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Offensive linemen proving their mettle

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING --  LSU offensive linemen, from left, Ethan Pocic, Elliott Porter and  Vadal Alexander clear a path through Kentucky defenders for LSU running back Terrence Magee, center,  Saturday in TIger Stadium

It wasn’t too long ago that the perceived strength of the LSU offense heading into the 2014 season was anything but that. Mainly because of a lack of experience, there were certainly more questions at quarterback, running back and wide receiver. On the other hand, there was ample experience, as well as… Continue reading →

LSU coach Les Miles wants Tigers fans to "stay through the fourth quarter" in Saturday's game against Ole Miss

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- LSU student section fans rock out in the late fourth quarter of a easy win over Kentucky, Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014 in Baton Rouge. LSU won big, 41-3.

Come with food and stay late. That’s LSU coach Les Miles’ plea to fans ahead of the Tigers’ prime-time showdown with No. 3 Ole Miss on Saturday night at Tiger Stadium. “We would expect that the fans and those people that file into Tiger Stadium would come, bring food so that you can stay long and… Continue reading →

LSU notebook: ‘College GameDay’ is Baton-Rouge bound for Ole Miss game

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- LSU safety Jamal Adams (33) celebrates after a defensive stop agasint Kentucky, during the first half of the teams' game, Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014 in Baton Rouge.

ESPN’s “College GameDay” is coming back to Baton Rouge. The network’s Saturday morning pregame show will broadcast live from LSU’s campus before the Tigers meet No. 3 Ole Miss at 6:15 p.m. on ESPN. The show will set up on the LSU Parade Grounds. GameDay is making its 10th trip to Baton Rouge in… Continue reading →

Less flash, but more wins for Ole Miss and QB Bo Wallace

Ole Miss quarterback Bo Wallace (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

OXFORD, Miss. — Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze knows quarterback Bo Wallace can throw for 300 or even close to 400 yards on just about any night. After all, Wallace has done it before. But the Rebels don’t need that right now. “Until something changes, we’re going to play to the strength of… Continue reading →

With Ole Miss’ stout run defense up next, Tigers’ passing game continues to struggle

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING --  LSU quarterback Anthony Jennings (10) leaves the field, checking the replay on the stadium scoreboard after an unsuccessful third down in the first half against Kentucky, Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014 in Baton Rouge.

Several people came to Anthony Jennings’ side three weeks ago when the Tiger Stadium crowd rained boos down on LSU’s sophomore quarterback during his rough outing against New Mexico State. Former coaches, his parents, teammates and friends. One person stood out among the group: Matt Flynn. The ex-LSU quarterback called Jennings to offer… Continue reading →

They're back: LSU returns to the rankings at No. 23 in the coaches poll, No. 24 in the AP Top 25 poll

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- LSU running back Kenny Hilliard (27) busts up the middle for good yardage during the 4th quarter of the teams' game Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014 in Baton Rouge. LSU won 41-3.

LSU has returned to the top 25. The Tigers, absent from the polls for two weeks, are No. 23 in the latest coaches poll and No. 24 in the Associated Press top 25, both released Sunday. LSU (6-2, 2-2 Southeastern) has rebounded from an 0-2 conference hole to win two straight… Continue reading →

LSU Postgame: Tigers 41, Kentucky 3

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- LSU running back Terrence Magee breaks up the middle through the Kentucky defense  Saturday night in Tiger Stadium.

. Bradley Dale Peveto, LSU’s normally jolly, talkative special teams coordinator, stood near the goal posts at the north end of Tiger Stadium and had trouble speaking. Oh yes – this was something special. LSU’s special teams unit followed a bumbling performance at Florida last week with a stunning display Saturday night. The group… Continue reading →

LSU notebook: Colby Delahoussaye kicks his way into the LSU record book

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING --  LSU kicker Colby Delahoussaye (42) kicks a PAT against Kentucky during the second half of the teams' game, Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014 in Baton Rouge.

LSU sophomore kicker Colby Delahoussaye, a former walk-on, added his name — at least temporarily — to the school’s record book Saturday night in the 41-3 win over Kentucky when he connected on a 21-yard field goal with 7:30 left in the first quarter. Delahoussaye went into the game 18-of-19 in field goals for his career. He needed one… Continue reading →

Bradley Dale Peveto’s crew turns in something special as LSU manhandles Kentucky 41-3

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- LSU's Tre'Davious White (16) is all alone in the last yards of his 67-yard  first-quarter punt return for a  touchdown, accompanied by wingmen John Diarse (9) and Donnie Alexander (48), on Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014, in Baton Rouge.

