2008 LSU Tigers football team

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2008 LSU Tigers football
Louisiana State University (block logo).svg
Chick-fil-A Bowl Champions
Conference Southeastern Conference Western Division
2008 record 8–5 (3–5 SEC)
Head coach Les Miles (4th year)
Offensive coordinator Gary Crowton (2nd year)
Offensive scheme Pro Style
Co-defensive coordinator Doug Mallory (1st as coordinator,4th Overall year)
Co-defensive coordinator Bradley Dale Peveto (1st as coordinator,4th Overall year)
Base defense 4–3
Home stadium Tiger Stadium
(Capacity: 92,400)
Seasons
« 2007 2009 »
2008 SEC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Eastern Division
#1 Florida x#   7 1         13 1  
#13 Georgia   6 2         10 3  
Vanderbilt   4 4         7 6  
South Carolina   4 4         7 6  
Tennessee   3 5         5 7  
Kentucky   2 6         7 6  
Western Division
#6 Alabama x   8 0         12 2  
#14 Ole Miss   5 3         9 4  
LSU   3 5         8 5  
Arkansas   2 6         5 7  
Auburn   2 6         5 7  
Mississippi State   2 6         4 8  
Championship: Florida 31, Alabama 20
# – BCS National Champion
† – BCS representative as conference champion
‡ – BCS at-large representative
x – Division champion/co-champions
Rankings from AP Poll

The 2008 LSU Tigers football team represented Louisiana State University in the 2008 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The team's head coach was Les Miles, who entered his fourth year at the helm. They played their home games at Tiger Stadium in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The Tigers entered the season as defending national champions, having defeated Ohio State, 38–24, in the 2008 BCS National Championship Game.

Previous season[edit]

In his third season as head coach, Les Miles led LSU to the 2007 SEC Championship and the 2007 NCAA Division I-FBS national football championship. The Tigers became the first team to win two championships in the Bowl Championship Series era (1998–Present) and also the first 2-loss team to win a national championship, even though no games were lost in regulation. The team finished with a final record of 12–2.

The team overcame 2 triple-overtime losses and four other close games to become the first two-time Bowl Championship Series (BCS) champion ever. On their way to the BCS championship, the Tigers won their tenth Southeastern Conference championship by defeating Tennessee in the 2007 SEC Championship Game.

The Tigers finished the season having earned the Southeastern Conference championship trophy, the Grantland Rice Award, the MacArthur Bowl National Championship trophy, the Associated Press Trophy and the AFCA National Championship Trophy.

Pre-season[edit]

In February, the NCAA granted defensive end Kirston Pittman a sixth-year of eligibility. Pittman had missed the 2005 and 2006 seasons with foot and ankle injuries.[1]

Coaching changes[edit]

Defensive coordinator Bo Pelini left to become the head coach at Nebraska.[2]

2008 recruiting class[edit]

Key losses[edit]

Offense

  • Matt Flynn, QB[3] Drafted by the Green Bay Packers in the seventh round (209th overall) of the 2008 NFL Draft.
  • Jacob Hester, FB/RB[3] Drafted by the San Diego Chargers in the third round (69th overall) of the 2008 NFL Draft.
  • Early Doucet, WR[3] Drafted by the Arizona Cardinals in the third round (81st overall) of the 2008 NFL Draft.
  • Ryan Perrilloux[4] Dismissed from team February 18, 2008; team policy violations.

Defense

  • Glenn Dorsey, DT[3] Drafted by the Kansas City Chiefs fifth overall in the 2008 NFL Draft.
  • Craig Steltz, SS[3] Drafted by the Chicago Bears in the fourth round (120th overall) of the 2008 NFL Draft.
  • Ali Highsmith, LB[3] Signed with the Arizona Cardinals as a rookie free-agent for a two-year deal.

