WBRZ http://www.wbrz.com/ WBRZ LSU Sports LSU Sports en-us Copyright 2015, WBRZ. All Rights Reserved. Feed content is not avaialble for commercial use. () () Tue, 6 Oct 2015 18:10:50 GMT Synapse CMS 10 WBRZ http://www.wbrz.com/ 144 25 Les Miles: LSU still traveling for S. Carolina game http://www.wbrz.com/news/les-miles-lsu-still-traveling-for-s-carolina-game/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/les-miles-lsu-still-traveling-for-s-carolina-game/ LSU Sports Mon, 5 Oct 2015 4:08:40 PM Russell Jones Les Miles: LSU still traveling for S. Carolina game

BATON ROUGE - LSU head football coach Les Miles said plans are still in place for the Tigers to play in South Carolina this weekend, despite punishing floods and rains which could push damage into the billions of dollars there and which have caused 12 deaths so far.

The Tigers are scheduled to face the Gamecocks this Saturday at 11 a.m. in Columbia. Miles and LSU sports information director Michael Bonnette said they are monitoring the situation as the week goes on.

Miles said their thoughts and prayers are with the people of South Carolina, and that "we certainly know about dealing with weather."

Classes at the University of South Carolina were canceled Monday, and the campus's 31,000 students were told to boil any water before drinking or cooking. The university brought in portable restrooms and deliveries of bottled water for the students, setting up distribution sites at several buildings. Classes will also be canceled there Tuesday, though the campus remains open.

Weather officials said Monday that 16.6 inches fell Sunday on the Gills Creek area of the state, which was the rainiest day in one single spot in the U.S. in more than 16 years. The rain stopped late Monday, and USC's Steve Spurrier said the team is still scheduled to practice Monday evening.

Miles said if the decision is made to move the LSU game they will alert the media.

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Search is on tomorrow for #BestofLSU tailgating http://www.wbrz.com/news/search-is-on-tomorrow-for-bestoflsu-tailgating/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/search-is-on-tomorrow-for-bestoflsu-tailgating/ LSU Sports Fri, 2 Oct 2015 4:51:56 PM Brock Sues Search is on tomorrow for #BestofLSU tailgating

BATON ROUGE - LSU Athletics Creative Services will be out if full-force tomorrow as they pick up the search for this season's "Best of LSU" tailgating experience.

The team will be out for each home football Saturday during the Tigers' 2015 campaign as the scour select tailgating areas for potential awardees. Categories they're looking to represent include Best Food, Best Decor, Best Dressed and Best Spirit.

LSU Athletics says fans should use the Twitter hashtag #BestofLSU when they see quality tailgating action, and keep an eye on the TigerView video boards in the stadium to see each week's winners.

For more info and great tailgating pics, check out www.LSUsports.net/bestoflsu.

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Fournette on sitting out 2016: 'I'm drowning with my brothers' http://www.wbrz.com/news/fournette-on-sitting-out-2016-i-m-drowning-with-my-brothers-/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/fournette-on-sitting-out-2016-i-m-drowning-with-my-brothers-/ LSU Sports Wed, 30 Sep 2015 11:07:16 AM Russell Jones Fournette on sitting out 2016: 'I'm drowning with my brothers'

BATON ROUGE - SEC defensive units should be warned: Leonard Fournette's not going anywhere.

LSU's record-setting running back responded late Tuesday to an NBC Sports article suggesting he sit out the 2016 season to avoid injuring himself and hurting his NFL potential. He says that isn't in the cards.

NBC Sports contributor Mike Florio noted in the piece that Fournette can't go out for the NFL Draft until 2017 and said he's "maxed out" his draft stock.

"Why should he continue to assume the risk of injury while playing for compensation that doesn’t come close to matching Fournette’s value?" Florio said.

On Wednesday LSU sports information director Michael Bonnette took some issue with the suggestion that Fournette's future at LSU was not valuable.

