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Film Room: LSU 28, Wisconsin 24

Welcome to Film Room, our weekly analysis of LSU’s last football game. Have a seat. No talking. No tweeting. No texting. Pay attention.

You’ll notice our most time is spent on the first segment. After all, big plays win games – and lose them.

How They Happened (big-play analysis)

Love’s 45-yard end-around: UW WR Reggie Love scores on an end-around on Wisconsin’s first drive of the game.EndAround

  • The Badgers have two tight ends left and two receivers right. Love, starting on the right, goes in motion left, running behind the O-line and taking the handoff from QB Tanner McEvoy.
  • It appears that at least one (and maybe two) LSU linebackers goof on this play. Was Lamar Louis, aligned opposite Love when the two are set, supposed to follow Love when he ran in motion? He didn’t. Meanwhile, Kwon Alexander (yellow circle), who aligns in the spot in which Love ran, stunts into the backfield at the snap.
  • To make matters worse, defensive end Danielle Hunter (red) trips as Love races by him. LB D.J. Welter who’d also crept toward the line of scrimmage, failed to catch Love down field.

Seas part: Melvin Gordon ran 14 yards for a touchdown to give the Badgers a 17-7 lead.GordonTD

  • Gordon gets the ball and the seas part on the right side of the line. DE Jermauria Rasco crashes down and topples Christian LaCouture in the process.
  • Meanwhile, Kendell Beckwith (left circle) is just too late to the play, and Kwon Alexander (right) had stepped out to guard a slot receiver. The closest circle is Ronald Martin being kicked out.

Gordon’s dash: Melvin Gordon’s 63-yard run came on the first play of the second half and set up a TD that put the Badgers up 24-7.

  • Gordon gets the handoff, starts left and then cuts to the middle of the field. D.J. Welter (circle) is blocked out by the left guard. He’s taken completely out of the play. Kwon Alexander (arrow) takes the wrong hole and gets caught up in blocks.GordonLong
  • Finally, LSU’s last man, safety Jalen Mills, rushes to the action too fast, leaving no one at home as a last resort.
  • You wanna know what really happened though? Gordon is good, that’s what. His vision was impeccable on the play.

Hilliard’s three-carry drive: Kenny Hilliard had carries of 17, 8 and 28 yards on LSU’s go-ahead touchdown drive. He scored on a 28-yard dash to give LSU its first lead with 9:41 left in the game.HilliardRun

  • The 17-yard first-down play (which you see on the right) was a read-option for QB Anthony Jennings. He gave to Hilliard, and the seas parted. Credit RG Hoko Fanaika and RT Jerald Hawkins for winning their individual battles. They parted a hole for Hilliard that’s, literally, 10-plus feet wide. The UW linebacker went after Jennings.
  • On the 8-yard carry, LSU again ran behind Fanaika. He sprung Hilliard for a block and so did center Ethan Pocic, who moved to the second level and got a linebacker.
  • Guess what? For a third straight down, Hilliard ran behind Fanaika. The right guard, in conjunction with Hawkins, whipped his man. UW’s linebackers, again, split to the outside for Jennings, leaving the middle wide open for Hilliard’s 28-yard TD. That play came while UW was in its nickel package.

The fake: Midway through the third quarter, LSU got a spark when it converted a fake punt on a fourth-and-down and 3 from near midfield. Kendell Beckwith took a direct snap and ran five yards.FakePunt

  • Coach Les Miles said afterward that the appropriate personnel weren’t on the field. Redshirt freshman John David Moore rushes onto the field at the last minute.
  • Beckwith received the direct snap, faked the pitch to punter Jamie Keehn and headed left. Tackle La’el Collins and guard Vadal Alexander got the blocks, but it’s Beckwith’s last-second cut (see the red arrow) to the right that gets the necessary yard or two for the first down.
  • Moore had a nice block too. It was believed to be the first play of his LSU career.

One last stand: Down four points and pinned at its own 10-yard line, Wisconsin had one last shot to drive down for a game-winning score. LSU’s defense forced a three-and-out.

