Read below for the game notes following LSU's tight-call against Arkansas in Fayetteville on Friday afternoon.
LSU takes the field against Arkansas on Friday
2. LSU won the toss and deferred its option to the second half. Arkansas received the opening kickoff.
3. With today’s 20‐13 victory, LSU improves to 36‐20‐2 all‐time versus Arkansas. Seven of the last eight meetings in the series have been
decided by one score or less.
a. LSU moves to 11‐6 when the two teams have battled for “The Boot” starting in 1996.
b. Today’s meeting at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium in Fayetteville was the first meeting between the two programs
since 1992 on the Arkansas campus.
4. LSU improves to 10‐2 on the season, its 14th season in school history with double figure wins.
a. Of the 14 10‐win season in LSU history, Les Miles has been responsible for six of them.
5. LSU has won 21‐straight games and 39‐of‐41 when scoring 20 or more points since the 2009 season. The last time LSU lost a game when
scoring 20 points or more was in 2010 at Arkansas (31‐23) in Little Rock. a. LSU is 9‐0 this year when reaching the 20‐point mark.
6. LSU is 44‐5 under Les Miles when winning the turnover battle.
7. LSU has won 19 consecutive games versus unranked opponents dating back to a 25‐23 setback at Ole Miss during the 2009 season. The
Tigers improve to 51‐4 under Les Miles against unranked opponents.
8. LSU’s defense held its opponent scoreless during the first half for the second time this season. The defense also limited Florida without a
point in the first half.
a. Under DC John Chavis, LSU’s defense has totaled seven first half shutouts going back to the 2009 season.
b. In 52 games with Chavis as defensive coordinator, LSU has surrendered just 3.1 first quarter points (163 total) and 7.9 first half
points (409 total) per game.
9. TE Travis Dickson made his first career start as LSU opened the game in a two tight end formation. For the season, the Tigers have 15 first
time starters during the 2012 season.
a. WR Jarvis Landry also made his first start of the 2012 season and second of his career. His only other career start came during
the Kentucky game in 2011.
10. LSU’s offense has rushed the ball 297 times without a fumble, a streak that dates back to the Towson game on September 29.
11. QB Zach Mettenberger completed 16‐of‐29 passes for 217 yards and one touchdown in Saturday’s 20‐13 victory over Arkansas. He
connected for 4‐of‐7 passes for 76 yards during the fourth quarter.
a. Mettenberger is the first LSU quarterback with four‐straight 200‐yard passing games since JaMarcus Russell did it to finish his career in 2006 against Mississippi State (330), Florida (228), Kentucky (226), Fresno State (210), Tennessee (247), Alabama (207), Ole Miss (217), Arkansas (210) and Notre Dame (332).
b. Mettenberger has thrown for a TD pass in eight of his 12 career starts, including four of his last five outings going back to the Texas A&M game on October 20.
c. Mettenberger had his run of three straight games versus SEC opponents with at least 250 passing yards come to a close. The last LSU QB to accomplish that feat was Tommy Hodson against Kentucky, Tennessee and Ole Miss in 1989.
12. WR Jarvis Landry extended LSU’s lead to 10‐0 with 1:12 to play in the second quarter on a one‐handed 22‐yard touchdown reception from Mettenberger. It was Landry’s fourth touchdown catch of the season and of his career.
a. For Landry, the 22‐yard TD reception also was the longest of his career. His previous career long was 19 yards during the Mississippi State game earlier this season.
b. Landry finished with a team‐leading eight receptions for 75 yards. He has garnered a TD catch in three of his last four outings going back to the Alabama game on November 3.
13. WR Odell Beckham, Jr. came away with four catches for 112 yards. It marked the second time in Beckham’s career that went over the 100‐
a. Beckham delivered a pivotal 47‐yard reception on LSU’s final drive during the 4th quarter on a 3rd and 10 that went all the way
down to the Arkansas 17‐yard line. The play also set up Drew Alleman’s 27‐yard field goal for the final margin of 20‐13.