Bradley Dale Peveto, LSU’s normally jolly, talkative special teams coordinator, stood near the goal posts at the north end of Tiger Stadium and had trouble speaking. Oh, yes. This was something special. LSU’s special teams followed a bumbling performance at Florida last week with a stunning display Saturday night. The group ignited a big early… Continue reading →

Bo Wallace guides No. 3 Rebels past Vols 34-3

Tennessee quarterback Justin Worley (14) is pressured by Mississippi defensive end Carlos Thompson (54) as he attempts a pass in the first half of an NCAA college football game in Oxford, Miss., Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

OXFORD, Miss. — Bo Wallace threw two touchdown passes, and No. 3 Ole Miss had another dominating defensive performance in a 34-3 victory over Tennessee on Saturday night. Ole Miss (7-0, 4-0 Southeastern Conference) fell behind 3-0 early in the second quarter, but scored the next 34 points. With a relatively easy win, the Rebels… Continue reading →

Defensive end Danielle Hunter, Tigers keep Wildcats under wraps

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING --  LSU defensive end Danielle Hunter (94) bats down a pass by Kentucky quarterback Patrick Towles in the first quarter Saturday night in Tiger Stadium.

Last weekend against Florida, the LSU defense surrendered deep pass completions, devastating runs and the occasional score. But it collected key turnovers to escape Gainesville, Florida, with a three-point win. When Kentucky entered Tigers Stadium on Saturday night, LSU defensive coordinator John Chavis’ unit didn’t even bother bending. LSU’s defense entered Week 7 with a favorable… Continue reading →

LSU’s Terrence Magee plays starring role, leads Tigers by Kentucky

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- Blake McClain grabs the facemask of LSU’s Terrence Magee on the opening kickoff. Magee returned that kick 49 yards to set up a quick touchdown.

After allowing an average of 259.5 rushing yards earlier this season against Florida and South Carolina, the Kentucky defense was determined not to let LSU freshman tailback Leonard Fournette beat them Saturday night. OK, Fournette didn’t, but senior Terrence Magee did. The Wildcats did a decent job of bottling up Fournette and dropping him in his tracks almost… Continue reading →

LSU Game Day: Kentucky at LSU in Tiger Stadium

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- LSU running back Leonard Fournette leaps near the Florida goal line, setting up Kenny Hilliard's fourth-down touchdown in the first half Saturday in Gainesville, Fla. LSU tight end Logan Stokes (84) is at right.

. This post will be updated with pregame observations and news starting about three hours before kickoff. The Info Match: LSU (5-2, 1-2) vs. Kentucky (5-1, 2-1) TDP: 6:39 p.m., Saturday, Tiger Stadium TV: SEC Network (Brent Musberger, Jesse Palmer, Maria Taylor) Series Record: LSU leads 39-16-1… Continue reading →

SEC football capsules

Furman (2-4) at South Carolina (3-3) WHEN: 11 a.m. Saturday WHERE: Williams-Brice Stadium (80,250), Columbia, S.C. TV: SEC Network SERIES: South Carolina leads 27-20-1. BETTING LINE: N/A. STAT THAT MATTERS: South Carolina ranks No. 13 in both rushing and passing defense, allowing 176.8 rushing yards per game and 264.3 yards per game through the air. NOTES: Last weekend’s… Continue reading →

Kentucky hopes run defense continues to improve

Kentucky head coach Mark Stoops tries to get his team's attention during the first half of the of an NCAA college football game against Louisiana Monroe in Lexington, Ky., Saturday, Oct. 11, 2014. (AP Photo/David Stephenson)

Seven minutes and 56 seconds. Then, five minutes and 18 seconds. Two weeks ago, that’s how long it took for South Carolina to complete its first two drives, gash the Kentucky defense on the ground, and expose the Wildcats’ weakest link on that side of the ball. The Gamecocks rushed on 17 of their first 19… Continue reading →

Rabalais: Once a ‘sure’ win for LSU, Kentucky not so much anymore

Associated Press photo by David StephensonKentucky receiver Javess Blue makes a one-handed touchdown catch over Louisiana-Monroe cornerback Rob'Donovan Lewis earlier this month.

For the love of Katy Perry, I’ve never understood why people say LSU fans smell like corndogs. If there’s a smell synonymous with LSU football, it’s bourbon and sweat. Or bourbon and cigarettes, depending on whether it’s a warm-weather or cold-weather game. But always bourbon. Definitely. That’s the smell that stays with you the whole… Continue reading →

Player wagers are among 15 secondary violations that the LSU football team reported to the NCAA

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- LSU head coach Les Miles slaps hands with LSU running back Leonard Fournette (7) after his touchdown run, during the first half of the teams' game, Saturday, Oct. 11, 2014 in Gainesville.