  • It’s worth noting that Keehn hit a spectacular punt to pin the Badgers. Punting from midfield with 2:30 left in the game, Keehn’s high punt was fair caught at the 10.
  • On first down, Wisconsin’s attempt at the option failed because Kwonof LB Kwon Alexander (circle). The speedy Alexander immediately read the play. As soon as UW QB Tanner McEvoy pitched to his running back, Alexander darted in for the tackle-for-loss, stepping over his would-be blocker.
  • On second down, DE Danielle Hunter created pressure to force McEvoy to throw off his back foot (an incomplete pass). On third-and-12, LSU used its Mustang package to create pressure, specifically from Dwayne Thomas. The result? Incomplete pass and a punt.

Big Ugly Blips and Booms (O-line analysis)

  • The blips were everywhere, especially in the first half. At halftime, LSU had one real pancake block while tallying a total of nine missed blocks.
  • LG Vadal Alexander struggled the most. He had four miscues blocking and a false start. Jerald Hawkins had three missed blocks. Hawkins came out of the game at one point. He was replaced by Evan Washington for one drive.
  • In the second half, the line picked up (and so did the rushing yards) . We counted five good pancakes in the second half, three from left tackle La’el Collins. Hoko Fanaika had two good rushing blocks as well in the second half.

Monday Morning Quarterback (QB analysis)

  • We charted Anthony Jennings for about a half-dozen errant passes, at least three of them on screen passes. He had a tough time with the touch throws, but had two precise long bombs to Travin Dural and a wonderfully thrown post route to Dural, who seems to be his go-to receiver (see below).
  • Jennings seemed to make good decisions on the read-option. He mostly handed it off, but he kept it at least three times and got decent yardage. Sacks brought down his net rushing yards. We only saw the option once or twice. Jennings ran it with Fournette, kept it and got a good chunk of yards.
  • Jennings heaved the ball down field, up for grabs, more than anyone would want. Against a good SEC secondary, many of his long heaves would have been intercepted.

Backing it up (FB/RB analysis)

  • The running backs found little daylight over the first three quarters. Finally, Kenny Hilliard had success in the fourth quarter. Don’t necessarily blame the group of tailbacks for the early woes. Wisconsin’s linebackers, sometimes, appeared to know where the play was going, and LSU’s line didn’t help much.
  • Now, let’s turn to the guy everyone wants to talk about: Fournette. He rarely followed his blocks. The former No. 1 recruit in the nation, instead, jetted toward the end of the line on many of his carries. He didn’t shy away from contact, though. Problem is, neither did Wisconsin players. They stood their ground and made great tackles on the running back. They were well informed of Fournette. There was a lot of celebration after tackling him.
  • FB Connor Neighbors didn’t have his best game. We charted him for three missed block and one pancake.

Five-yard Out (receiver analysis)

  • Travin Dural and John Diarse certainly emerged as LSU’s top two receivers. Diarse is a strong wideout who has Jarvis Landry-ability to get yards after the catch. Dural is the deep threat, and he’s apparently the go-to person for Jennings.
  • Dural, who had three catches, was targeted eight times. That’s about twice as many as the next wideout was targeted. He’s clearly a guy Jennings likes to hit, but LSU needs to spread it around more. Trey Quinn, who was in on nearly every offensive play, was targeted just 3-4 times. He caught one pass and a two-point conversion.
  • The only drops came from tight ends. DeSean Smith dropped a low but catchable ball from Jennings. Travis Dickson had a drop, though it would have been a tough catch.

