Kwon Alexander, Tigers run down the rush

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- LSU linebacker Kwon Alexander (4) makes the stop on Wisconsin running back Melvin Gordon as defensive tackle Quentin Thomas (95) and linebacker Lamar Louis (23) come in to help during the second half LSU's 28-24 win Satuarday at NRG Stadium in Houston.

Dallas Lewallen, Wisconsin’s 320-pound left guard, ran toward Kwon Alexander, LSU’s speedy linebacker. Lewallen’s block on Alexander, a guy half his size, is critical to the success of the play. A solid block could spring Badgers running back Corey Clement for a 70-plus yard touchdown. What happens: Alexander side steps Lewallen, races by him… Continue reading →

Live updates during LSU coach Les Miles weekly luncheon on Tuesday at 11:30 a.m.

Associated Press photo by DAVID J. PHILLIP -- LSU coach Les Miles, center, is surrounded by his team as they celebrate beating Wisconsin 28-24 Saturday in Houston.

The Advocate has live updates and analysis from Advocate sportswriters Scott Rabalais and Ross Dellenger during LSU coach Les Miles weekly lunch press conference. Click here to see the reports.Continue reading →

LSU football scouting report: Sam Houston State

Sam Houston State quarterback Jared Johnson (15) runs 53 yards for a touchdown against Eastern Washington on Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014. (AP Photo/The Spokesman-Review, Colin Mulvany)

The basics Kickoff: 6:30 p.m. Saturday at Tiger Stadium TV: SEC Network Radio: WDGL-FM, 98.1, in Baton Rouge; WWL-AM, 870, and WWL-FM, 105.3, in New Orleans; KLWB-FM, 103.7, in Acadiana Series: First meeting The opponent: Sam Houston State Record: 1-1 (0-0 Southland) Results so far: 51-20 win vs. Alabama State, 56-35 loss to Eastern… Continue reading →

Austin Ernst wins Portland Classic in playoff

Associated Press photo by Timothy J. GonzalezAustin Ernst is doused with water after winning the Portland Classic on Sunday.

PORTLAND, Ore. — Former LSU golfer Austin Ernst won the LPGA Tour’s Portland Classic on Sunday with a par on the first hole of a playoff against South Korea’s I.K. Kim. It was the first professional victory for the 22-year-old Ernst, who shot a 5-under 67 in the final round to get to 14 under… Continue reading →

LSU QB Anthony Jennings comes through

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- LSU quarterback Anthony Jennings runs for a first down as Wisconsin linebacker Derek Landisch moves in for the stop during the second half at NRG Stadium in Houston. LSU won 28-24.

HOUSTON — After saying last week he would use two young quarterbacks in the season opener with Wisconsin, LSU coach Les Miles delivered on his word Saturday night. Miles made the decision to start sophomore Anthony Jennings and brought true freshman Brandon Harris in off the bench late in the first half after what… Continue reading →

LSU newcomers have immediate impact

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- LSU freshman running back Leonard Fournette, left, takes advantage of Terrence Magee's block on Wisconsin defender Connor Senger on a kickoff return Saturday at NRG Stadium in Houston.

HOUSTON — LSU fans waited seven months for the events that unfolded Saturday night. Since February, the hype surrounding incoming freshman running back Leonard Fournette created an aura around Baton Rouge. It was one of great expectations and wild comparisons. Meanwhile, all of Tiger Nation watched and waited for the moment when No. 7… Continue reading →

LSU 28, Wisconsin 24: Three and out

Associated Press photo by DAVID J. PHILLIP -- LSU coach Les Miles, center, is surrounded by his team as they celebrate beating Wisconsin 28-24 Saturday in Houston.

Most of all, apparently, never to count LSU out. Of all the improbable victories the Tigers have pulled out in their decade under Les Miles, The Mad Hatter served up something mighty memorable for his team’s 2014 season opener. LSU trailed 24-7 early in the third quarter and was by every account being outclassed… Continue reading →

Instant Replay: LSU 28, Wisconsin 24

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- Wisconsin quarterback Tanner McEvoy throws under pressure from LSU defensive tackle Christian LaCouture (91) and defensive end Tashawn Bower in the first half Saturday at NRG Stadium in Houston.

HOUSTON — Highlights from LSU’s 28-24 win over Wisconsin in the season opener Saturday night in NRG Stadium: LSU has heart. Down 24-7 in the third quarter, LSU didn’t quit. It’s a credit to the character of the players and the team. It also gives Tigers fans hope for the future.… Continue reading →

Johnson’s passing propels Bearkats

HUNTSVILLE, Texas — Jared Johnson threw for 386 yards and three touchdowns, Keshawn Hill had two scores, and Sam Houston State defeated Alabama State 51-20 Saturday night. The Bearkats (1-1) jumped out to a 28-point lead in the first half as Johnson had touchdown passes of 9 yards to Rickey Smith and 48 yards to… Continue reading →

Quick read

Sam Houston State at LSU 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Tiger Stadium TV: SEC Network 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 Bearkats have made three straight trips to the Football Championship Subdivision playoffs, but… Continue reading →