Two former LSU football players placed wagers between themselves regarding their performance in games throughout the season, but no penalty was assessed to the university or the players. That was one of several secondary violations that the LSU football team reported to the NCAA in the past year, according to documents obtained by The Advocate on Friday through… Continue reading →

Kentucky’s offense finds plenty of contributors in the backfield

Kentucky running back Stanley Williams runs 58 yards for a touchdown during the second half of an NCAA college football game against Louisiana Monroe in Lexington, Ky., Saturday, Oct. 11, 2014. Kentucky won the game 48-14.  (AP Photo/David Stephenson)

LEXINGTON, Ky. — One of the most satisfying aspects of Kentucky’s best start in seven years is that multiple players have contributed on offense. Shared responsibility among Wildcats running backs and receivers has culminated in an offense that ranks sixth in the Southeastern Conference at 448.5 yards per game. And Kentucky (5-1, 2-1) aims to… Continue reading →

The other side: Kentucky quarterback Patrick Towles

Associated Press photo by DAVID STEPHENSON -- Kentucky quarterback Patrick Towles walks off the field after last week's 48-14 win against Louisiana-Monroe in Lexington, Ky.

Why he’s good Sophomore quarterback Patrick Towles has been a key piece to Kentucky’s surprising 5-1 start. Towles, who redshirted last season, has completed 62.5 percent of his passes for 1,541 yards, 10 touchdowns and four interceptions. Add his running ability — he has carried 60 times for 112 yards and two scores — and… Continue reading →

LSU fullback Melvin Jones shines in spot duty; but Connor Neighbors will return to lineup vs. Kentucky

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- LSU fullback Melvin Jones bulls through Florida linebacker Alex Anzalone for a 5-yard gain on a pass from LSU quarterback Anthony Jennings during the first half of last week's 30-27 win at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium.

Melvin Jones got a cram session of the most important kind. Jones replaced starting fullback Connor Neighbors during LSU’s 30-27 win at Florida last week while Neighbors recovered from a sprained ankle. Neighbors was a last-minute scratch from the trip to Gainesville, Florida, the ankle still swollen at the time LSU boarded for the flight Friday afternoon.… Continue reading →

LSU linebacker Kwon Alexander burnishes his reputation as a ‘ball hawk’

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- LSU linebacker Kwon Alexander nabs Florida quarterback Jeff Driskel during the second half of last week's 30-27 win at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium.

Everyone sees the Kwon Alexander who shoves off blockers, forces fumbles and smashes ball carriers. They see a speedy LSU linebacker who has some vicious physical ability, a guy one color analyst referred to as “unblockable.” What they don’t see? A kid who chose LSU to “get away from home,” a person trapped between one of the… Continue reading →

LSU to open 2018 season against Miami, will meet Texas in home-and-home series in 2019-2020

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- Florida defensive lineman Dante Fowler Jr. (6) chases after LSU quarterback Anthony Jennings (10) during the second half of the teams' game Saturday, Oct. 11, 2014 in Gainesville. LSU won 30-27.

The LSU football team will open the 2018 season against Miami in Arlington, Texas, and will play Texas in a home-and-home series in 2019-20, the school announced Thursday. The Tigers meet the Hurricanes on Sept. 1, 2018, in AT&T Stadium. The Longhorns and Tigers will meet in Austin on Sept. 7, 2019, and in Baton Rouge on Sept.… Continue reading →

Greg Sankey a top candidate to replace Mike Slive as SEC Commissioner

Associated Press/SEC photo -- This 2014 photo provided by the Southeastern Conference shows SEC executive associate commissioner and chief operating officer Greg Sankey speaking at the SEC Symposium in Atlanta.

ATLANTA — Greg Sankey is limping around on a knee that is feeling the effects of 41 marathons, most of which he has run during the last 12 years when he has been working as the Southeastern Conference commissioner’s right-hand man. A few years back, Sankey decided to run a marathon a month for a… Continue reading →

Scott Rabalais’ Heisman Watch

Associated Press photo by ROGELIO V. SOLIS -- Mississippi State quarterback Dak Prescott

Each week, Advocate sportswriter Scott Rabalais, a Heisman Trophy voter since 1997, breaks down the top candidates for college football’s most prestigious award. Who has made the more meteoric rise — Prescott or his now No. 1-ranked Bulldogs? The State quarterback benefits here from the fact Georgia RB Todd Gurley’s… Continue reading →