Front Seven (Defensive linemen and linebacker analysis)KwonSkill

  • The difference in the second half was one player: LB Kwon Alexander (to the right, he makes a speedy move past UW’s LG for a tackle for loss). The guy was everywhere. His speed was no match for Wisconsin’s offensive line. Alexander struggled at times in the first half (on at least two big running plays, he was blocked out). He was pulled for several series before being re-inserted in the second half. He did great things. We charted him for four “attacks” and two “pressures” in the second half. An attack is a defensive player making a great hustle play for a tackle. A pressure is pressuring the QB.
  • The defensive ends – Danielle Hunter and Jermauria Rasco – each had a three kill points (kill points are combined pressures and attacks). Outside of Alexander, they led the defense. What really helped: DC John Chavis loaded the box late, stacking eight to nine people in there to force Wisconsin to throw.
  • Starting middle linebacker D.J. Welter didn’t do any fantastic things. He had at least one “attack” but was blocked out of plays, especially in the first half. Kendell Beckwith, his backup, was blocked out of at least two plays and did not register a kill point.
  • Freshman Davon Godchaux saw a lot of playing time at DT, especially in the fourth quarter (10-15 snaps overall). During the TV broadcast, play-by-play man Sean McDonough said Miles compared Godchaux to Glenn Dorsey during the ESPN crew meeting with the coach the day before the game. Maybe he’s the reason we didn’t see any of Frank Herron and Greg Gilmore.

Break It Up (secondary analysis)

  • The best unit on the field, despite the whiffs. This group had the most missed tackles, but that’s mostly because they had the most opportunities (not a good thing since running backs aren’t supposed to get to that level).
  • At one point during the TV broadcast, McDonough mentioned that Wisconsin’s receivers were being “blanketed” by LSU’s defensive backs. Nearly every pass attempt was challenged by the unit.
  • Tre’Davious White and Jalen Collins (in for suspended CB Rashard Robinson) excelled. White made a tackle after fighting off a block and falling to the ground, and Collins had multiple impressive tackles. Each had great coverage – even on completions. They forced UW QB Tanner McEvoy to be perfect – and he wasn’t more often than not.MillsMustang
  • Safety Jalen Mills over-pursued on a few running plays, but he made up for it. He had that outstretched interception, a couple of nice tackles and he came off the edge in the Mustang, pressuring McEvoy into an interception that Ronald Marin hauled in (that’s above).

Postgame: No. 13 LSU 28, No. 14 Wisconsin 24

Safety Jalen Mills after his interception.

Safety Jalen Mills after his interception.

The Game Story

HOUSTON – No. 13 LSU stormed back from a 17-point third-quarter deficit, scoring 21 unanswered to beat No. 14 Wisconsin 28-24 on Saturday night in a mostly purple-and-gold filled NRG Stadium.

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The Turning Point

LSU coach Les Miles credits a converted fake punt in the third quarter as the momentum-swinging play that changed the game. On a fourth-and-3, Kendell Beckwith took a direct snap and plunged left for a five-yard gain. LSU drove down for a field goal, the start of 21 unanswered points.

The Stars

  • S Jalen Mills (and the secondary): Mills led what appears to be LSU’s strength – the secondary. Cornerbacks and safeties had great coverage all night. Mills’ interception was a beautiful, over-the-shoulder grab, and it set up LSU’s game-winning TD drive. Cornerbacks Tre’Davious White and Jalen Collins made great tackles and had smothering coverage.
  • RB Kenny Hilliard: LSU’s senior running back rushed for 110 yards on 18 carries and scored the go-ahead touchdown with about nine minutes left in the game. Sure, there were holes to run through late as a Badgers line wore down, but Hill ran through them well and kept going through contact.
  • PK Colby Delahoussaye: Delahoussaye didn’t make a game-winning kick, but the guy booted back-to-back field goals during a critical time in the game. His 30-yard FG and 47-yard FG pulled LSU from a 24-7 hole and had them in contention. Delahoussaye is now 15 of 16 in his career, a remarkable stat seeing as how he walked on last season.

The Surprises

  • Benched DTs: After hearing so much praise for defensive tackle Frank Herron over preseason practice, the redshirt freshman from Memphis didn’t play a snap in the game. And neither did Greg Gilmore, another redshirt freshman DT who was expected to rotate at the D-tackle spot.

