WBRZ http://www.wbrz.com/ WBRZ LSU Sports LSU Sports en-us Copyright 2016, WBRZ. All Rights Reserved. Feed content is not avaialble for commercial use. () () Sun, 25 Sep 2016 15:09:44 GMT Synapse CMS 10 WBRZ http://www.wbrz.com/ 144 25 LSU doesn't score in the 4th, loses to Auburn 18-13 http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-doesn-t-score-in-the-4th-loses-to-auburn-18-13/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-doesn-t-score-in-the-4th-loses-to-auburn-18-13/ LSU Sports Sat, 24 Sep 2016 3:47:27 PM WBRZ LSU doesn't score in the 4th, loses to Auburn 18-13

AUBURN – Daniel Carlson kicked six field goals and Auburn beat No. 18 LSU 18-13 on Saturday night after officials ruled Danny Etling's apparent last-gasp scoring pass came after time expired.

Etling rolled to his right and found D.J. Shark on a 15-yard pass, setting off a celebration by LSU players. Officials ruled time expired before Etling took the snap.

The celebration shifted to the Auburn sideline when officials announced the decisive ruling.

It was an important win for Auburn (2-2, 1-1 Southeastern Conference) and coach Gus Malzahn, who faced increased criticism following losses to Top 25 opponents Clemson and Texas A&M.

An illegal shift penalty against LSU (2-2, 1-1 SEC) left the Tigers with a fourth-down play from the 15 with 5 seconds remaining, setting up the final-play drama.

Carlson kicked a 37-yard field goal early in the fourth quarter to give Auburn a 15-13 lead. He added to the lead with a 29-yarder with less than 3 minutes remaining before LSU began its desperate, final drive.

Carlson is 12 for 12 on field goals this season.

LSU star running back Leonard Fournette had 16 carries for 101 yards.

Auburn linebacker Tre Williams was ejected for targeting in the second quarter.

There was no flag after Williams' helmet-to-helmet hit knocked quarterback Danny Etling out of the game for a play. The hit sent Etling's helmet to the ground and left him with a bloody nose.

A review by the officials determined Williams led with the crown of his helmet on the hit.


LSU: The LSU offense must improve if the Tigers are to realize their preseason expectations. LSU was held to 338 yards, including 118 yards passing by Etling.

Auburn: Defense continues to be Auburn's strength, but struggles by the offense drew sporadic boos from impatient fans throughout the game. Improvements will be needed; it will be difficult to pull off more SEC wins without reaching the end zone.


With the loss to unranked Auburn, LSU could fall out of the Top 25 with its second loss in four games. The Tigers were No. 5 when they lost to Wisconsin in their opener.


LSU: The Tigers will face another SEC Western Division rival when they play Missouri in a home game next Saturday night. It will be only the second meeting between the teams and the first as SEC rivals. In the only other meeting, Missouri won 20-15 in the 1978 Liberty Bowl.

Auburn: Auburn will take a break from its SEC schedule when it tries for its 10th straight win over Louisiana-Monroe. It will be the last of five straight home games for the Tigers.

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Challenges await No. 18 LSU QB, offensive line at Auburn http://www.wbrz.com/news/challenges-await-no-18-lsu-qb-offensive-line-at-auburn/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/challenges-await-no-18-lsu-qb-offensive-line-at-auburn/ LSU Sports Tue, 20 Sep 2016 3:01:04 AM APNewsNow Challenges await No. 18 LSU QB, offensive line at Auburn

BATON ROUGE - Trips to Auburn haven't been kind to LSU in recent years. If that is to change, coach Les Miles' 18th-ranked squad will need poised performances from a banged-up offensive line and a recently promoted quarterback making his first road start in the Southeastern Conference.

Auburn has already been beaten at home twice this season by Clemson and Texas A&M. In fact, six straight SEC teams have won in Jordan-Hare Stadium.

But LSU has dropped six of eight at Auburn, and LSU's offense doesn't exactly look like a juggernaut as it prepares to meet an Auburn defense run by former LSU defensive coordinator Kevin Steele.