Schedule[edit]

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
August 30 10:00 AM #1 (FCS) Appalachian State* #7 Tiger StadiumBaton Rouge, LA ESPN Classic W 41–13   91,922
September 13 7:00 PM North Texas* #7 Tiger Stadium • Baton Rouge, LA PPV W 41–3   91,602
September 20 6:45 PM at #10 Auburn #6 Jordan-Hare StadiumAuburn, AL (Auburn-LSU rivalry) ESPN W 26–21   87,451
September 27 6:30 PM Mississippi State #5 Tiger Stadium • Baton Rouge, LA (Rivalry) ESPN2 W 34–24   92,710
October 11 2:30 PM at #11 Florida #4 Ben Hill Griffin StadiumGainesville, FL (Rivalry) CBS[5] L 21–51   90,684
October 18 7:00 PM at South Carolina #13 Williams-Brice StadiumColumbia, SC ESPN W 24–17   82,477
October 25 2:30 PM #9 Georgia #11 Tiger Stadium • Baton Rouge, LA CBS L 38–52   92,904
November 1 7:00 PM Tulane* #15 Tiger Stadium • Baton Rouge, LA (Battle for the Rag) PPV W 35–10   92,136
November 8 2:30 PM #1 Alabama #15 Tiger Stadium • Baton Rouge, LA (Alabama-LSU rivalry) CBS[5] L 21–27 OT  93,039A
November 15 7:00 PM Troy*dagger #19 Tiger Stadium • Baton Rouge, LA PPV W 40–31   92,103
November 22 2:30 PM Ole Miss #18 Tiger Stadium • Baton Rouge, LA (Magnolia Bowl) CBS L 13–31   92,649
November 28 1:30 PM at Arkansas War Memorial Stadium • Little Rock, AR (Battle for the Golden Boot) CBS L 30–31   55,325
December 31 7:30 PM vs. #14 Georgia Tech* Georgia DomeAtlanta, GA (Chick-fil-A Bowl) ESPN W 38–3   71,423
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll. All times are in Central Standard Time.

Schedule Source: 2008 LSU Tigers football schedule

Rankings[edit]

Ranking Movement
Poll Pre Wk 1 Wk 2 Wk 3 Wk 4 Wk 5 Wk 6 Wk 7 Wk 8 Wk 9 Wk 10 Wk 11 Wk 12 Wk 13 Wk 14 Final
AP #7 #7 #7 #6 #5 #3 #4 #13 #11 #15 #15 #19 #18 NR NR NR
Coaches #6 #6 #7 #6 #6 #2 #3 #14 #11 #15 #15 #20 #18 NR NR
Harris Not released #2 #2 #12 #11 #16 #15 #19 #18 NR NR
BCS Not released #13 #19 #16 #20 #18 NR NR NR

Game notes[edit]

Appalachian State[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Appalachian State 0 0 7 6 13
LSU 14 17 3 7 41
  • Location: Baton Rouge, LA
  • Game start: 10:06 AM
  • Elapsed time: 3:09
  • Game attendance: 91,922
  • Game weather: 65% humidity, sunny
  • Referee: Matt Austin
  • TV announcers (ESPN Classic): Sean McDonough (play-by-play), Chris Spielman – (analyst), Rob Stone – (sideline reporter)



Troy[edit]

Game delayed due to effects from Hurricane Gustav from originally scheduled date of September 6.[6]

1 2 3 4 Total
Troy 14 10 7 0 31
LSU 3 0 7 30 40
  • Location: Baton Rouge, LA
  • Game start: 7:00 PM
  • Elapsed time: 3:43
  • Game attendance: 92,103
  • Game weather: Clear, 45% humidity
  • Referee: Hubert Owens
  • TV announcers (Tigervision): Doug Greengard, (play-by-play), Rene Nadeau, – (analyst), Kevin Guidry, – (sideline reporter)



Trailing 31–3 midway through the third quarter, the Bayou Bengals stage the greatest comeback in LSU history, even surpassing their fabled 1959 Halloween Night Billy Cannon-led rally against Ole Miss, scoring 37 consecutive points and rally for a 40–31 win.[7]