Fournette has picked up SEC Player of the Week honors three weeks in a row for his explosive start to the 2015 season. He currently has the most rushing yards for any player in LSU history through the first three games of a season with 631 yards on 73 carries for an average of 8.6 yards per carry.

Florio doubled down on his position Wednesday, saying on Twitter that "no one should have a problem" with Fournette preserving his draft status.

LSU returns to Tiger Stadium Saturday to host Eastern Michigan. Kickoff is scheduled for 6 p.m.

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LSU scores big in TV, streaming ratings during Syracuse win http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-scores-big-in-tv-streaming-ratings-during-syracuse-win/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-scores-big-in-tv-streaming-ratings-during-syracuse-win/ LSU Sports Wed, 30 Sep 2015 4:16:45 PM Brock Sues LSU scores big in TV, streaming ratings during Syracuse win

BATON ROUGE - LSU's journey to New York proved to be worth the mileage both on the scoresheet and in terms of national exposure as the LSU-Syracuse game drew the highest rating of any game that aired on ESPN last week, according to the network.

On Saturday evening, the Tigers came up with a 34-24 win as sophomore Leonard Fournette led the way with yet another startingly spectacular running game. As LSU grinded out a total of 244 rushing yards over four quarters, 3.2 million television viewers were glued to their couches. LSU-Syracuse was the most viewed game on ESPN's streaming platform with an average minute audience of 72,000 people and 359,000 unique viewers.

LSUSports.net reports the Tiger-Orange game resulted in a 2% increase in television viewership (3,144,000 people) to the same 2014 window on the network.

LSU is back in action this coming Saturday as Eastern Michigan cruises into Death Valley for a 6 p.m. kickoff. The game is scheduled to air on ESPNU.

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LSU's Fournette makes it 3 weeks for LSWA honors http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-s-fournette-makes-it-3-weeks-for-lswa-honors/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-s-fournette-makes-it-3-weeks-for-lswa-honors/ LSU Sports Tue, 29 Sep 2015 11:32:52 AM APNewsNow LSU's Fournette makes it 3 weeks for LSWA honors

BATON ROUGE - The voters for Louisiana Sports Writers Association Player of the Week honors agreed with the Southeastern Conference and gave offensive honors for the third straight week to LSU running back Leonard Fournette.

Fournette rushed for 244 yards and 2 touchdowns, the most ever for an LSU player in a road game in Saturday's 34-24 win for the Tigers at Syracuse.

But the performances of the other two LSWA recipients was nothing to sneeze at either as Beau Fitte of Louisiana Tech was the unanimous choice among the 15 votes cast for defensive honors and Martez Carter of Grambling grabbed special teams honors.

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Fournette once again leads LSU to victory, Tigers top Syracuse 34-24 http://www.wbrz.com/news/fournette-once-again-leads-lsu-to-victory-tigers-top-syracuse-34-24/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/fournette-once-again-leads-lsu-to-victory-tigers-top-syracuse-34-24/ LSU Sports Sat, 26 Sep 2015 5:18:59 PM Fournette once again leads LSU to victory, Tigers top Syracuse 34-24

SYRACUSE, N.Y. - Leonard Fournette ran for a career-high 244 yards and two touchdowns, Tre'Davious White returned a punt 69 yards for another score, and No. 8 LSU held off fired-up Syracuse 34-24 on Saturday.

LSU (3-0), which beat Southeastern Conference rivals Mississippi State and Auburn to start the season, used big plays to hand Syracuse (3-1) its first loss despite being called for 14 penalties for 120 yards.

No play was bigger than Travin Dural's 51-yard catch on a third-and-5 play in the fourth quarter after the Orange moved within a touchdown. Brandon Harris hit Malachi Dupre with an 11-yard TD with 9:14 left to seal it.

Fournette gained 48 yards to set up his first-quarter score, White found a seam up the middle and raced untouched into the end zone to give LSU a 17-3 lead in the third, and Fournette tacked on a 62-yard scoring run later in the period for a 24-10 lead.

