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September 14, 2013
LSU-Kent State pre-game notebook
LSU is a huge favorite when Kent State comes to Tiger Stadium on Saturday night. However, a Mid-American Conference school handed LSU one of its most disappointing losses. In 1986 Miami (Ohio) beat the Tigers 21-12. That LSU team went on to win the Southeastern Conference title.
The Tigers have a 4-1 record against MAC teams. LSU has not met a team from that conference in 11 years. In 2002, the Tigers defeated Ben Roethlisberger-led Miami (Ohio) 33-7.
LSU has won 43 consecutive regular-season games against non-Southeastern Conference opponents. Its last defeat against a non-SEC team in the regular season came at the hands of Virginia Tech - 26-8 in the 2002 season-opener. The Tigers have lost bowl games to Penn State and Clemson.
Another winning streak for LSU will be on the line Saturday. The Tigers have won 20 consecutive games against unranked opponents. LSU's last setback to an unranked team came against Ole Miss (25-23) in 2009. UAB is the last non-conference opponent to win in Tiger Stadium - 13-10 in 2000.
Since Les Miles became coach in 2005, the Tigers have a 51-7 home record. LSU has won 26 straight non-SEC home games under Miles. The victory against UAB extended the Tigers' winning streak in August/September games to 30. LSU's last loss in either month occurred in 2006 at Auburn.
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The Tigers have a 38-2 mark in home Saturday night games since Miles became coach. The only visiting teams with Saturday night Tiger Stadium victories are Florida (2009) and Alabama (2012). Boise State is the one FBS team with more wins than LSU since 2005. Boise State has 94 victories, while LSU has 87.
LSU is one of four SEC teams to get points on every red-zone opportunity this season. The Tigers have six touchdowns and three field goals. The three other teams who are perfect in the red zone are Vanderbilt (eight chances), Auburn (seven chances) and Alabama (one chance).
Zach Mettenberger's six touchdown passes and 533 passing yards are the most for a LSU quarterback in the first two games of a season. Alan Risher (1982 against Oregon State and Rice) and JaMarcus Russell (2006 against UL-Lafayette and Arizona) were the Tigers with five scoring passes in the first two games.
Mettenberger's 32 pass completions in the first two games are the most for a LSU quarterback in 12 years. Rohan Davey also completed 32 passes against Tulane and Utah State to start the 2001 season.
With Mettenberger as the starting quarterback, the Tigers have a 12-3 record. He has thrown for at least 250 yards in five of his last seven games.
Odell Beckham is No. 1 in the country in all-purpose yardage with 603 yards. Beckham's 331 all-purpose yards against UAB were the third most in Tigers history. Beckham is the first LSU player with back-to-back 100-yard receiving games at the start of a season since Michael Clayton in 2003.
Beckham's 100-yard field goal return against UAB was the 20th special-teams touchdown since Miles became Tigers coach. Beckham has three of the 20 touchdowns as he had punt returns for scores against North Texas and Ole Miss last season.
Jarvis Landry has caught 46 passes in LSU's last seven games. He has also made a touchdown reception in four consecutive games. Landry is tied with Beckham and Arkansas' Javontee Herndon for the SEC lead in touchdown catches with three.
Tigers players are first in the conference in three other statistical areas. Beckham leads the SEC in all-purpose yards with 603. Colby Delahoussaye is tied with Texas A&M's Taylor Bertolet for the most kick-scoring points with 21. Both Mettenberger and the Aggies' Johnny Manziel have six touchdown passes.
Kent State's one victory this season came against a FCS school - Liberty. The Golden Flashes lost their Mid-American Conference opener last week against Bowling Green.
Kent State's first victory in school history against a ranked team occurred last season in a 35-23 decision against then-No. 15 Rutgers. The Golden Flashes have won six consecutive road games, including five by double digits. Saturday's game will be Kent State's first away game in 2013.