North Texas[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
North Texas 0 3 0 0 3
LSU 10 17 14 0 41
  • Location: Baton Rouge, LA
  • Game start: 7:00 PM
  • Elapsed time: 2:54
  • Game attendance: 91,602
  • Game weather: Gusts to 25
  • Referee: Hubert Owens
  • TV announcers (TigerVision): Doug Greengard, (play-by-play), Rene Nadeau, – (analyst), Kevin Guidry, – (sideline reporter)



Auburn[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Louisiana State 3 0 14 9 26
Auburn 0 14 0 7 21


Mississippi State[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Mississippi State 3 7 0 14 24
Louisiana State 10 7 10 7 34


Florida[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Louisiana State 0 7 7 7 21
Florida 17 3 14 17 51


South Carolina[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Louisiana State 3 7 7 7 24
South Carolina 0 17 0 0 17


Georgia[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Georgia 14 10 14 14 52
Louisiana State 7 10 7 14 38


Tulane[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Tulane 3 0 0 7 10
Louisiana State 7 14 7 7 35


Alabama[edit]

1 2 3 4 OT Total
Alabama 7 7 7 0 6 27
Louisiana State 14 0 0 7 0 21


Ole Miss[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Ole Miss 7 14 7 3 31
Louisiana State 0 10 3 0 13


Arkansas[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Louisiana State 3 17 10 0 30
Arkansas 7 7 10 7 31


Chick-fil-A Bowl[edit]

Main article: 2008 Chick-fil-A Bowl
1 2 3 4 Total
Louisiana State 7 28 3 0 38
Georgia Tech 3 0 0 0 3

A 28 point 2nd quarter by LSU was too much for the Yellow Jackets to overcome in the 2008 Chick-fil-A Bowl rout. Georgia Tech gave up three turnovers and did not force any.

Statistics[edit]

Team[edit]

Team Opp
Scoring 402 314
  Points per Game 30.92 24.15
First Downs 254 211
  Rushing 122 76
  Passing 114 114
  Penalty 18 21
Rushing Yardage 2168 1432
  Yards gained 2510 1751
  Yards lost 342 319
  Attempts 495 421
  Average per rush 4.4 3.4
  Average per Game 166.8 110.2
  TDs Rushing 27 17
Passing Yardage 2168 1432
  Att-Comp-Int 391–206–18 391–206–18
  Average Per Pass 6.7 6.6
  Average Per Catch 12.7 12.3
  Average per Game 201.3 215.4
  TDs Passing 21 15
Team Opp
Total Offense 4785 4232
  Avg per Play 5.4 5.0
  Avg per Game 368.1 325.5
Fumbles-Lost 16.2 26–11
Penalties-Yards 82–649 75–637
  Avg per Game 49.9 49.0
Punts-Yards 63-2538 75-3124
  Avg per Punt 40.3 41.7
Time of Possession/Game 30:13 29:47
3rd Down Conversions 70/183 57/183
4th Down Conversions 7/18 9/22
Touchdowns Scored 50 39
Field Goals-Attempts 18–23 14–19
PAT-Attempts 48–49 38–38
Attendance 739,065 315,937
  Games/Avg per Game 8 / 92,383 4 / 78,984

Scores by quarter[edit]

1 2 3 4 OT Total
LSU 81 134 92 95 0 402
Opponents 75 92 66 75 6 314

Offense[edit]

Rushing[edit]