    Leonard Fournette played a significant amount but had a long run of five yards. (Travis Spradling)

    Leonard Fournette played a significant amount but had a long run of five yards. (Travis Spradling)

  • Rookies abound: We knew LSU would used plenty members of its No. 2-ranked signing class, but this much? WR Trey Quinn seemed to be in on each snap and he caught a critical 2-point conversion. Leonard Fournette returned kicks and played heavily in the second half (though he struggled to 18 yards on eight carries), Cameron Gamble kicked off and Jamal Adams rotated at safety. In all, nine true freshmen played: Adams, Fournette, Gamble, Quinn, Deondre Clark, Davon Godchaux, Brandon Harris, Donnie Alexander (special teams) and Ed Paris (special teams).
  • Light on Harris: True freshman Brandon Harris played just one series in the game (the eighth one). Many expected Harris to play more, and even Miles mentioned in the postgame press conference that he wanted to get Harris more snaps. Maybe that’s coming down the road? Harris’ time behind center wasn’t pretty. Three plays and -9 yards. Trey Quinn went two yards on a reverse, Harris kept it for a one-yard gain and then Harris, under immediate pressure, took an 10-yard loss.

The Key Matchup

  • LSU’s O-line vs. Wisconsin D-line: It took a while, but finally LSU’s veteran offensive line got its way with the Badgers defensive front. UW played for much of the game without its starting defense end after a first-quarter injury. Wisconsin lost another in the second half. It showed late as the Tigers ran for a whopping 109 yards over the final 25 minutes of the game.

The Stats

  • 93: The amount of rushing yards in the fourth quarter for Hilliard.
  • 2.2: Average rushing yards per carry for Fournette.
  • 239: Anthony Jennings’ passing yards despite nine completions.

The Quote

“We’re a blue-collar team that’ll fight like hell.” – LSU coach Les Miles

Game Day: LSU vs. Wisconsin

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Leonard Fournette makes his debut Saturday night.

UPDATES

  • 8 p.m.: Follow here for in-game updates: http://bit.ly/VYB6mb
  • 7:30 p.m.: Leonard Fournette will be LSU’s primary kick returner. Trey Quinn and Tre’Davious White will return punts.
  • 7:10 p.m.: Only three freshman apart of the 2014 signing class did not travel with the team: Trey Lealaimatafao (injury), Travonte Valentine (not qualified), Malachi Dupre (injury).
  • 5:55 p.m.: Reserve linebacker Ronnie Feist did not make the trip to Houston, two sources confirmed Saturday evening. Feist is listed as the No. 3 linebacker behind starting weak-side linebacker Kwon Alexander and backup Deion Jones. He was expected to only see the field as a possible special teams member. His absence is unclear, but he joins four other players listed on LSU’s depth chart who did not make the trip: center Elliott Porter, CB Rashard Robinson, WR Malachi Dupre and DT Maquedius Bain. Dupre is injured. Robinson and Bain appear to be withheld for disciplinary reasons. Porter and Feist’s absence is unclear. Feist redshirted as a sophomore last season. He played in just five games as a true freshman in 2012.
  • 5:45 p.m.: LSU has left its team hotel, according to school officials. The Tigers are set to arrive at NRG Stadium at about 6 p.m. Wisconsin arrived on the field at about 5:40 p.m.
  • 5:10 p.m.: Not surprising but there are a ton of LSU fans here. Purple everywhere. The Tigers sold their allotment of 35,000 tickets and are expected to bring another 10,000 or more to the game. Wisconsin red is prevalent, too. The Badgers sold their allotment of about 13,000.
  • 4:30 p.m.: LSU’s depth chart shows no changes, despite our reports of four players who did not make the trip to Houston. Center Elliott Porter remains listed as the starter at center, Rashard Robinson at CB and Maquedius Bain as No. 2 defensive tackle. We know those three – and Malachi Dupre – did not travel with the team to Houston.

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The Info

  • Match: No. 14 LSU (0-0) vs. No. 13 Wisconsin (0-0)
  • TDP: 8:10 p.m., Saturday, NRG Stadium, Houston
  • TV: ESPN (Sean McDonough, Chris Spielman, Todd McShay)
  • Series Record: LSU leads 2-0

Players To Watch (LSU)

  • RB Leonard Fournette: The No. 1 recruit in the nation makes his collegiate debut on the grand stage. Rumblings from practice and scrimmages are that Fournette has wowed folks. “He’ll do some significant things,” Les Miles said Saturday on College Game Day.

