||LSU at VANDERBILT
6 p.m. CT
Vanderbilt Stadium (39,773)
|LIVE TV: ESPNU
[Clay Matvick, play-by-play; Herm Edwards, analyst; Jessica Mendoza, sidelines]
Les Miles is in his sixth season at LSU with a record of 52-15 (.776) and 10th overall with a record of 80-36 (.690). The Tigers' offensive coordinator is Gary Crowton and the defensive coordinator is John Chavis.
Robbie Caldwell is in his first season at Vanderbilt and overall. The Commodores' offensive coordinator is Jimmy Kiser and the defensive coordinator is Jamie Bryant.
WHAT TO LOOK FOR WHEN LSU HAS THE BALL
QB Jordan Jefferson opened the season by throwing for 151 yards and a pair of TDs in the win over North Carolina, while RB Stevan Ridley rushed for a career-best 81 yards on 19 carries in the opener. WR Russell Shepard scored both on the ground (50-yard run) and through the air (6-yard TD catch) against North Carolina as he finished with 67 rushing yards and two catches for 12 yards.
In his first start, Jay Fullam (R-Fr., safety) shared the team high in tackles (12) with VU defensive leader Chris Marve. Eddie Foster produced career highs in tackles (8) and tackles for loss (3). Sean Richardson added eight total tackles, including 2.5 tackles for loss. Tim Fugger had a career-high 1.5 QB sacks. He also forced a fumble and turnover during one of the sacks.
WHAT TO LOOK FOR WHEN VANDERBILT HAS THE BALL
Defensively, LB Kelvin Sheppard led the Tigers with 10 tackles in the opener versus UNC. Patrick Peterson added five tackles, including one for a loss, against the Tar Heels. LSU's rushing defense came up big in the season-opener against North Carolina as the Tigers allowed just 24 yards on the ground. The 24 rushing yards were the fewest by an opponent since Alabama had 20 yards rushing on Nov. 3, 2007. It was also the third-lowest total in a season-opener dating back to 1970.
The Vanderbilt offense produced 432 total yards last week– 192 rushing and 240 passing. It matches the Commodores' largest total offense outlet against a BCS-member opponent since 2006. Larry Smith put together one of the finest performances of his career, completing 19 of 33 passes for 240 yards and a TD. Brandon Barden hauled in the longest TD reception of his career, a 36-yarder from Smith late in the third quarter. Jonathan Krause impressed in his first Commodore game. The true freshmen shared the team high with four receptions and had 55 receiving yards, behind only Barden's 63-yard total.
Peterson made his impact felt immediately as LSU's return specialist, setting the school record for return yards with 257 vs. North Carolina. Peterson ranks No. 2 in the nation in punt returns (39.2), No. 3 in all-purpose yards (257.0) and No. 11 in kickoff returns (33.3). He was named SEC Special Teams Player of the Week on Monday.
A blocked field goal early in the fourth quarter by T.J. Greenstone last week was the Commodores' first FG block since Greg Billinger stuffed a South Carolina attempt on Sept. 4, 2008. Ryan Fowler missed his only extra point attempt and was just 1-of-2 in FG tries, hitting from 30 yards and missing from 46 yards. Fowler, who enjoyed a consistent preseason camp, entered the season perfect in PATs (20-of-20) from his SEC All-Freshman campaign in 2009. He also converted his final eight FGs last year.
Record: LSU, 21-7-1
Saturday's game will be the first between the teams in Nashville since the 2005 season when LSU posted a 34-6 victory... Last year, LSU beat Vanderbilt, 23-9, in Tiger Stadium in a game that was also played during the second week of the season...LSU is 21-7-1 all-time against the Commodores, while Les Miles is 2-0 against Vanderbilt... This will be the earliest LSU and Vanderbilt have played as of the 29 previous meetings between the teams, only three times have the games been played in September (1990, 1991, and 2009)... LSU brings a 14-game winning streak during the month of September into the Vanderbilt contest.