It was the fifth straight 100-yard game for Fournette, eighth of his career, and a fitting place for him to shine again. Syracuse's tradition is based on its stellar running backs from the past, the great Jim Brown, Heisman Trophy winner Ernie Davis and Floyd Little. The Carrier Dome field is named in honor of Davis, the first black player to win the coveted trophy (1961), and Little, now an administrator at Syracuse, watched from the chancellor's box.

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Fournette runs away with SEC award for third week http://www.wbrz.com/news/fournette-runs-away-with-sec-award-for-third-week/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/fournette-runs-away-with-sec-award-for-third-week/ LSU Sports Mon, 28 Sep 2015 11:14:12 AM Russell Jones Fournette runs away with SEC award for third week

BATON ROUGE - LSU running back Leonard Fournette earned the Southeastern Conference's Player of the Week award for the third straight week, the conference announced Monday.

Fournette is leading the nation in rushing right now with 210.3 yards per game. He put up a career-high 244 rushing yards and two touchdowns this weekend in LSU's 34-24 win over Syracuse. He's also the first player in LSU history to rush for more than 200 yards in back-to-back games.

Fournette also has the most rushing yards for any player in LSU history through the first three games of a season. He's carried the ball 73 times for 631 yards and eight touchdowns on the season, averaging 8.6 yards per carry.

Last week Fournette was also named National Offensive Player of the Week by three different organizations.


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Syracuse QB Eric Dungey likely won't play against No. 8 LSU http://www.wbrz.com/news/syracuse-qb-eric-dungey-likely-won-t-play-against-no-8-lsu/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/syracuse-qb-eric-dungey-likely-won-t-play-against-no-8-lsu/ LSU Sports Tue, 22 Sep 2015 2:48:11 PM APNewsNow Syracuse QB Eric Dungey likely won't play against No. 8 LSU

SYRACUSE, N.Y. - Syracuse coach Scott Shafer says injured freshman quarterback Eric Dungey is not likely to play Saturday against No. 8 LSU. 

Shafer said Tuesday that Dungey is listed as probable but will take few snaps, if any, in practice this week. And with an off week after LSU, it's likely that Dungey won't play even though he's listed as the starter on this week's depth chart.

That's a big setback for the unbeaten Orange, who are 3-0 for the first time since 1991. Dungey has a 204.03 pass efficiency rating, which would lead the nation if he had enough pass attempts.

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LSU vs. Eastern Michigan kickoff set for 6 p.m. in Tiger Stadium http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-vs-eastern-michigan-kickoff-set-for-6-p-m-in-tiger-stadium/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-vs-eastern-michigan-kickoff-set-for-6-p-m-in-tiger-stadium/ LSU Sports Mon, 21 Sep 2015 2:50:35 PM Brock Sues LSU vs. Eastern Michigan kickoff set for 6 p.m. in Tiger Stadium

BATON ROUGE - LSU has announced a 6 p.m. kickoff time for their upcoming Oct. 3 non-conference meeting with Eastern Michigan in Tiger Stadium.

The first home night game of the 2015 season will be televised by ESPNU with streaming available at www.watchESPN.com.

Before the Tigers take on Eastern Michigan, they'll be headed north to face an undefeated Syracuse in the Carrier Dome next Saturday. The Syracuse game will be broadcast on ESPN with kickoff scheduled for 11 a.m.

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Fournette with a game for the ages: LSU beats Auburn 45-21 http://www.wbrz.com/news/fournette-with-a-game-for-the-ages-lsu-beats-auburn-45-21/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/fournette-with-a-game-for-the-ages-lsu-beats-auburn-45-21/ LSU Sports Sat, 19 Sep 2015 4:36:09 PM Chris Price Fournette with a game for the ages: LSU beats Auburn 45-21

BATON ROUGE - Leonard Fournette dominated the Auburn Tigers, rushing for a career high 228 yards as LSU beat Auburn 45-21. 