Name GP-GS Att Gain Loss Net Avg TD Long Avg/G
Charles Scott 13–13 217 1208 34 1174 5.4 18 56 90.3
Keiland Williams 13–0 83 444 27 417 5.0 2 25 32.1
Richard Murphy 13–0 44 202 16 186 4.2 0 12 14.3
Jordan Jefferson 7–2 49 211 77 134 2.7 1 20 19.1
Andrew Hatch 6–3 35 175 46 129 3.7 2 20 21.5
Trindon Holliday 13–0 21 131 17 114 5.4 0 39 8.8
Stevan Ridley 13–0 12 92 0 92 7.7 1 18 7.1
Quinn Johnson 13–10 14 30 2 28 2.0 3 5 2.2
Josh Jasper 13–0 1 7 0 7 7.0 0 7 0.5
Brandon LaFell 13–12 2 6 0 6 3.0 0 4 0.5
Jared Mitchell 12–0 1 0 4 −4 −4.0 0 0 −0.3
TEAM 7–0 5 0 18 −18 −3.6 0 0 −2.6
Jarrett Lee 11–8 11 4 101 −97 −8.8 0 4 −8.8
Total 13 495 2510 342 2168 4.4 27 56 166.8
Opponents 13 421 1751 319 1432 3.4 17 68 110.2

Passing[edit]

Name GP-GS Effic Att-Cmp-Int Pct Yds TD Lng Avg/G
Jarrett Lee 11–8 116.9 143–269–16 53.2 1873 14 66 170.3
Jordan Jefferson 7–2 112.9 36–73–1 49.3 419 4 41 59.9
Andrew Hatch 6–3 118.4 25–45–1 55.6 282 2 29 47.0
Brady Dalfrey 13–0 138.2 1–2–0 50.0 21 0 21 1.6
Keiland Williams 13–0 307.4 1–2–0 50.0 22 1 22 1.7
Total 13 117.4 206–391–18 52.7 2617 21 66 201.3
Opponents 13 116.6 227–425–8 53.4 2800 15 70 215.4

Receiving[edit]

Name GP-GS No. Yds Avg TD Long Avg/G
Brandon LaFell 13–12 63 929 14.7 8 43 71.5
Demetrius Byrd 13–11 27 513 13.9 4 43 39.5
Richard Dickson 13–13 31 324 10.5 5 25 24.9
Terrance Toliver 13–2 22 257 11.7 1 33 19.8
Keiland Williams 13–0 11 124 11.3 1 66 9.5
Richard Murphy 13–0 10 92 9.2 0 28 7.1
Jared Mitchell 12–0 9 106 11.8 0 21 8.8
Chris Mitchell 13–4 8 67 8.4 0 14 5.2
Charles Scott 13–0 10 92 9.2 0 28 7.1
Quinn Johnson 13–10 2 33 16.5 0 15 2.5
Trindon Holliday 13–0 2 33 16.5 0 21 2.5
Chad Jones 13–6 1 21 21.0 0 21 1.6
Ricky Dixon 10–0 1 4 4.0 0 4 0.4
R.J Jackson 11–0 1 −1 −1.0 0 15 −0.1
Total 13 206 2617 12.7 21 66 201.3
Opponents 13 227 2800 12.3 15 70 215.4

Defense[edit]

Name GP Tackles Sacks Pass Defense Fumbles Blkd
Kick
Solo Ast Total TFL-Yds No-Yds Int-Yds BU PD Qbh Rcv-Yds FF
Total 13 441 480 921 75–293 28–172 8–51 61 69 44 11–57 14 2

Special teams[edit]

Name Punting Kickoffs
No. Yds Avg Long TB FC I20 Blkd No. Yds Avg TB OB
Brady Dalfrey 59 2366 40.1 59 3 20 22 0
Josh Jasper 4 172 43.0 45 0 2 0 0 76 4629 60.9 4 1
Total 63 2538 40.3 59 3 22 23 0 76 4629 60.9 4 1
Name Punt Returns Kick Returns
No. Yds Avg TD Long No. Yds Avg TD Long
Trindon Holliday 21 279 13.3 1 92 27 609 22.6 0 49
Chad Jones 8 95 11.9 0 24 2 25 12.5 0 17
Patrick Peterson 1 6 6.0 0 6
Keiland Williams 13 290 22.3 0 38
Kelvin Sheppard 4 47 11.8 0 23
Quinn Johnson 2 14 7.0 0 12
Will Blackwell 2 11 5.5 0 7
Brandon Lafell 1 10 10 0 10
Ron Brooks 1 23 23.0 0 23
T-Bob Hebert 1 13 13.0 0 13
TEAM 1 0 0.0 0 0 1 11 11.0 0 0
Total 31 380 12.3 1 92 54 1053 19.5 0 49