Miles says quarterback Danny Etling knows what he needs to do for the Tigers to win. Etling, a junior who transferred from Purdue, says his action with the Boilermakers as a freshman and sophomore have given him at least a taste of the environment he'll have to contend with at Auburn (1-2, 0-1).

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LSU hangs on to defeat Bulldogs 23-20 http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-hangs-on-to-defeat-bulldogs-23-20/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-hangs-on-to-defeat-bulldogs-23-20/ LSU Sports Sat, 17 Sep 2016 4:31:13 PM Kevin Dupuy LSU hangs on to defeat Bulldogs 23-20

BATON ROUGE – Leonard Fournette returned from a bruised left ankle in powerful form, rushing for 147 yards and two touchdowns, and No. 20 LSU withstood a late rally for a 23-20 victory over Mississippi State on Saturday night.

Danny Etling completed 19 of 30 passes for 215 yards in his first start for LSU (2-1, 1-0 Southeastern Conference), including a 37-yard touchdown strike to D.J. Chark. But the Tigers nearly squandered a comfortable lead, giving up two touchdowns 4:10 and 3:30 left, the second after the Bulldogs (1-2, 1-1) recovered an onside kick.

Fournette, who sat out last week's victory over Jacksonville State, exhibited his typical mix of hard-nosed and explosive gains. He ran over tacklers for his 5-yard TD and burst into open field for his 25-yard score. He also had four receptions for 27 yards, but his performance was somewhat tarnished by two fumbles, one of which was recovered by the Bulldogs and one of which resulted in a failed fourth-and-short play in MSU territory in the fourth quarter. And it was that turnover on downs that sparked the Bulldogs late rally with backup Damian Williams at quarterback.

Williams marched the Bulldogs 66 yards in nine plays, then scored MSU's first TD on a 1-yard run.

Two plays after MSU's onside kick recovery at the LSU 32, Williams hit Fred Ross for a 7-yard touchdown.

The Bulldogs then forced a punt after three plays, but Josh Growden's booming, 61-yard punt pinned MSU at its own 23, and Arden Key's second sack of the game forced a fumble that Davon Godchaux recovered to seal the victory.

Nick Fitzgerald, whose 195 yards on the ground against South Carolina a week earlier set a school record for QB rushing, struggled against LSU. He was held to 13 yards rushing and completed 12 of 24 passes for 120 yards. Williams came on in the fourth quarter to convert a fourth-and-4 play with a 24-yard pass to Donald Gray, setting up his first TD.

While Miles had hinted at the possibility of playing both Etling and season-opening starter Brandon Harris at quarterback, Etling was the starter and played most/all- of the game.

Etling didn't hurt his cause by lofting a perfect pass to Chark in the back of the end zone for a 37-yard touchdown on LSU's second offensive series.

LSU's Colby Delahoussaye kicked a 35-yard field goal that would have made it 10-0, but the Tigers took the points off the board and continued the drive when Mississippi State's Johnathan Calvin was flagged for roughing the kicker. Fournette then rushed for 8 yards on the next play and powered into the end zone from the 5 on the play after that to make it 14-0.

Fournette raced through a big hole into the open field for his 25-yard TD that made it 20-0, and the Tigers led 23-3 at halftime.


Mississippi State: The Bulldogs relatively youthful and inexperienced squad needs a little more maturity to beat the top teams in the SEC.

LSU: Fournette is fine, the Tigers' running game is finding its rhythm and Etling is getting more comfortable leading the offense as LSU begins to build momentum.


LSU: The Tigers were favored by about two TDs over Mississippi State, so a close victory won't help them climb much higher.


Mississippi State: The Bulldogs travel up to New England to visit Massachusetts next Saturday.

LSU: The Tigers head to the plains of eastern Alabama next Saturday to visit their namesake SEC West rivals, the Auburn Tigers.

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LSU warns of standing water on grass parking lots for game day http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-warns-of-standing-water-on-grass-parking-lots-for-game-day/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-warns-of-standing-water-on-grass-parking-lots-for-game-day/ LSU Sports Fri, 16 Sep 2016 6:06:08 PM Kevin Dupuy LSU warns of standing water on grass parking lots for game day

BATON ROUGE – LSU officials warned fans Friday that some grass lots near campus have taken water due to recent rain and may not be available Saturday for game day parking.