The Tigers of LSU started the fireworks early, with a 71-yard gain by Fournette on the first play of the game. On 3rd and goal, Harris scored on a quarterback keeper to start LSU off 7-0. 

The lead moved to 14-0 as Brandon Harris capped off LSU's next drive with a touchdown pass to Colin Jeter.

The best play of the first half, though, belonged to Fournette.

Breaking tackles and barreling over one defender,  Fournette ended the first half scoring with a 40-yard touchdown run that gave the Tigers a 24-0 lead at the half. 

His second half-touchdown at least matched it for style. Trey Matthews went flying by the wayside as Fournette scored on a 29 yard touchdown run to make the score 31-7.

Fournette and Brandon Harris added scores as the Tigers went over 400 yards rushing on the day.

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Traffic, high temp concern ahead of LSU/Auburn afternoon kickoff http://www.wbrz.com/news/traffic-high-temp-concern-ahead-of-lsu-auburn-afternoon-kickoff/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/traffic-high-temp-concern-ahead-of-lsu-auburn-afternoon-kickoff/ LSU Sports Wed, 16 Sep 2015 4:31:54 PM Brock Sues Traffic, high temp concern ahead of LSU/Auburn afternoon kickoff

BATON ROUGE - LSU Athletics are prepping campus ahead of a key Southeastern Conference battle between 13th-ranked LSU and No. 15 Auburn on Saturday with traffic and soaring afternoon temperatures drawing most of the attention.

With kickoff time set for 2:30 p.m., LSU Athletics Director Joe Alleva says Tiger fans should arrive on campus as early possible to ensure they're able to make it to their seats in time for the game. Campus officials expect all campus parking to be full before noon on game day, so fans should allot plenty of time to find an off-campus parking spot if they intend to arrive later on in the day. Follow @LSUsports on Twitter and at facebook.com/LSUTigers for traffic updates as you make your way to the stadium.

The high temperature for Saturday is forecasted to be 90 degrees, Alleva advises all fans to keep themselves hydrated during the game and said bottled water will be on sale inside Death Valley at a discounted price. Due to limited storage at concession stands, Alleva says fans should check the next concession stand should they find one that is temporarily re-stocking its water supply. Inside the stadium, a liter of bottled water will run $3 while a smaller size will be available for a dollar less.

Along with the concession planning, medical personnel will be on call throughout the stadium should anyone be overcome by the heat, according to Alleva.

Alleva pointed out that scheduling a September home game with an afternoon time slot was not the university's choosing, but a requirement of the SEC and CBS. Last season, LSU managed to play all seven of their home games under the bright lights of Tiger Stadium, and Alleva says the university will continue to try to keep day games on an infrequent basis.

LSU has won close to 90 percent of its home games over the past 10 seasons. First place in the SEC Western Division is at stake as they take on Auburn Saturday afternoon.

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Auburn safety provides bulletin board material for Fournette, LSU http://www.wbrz.com/news/auburn-safety-provides-bulletin-board-material-for-fournette-lsu/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/auburn-safety-provides-bulletin-board-material-for-fournette-lsu/ LSU Sports Tue, 15 Sep 2015 11:51:59 PM Chris Price Auburn safety provides bulletin board material for Fournette, LSU

BATON ROUGE - Auburn safety Rudy Ford will now have to back up strong words this weekend, as he said on Tuesday that "it shouldn't be difficult," to stop LSU running back Leonard Fournette when the two teams meet on Saturday. 

Ford had said previously in the interview that he expected a physical challenge from LSU, and even called Fournette a "great" running back. 

Still, it'll be those few words that could provide extra motivation for the reigning SEC offensive player of the week (159 yards, 3 touchdowns vs Miss. State).

 After the initial quote was released, Fournette responded on twitter, tweeting "I got a team fulla savages words is just words to me."

That tweet was quickly deleted.

