LSU Tigers: Washington Huskies

LSU has record night

September, 9, 2012
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BATON ROUGE, La. -- LSU's 41-3 win over Washington allowed the Tigers to tie an FBS record with 39 consecutive non-conference, regular-season wins.

"I think that speaks to the strength of the school and the opportunities for all the athletes with the want and desire to participate," LSU coach Les Miles said."

LSU also tied the school record with its 19th straight win at Tiger Stadium. The current Tigers roster has 61 players who have never lost at home.

"Not a bad night," Miles said. "Nice to be a Tiger."

Especially a Tiger coached by Miles. The eighth-year LSU coach improved to 77-18 and 29-0 in regular-season non-conference games. He's 34-1 overall against non-conference opponents, with the one loss coming against Penn State in the Capitol One Bowl at the end of the 2009 season. Penn State later had to vacate the win in the aftermath of the Jerry Sandusky scandal.

LSU has also won 23 consecutive games in September.

Instant analysis: LSU 41, Washington 3

September, 8, 2012
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No. 3 LSU's home date with Washington was one of the biggest nonconference games on the docket for Week 2 of the 2012 season. Unfortunately for football lovers it didn't live up to that billing, as the Tigers steamrolled the Huskies in a 41-3 white-washing. Here's the quick gist from Baton Rouge, La.

It was over when: LSU running back Kenny Hilliard dove into the end zone early in the third quarter to give the Tigers a 27-3 lead. The score gave LSU a lopsided scoreline to go along with what was an absolutely dominating box score. The Tigers outgained Washington 437 yards to 183 and limited the Huskies to a startling 26 yards rushing. Red zone woes forced the Tigers to settle for two field goals in the second quarter, holding them to a modest 20-3 lead at halftime. Hilliard's touchdown broke that open.

Game ball goes to: Alfred Blue continued his strong start to the season with a 101 yards on just 14 carries. On LSU's second possession of the night, he coasted untouched through the Washington defense for a 21-yard touchdown and a 7-3 lead that the Tigers would not surrender. It was Blue's second straight 100-yard game, making him the first LSU back to open the season with two 100-yard games since Charles Scott in 2008.

Injury bug: Washington had already lost starting right tackle Ben Riva and starting running back Jesse Callier in the season opener. Those injury woes continued early on Saturday night when the Huskies lost another offensive tackle, Erik Kohler, to a re-aggravated knee injury. The Huskies' ability to protect quarterback Keith Price was already an issue, and the loss of Kohler only exacerbated that. Price was on the run for his life all night and finished with just 157 yards and an interception.

Dropping the ball: LSU quarterback Zach Mettenberger had a solid night in his second outing. He completed 12 of 18 passes for 195 yards and a touchdown. That said, the Tigers' receivers did him no favors by dropping five passes on the night. LSU wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. had an especially forgettable night, as he dropped several passes in addition to fumbling away the kickoff that led to Washington's lone field goal.

What it means: Not much we didn't already know. The Tigers took care of business with a 38-point win despite some sloppy mistakes, but this was never supposed to be a major test on the schedule. The Huskies look like they'll go as far as their quarterback can carry them this season -- but that won't be far if they can't find a running game to keep defenses honest and off Price's back.

LSU hoping Price, UW brings out best 

September, 7, 2012
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BATON ROUGE -- Twice in LSU's 41-14 season-opening win over North Texas, Tigers pre-season all-American safety Eric Reid blew coverages resulting in both Mean Green touchdowns.

He wasn't alone.

LSU had at least seven plays where sloppy execution cost the Tigers. There was a punt return for a touchdown by Odell Beckham Jr. called back by penalty and another long return called back. There were's Reid's mistakes, both on third-and-longs. There was Drew Alleman missing what was, for him, a chip-shot 34-yard field goal. There was talented young Zach Mettenberger not seeing the blitz coming and taking a hard shot on a sack then, throwing a red zone interception later. There was a Mettenberger touchdown pass called back by penalty.

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With Washington traveling to Baton Rouge, La. this weekend to play third-ranked LSU, Todd McShay, Steve Muench and Kevin Weidl of Scouts Inc. analyze how the two teams stack up.

They break down the matchup and predict the final score.

Heading into Saturday's game the Huskies have an edge at quarterback and receiver, while the Tigers hold an advantage at every other position.

How does Washington stack up along the lines? Can the Huskies slow down LSU's ground game? Will Washington keep the game close? For answers to these pressing questions, click here for complete pregame analysis.

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LSU-UW by the numbers: 38 

September, 6, 2012
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BATON ROUGE, La. -- It's an area where LSU carries the SEC banner quite boldly.

And nobody waves it better than Les Miles.

If the Tigers beat Washington Saturday at Tiger Stadium, they will tie an FBS record with 39 straight non-conference, regular-season wins. The streak, which started with a win over the Citadel on Sept. 7, 2002, would tie the mark set by Kansas State from 1993-2003.

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Five storylines: LSU Tigers 

September, 6, 2012
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BATON ROUGE, La. -- Here are the five big storylines facing No. 3 LSU in its game against against Washington on Saturday at Tiger Stadium:

1. An early impression: It will be hard for LSU to make an impression in any other game in a light early schedule (North Texas and Idaho are the other two opponents before a Sept. 22 trip to Auburn), and UW is the only game against a BCS opponent in the Tigers' non-conference schedule.