LSU said that free parking is still available on the Old Front Nine, Heat Chamber lot, Golf Course lot as well as the Hayfield and Levee lots.

Fans who park in Lot 103, the grass lot near Bernie Moore Track Stadium, will be moved to Lot 102 across the street on Nicholson Drive.

LSU will provide parking updates throughout the day on both its Facebook and Twitter pages as well as online at LSUsports.net/parking .

University officials also reminded fans that LSU’s Clear Bag Policy has gone in effect and certain items are prohibited from being brought into Tiger Stadium.

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Miles: Etling will start -- maybe... http://www.wbrz.com/news/miles-etling-will-start-maybe-/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/miles-etling-will-start-maybe-/ LSU Sports Wed, 14 Sep 2016 2:35:21 PM Glenn Guilbeau Miles: Etling will start -- maybe...

BATON ROUGE - It took LSU football coach Les Miles just 31 words to completely contradict himself in two consecutive sentences on the Southeastern Conference teleconference Wednesday morning.

Miles was asked if he had made a decision on a starting quarterback for Saturday's game against Mississippi State - either Danny Etling, who came off the bench to lead LSU to a 34-13 victory over Jacksonville State last week, or incumbent Brandon Harris, who was 1-of-4 passing in the game in two possessions with no first downs after struggling the previous week as well in a 16-14 loss against Wisconsin.

"Um, we are going to kind of keep that in house, if you don't mind," Miles said, then immediately let it out of the house when he said, "We, uh, um, um, I can't imagine that Danny Etling would not take the first snaps."

Then Miles reversed his field again as if he was Tre'Davioius White on that 60-yard (officially) punt return Saturday when White ran 21 yards backwards and 15 to 20 yards laterally before turning it up the field.

"But I don't ... we're going to let the week play out, if you don't mind," Miles said.

Miles portion of the teleconference began with technical difficulties as his line was dropped. The technical difficulties continued in a way for Miles' first questioner, who was the Arkansas Democrat Gazette's Bob Holt, who does not have as much experience with Miles frequent contradictions as do LSU beat reporters in Louisiana.

"But if you say he's going to take the first snaps, that means he's going to start, I guess," Holt said. "So, what went into that decision?"

Miles then switched Holt's past tense on the quarterback decision to the future tense, even though Miles had just said he couldn't imagine it would not be Etling.

"Well, what WILL go into that decision will be the game week and how he performed last week," Miles said.

Miles was later asked how he would keep Harris "mentally engaged" if indeed Etling is the starter.

"That's certainly the issue," said Miles, whose upcoming comments about Harris made it sound like Harris was indeed the backup with a possible chance to start in the future. After Harris left practice Monday night, for example, Etling stayed later to work with struggling wide receiver Malachi Dupre. Harris then tweeted, "You smart," on Tuesday to former backup LSU wide receiver Tyron Johnson, who recently left LSU to transfer to Oklahoma State.

"Making sure he knows that this is a team, and his talents and athleticism need to be prepared going into the game and playing significant snaps," Miles said. "And I think he understands that. We certainly have visited with him, and we would think that he would understand his role, which would allow him to compete from this point forward to start."

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LSU to wear 'Gridiron Gold' Throwback Uniforms http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-to-wear-gridiron-gold-throwback-uniforms/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-to-wear-gridiron-gold-throwback-uniforms/ LSU Sports Mon, 12 Sep 2016 6:33:24 PM Alicia Serrano LSU to wear 'Gridiron Gold' Throwback Uniforms

BATON ROUGE – LSU coach Les Miles announced that the Tigers will wear throwback "Gridiron Gold" uniforms for Saturday's game in Tiger Stadium against Mississippi State.

The uniforms will form the centerpiece of LSU's annual Gold Game festivities on Sept. 17. The "Gridiron Gold" uniforms feature Old Gold jerseys reminiscent of the color the Tigers wore during the 1940s. The uniforms are also highlighted by white helmets with the players' jersey numbers on either side of the headgear.

Other elements include a vintage block "L" logo on the right hip of the pants and the old school "Sailor Mike" logo on the collars of the jerseys.