Ford qualified his "shouldn't be difficult" quote by saying he believes in his teammates' ability to tackle and maintain a high-energy level.

"The challenge is to stop number 7, we have to get ready," Ford said.

"It'll be a big physical game and (we need to) get ready for a pounding and that's what we're going to be ready for."


The Tigers and Tigers face off at 2:30 on Saturday in Tiger Stadium.  

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LSU: Baseball record holder Randy Wiles has died http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-baseball-record-holder-randy-wiles-has-died/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-baseball-record-holder-randy-wiles-has-died/ LSU Sports Tue, 15 Sep 2015 7:51:36 PM Trey Schmaltz LSU: Baseball record holder Randy Wiles has died

BATON ROUGE - LSU announced the death of former LSU baseball standout Randy Wiles Tuesday night.

The athletics department said Wiles died after a brief battle with cancer. Wiles was a New Orleans native.

Wiles, an All-SEC performer at LSU was also a former major league pitcher. He pitched for the tigers from 1970-1973, where he threw seven shutouts during his career. Wiles holds the shutout records at LSU, tied with Ben McDonald, Brian Tallet and Aaron Nola.

Wiles was selected in the fifth round of the 1973 Major League Draft by the St. Louis Cardinals, and he made his big league debut with the Chicago White Sox in 1977.

Wiles was voted in 2008 to LSU's "Foundation Era" team, honoring former Tiger greats that played in the period from the opening of the original Alex Box Stadium in 1938 through 1983, the season prior to Skip Bertman's appointment as head coach.

Funeral arrangements have not been finalized.


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LSU's Fournette, Pocic earn SEC player of the week awards http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-s-fournette-pocic-earn-sec-player-of-the-week-awards/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-s-fournette-pocic-earn-sec-player-of-the-week-awards/ LSU Sports Mon, 14 Sep 2015 11:24:39 PM AP LSU's Fournette, Pocic earn SEC player of the week awards

BATON ROUGE – LSU running back Leonard Fournette and center Ethan Pocic each picked up Southeastern Conference Player of the Week honors Monday for their performance in the Tigers’ 21-19 win over 25th-ranked Mississippi State on Saturday.

 Fournette, a sophomore from New Orleans, earned SEC Offensive Player of the Week recognition after rushing for 159 yards and three touchdowns on 28 carries – all career highs. Fournette scored all of LSU’s offensive points on runs of 1, 18 and 26 yards. Pocic, a junior from Lemont, Ill., was named SEC Offensive Lineman of the Week.

 Fournette averaged 5.7 yards a carry as the Tigers racked up 266 rushing yards in the victory. His 28 carries were the most by an LSU player in a season-opener since 1985 when Dalton Hilliard had 31 carries for 148 yards in a win over North Carolina.

 It also marked the sixth 100-yard game for Fournette and the third straight dating back to last year. LSU is 5-1 when Fournette reaches the 100-yard mark.

 Pocic helped pave the way for Fournette and the Tiger running game by delivering a career-high 16 knockdown blocks. Pocic played all but one snap in the LSU victory as he graded out at a team-best 92 percent.

 On 60 offensive snaps, Pocic didn’t allow a quarterback pressure or sack. Pocic was making his 14th career start last week and LSU running backs have gone over the 100-yard mark in nine of those games.

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LSU Tigers climb one spot in rankings after close win http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-tigers-climb-one-spot-in-rankings-after-close-win/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-tigers-climb-one-spot-in-rankings-after-close-win/ LSU Sports Mon, 14 Sep 2015 11:52:05 AM Kevin Dupuy LSU Tigers climb one spot in rankings after close win

BATON ROUGE – LSU football climbed up one spot in both the Associated Press Top 25 and the Amway Coaches Poll released Sunday.

The LSU Tigers climbed to rank 13 in the AP poll and rank 14 in the Amway Coaches poll.

SEC rivals Arkansas Razorbacks and Mississippi State Bulldogs both dropped out of the AP Top 25 after losses Saturday.

