donnie Jones (2000-03) Philadelphia Eagles
Game 1: 5 punts, 46.0 avg; Game 2: 1-57; Game 3: 3-41.3
- WR Brandon LaFell (2005-09) New England Patriots
Game 1: 2-16; Game 2: 2-29, TD; Game 3: 2-14
- WR Jarvis Landry (2011-13) Miami Dolphins
Game 1: 1-(-1); Game 2: 1-26; Game 3: 2-20, 2 KR, 3 PR
- S LaRon Landry (2003-06) Indianapolis Colts
Game 1: Did not play; Game 2: No stats; Game 3: 6 TT, 1 PBU
- DT Bennie Logan (2009-12) Philadelphia Eagles
Game 1, Game 2, Game 3: Not active
- S Craig Loston (2009-13) Jacksonville Jaguars
Game 1: 1 TT; Game 2: 1 TT; Game 3: No stats
- DB Tyrann Mathieu (2010-11) Arizona Cardionals
Game 1, Game 2, Game 3: Not active (Came off PUP list Aug. 19)
- S Danny McCray (2006-09) Chicago Bears
Game 1: 1 TT; Game 2: 4 TT; Game 3: 2 TT
- QB Zach Mettenberger (2011-13) Tennessee Titans
Game 1: 4-7, 87 yds, INT; Game 2: 20-25, 269 yds, 2 TD, 1 INT; Game 3: 11-19, 148 yds
- LB Barkevious Mingo (2010-12) Cleveland Browns
Game 1: 2 TT, 1 sack; Game 2: 4 TT; Game 3: No stats
- LB Kevin Minter (2009-12) Arizona Cardinals
Game 1: 1 PBU; Game 2: No stats; Game 3: No stats
- LB Sam Montgomery (2009-12) Cincinnati Bengals
Game 1: No stats; Game 2: 2 TT; Game 3: 1 TT
- DT Drake Nevis (2007-10) Carolina Panthers
Game 1, Game 2, Game 3: Not active
- CB/RS Patrick Peterson (2008-10) Arizona Cardinals
Game 1: No stats; Game 2: 2 TT; Game 3: 6 TT
- WR Reuben Randle (2009-11) New York Giants
Game 1: No stats; Game 2: No stats; Game 3: 2-41, TD
- S Eric Reid (2010-12) San Francisco 49ers
Game 1: 1 TT; Game 2: No stats; Game 3: 2 TT
- RB Stevan Ridley (2007-10) New England Patriots
Game 1: 2-2; Game 2: 9-45; Game 3: 8-28
- LB Perry Riley Jr. (2006-09) Washington Redskins
Game 1: 1 TT; Game 2: 2 TT; Game 3: 4 TT
- WR Russell Shepard (2009-12) Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Game 1: No stats; Game 2: 1-22; Game 3: No stats
- LB Kelvin Sheppard (2006-10) Indianapolis Colts
Game 1: Did not play; Game 2: 5 TT; Game 3: 5 TT
- CB Tharold Simon (2010-12) Seattle Seahawks
Game 1: 1 TT; Game 2: 3 TT, 1 PBU; Game 3: 2 TT, 2 PBU
- S Curtis Taylor (2004-08) Arizona Cardinals
Game 1: 1 TT; Game 2: 3 TT, 1 PBU; Game 3: 2 TT
- G Trai Turner (2011-13) Carolina Panthers
Game 1: Started; Game 2: Started; Game 3: Started
- RB Spencer Ware (2010-12) Seattle Seahawks
Game 1: 4-11; Game 2: 2-9; Game 3: 3-18
- OG Andrew Whitworth (2002-05) Cincinnati Bengals
Game 1: Did not play; Game 2: Started; Game 3: Started
- DT Kyle Williams (2002-05) Buffalo Bills
Game 1: 2 TT, 1 sack, 1 FF; Game 2: No stats; Game 3: No stats
- P Brad Wing (2010-12) Pittsburgh Steelers
Game 1: 6-36.5; Game 2: 6-44.5; Game 3: 5-39.8
- DT Al Woods (2006-09) Tennessee Titans
Game 1: 1 TT; Game 2: No stats; Game 3: No stats
- WR James Wright (2010-13) Cincinnati Bengals
Game 1: 1-20, TD; Game 2: No stats; Game 3: No stats
Players involved in recent transactions, not currently on a roster
- LB Kendrick Adams (2010-11)
Waived by Tennessee Titans
- WR Kadron Boone (2010-13)
Waived by Philadelphia Eagles
- FB J.C. Copeland (2010-13)
Released by Dallas Cowboys
- OL Chris Faulk (2010-12)
Waived by Cleveland Browns
- RB Michael Ford (2009-12)
Waived by Chicago Bears
- S Craig Steltz (2004-07)
Released by Chicago Bears
- CB Corey Webster (2001-04)
- RB Keiland Williams (2006-09)
LSU released its Week 1 depth chart heading into the game against Wisconsin on Saturday (it’s above). Here are the need-to-know nuggets:
- At quarterback, Anthony Jennings and Brandon Harris are listed as dual starters with an “or” between their names. That’s a common theme on the chart. Both QBs are expected to play. It should be noted that no “or” was included in the depth chart released over the summer.
- The right guard battle continues to wage, though most believe Hoko Fanaika has won the job over Evan Washington. There’s an “or” between their names.
- At defensive tackle, Quentin Thomas and Frank Herron are listed as dual starters. Thomas tore his biceps during the first week of fall camp but plans to play with the injury. Herron is expected to get much of the playing time.
- Terrence Magee is listed as the starting kick returner, and his backup is receiver Travin Dural. We’re hearing rumblings that freshman running back Leonard Fournette is in the mix at kick returner, but he’s not listed on the depth chart.
- At safety, Jalen Mills, arrested in June, has been added to the depth chart. He wasn’t on the one released this summer. Mills is No. 2 behind starter Ronald Martin.
What They’re Saying is a post rounding up content from the media members covering that week’s opponent.
- Wisconsin State Journal: Year 2 of Gary Andersen may resemble less of run-heavy, defensive-oriented Wisconsin than we’re used to.
- Bleacher Report: A depth chart analysis, full preview and predictions for the 2014 Badgers, who could win as many as 11 games, this says.
- FOX Sports: Badgers make a defensive line shift, will have a freshman kicking field goals and weigh on LSU’s QBs.
- ESPN.com: Wisconsin’s move of starting run-centric QB Tanner McEvoy signals the program’s offensive shift under its second-year coach.
- Wisconsin State Journal: Badgers trying to strike the right balance on defense.
- Journal Sentinel: UW very much aware of LSU’s highly touted freshman Leonard Fournette.