Roster[edit]

2008 LSU Tigers roster

Quarterbacks

Running Backs

  • 5 Keiland WilliamsJunior
  • 24 Patrick Lipoma – Junior
  • 26 Richard Murphy – Redshirt Sophomore
  • 32 Charles Scott – Senior
  • 33 Orlando Gunn – Redshirt Freshman

Fullbacks

  • 27 August Mangin – Junior
  • 34 Stevan RidleyRedshirt Freshman
  • 42 Steele Hull – Freshman
  • 45 Quinn Johnson – Redshirt Senior

Wide Receivers

  • 1 Brandon LaFellRedshirt Junior
  • 2 Demetrius Byrd – Senior
  • 8 Trindon HollidayJunior
  • 10 Ricky Dixon – Sophomore
  • 16 Jhyryn Taylor – Freshman
  • 19 Deangelo Peterson – Freshman
  • 21 Chris Tolliver – Freshman
  • 28 R.J. Jackson – Redshirt Junior
  • 31 John Williams – Redshirt Freshman
  • 39 R.J. Gillen – Redshirt Freshman
  • 43 Tim Molton – Freshman
  • 80 Terrance Toliver – Sophomore
  • 86 Chris Mitchell – Junior
  • 87 Jared Mitchell – Junior
  • Ian Harding – Redshirt Freshman
  • Jared Joseph – Freshman
  • Adam McClure – Sophomore
  • Jordan Newell – Sophomore
 

Tight Ends

Offensive Line

Long Snappers

  • 49 Austin Kinchen – Freshman
  • 50 Joey Crappell – Redshirt Freshman
  • Justin Warner – Freshman
 

Defensive Line

Linebackers

 

Defensive Backs

Cornerbacks

Safeties

Punters

Kickers

2008 Louisiana State University Football Roster and Bios http://www.lsusports.net/SportSelect.dbml?SPSID=27812&SPID=2164&DB_LANG=C&DB_OEM_ID=5200&SORT_ORDER=6&Q_SEASON=2008

Coaching staff[edit]

Name Title First Year at LSU Alma Mater
Les Miles[8] Head Coach 2005 Michigan (1976)
Gary Crowton[9] Offensive Coordinator 2007 BYU (1983)
Doug Mallory[10] Co-Defensive Coordinator 2005 Michigan (1988)
Bradley Dale Peveto[11] Co-Defensive Coordinator 2005 SMU (1987)
Josh Henson[12] Tight Ends Coach/Recruiting Coordinator 2005 Oklahoma State (1998)
Earl Lane[13] Defensive Line Coach 2006 Northwood
TBD Defensive Backs Coach
D.J. McCarthy[14] Wide Receivers Coach 2007 Washington (1994)
Joe Robinson[15] Special Teams Coordinator 2008 Louisiana State University (1985)
Larry Porter[16] Asst. Head Coach/Running Backs/Special Teams 2005 Memphis (1996)
Greg Studrawa[17] Offensive Line Coach 2007 Bowling Green (1987)
Tommy Moffitt[18] Strength & Conditioning Coordinator 2000 Tennessee Tech (1986)

LSU Tigers in the 2009 National Football League Draft[edit]

Player Position Round Pick Overall NFL Team
Tyson Jackson Defensive End 1 3 3 Kansas City Chiefs
Quinn Johnson Running Back 5 9 145 Green Bay Packers
Herman Johnson Offensive Guard 5 31 167 Arizona Cardinals
Curtis Taylor Safety 7 10 219 San Francisco 49ers
Demetrius Byrd Wide Receiver 7 15 224 San Diego Chargers
Ricky Jean-Francois Defensive Tackle 7 35 244 San Francisco 49ers

http://www.pro-football-reference.com/draft/2009.htm

References[edit]