A 52-yard field goal attempt by Devon Bell fell short as time expired, and LSU beat Mississippi State 21-19 for their first win of the 2015 season.

Leonard Fournette scored all 3 touchdowns for the Tigers, as took a 1-yard direct snap and dove in for a score to make it 7-0, then added a 26-yard touchdown later in the first.

In the 3rd quarter, Fournette added a 3rd score as he took a pitch 19 yards to add to the Tigers lead. In the process, Fournette earned his 6th career 100-yard game and finished with a career-high 159 yards.

Dak Prescott, the Bulldogs quarterback who torched the Tigers last year, was held to negative 19 rushing yards.

LSU will take on Auburn next Saturday in Death Valley.

AP Top 25

Rank, Team, Record, Points
1, Ohio State(59), 2-0, 1523
2, Alabama, 2-0, 1423
3, TCU, 2-0, 1366
4, Michigan State(2), 2-0, 1354
5, Baylor, 2-0, 1240
6, USC, 2-0, 1146
7, Georgia, 2-0, 1031
8, Notre Dame, 2-0, 1012
9, Florida State, 2-0, 973
10, UCLA, 2-0, 928
11, Clemson, 2-0, 926
12, Oregon, 1-1, 833
13, LSU, 1-0, 787
14, Georgia Tech, 2-0, 716
15, Ole Miss, 2-0, 713
16, Oklahoma, 2-0, 705
17, Texas A&M, 2-0, 703
18, Auburn, 2-0, 519
19, BYU, 2-0, 349
20, Arizona, 2-0, 342
21, Utah, 2-0, 290
22, Missouri, 2-0, 264
23, Northwestern, 2-0, 170
24, Wisconsin, 1-1, 158
25, Oklahoma State, 2-0, 48

Amway Coaches' Poll

Rank, Team (First-Place Votes), Record, Points, Previous
1, Ohio State (62), 2-0, 1574, 1
2, Alabama (1), 2-0, 1472, 2
3, TCU, 2-0, 1430, 3
4, Michigan State, 2-0, 1383, 6
5, Baylor, 2-0, 1324, 4
6, Florida State, 2-0, 1119, 8
7, Southern Cal, 2-0, 1116, 10
8, Georgia, 2-0, 1108, 9
9, Clemson, 2-0, 948, 12
10, Notre Dame, 2-0, 903, 11
11, Ole Miss, 2-0, 851, 14
12, UCLA, 2-0, 850, 13
13, Oregon, 1-1, 847, 5
14, LSU, 1-0, 806, 15
15, Auburn, 2-0, 784, 7
16, Georgia Tech, 2-0, 731, 16
17, Oklahoma, 2-0, 664, 17
18, Texas A&M, 2-0, 590, 19
19, Arizona, 2-0, 423, 20
20, Missouri, 2-0, 320, 21
21, Utah, 2-0, 279, 25
22, BYU, 2-0, 204, 30
23, Wisconsin, 1-1, 202, 24
24, Northwestern, 2-0, 95, 29
25, Oklahoma State, 2-0, 71, 28

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LSU survives Starkville, tops Mississippi State 21-19 http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-survives-starkville-tops-mississippi-state-21-19/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-survives-starkville-tops-mississippi-state-21-19/ LSU Sports Sat, 12 Sep 2015 8:28:08 PM Chris Price LSU survives Starkville, tops Mississippi State 21-19

Starkville, MS - A 52-yard field goal attempt by Devon Bell fell short as time expired, and the LSU Tigers beat Mississippi State 21-19 for their first win of the 2015 season. 

Leonard Fournette scored all 3 touchdowns for the Tigers, as took a 1 yard direct snap and dove in for a score to make it 7-0, then added a 26 yard touchdown later in the first.

In the 3rd quarter, Fournette added a 3rd score as he took a pitch 19 yards to add to the Tigers lead. In the process, Fournette earned his 6th career 100-yard game and finished with a career-high 159 yards. 