2. Secondary tested: UW has a 3,000-yard passer in Keith Price and talented receivers in Kasen Williams and Austin Seferian-Jenkins. How will the Tigers' young secondary hold up against a potent Pac-12 attack?

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LSU OT Faulk out for Washington 

September, 5, 2012
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BATON ROUGE, La. -- LSU will be without left tackle Chris Faulk when the third-ranked Tigers host Washington Saturday at Tiger Stadium because of an unspecified injury suffered this week at practice, head coach Les Miles said Wednesday.

"We don't know exactly how bad [the injury is]," Miles said. "We hope to return him to the game sometime soon. I don't know the specifics there."

Miles did not specify the nature of Faulk's injury, but he made it clear that he would miss the UW game.

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LSU needs better pass rush against UW

September, 5, 2012
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BATON ROUGE, La. -- In many preseason projections, LSU's defensive line was rated among the two best in college football, along with Florida State.

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Derick E. Hingle/US PresswireLSU DC John Chavis would like to see his unit rush the passer better.
With FSU losing its best defensive lineman, Brandon Jenkins, for the season, the Tigers' front four looks to now be considered the nation's best without question.

So that makes the Tigers' lack of defensive line production in a season-opening 41-14 win over North Texas Saturday that much more puzzling. LSU had no sacks on Mean Green quarterback Derek Thompson, the result of a UNT game-planning and things LSU wants to improve on.

"I felt like we had a good pass rush against [North Texas], but sometimes they were getting rid of it very quickly and under duress," LSU head coach Les Miles said.

On North Texas' two touchdowns, however, the Tigers blitzed and did not get to Thompson, who threw touchdown passes with the aid of mistakes in the secondary.

"Frankly, on the two [touchdown] completions, we would have enjoyed a little more pass rush," Miles said. "I think what we are doing is correct. We just need to improve on our technique and get to the passer. We need pressure."

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Tigers supporting Mathieu

September, 4, 2012
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BATON ROUGE, La. -- Tyrann Mathieu started a new chapter in his LSU life Tuesday, that of a regular, pay-his-own-way student.

The 2011 Heisman Trophy finalist started classes Tuesday after going through four weeks of substance-abuse rehabilitation in Houston with John Lucas. He was dismissed from the team Aug. 10 for violating the school's substance-abuse policy. He chose to return to LSU rather than transfer to a Football Championship Subdivision school, where he would have been able to play right away.

His former teammates said they will remain supportive of the player who became known nationally as the "Honey Badger."

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Washington coach Steve Sarkisian stopped by The Scott Van Pelt Show Tuesday to talk about the Huskies’ trip to Baton Rouge, La., to play LSU Saturday.

Sarkisian, who will be making his first trip to Tiger Stadium, talked about studying the “history, tradition and pageantry” of the program his Huskies face this week.

The interview also covers Washington’s difficult 2012 schedule, the impact of the program’s new assistant coaches and the development of quarterback Keith Price.

To listen to the full interview, click here.

BATON ROUGE, La. -- It didn't take long for the LSU natives to get a little restless.

In the debut of the quarterback they've been waiting for, Zach Mettenberger, the Tigers offense kept a lot in the back pocket. In the fourth quarter, LSU fans booed one of several quick screen passes called in the Tigers' 41-14 win over North Texas Saturday.

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Young DBs vulnerable? Don't bet on it 

September, 2, 2012
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BATON ROUGE, La. -- If you're looking for a vulnerability in No. 3 LSU's defense, you don't have to go much further than the scoring summary of Saturday's 41-14 win over North Texas:

"UNT: Brelan Chancellor 80 pass from Derek Thompson (Olen kick)."

Then, later:

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GeauxTigerNation writers Gary Laney and David Helman get you ready for the season with a daily breakdown throughout August of what LSU is facing in the fall, from its opponents, to its road trips to who it's recruiting. Today, David Helman asked the questions in a Q&A with Mason Kelley of ESPN.com's HuskyNation, which covers Washington:

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Gary A. Vasquez/US PresswireWashington QB Keith Price will be a focal point for LSU's defense.
Q: Quarterback Keith Price is the name the majority of LSU fans will know going into this matchup. After losing running back Chris Polk, who steps up to help Price move the ball?

A: Replacing Polk is one of the key questions Washington is looking to address early in fall camp. The Huskies have options at the running back position in junior Jesse Callier, sophomore Bishop Sankey and Deontae Cooper, who is coming off knee injuries in back-to-back seasons.

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Vanderdoes names his top 15 

June, 18, 2012
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Monday was a busy day for commitments in the West region, but defensive tackle Eddie Vanderdoes (Auburn, Calif./Placer) isn't exactly ready to jump into the commitment scene. More than half of the top 30 players in the West have already made verbal commitments, but Vanderdoes is taking things slowly. On Monday, the 6-foot-3, 285-pound lineman took to twitter to release a list of his top 15 schools.

Alabama, Baylor, California, Florida, Georgia Tech, LSU, Miami, Michigan, Michigan State, Nebraska, Oregon, Penn State, UCLA, USC and Washington all made the cut. Vanderdoes included in his tweet that he will be cutting that down to a top 10 group soon.

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