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Matchups to watch in Mississippi State’s visit to LSU

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- LSU quarterback Anthony Jennings (10) throws downfield as UL-M linebacker Ray Stovall (90) applies pressure during the second quarter of the teams' game Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014 in Baton Rouge. LSU won 31-0.

QB Dak Prescott vs. LSU’s linebackers The Mississippi State junior has everything a coach wants in a dual-threat QB: At 6-foot-2 and 230 pounds, he provides matchup issues galore. Prescott has rushed for 273 yards and two touchdowns on 40 attempts. He thrives on first down, rushing for two touchdowns… Continue reading →

Tigers’ depth at linebacker pays off

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- LSU linebacker Duke Riley, right, and defensive back Rashard Robinson take down UL-Monroe tight end Harley Scioneaux during the Tigers' 31-0 win Saturday in Tiger Stadium. Riley had eight tackles in the game.

LSU linebacker Duke Riley learned he would make his first college start on Thursday, just two days before the Tigers’ game with Louisiana-Monroe. Deion Jones received the same notification Saturday morning — less than 12 hours before kickoff. Like many of LSU’s backups eagerly awaiting their opportunity, you would never have known if they were… Continue reading →

LSU notebook: Chemistry’s to blame for offensive line’s inconsistency, Vadal Alexander says

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- LSU center Elliott Porter (55) and tackle Vadal Alexander prepare to block UL-Monroe linebacker Ray Stovall during the first quarter of the teams' game Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014.

Chemistry is needed, left guard Vadal Alexander said. Through three games, LSU’s offensive line hasn’t quite lived up to its preseason hype. The veteran, experienced unit has struggled at times to create holes and block pass-rushers, especially in the first half of games. What’s the deal? “Just better chemistry as a whole, among other things.… Continue reading →

Live updates during the Monday lunch press conference of LSU coach Les Miles

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- LSU head coach Les Miles has a word with an official after the UL-M interception during the second quarter of the teams' game Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014 in Baton Rouge.

It's the week leading up to Saturday's SEC opener against Mississippi State in Tiger Stadium for the LSU football team. Click here for updates during the Monday lunch press conference of LSU coach Les Miles previews the game and reviews the Tigers' 31-0 victory against Louisiana-Monroe last Saturday. Click here to see the report.Continue reading →

Film Room: Advocate’s Ross Dellenger breaks down the key plays in LSU’s victory over Louisiana-Monroe

Welcome to Film Room, our weekly analysis of LSU’s last football game. Have a seat. No talking. No tweeting. No texting. Pay attention. Enter the Film Room here.… Continue reading →

LSU’s reliance on the running game reaches a new high under Les Miles

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- LSU running back Terrence Magee (18) battles for yardage as ULM's Mitch Lane (7), Hunter Kissinger (48) and Joey Gautney (99) apply pressure during the second half of the teams' game Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014, in Baton Rouge. LSU won 31-0.

A quarter of the way through the season, LSU’s offensive identity is becoming clear: 4 yards and a cloud of you-know-what. Averaging 4.3 yards per carry, the Tigers have run the ball more times (157) than all but six other teams in the Football Bowl Subdivision. They’re running almost three times more often than they’re passing… Continue reading →

UP NEXT FOR LSU: Mississippi State

Mississippi State at LSU WHEN: 6 p.m. Saturday WHERE: Tiger Stadium TV: ESPN RADIO: WDGL-FM 98.1 (Baton Rouge); WWL-AM 870 and WWWL-FM 105.3 (New Orleans); KLWB-FM, 103.7 (Lafayette) Scouting report The Bulldogs haven’t won in Tiger… Continue reading →

How they scored

First quarter LSU: Colby Delahoussaye 21 field goal at 3:20. DRIVE: 12 plays, 45 yards, 5:41. KEY PLAYS: Drive set up on 26-yard punt return by Tre’Davious White to midfield. Kenny Hilliard 3-yard run on third-and-2 to Louisiana-Monroe 39. Anthony Jennings 14-yard pass to Travin Dural to ULM 23. Jennings 23-yard pass to… Continue reading →

Tigers backs struggle at start, break loose in second half

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- LSU running back Darrel Williams celebrates his touchdown run during the second quarter Saturday at Tiger Stadium. Williams had seven carries for 37 yards and two touchdowns.

Everyone remembers the Heisman celebration. When LSU freshman running back Leonard Fournette rumbled 4 yards into the end zone for his first career touchdown and struck the infamous pose, he immediately became the talk of both local and national media. Fournette was the star. It’s a tag that comes with being the No. 1 recruit in the… Continue reading →

LSU’s Anthony Jennings strengthens grip on top quarterback job

Advocate staff photo by Bill Feig -- LSU quarterback Anthony Jennings is pursued by a host of UL-Monroe defenders after a good gain in the first quarter Saturday at Tiger Stadium.