The Bulldogs rallied in the 4th quarter, scoring 13 points in the final frame, but LSU made a final stand when they needed it, and a late penalty helped as well. 

With the Bulldogs looking at a 47 yard field goal with :03 left, the Bulldogs drew a delay of game penalty, pushing the attempt back to 52. 

Dak Prescott, the Bulldogs quarterback who torched the Tigers last year, was held to -19 rushing yards. 

The Tigers and Bulldogs had played each other 108 times before, but this was just the 2nd time that both teams came in as ranked opponents.

LSU (1-0) will host Auburn (2-0) next week in Tiger Stadium. 

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LSU will offer refunds for canceled game http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-will-offer-refunds-for-canceled-game/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-will-offer-refunds-for-canceled-game/ LSU Sports Tue, 8 Sep 2015 4:38:54 PM Trey Schmaltz LSU will offer refunds for canceled game

BATON ROUGE - LSU announced in a tweet from its football squad Tuesday afternoon, it will issue refunds for LSU-McNeese State football tickets purchased through the LSU Athletic Ticket Office.

The team's first game this season ended just five minutes into the first quarter when lightning was detected near the stadium. Bolts continued until the decision was made to cancel the game shortly after 10 p.m. Saturday. LSU said it was the first time a game was canceled since 1918 when World War I forced the school to cancel the entire season.

"Since this is a nearly unprecedented situation, we have had to thoroughly explore our options in addressing the matter of ticket refunds," Vice Chancellor and Director of Athletics Joe Alleva said. "In the end, we believe that issuing the refund is quite simply the right thing to do in this case. We have a plan in place that fairly reimburses fans who purchased tickets through our ticket office."

Fans who purchased a ticket for the LSU-McNeese State football game through the LSU Athletic Ticket Office will receive a full refund of the single-game ticket price. Refunds will apply to all LSU football season ticket-holders, including student season-ticket holders and ticket-holders who purchased a single-game ticket, a group ticket, or a ticket as part of a package through the LSU Athletic Ticket Office, LSUtix.net or the LSU Ticket Marketplace site.

Fans who purchased tickets using a credit card will have the refund issued to the credit card account by September 30. Fans who purchased by any other payments will receive a refund check in the mail by October 15 with the exception of individual game cash purchasers, who will have until 5 p.m. on September 30 to contact the ticket office about refund information. The ticket office phone number is (225) 578-2184.

Tickets purchased through McNeese should contact McNeese Athletics Department directly.

Fans who purchased tickets through non-authorized parties should contact the seller, LSU said.

"It's obviously an unfortunate situation since we had over 100,000 fans in Tiger Stadium for the start of game, and the atmosphere throughout the campus was electric," Alleva said. "Our fans again demonstrated why they are the best in the nation, and we appreciate their patience as we administer this process."

LSU did not release how much the refunds would cost the athletic department.


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Les Miles says refund announcement coming Tuesday http://www.wbrz.com/news/les-miles-says-refund-announcement-coming-tuesday/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/les-miles-says-refund-announcement-coming-tuesday/ LSU Sports Tue, 8 Sep 2015 1:00:43 PM Russell Jones Les Miles says refund announcement coming Tuesday

BATON ROUGE - Head LSU football coach Les Miles said an announcement about ticket refunds after this weekend's canceled game against McNeese State will be made later Tuesday.

     >UPDATE: LSU announced it will issue refunds for tickets.  Click HERE for the latest story.

Miles addressed the media during his weekly lunchtime press conference, and said his players are excited about another chance to open the season this coming weekend against Mississippi State.

LSU chose to cancel Saturday night's game due to severe weather with continuous lightning. During his press conference, Miles said he and the rest of the coaching staff watched WBRZ's coverage of the storm from the locker room.

"We watched WBRZ weather the whole time. They stayed on the entire time. They should take a bow," he said.

