2011 LSU Tigers football team

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2011 LSU Tigers football
Louisiana State University (block logo).svg
SEC Champions
SEC Western Division Champions
Conference Southeastern Conference Western Division
Ranking
Coaches #2
AP #2
2011 record 13–1 (8–0 SEC)
Head coach Les Miles (7th year)
Offensive coordinator Greg Studrawa (1st as coordinator, 5th overall year)
Offensive scheme Multiple
Defensive coordinator John Chavis (3rd year)
Base defense 4-3
MVP Tyrann Mathieu
Captain Will Blackwell
Morris Claiborne
Jordan Jefferson
Brandon Taylor
Home stadium Tiger Stadium
(Capacity: 92,542)
Seasons
« 2010 2012 »
2011 SEC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Eastern Division
#19 Georgia x   7 1         10 4  
#9 South Carolina   6 2         11 2  
Florida   3 5         7 6  
Vanderbilt   2 6         6 7  
Kentucky   2 6         5 7  
Tennessee   1 7         5 7  
Western Division
#2 LSU x   8 0         13 1  
#1 Alabama   7 1         12 1  
#5 Arkansas   6 2         11 2  
Auburn   4 4         8 5  
Mississippi State   2 6         7 6  
Ole Miss   0 8         2 10  
Championship: LSU 42, Georgia 10
† – BCS representative as champion
‡ – BCS at-large representative
x – Division champion/co-champions
Rankings from AP Poll

The 2011 LSU Tigers football team represented Louisiana State University in the 2011 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The Tigers were led by seventh year head coach Les Miles and played their home games at Tiger Stadium. They are a member of the Western Division of the Southeastern Conference. They finished the season 13–1, 8–0 in SEC play to be Western Division champions. They represented the division in the SEC Championship Game where they defeated Eastern Division champion Georgia 42–10 be crowned SEC champions. They finished the season ranked #1 in the final BCS poll to earn a spot in the BCS National Championship Game vs #2 Alabama. The Tigers, who defeated Alabama 9–6 in the regular season, lost to the Crimson Tide 0–21. It was the first time a team was ever shutout in a BCS game.

Personnel[edit]

Coaching staff[edit]

Name Position Seasons at
LSU
Alma Mater
Les Miles Head Coach 7 Michigan (1976)
John Chavis Defensive Coordinator 3 Tennessee (1979)
Greg Strudawa Offensive Coordinator 5 Bowling Green (1987)
Steve Kragthorpe Quarterbacks 1 West Texas State (1988)
Frank Wilson Running Backs, Recruiting Coordinator 2 Nicholls State (1997)
Ron Cooper Defensive Backs 3 Jacksonville State (1983)
Steve Ensminger Tight Ends 2 LSU (1982)
Billy Gonzales Wide Receivers, Passing Game Coordinator 2 Colorado State (1994)
Brick Haley Defensive Line 3 Alabama A&M (1989)
Thomas McGaughey Special Teams 1 Houston (1995)
Reference:[1]

Schedule[edit]

Schedule Source:[2]