Some observers entered the season believing LSU would employ a two-quarterback system. Others predicted true freshman Brandon Harris would eventually overtake opening-day starter Anthony Jennings. Judging by Saturday night’s developments, it appears Jennings may be strengthening his grip on the QB job. Jennings got his third straight start to begin his sophomore season, and unlike in… Continue reading →

LSU 31, UL-Monroe 0: Three and out

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- LSU defensive end Danielle Hunter, left, and defensive tackle Davon Godchaux celebrate during the first half Saturday in Tiger Stadium.

That this year’s LSU defense isn’t the inconsistent, sometimes messy one of last season. Even with starters missing — LBs Kwon Alexander and Lamar Louis didn’t play — the unit put up a goose egg for a second straight game, the first time that’s happened since 1985. But enough about the D. The offense… Continue reading →

Get ready for Week 3 in the SEC:

Associated Press photo by DAVID GOLDMAN -- Georgia's Todd Gurley, right, runs the ball in the first half against Clemson on Aug. 30 in Athens, Ga. Georgia won 45-21.

WHEN: 11 a.m. Saturday WHERE: Vanderbilt Stadium (39,790), Nashville, Tenn. TV: Fox SERIES: Vanderbilt leads 2-0. BETTING LINE: Vanderbilt -17 STAT THAT MATTERS: Through two games, Vanderbilt’s offense has totaled only 445 yards, or 222.5 total offensive yards per game. The Commodores average 3.9 yards per play. NOTES: The term “ugly” doesn’t truly… Continue reading →

UL-Monroe at LSU: Predictions

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- John Larkin Turner, 8, of Mer Rouge, watches from the lawn of the Journalism Building, as the LSU players come down the hill Sept. 6  before the Tigers' game against Sam Houston State at Tiger Stadium.

The big play has been LSU’s staple for success. Against Wisconsin, we saw touchdowns of 80, 36 and 28 yards. Last week, the Tigers had scores of 94, 28 and 46 yards. They’ve rarely marched down the field for a clock-eating drive. They might have to do that against good defenses. That problem won’t be had… Continue reading →

UL-Monroe at LSU: Four Downs

Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- LSU's mascot, Mike the Tiger, cheers as the cheerleaders spell 'Tigers

Travin Dural received about 15 stitches to his forehead after a car accident over the weekend. He returned to practice Wednesday, coach Les Miles said, and the coach said he’ll play. Still, his status is in doubt. Dural had trouble wearing his helmet early in the week. Sure, LSU is playing UL-Monroe, but Dural is… Continue reading →

UL-Monroe quarterback Pete Thomas finds his happy place

Associated Press photo by DACIA IDOM -- Louisiana-Monroe quarterback Pete Thomas  fakes a handoff to Tyler Cain against Wake Forest on Aug. 28 in Monroe.

“Championship” — that best sums up senior quarterback Pete Thomas’ goal in his final collegiate season at the Louisiana-Monroe. The fifth-year senior established that as his goal early on in his time as a Warhawk. So far, that goal is looking good, having helped to lead his team to an undefeated overall record. “We haven’t played a… Continue reading →

LSU tidbits for Friday, Sept. 12

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- LSU coach Les Miles

The other side: UL-Monroe’s Gerrand Johnson Why he’s good It didn’t take long for Gerrand Johnson to make his mark on the Louisiana-Monroe defensive line. As a redshirt freshman in 2012, he was immediately inserted into the trenches, playing in 13 games and starting 11. He made a team-high four… Continue reading →

LSU notebook: Tight end Colin Jeter’s role grew rapidly in win over Sam Houston State

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- LSU running back Leonard Fournette scores his first touchdown as a Tiger as tight end Travis Dickson (41) blocks Sam Houston State cornerback Trenier Orr during the first half of the teams' game Saturday, Sept. 6, 2014 in Baton Rouge. LSU won 56-0.

Colin Jeter is quick with the answer. “One,” he said. Jeter, the LSU tight end who’s a junior-college transfer from Texas, participated in one play during the Tigers’ season-opening win over Wisconsin on Aug. 30 in Houston. His number of snaps grew to “35 to 40” in Saturday’s 56-0 win over Sam Houston State, he said. Jeter… Continue reading →

LSU wide receiver John Diarse steps into Jarvis Landry’s pivotal role

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- LSU wide receiver John Diarse (9) sidesteps Wisconsin cornerback Devin Gaulden (4) and Wisconsin outside linebacker Joe Schobert (58) to score during the second half at NRG Stadium in Houston. LSU won 28-24.

John Diarse would hear the knock on his bedroom door late on a Sunday evening or in the middle of the night. He’d open it to always find the same person: Jarvis Landry, his roommate and fellow LSU receiver. “Hey, let’s go catch,” Landry would say. If it wasn’t a midnight trip to LSU’s… Continue reading →