Miles said his players looked good, even if they only got nine plays in. He said Australian punter Jamie Keehn kicked a "bomb" during their first series. He said quarterback Brandon Harris was also ready to immediately get back on the field and play during the weather delays. 

Les said the challenge will be finding ways to continue to improve without having a game under their belts to analyze, but they'll be very well-rested on the road against Mississippi State.

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LSU drops in Coaches' Poll, remains #14 in AP poll after rain-out http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-drops-in-coaches-poll-remains-14-in-ap-poll-after-rain-out/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-drops-in-coaches-poll-remains-14-in-ap-poll-after-rain-out/ LSU Sports Tue, 8 Sep 2015 12:35:17 PM Russell Jones LSU drops in Coaches' Poll, remains #14 in AP poll after rain-out

BATON ROUGE - LSU dropped two rankings in national college football polls, but remained ranked 14 in the Associated Press poll after Saturday's severe weather canceled their match against McNeese State.

The Tigers dropped to No. 15 in the USA Today Coaches' Poll released Tuesday morning.

Mississippi State, the Tigers' opponent this coming weekend, fell out of the USA Today rankings but received the most votes of unranked teams.

The rare lightning-filled storm Saturday night led LSU officials to cancel the game after multiple weather delays. Athletic director Joe Alleva said they considered other possibilities such as moving to an indoor stadium or playing Sunday, but player safety took priority. It was the first time the Tigers have canceled a game since 1918.

Alleva said LSU will make an announcement about ticket refunds or other plans for fans who attended the McNeese State game either Tuesday or Wednesday.

The Southeastern Conference has a record 10 teams ranked in the first Associated Press college football poll of the regular season.

Ohio State remained a unanimous No. 1 after pulling away 42-24 at Virginia Tech on Monday night.

The SEC already held the record for most teams from one conference in the Top 25 with eight, a mark it matched in the preseason. After the conference went 12-1 to open the season, No. 16 Texas A&M and No. 25 Mississippi State moved into the poll to go with the eight teams already there.

Alabama moved up a spot to No. 2. The rest of the SEC roll call is: No. 6 Auburn, No. 10 Georgia, No. 14 LSU, No. 17 Mississippi, No. 18 Arkansas, No. 20 Missouri and No. 23 Tennessee.

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LSU's Alleva: "Never" saw anything like Saturday storm before http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-s-alleva-never-saw-anything-like-saturday-storm-before/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-s-alleva-never-saw-anything-like-saturday-storm-before/ LSU Sports Mon, 7 Sep 2015 11:18:58 AM Russell Jones LSU's Alleva:

BATON ROUGE - LSU athletic director Joe Alleva said Monday he was more disappointed than anyone about Saturday night's weather cancellation.

"I've never been through something like (this past) Saturday night," he told ESPN Baton Rouge's "Culotta and the Prince" morning radio program. "No one wanted them to play the game more than me."

Alleva said the final call to cancel the game came down to the safety of the players, who had to leave the field for 30 minutes each time lightning stuck within eight miles of Tiger stadium. Each hour spent waiting put more strain on the players according to the team's doctors, since neither team had eaten and were pushing themselves close to midnight. Alleva said "that's when injuries happen."

"Our players were ready to play," Alleva said. “The way it turned out, we probably wouldn’t have been able to start that game until one o'clock in the morning, and it just wasn’t the right thing to do.”

Other options were discussed, including replaying the game Sunday or moving to an indoor facility. With the Labor Day weekend and the time it would take to ready the stadium again for the teams and fans, Alleva said cancellation was the only real option left.

The only saving grace was Saturday's game was non-conference. Alleva said if it had been against a Southeastern Conference opponent they would have somehow had to make the game up, "though I don't know how."

LSU said they will have an announcement about ticket refunds or other options for ticket holders by Wednesday at the latest.

The Tigers (0-0) will face the Mississippi State Bulldogs on the road Saturday night at 8:15 on ESPN.

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