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
September 3 7:00 PM vs. #3 Oregon* #4 Cowboys StadiumArlington, TX (Cowboys Classic) ABC W 40–27   87,711[3]
September 10 7:00 PM Northwestern State* #2 Tiger StadiumBaton Rouge, LA PPV W 49–3   92,405[4]
September 15 7:00 PM at #25 Mississippi State #3 Davis Wade StadiumStarkville, MS (Rivalry) ESPN W 19–6   56,924[5]
September 24 7:00 PM at #16 West Virginia* #2 Mountaineer FieldMorgantown, WV ABC W 47–21   62,056[6]
October 1 11:21 AM Kentucky #1 Tiger Stadium • Baton Rouge, LA SECN W 35–7   92,660[7]
October 8 2:30 PM #17 Florida #1 Tiger Stadium • Baton Rouge, LA (Rivalry) CBS W 41–11   93,022[8]
October 15 2:30 PM at Tennessee #1 Neyland StadiumKnoxville, TN CBS W 38–7   101,822[9]
October 22 2:30 PM #19 Auburn #1 Tiger Stadium • Baton Rouge, LA (Tiger Bowl) CBS W 45–10   93,098[10]
November 5 7:00 PM at #2 Alabama #1 Bryant–Denny StadiumTuscaloosa, AL (Rivalry) CBS W 9–6 OT  101,821[11]
November 12 6:00 PM Western Kentucky*dagger #1 Tiger Stadium • Baton Rouge, LA ESPNU W 42–9   92,917[12]
November 19 6:00 PM at Ole Miss #1 Vaught–Hemingway StadiumOxford, MS (Magnolia Bowl) ESPN W 52–3   59,877[13]
November 25 1:30 PM #3 Arkansas #1 Tiger Stadium • Baton Rouge, LA (Battle for the Golden Boot) CBS W 41–17   93,108[14]
December 3 3:00 PM vs. #12 Georgia #1 Georgia DomeAtlanta, GA (SEC Championship Game) CBS W 42–10   74,515[15]
January 9 7:30 PM vs. #2 Alabama #1 Mercedes-Benz SuperdomeNew Orleans, LA (BCS National Championship Game, Rivalry) ESPN L 0–21   78,237[16]
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game. All times are in Central Time.

Depth chart[edit]

Defense


FS
Eric Reid
Craig Loston
Sam Gibson


WLB MLB SLB
Ryan Baker Kevin Minter Stefoin Francois
Lamin Barrow Karnell Hatcher Tahj Jones
Luke Muncie DJ Welter Luke Muncie
SS
Brandon Taylor
Derrick Bryant
Ronald Martin
CB
Morris Claiborne
Ron Brooks
David Jenkins


DE DT DT DE
Ken Adams Bennie Logan Michael Brockers Sam Montgomery
Barkevious Mingo Josh Downs Anthony Johnson Lavar Edwards
Jermauria Rasco Ego Ferguson Dennis Johnson Chancey Aghayere
CB
Tyrann Mathieu
Tharold Simon
Offense
WR
Rueben Randle
James Wright
Jarvis Landry
WR
Russell Shepard
Jarvis Landry
Jarrett Fobbs
LT LG C RG RT
Chris Faulk T-Bob Hebert P.J. Lonergan Will Blackwell Alex Hurst
Greg Shaw La’el Collins T-Bob Hebert Josh Williford Greg Shaw
La’el Collins Matt Branch Will Blackwell
TE
Deangelo Peterson
Chase Clement
Mitch Joseph
WR
Odell Beckham
Kadron Boone
Jarvis Landry
QB
Jordan Jefferson
Jarrett Lee
Zach Mettenberger
RB
Spencer Ware
Michael Ford
Alfred Blue
Special Teams
PK Drew Alleman
PK James Hairston
P Brad Wing
P DJ Howard
KR Mo Claiborne
PR Tyrann Mathieu
LS Austin Kinchen
H Brad Wing


Game notes[edit]

Oregon[edit]

This is only the 4th meeting of these two teams. The win expanded LSU's lead in the series to 3-1-0.

1 2 3 4 Total
#3 Ducks 6 7 0 14 27
#4 Tigers 3 13 14 10 40


Northwestern State[edit]

The "series" began in 1911. The win expanded LSU's lead in the series to 11-0-0.[17]

1 2 3 4 Total
Demons 0 3 0 0 3
#2 Tigers 7 21 14 7 49


Mississippi State[edit]

The series began in 1896 and LSU has played the Bulldogs more often than any other opponent. The win expanded LSU's lead in the series to 69-33-3.[18]

1 2 3 4 Total
#3 Tigers 3 3 3 10 19
#25 Bulldogs 3 0 3 0 6


West Virginia[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
#2 Tigers 13 14 7 13 47
#16 Mountaineers 0 7 14 0 21
American football players line up for a play in a full stadium.
West Virginia on offense in the first half.


