LSU TIGER NOTES
LSU in 2013: TheTigers enter the Outback Bowl with a 9-3 record and ranked 15th in theBCS. LSU ranks in the top four of theSEC in seven statistical categories, including leading the league in PassingEfficiency, Kickoff Returns, Third Down Conversions and Field Goal Percentage. The team averaged 465 yards of offense and 37points per game.
It's Been a While: This will be only the second appearance by the Tigers in the Outback Bowl where theyare 0-1. LSU lost to Syracuse 23-10 inthe 1989 game when it was called the Hall of Fame Bowl.
Tiger Tradition: This is 120th year of football at LSU,compiling an overall record of 752-397-47. The Tigers have won three NationalChampionships, 11 SEC titles, and 22 bowl games along with producing 65 firstteam All-Americans. LSU is the winningest program in the SEC since the start ofLes Miles' tenure as head coach in 2005.
LSU in the Bowls: This is the 45th bowl appearance for the Tigers.They hold a 22-21-1 record in bowls. This is also their 14th consecutive bowl appearance.
Feature Players:The Tigersoffense is a balance of one of the league's top passing attacks combined with aground game that averages 200 yards per game. The Tigers will be without QB ZachMettenberger who suffered a season-ending injury in their final game. He was the SEC's fourth leading passer with 3,082yards and 22 TDs. He also led the leaguein pass efficiency completing 64.9% of his passes and was 5th inTotal Offense. He will be replaced by truefreshman Anthony Jennings who ledthe Tigers on an 8-play, 99-yard scoring drive to win their last game againstArkansas.
Mettenberger's favoritetargets include two of the top receivers in the SEC in Jarvis Landry (75 catches for 1,172 yards and 10 TDs) and Odell Beckham Jr. (57 catches, 1,117yds, 8 TDs) who accounted for 67% of the team's receptions. Beckham also led the SEC in All-PurposeYards, was fourth in Punt Returns and third in Kickoff Returns.
The rushing game is led by Jeremy Hill, the second leading rusherin the SEC, who notched 1,185 yards on 175 carries and 14 TDs averaging 6.8yards per carry and 108 yards per game. Terrence Magee added 614 yards and 8TDs on 79 carries for a 7.8 avg. while AlfredBlue and Kenny Hilliard combinedfor more than 600 yards and 8 TDs as well.
The Tigers kicking game ishandled by Colby Delahoussaye wholed the league in field goal percentage converting 13-of-14 attempts (92.9%)and 53-of-54 PATs.
Finally, the LSU defense centersaround linebackers Lamin Barrow, D.J. Welter and Kwon Alexander and ends DanielleHunter and Jermauria Rasco. Barrow leads the team with 86 tackles,including 4.5 for losses and 1.5 sacks. Welter has notched 74 tackles and 1 sack, while Alexander had 6.5tackles for loss and 61 total stops. Hunter and Rasco each registered 6.5 TFL and combined for 105 tacklesand 6 sacks. CB Jalen Mills led the team with 3 interceptions and added 3 sacksamong his 61 tackles.
Coach Les Miles: Les Miles isin his 9th season as LSU Head Coach where he is 93-24 and the winningest coachin the SEC over that period. He has won a National Championship, two SEC titles,appeared in two National Championship games and won five bowl games at LSU. He was named National Coach of the Year in2011. Coach Miles made two previous appearances in the Outback (Hall of Fame) Bowlwhile an assistant coach at Michigan in the 1988 and 1994 Bowls.