    Trey Quinn is expected to be used all over the field. (HILARY SCHEINUK)

    Trey Quinn is expected to be used all over the field. (HILARY SCHEINUK)

  • WR Trey Quinn: Malachi Dupre was left home with an injury, but it wouldn’t have mattered. Quinn has been the guy running with the starters and making stellar plays in practice. He’s a strong, quick freshman from Lake Charles who has versatility.
  • DE Danielle Hunter: Hunter has led fall camp in the “He Looks Like An Alien” category. His chiseled frame has LSU fans expecting the world from a guy who won a starting job as a sophomore early last season.

Players To Watch (Wisconsin)

  • QB Tanner McEvoy: LSU doesn’t know a ton about the safety-turned-quarterback. He hasn’t played QB since the junior college level two years ago. McEvoy is known to be a speedy guy who can use his feet to make plays, and he’ll likely run some option.
  • RB Melvin Gordon: A downhill back who can also outrun you, Gordon is expected to be the stiffest test for LSU’s defense. He’s a preseason All-American and a Heisman Trophy favorite. He ran for 100 yards or more in seven games last season.
  • LB Derek Landisch: The 230-pound senior is the primary returner from a Wisconsin front seven that lost every starter from 2013. He had 19 tackles and a sack in a reserve role last year, but the Badgers are expecting him to lead the young D.
Melvin Gordon, he's pretty good.

Melvin Gordon, he’s pretty good.

Key Matchups

  • UW RB Melvin Gordon vs. LSU defensive front seven: LSU’s front is a solid, deep and experienced bunch but Gordon likes to run between the tackles, and the Tigers have nothing but youth at the defensive tackle spots. LSU must slow Gordon to win.
  • LSU running backs vs. UW front seven: The Tigers have a stable of guys – Fournette, Terrence Magee, Kenny Hilliard – to use against a Badgers’ front that lost every starter. That’s not to mention an LSU O-line that many believe is the best around.
  • UW QB Joel Stave vs. LSU DBs: The Badgers are expected to use both QBs, and Stave is the passer of the two. He threw for 22 TDs in 2013. Meanwhile, LSU is down starting CB Rashard Robinson and will likely play freshmen Ed Paris and Jamal Adams.

By The Numbers

  • 35,000: Tickets LSU sold to the game. UW sold 13,000.
  • 4:  Prominent LSU players left behind on the trip.
  • 4: The number of quarterbacks who could play in this game.

How They Win

  • LSU: The Tigers pound the ball, running for more than 200 yards in the game, and DC John Chavis’ front seven squashes the early Heisman hopes of running back Melvin Gordon.
  • Wisconsin: Melvin Gordon has a banner day, running for more than 125 yards and scoring three touchdowns, while LSU’s offense sputters behind an inexperienced leader at QB.

The Opponent

  • Best win: N/A (season opener)
  • Worst loss: N/A (season opener)
  • Sagarin strength of schedule: N/A (season opener)
  • Record vs. Sagarin Top 30: N/A (season opener)

The Series

Last 10 (only played twice)

  • 1972: LSU 27-7 (Baton Rouge)
  • 1971: LSU 38-28 (Madison, Wisc.)

Longest Win Streaks

  • LSU: 2 (1971-72)

Biggest Wins

  • LSU: 27-7 (1972, Baton Rouge)

The Spread

LSU -4.5

Pick 6: Q and A with a Wisconsin beat reporter

Our inaugural Pick 6 is a good one. Why? Because we’ve got Jeff Potrykus here on the blog, and he’s no slouch.

You can find Jeff’s work here and follow his active Twitter account here.

No, not this kind of Pick 6.

No, not this kind of Pick 6.

1. What different qualities does each quarterback, Tanner McEvoy and Joel Stave, bring to the Wisconsin offense?

McEvoy, who didn’t play quarterback until his senior year in high school at Bergen Catholic in New Jersey, is an outstanding running threat but only a decent passer. McEvoy can make plays on designed runs or by scramble if the called play breaks down. However, he hasn’t played QB in a game since 2012, at Arizona Western College.