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Kentucky[edit]

The series began in 1949. The win expanded LSU's lead in the series to 39-16-1.[20]

1 2 3 4 Total
Wildcats 0 0 0 7 7
#1 Tigers 7 7 14 7 35


Florida[edit]

The series began in 1937. LSU currently trails in the series, but with the win makes it 25-30-3.[21]

1 2 3 4 Total
#17 Gators 0 3 8 0 11
#1 Tigers 14 10 3 14 41


Tennessee[edit]

The series began in 1925. LSU currently trails in the series, but with the win makes it 9-20-3. This was also the largest margin of victory by either team in the series.[22]

1 2 3 4 Total
#1 Tigers 0 17 7 14 38
Volunteers 0 7 0 0 7


Auburn[edit]

The series began in 1901. The win expanded LSU's lead in the series to 25-20-1. This was also the largest margin of victory by either team in the series.[23]

1 2 3 4 Total
#19 Auburn Tigers 3 0 0 7 10
#1 LSU Tigers 7 14 21 3 45


Alabama[edit]

The series began in 1895. LSU still trails in the series, but with the win makes it 25-45-5.

1 2 3 4 OT Total
#1 Tigers 0 3 0 3 3 9
#2 Crimson Tide 0 3 3 0 0 6
American football players prior to running a play.
The Alabama offense lines up against the LSU defense.


Western Kentucky[edit]

This was the first meeting between the two teams. At halftime, soccer player Mo Isom was named Homecoming Queen[24] at halftime in Tiger Stadium. Isom was the first athlete in LSU history to be recognized as Homecoming Queen.[25]

1 2 3 4 Total
Hilltoppers 7 0 2 0 9
#1 Tigers 7 7 14 14 42


Ole Miss[edit]

The series began in 1894. In this, the 100th meeting between the two teams, the win extended LSU's lead in the series to 57-39-4. This was also the largest margin of victory by either team in the series and Mississippi's worst loss at home ever - after a 47-0 loss to Kentucky in 1949.

#1 LSU at Ole Miss
1 2 3 4 Total
LSU 21 14 14 3 52
Ole Miss 0 3 0 0 3

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Arkansas[edit]

#3 Arkansas at #1 LSU
1 2 3 4 Total
Arkansas 0 14 3 0 17
LSU 0 21 3 17 41

The series began in 1901. With the win, LSU extends their lead in the series to 35-20-2 as well as winning the SEC West Division and thus their spot in the conference championship game against Georgia. This was the 2nd largest audience in Tiger Stadium history, behind the 2009 game against Florida which featured 93,129 fans.


Georgia (SEC Championship Game)[edit]

This series began in 1901. The last time these two teams played, #13 Georgia won over #3 LSU in 2005 34-15. #8 Georgia went on to lose the Sugar Bowl to #13 West Virginia 35-38. With the win in this game, LSU extended their lead in the series to 16-12-1 as well as winning the SEC and thus their spot in the national championship game against Alabama.

1 2 3 4 Total
#12 Bulldogs 10 0 0 0 10
#1 Tigers 0 7 21 14 42


Alabama (National Championship Game)[edit]

For the first time in the BCS-era, the two teams in the national championship game are from the same conference and division.

1 2 3 4 Total
#2 Crimson Tide 3 6 6 6 21
#1 Tigers 0 0 0 0 0


Rankings[edit]

Ranking movements
Legend: ██ Increase in ranking. ██ Decrease in ranking.
NR = Not ranked. RV = Received votes. ( ) = First place votes.
Week
Poll Pre 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 Final 
AP 4 2 3 2 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 2 
Coaches' 4 3 3 3 2 2 2 2 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 2 
Harris Not released 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 Not released 
BCS Not released 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 Not released


References[edit]

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  5. ^ "LSU Tigers vs. Mississippi State Bulldogs Box Score". ESPN.com. September 15, 2011. Retrieved October 2, 2011. 
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  11. ^ "LSU Tigers vs. Alabama Crimson Tide Box Score". ESPN.com. November 5, 2011. Retrieved November 5, 2011. 
  12. ^ "Western Kentucky Hilltoppers vs. LSU Tigers Box Score". ESPN.com. November 12, 2011. Retrieved November 12, 2011. 
  13. ^ "LSU Tigers vs. Ole Miss Rebels Box Score". ESPN.com. November 19, 2011. Retrieved November 19, 2011. 
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