14. RB Jeremy Hill rushed 18 times for 77 yards and a touchdown. He now has 10 rushing TD s for the season, tied for the second‐most in program history by a freshmen with Justin Vincent during the 2003 season.
a. Hill scored on a 1‐yard plunge with 9:03 remaining in the third quarter to push LSU’s lead to 17‐3.
b. Hill has now rushed for 631 yards on the season to rank No. 7 by a LSU freshmen running back in a single‐season. He eclipsed Kendall Cleveland (1995, 562 yards) and Rondell Mealey (1996, 603 yards) during the Arkansas game.
15. After an Arkansas field goal cut the LSU lead to 10‐3 with 10:32 left in the third quarter, RB Michael Ford broke loose for a career‐long 87‐yard kickoff return from inside the goal line.
a. Ford’s return set up the LSU offense at the 13‐yard line which led to Hill’s one‐yard scoring run.
16. PK Drew Alleman made field goals of 49 yards with 4:45 left in the first quarter and 27 yards with 1:26 remaining in the fourth quarter.
a. Alleman’s 49‐yard field goal during the first quarter was a career‐long. His previous mark of 44 yards came against Oregon and North Texas during the 2011 and 2012 seasons, respectively.
b. Alleman has now made 36 field goals in his LSU career, tying him for sixth place on the school’s all‐time career list with Juan Betanzos (1982‐84).
c. With two made PATs, Alleman has converted 105‐straight which continues to rank second in LSU history, trailing David Browndyke’s 109.
17. P Brad Wing had one punt downed at the 6‐yard line with 13:44 remaining in the second quarter.
a. During his career, Wing has had at least one punt stopped inside the 20‐yard line in 21 of his 23 career appearances.
b. Wing has now had 21 punts downed inside the 20‐yard line for the season
and 48 for his career.
c. Wing uncorked a 69‐yard punt, the second longest of his career and tied for fifth all‐time in program history with Donnie Jones versus UAB in 2000, with 10:47 left in the fourth quarter. His career long was a 73‐yard boot during the regular season game at Alabama last season.
18. LB Lamin Barrow equaled a career‐high with 12 tackles highlighted by seven solo stuffs. He also picked up 12 tackles during LSU’s 23‐21 victory over South Carolina earlier this season.
a. Barrow also forced his first career fumble when he stripped Arkansas’ Dennis Johnson with 11:08 remaining in the first quarter. The play stopped Arkansas’ opening drive at the LSU 2‐yard line.
b. The fumble was recovered by DE Chancey Aghayere, the first of his career.
19. LB Kevin Minter tacked on 10 tackles, the fourth time he has notched double digit stops on the season.
20. CB Jalen Mills secured a career‐high nine tackles, his previous mark was seven during LSU’s victory over Washington earlier this season.
21. CB Tharold Simon intercepted a pass from Arkansas’ Tyler Wilson on the second drive of the first quarter for his fourth INT of the season and seventh of his career.
a. Simon returned the INT a career‐long 21 yards which set up a made 49‐yard field by Drew Alleman for LSU’s first points of the game.
b. Simon is the third LSU player during the 2012 season to record INT’s in back‐to‐back games. CB Jalen Mills (Washington and Idaho games) and S Craig Loston (Ole Miss and Mississippi State games) also accomplished the feat this season.
22. DT Josh Downs recorded his 2.5 sack of the season during the first quarter. Downs has picked up 2.5 of his 3.5 career sacks in 2012.
23. DT Bennie Logan blocked his first field goal of the season, a 40‐yard attempt by Arkansas’ Zach Hocker, with 5:12 remaining in the second quarter. The attempt would have tied the score at 3‐3.
a. For Logan, it was his second career recorded field goal block. His first came in the second quarter of the regular season game on a 49‐yard attempt at Alabama during the 2011 season.
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