Les Miles celebrates 59th birthday by tying LSU milestone

LSU head coach Les Miles acknowledges fans as he arrives at Tiger Stadium to play Alabama in an NCAA college football game in Baton Rouge, La., Saturday, Nov. 3, 2012.  (AP Photo/Bill Haber)
LSU head coach Les Miles acknowledges fans as he arrives at Tiger Stadium to play Alabama in an NCAA college football game in Baton Rouge, La., Saturday, Nov. 3, 2012. (AP Photo/Bill Haber)

Les Miles turned 59 on Saturday, serenaded before the game by LSU students with a rendition of “Happy Birthday to You.”

After the game, Miles was in front of those students singing the alma mater with his team after its 37-17 victory over Mississippi State, having tied a 65-year-old school mark.

Miles won his 83rd game as LSU’s coach, tying Bernie Moore for second place on LSU’s all-time career coaching wins list.

Miles is 83-20 in his eighth season. Moore was 83-39-6 from 1935-47.

Charles McClendon is LSU’s winningest coach with a record of 137-59-7 from 1962-79,

Recruiting roundup

As expected, LSU put less of a emphasis on bringing in recruits for this weekend’s game with Mississippi State than it did for last week’s game against Alabama.

According to 24/7 Sports, LSU’s only official visit was from wide receiver Quantavius Leslie of Hinds (Miss.) Community College, whose commitment to the Tigers is from every indication rock solid.

Notable unofficial visitors included East Feliciana linebacker Kendell Beckwith, Patterson tight end Deondre Skinner (Arkansas commitment), 2014 offensive guard Garrett Brumfield of University High and 2015 U-High running back Nick Brossette.

A number of other LSU commitments made unofficial visits, among them Loranger athlete Jeryl Brazil, Destrehan athlete Rickey Jefferson, Green Oaks athlete Tre’Davious White, Denham Springs defensive tackle Tevin Lawson and Memphis (Tenn.) Central defensive end Frank Herron.

LSU picked up its 24th commitment for 2013 on Thursday when four-star defensive tackle Greg Gilmore (6-foot-4, 285 pounds) of Hope Mills (N.C.) South View picked the Tigers over Florida and Oklahoma.

Hebert absent

Former New Orleans Saints quarterback and WWL sports announcer Bobby Hebert was a no show Saturday, a week after being removed from the LSU press box for cheering during the Alabama game.

Hebert’s ejection from the press box became a national story when he was observed standing and cheering during the game, drawing complaints from those around him. LSU officials declined to say whether Hebert was not allowed to sit in the press box Saturday or chose not to do so.

Football Writers Association of America rules prohibit cheering in working press boxes, which is grounds for being removed from the facility.

Injury report

LSU wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. was injured trying to field a punt at the Tigers’ 29 with 13:06 left in the third quarter but limped off and later returned.

LSU guard Josh Williford was not listed in the Tigers’ two-deep depth chart going into the game. Williford has still not played since suffering a concussion Oct. 6 at Florida.

Meanwhile, Mississippi State was without leading rusher Ladarius Perkins, who was reportedly out with a hip injury. Perkins came in as the Southeastern Conference’s third-leading rusher with 89.3 yards per game. Sophomore Nick Griffin got the start in Perkins’ place.

State coach Dan Mullen said Perkins strained a quadriceps muscle Wednesday in practice. He warmed up and wanted to play, but Mullen said the coaching staff decided to hold him out.

Dominance redux

LSU still hasn’t lost to Mississippi State this century, beating the Bulldogs for the 13th straight time and 20th time in its last 21 meetings with State dating back to 1992. Overall, LSU is 70-33-3 against State (their 106 meetings the most against any opponent in LSU history) and 47-18-1 against the Bulldogs in Baton Rouge.

Tough stretches

State was LSU’s fifth straight ranked opponent, a school record. The Tigers went 4-1 in that stretch.

LSU was State’s third straight ranked opponent. The Bulldogs went 0-3, outscored by LSU, Texas A&M and Alabama by a combined score of 113-37.

“That’s called the Southeastern Conference,” Mullen said of the rugged string of opponents his Bulldogs have faced. “That’s what separates this conference from other conferences. That’s what you sign on for, that’s why kids want to play in this league, why you want to coach in this league. You play against the best and that’s what we have here in the Southeastern Conference.”

Montgomery moves up

Junior defensive end Sam Montgomery recorded his 17th career sack Saturday to move into a tie for 10th place in LSU history with Anthony McFarland (1995-97). Montgomery also passed Kenny Bordelon (1972-75) for ninth place in career tackles for loss with 301/2.

Lagniappe

Jarvis Landry had a career high nine catches for 109 yards. ... Former LSU quarterback Matt Mauck, who led the Tigers to the 2003 BCS national championship, was recognized on the field before Saturday’s game. ... Representatives from the Capital One, Chick-fil-A and Gator bowls were in attendance. ... LSU plays its home finale next Saturday when it hosts Ole Miss. Kickoff is set for 2:30 p.m. on CBS. ... LSU (8-2, 4-2 SEC) has now won eight or more games for the 13th straight year, a school record. ... LSU is 49-0 under Miles when rushing for over 100 yards and holding its opponent under 100. The Tigers outrushed the Bulldogs 119-47.

Advocate sportswriter
Sheldon Mickles
contributed to this report.