How LSU, Wisconsin scored

First quarter WISCONSIN: Reggie Love 45 run at 9:05 (Rafael Gaglianone kick). DRIVE: 6 plays, 76 yards, 3:05. KEY PLAYS: Melvin Gordon starts the drive with an 8-yard run to the Wisconsin 32. Tanner McEvoy 6-yard pass to Alex Erickson on third-and-4 for first down to Wisconsin 36. Gordon 20-yard… Continue reading →

BIG man BIG expectations

FILE - In this Sept. 28, 2013, file photo, Georgia running back Todd Gurley (3) is hit by LSU defensive end Danielle Hunter (94) during the first half of an NCAA college football game in Athens, Ga. When Hunter decided this summer that he would start trusting his instincts and stop overthinking things, he got off the snap quicker and began making life exceedingly difficult for Tigers offensive linemen in practice. (AP Photo/Mike Stewart, File)

When LSU defensive end Danielle Hunter studied video of his play last season, one thing in particular stood out. “Last year, pretty much 80 percent of the time, I was the last man off the ball,” Hunter said, referring to how long it took him to move after the snap of the ball. “I’d always think about… Continue reading →

LSU briefs

BRBVA to honor former LSU coach Brown Former LSU men’s basketball coach Dale Brown will be recognized for his contributions to the community with the naming of a court in his honor by the Baton Rouge Basketball and Volleyball Association. Brown, who coached the Tigers from 1972-97, will be honored during the… Continue reading →

Anthony Jennings starts at quarterback for LSU

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- LSU quarterback Anthony Jennings (10) hands off during pre game warmups to LSU fullback Connor Neighbors (43), before LSU and Wisconsin's season opener, Saturday at NRG Stadium in Houston.

HOUSTON – As expected Anthony Jennings started at quarterback for No. 13 LSU in its game against No. 14 Wisconsin on Saturday night. The Advocate reported Thursday evening that Jennings would get the starting nod over true freshman Brandon Harris. Both will play, coach Les Miles said this week. Jennings and Harris have been locked in… Continue reading →

For LSU, the good outweighs the bad when playing neutral site games

Associated Press photo by PAT SULLIVAN -- Blue skies and sunshine replace the early rain over Reliant Stadium before a game between the Texans and Packers on Oct. 14, 2012. The stadium, now known as NRG Stadium, hosts LSU and Wisconsin on Saturday.

In 2009, LSU receivers coach D.J. McCarthy recruited an offensive line prospect from the Dallas area named Evan Washington. The coach didn’t explain to Washington that the Tigers’ future schedule included two high-profile games in Arlington, Texas, just a few miles from Washington’s home. He didn’t have to mention it. “I knew Dallas… Continue reading →

LSU vs. Wisconsin: Four things to watch

Advocate file photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- Mike the Tiger does pushups at Mississippi State in 2011.

Even the far-reaching shadow that hotshot freshman running back Leonard Fournette casts can’t darken LSU’s real storyline heading into the season opener: It’s the quarterbacks. Anthony Jennings and Brandon Harris are expected to split time. Jenninngs is expected to start, but it’s a good bet they’ll alternate every so many series. Also, each QB might… Continue reading →

Numbers add up for Les Miles

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- LSU head coach Les Miles pumps his fist on the way to Tiger Stadium for LSU's home opener in this September 2013 Advocate file photo.

Impressive numbers have accumulated as part of the Les Miles coaching story the way some people collect matchbooks or cars or, as in his case, a fresh white LSU baseball cap to wear to each and every game. Numbers like 95. That’s how many games he’s won at LSU since arriving in 2005, the most for any Southeastern Conference… Continue reading →

LSU vs. Wisconsin: Advocate predictions

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- LSU coach Les Miles shouts instructions during practice drills during preseason camp.

As many as four quarterbacks will play when Wisconsin and LSU tangle in Houston. None of them will have too much affect on a game between two teams that have a penchant for smash-mouth, old-school football. Who stops the run better? LSU’s… Continue reading →

LSU receiver Avery Peterson: A few minutes with

Advocate file photo by HEATHER MCCLELLAND -- LSU Freshman wide receiver Avery Peterson runs drills Aug. 6, 2013.

So far, LSU redshirt freshman wide receiver Avery Peterson is known mostly as the little brother of Patrick Peterson, the All-Pro star of the Arizona Cardinals and former Tigers standout. Fans have waited to see him play for years after Peterson (then Avery Johnson) became the first commitment of the 2012 class while a junior at Ely High in… Continue reading →

LSU unveils women’s basketball slate

The LSU women’s basketball program unveiled its 2014-15 schedule Friday which includes a marquee nonconference home game against Rutgers coupled with four SEC home matchups at the Maravich Center. LSU will play 15 games inside the Maravich Center where the Lady Tigers have compiled an impressive 40-11 mark during the last three seasons under the direction of coach… Continue reading →

Around the SEC: Capsules from Week 1

Associated Press file photo by JASON GETZ -- Georgia coach Mark Richt and fans react after a young fan asked a tough question about Georgia's special teams on national signing day in February.

WHEN: 2:36 p.m. Saturday WHERE: Georgia Dome (71,228), Atlanta, Ga. TV: ABC SERIES: First time meeting BETTING LINE: Alabama -25 STAT THAT MATTERS: During his career at Florida State, Jacob Coker completed 21 of 41 pass attempts for 295 yards with one touchdown and one interception. NOTES: It’s the game Crimson Tide… Continue reading →