The Golden Flashes has lost all 11 of their previous meetings against Southeastern Conference teams. Seven of Kent State's defeats have come against Kentucky. In addition, the margin of defeat in seven of those 11 games has been at least 30 points.
Golden Flashes head coach Paul Haynes was the defensive coordinator at Arkansas last season. LSU gained just 306 yards in beating the Razorbacks 20-13 a year ago. Haynes was a two-time All-Mid-American defensive back during his career from 1987-91.
Kent State has two returning 1,000-yard rushers in Dri Archer and Trayion Durham. Both eclipsed the 1,300-yard mark in 2012. Archer has carried the ball just three times in the first two games due to an ankle injury. He is questionable for the LSU game.
Defensive lineman Roosevelt Nix is second among active FBS players in career tackles-for-loss with 56. He had four tackles-for-loss in the Golden Flashes' loss to Bowling Green last week. Kent State defensive linemen have 10½ tackles-for-loss in the first two games.
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Wide receiver Tyshon Goode is third in Kent State history with 148 catches and fourth in receiving yardage with 1,913 yards. Goode has caught 12 touchdown passes in his career.
For the second consecutive week, LSU's game will be televised on ESPNU. The broadcasting crew will be the same as last Saturday - Clay Matvick (play-by-play), Matt Stinchcomb (analyst) and Dawn Davenport (sideline reporter).
Team statistical comparison
LSU points per game: 46.5
Kent State opponents points per game: 25.5
LSU rushing yards per game: 174.5
Kent State opponents rushing yards per game: 126.0
LSU passing yards per game: 272.0
Kent State opponents passing yards per game: 273.0
LSU pass completion percentage: 64
Kent State opponents pass completion percentage: 70
LSU turnovers: 2
Kent State opponents turnovers: 0
LSU sacks allowed: 2
Kent State sacks: 6
LSU red-zone touchdown percentage: 67 (6-of-9)
Kent State opponents touchdown percentage: 63 (5-of-8)
Kent State points per game: 19.5
LSU opponents points per game: 22.0
Kent State rushing yards per game: 152.5
LSU opponents rushing yards per game: 137.0
Kent State passing yards per game: 179.0
LSU opponents passing yards per game: 140.5
Kent State pass completion percentage: 64
LSU opponents pass completion percentage: 45
Kent State turnovers: 2
LSU opponents turnovers: 3
Kent State sacks allowed: 2
LSU sacks: 4
Kent State red-zone touchdown percentage: 100 (3-of-3)
LSU opponents red-zone touchdown percentage: 40 (2-of-5)
Individual statistical leaders
LSU: Terrence Magee - 17 carries, 102 yards, 2 touchdowns
Kent State: Trayion Durham - 32 carries, 116 yards, 1 touchdown
LSU: Zach Mettenberger - 51 attempts, 32 completions, 533 yards, 6 touchdowns, 0 interceptions
Kent State: Colin Reardon - 56 attempts, 36 completions, 358 yards, 4 touchdowns, 0 interceptions
LSU: Jarvis Landry - 13 catches, 180 yards, 3 touchdowns
Kent State: Tyshon Goode - 12 catches, 99 yards
LSU: DE Jermauria Rasco - 11
Kent State: LB Matt Dellinger - 18
LSU: DE Jermauria Rasco - 1½
Kent State: DE Zack Hitchens - 2
LSU: CB Jalen Mills - 1
Kent State: None
LSU: Jamie Keehn - 7 punts, 41.4-yard average
Kent State: Anthony Melchiori - 10 punts, 45.1-yard average
LSU: Colby Delahoussaye - 3-of-3 on FG, 12-of-12 on XP
Kent State: Anthony Melchiori - 1-of-1 on FG, 4-of-4 on XP
LSU: Odell Beckham - 5 kickoff returns, 157 yards; 3 punt returns, 59 yards
Kent State: Ernest Calhoun - 6 kickoff returns, 132 yards
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