Saturday, September 12, 2009
Tidbits before kickoff
by Barca Blog - Some numbers from both team's game notes to get you ready for kickoff:
After week one, Vanderbilt's offense ranks among the NCAA leaders in rushing (2nd), total offense (4th) and scoring (T-18). The Commodores 433 rushing yards was the most since 1978. Vanderbilt is 14-4 in September since 2005 and has won seven straight in the month dating back to a 24-10 loss to Alabama in 2007. Vanderbilt is looking for its first victory in Tiger Stadium since 1951. In the last three seasons, Vanderbilt has beaten five nationally-ranked opponents, including three last year. LSU comes into the game ranked N0. 9 USA Today/No. 11 AP. Vanderbilt senior receiver Alex Washington will face two former prep teammates now starting on the LSU defense -- linebackers Perry Riley and Kelvin Sheppard. All three attended Stephenson H.S. in Stone Mountain, Ga. Vanderbilt freshman cornerback Trey Wilson is the only Commodore from Louisiana (Shreveport, Evangel Christian Academy). LSU has won 30 consecutive Saturday night games at Tiger Stadium. The streak dates back to the 2002 season (last loss: Alabama 31-0). LSU will try to snap a 4-game SEC losing streak carried over from 2008. LSU has won 17-straight games on the ESPN family of networks since losing to Tennessee in 2005. Vanderbilt was 5-2 on ESPN networks in 2008. LSU sophomore Jordan Jefferson is the youngest starting quarterback in the conference. Last week vs. Washington, Jefferson became the youngest Tiger QB to start an opener since Y.A. Tittle in 1945.