Stave is the classic pocket passer who can throw the ball at times on designed rollouts. He isn’t a dangerous runner and got hurt in the Capital One Bowl when he didn’t slide at the end of a short run.

2. I know both QBs are expected to play, but what does McEvoy getting the starting nod mean for the program in the long and short term?

Gary Andersen has said from the day he was introduced as UW’s head coach he wants a quarterback who can beat teams with his mind, arm and feet. The selection of McEvoy as the starter reaffirms that and the staff has followed that plan on the recruiting trail also.

3. It seems that many believe Wisconsin’s front seven is the biggest weakness on the team. Why’s that?

Because they lost all seven starters. The projected starters in the front seven enter Saturday with a combined 12 starts. That is 1.7 starts per man in the front seven. Ouch.

4. For LSU fans who haven’t seen him play, why is RB Melvin Gordon so good?

Gordon has more physical ability than former UW tailback Montee Ball, who is projected to start for Denver this season. He is quick through the hole, has breakaway speed and is exceptionally strong in the lower and upper body.

However, UW opponents will find that reserve tailback Corey Clement, a sophomore, is just as good.

5. LSU is expected to play two quarterbacks as well. What do Wisconsin defenders say about Anthony Jennings and Brandon Harris and how do you think they’ll defend each QB?

The players haven’t talked about either player specifically. Defensive coordinator Dave Aranda noted he expects some designed runs for both QBs, but the focus has been on the Tigers’ veteran line and stable of talented runners.

6. What is the one thing Wisconsin must do to win the football game?

I think both teams will enjoy success running the ball so I think points will be scored. UW struggled against quality passing games last season.

Not sure if LSU will have that in Game 1. I’m guessing UW needs to generate a couple turnovers and turn them into touchdowns.

Times Of Interest: LSU-Wisconsin

LSU's band will play at halftime and before Saturday's game. (Bill Feig)

LSU’s band will play at halftime and before Saturday’s game. (Bill Feig)

Friday
12:30 p.m.                            Team departs from campus
1:30 p.m.                              Charter flight departs Baton Rouge Airport
2:30 p.m.                              Team arrives in Houston
3:35 p.m.                              Team arrives at NRG Stadium (walk-thru)
4:45 p.m.                              Team arrives at Omni Hotel
 
Saturday
11 a.m.                                  CST LSU Live Pre-Game Show (NRG Stadium)
3 p.m.                                    LSU Sports Radio Network Crew departs hotel for stadium
5:35 p.m.                              Team departs hotel for stadium 
6 p.m.                                   Team arrives at stadium
6 p.m.                                   LSU Sports Radio Network pre-game show starts 
7:50 p.m.                              LSU Band on field for pre-game
8:04 p.m.                              LSU intro video
8:05 p.m.                              LSU takes field
8:08 p.m.                              Coin Toss at midfield
8:10 p.m.                              Kickoff: LSU vs. Wisconsin on ESPN 
2:30 a.m.                               Team arrives back in Baton Rouge
 
Halftime:
·         LSU Band performs

The Advocate On The Road

You'll find Advocate's in Houston.

You’ll find Advocates in Houston.

Traveling to Houston and need a newspaper? The Advocate hits the road Saturday distributing newspapers around the Houston area. Here’s a list of 15 hotels in which you can buy a Saturday Advocate:

  • Hyatt Regency (Houston)
  • Royal Sonesta (Houston)
  • Marriott West Loop Galleria (Houston)
  • Courtyard Marriott (Houston)
  • Residence Inn Medical Center/Reliant Park (Houston)
  • Hampton Inn and Suites (Houston)
  • Holiday Inn Reliant (Houston)
  • Quality/Reliant Inn and Suites (Houston)
  • Omni Hotel (Houston)
  • Westin Galleria (Houston)
  • Westin Oaks (Houston)
  • JW Marriott (Houston)
  • Hampton Inn Galleria (Houston)
  • Hilton Houston Post Oak (Houston)
  • Hotel Indigo at The Galleria (Houston).

LSU vs. the Big Ten: Five memorable games

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.