Saturday's game will mark the first time LSU has worn gold jerseys since 1998, when the Tigers faced Florida in Gainesville. The last time LSU wore gold jerseys in Tiger Stadium was 1996, when the Tigers posted a 35-0 win over Vanderbilt.

Following are descriptions of the elements that form the "Gridiron Gold" uniform:


The Gridiron Gold jersey design and numeral font are reminiscent of the style worn by Fighting Tigers during the college career of Y.A. Tittle, who played at LSU from 1944-47. In fact, the idea to create the throwback design was triggered by Tittle's visit to the LSU campus just a few years ago. The Old Gold color of the throwback jersey mimics the color worn by Tittle and his teammates in the 1940s.


The numbers are a tribute to LSU's helmet design from 1957-71, when the players' jersey numbers were also displayed on each side of the headgear. Coach Paul Dietzel introduced the helmet design in his second season at LSU in 1957, when the Tigers wore black, two-inch "NCAA style" numerals on the headgear. The size expanded to three inches in 1958, the season LSU captured its first national title.


The block "L" on the right hip of the pants is the same style of letter that was worn by LSU athletics teams in the early-20th Century, including the 1908 football squad, which posted a perfect 10-0 mark. The block "L" is still used today as the official logo of the L Club, LSU's organization for athletics letterwinners.


The "Sailor Mike" logo was extremely popular among LSU fans in the 1940s and '50s, especially when the Tigers won their first football national championship in 1958. The logo is featured on the collar of the throwback jersey, centered above the player's jersey number.

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LSU athletic director eyes beer garden at Tiger Stadium http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-athletic-director-eyes-beer-garden-at-tiger-stadium/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-athletic-director-eyes-beer-garden-at-tiger-stadium/ LSU Sports Sun, 11 Sep 2016 2:56:57 PM ApNewsNow LSU athletic director eyes beer garden at Tiger Stadium

BATON ROUGE - Louisiana State University is eyeing an outdoor beer garden for its football stadium, but the idea would have to pass muster with the Southeastern Conference.

LSU athletic director Joe Alleva said during a pregame radio show Saturday that the university has "some concepts on the board" for adding food courts and possibly an outdoor drinking area at Tiger Stadium. He said those ideas are "are on the horizon."

Under SEC rules, alcohol sales at the stadium are currently limited to suites and other premium seating areas.

Alleva says expanded beer sales would boost revenue and attendance and could make it less likely that fans binge drink before they enter the stadium.

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LSU board defers $100,000 playoff incentive decision for Les Miles' contract http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-board-defers-100-000-playoff-incentive-decision-for-les-miles-contract/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-board-defers-100-000-playoff-incentive-decision-for-les-miles-contract/ LSU Sports Thu, 8 Sep 2016 5:56:21 PM Trey Schmaltz LSU board defers $100,000 playoff incentive decision for Les Miles' contract

BATON ROUGE - Near the end of more than a thousand pages of agenda items and notes for Friday's LSU Board of Supervisor's meeting was a $100,000 increase for Les Miles.

The addendum to Miles' contract was essentially a change to the head football coach's incentive package, should he lead the LSU Football team to post season play. The change is needed, according to the agenda item, due to the elimination of the Bowl Championship Series (BCS) and the implementation of the College Football Playoffs.

"There is a possibility of a team playing two post-season games instead of one under the BCS format. Therefore, there is an increase of $100,000 in total possible postseason compensation to recognize the possibility of participating in two games," the item reads.

But, in a quiet move  as the item seemed to be on the agenda, the board voted to defer any decision on the change.  Members said updating the incentive pay was not time sensitive and can be accomplished at a later meeting. 

The board meeting came a day before LSU's first home game and a week after a nasty loss to Wisconsin during an historic game at Lambeau Field.

Head Coach Les Miles earns $4.3 million a year. His contract ends December 2019.

It is typical for the board - the governing body of LSU - to vote on salaries and contracts for coaches. In March, the board rubber-stamped salary items for Offensive Line Coach Jeffrey Grimes, Defensive Line Coach Ed Orgeron, Offensive Coordinator Cam Cameron, Wide Receivers Coach Dameyune Craig and Running Backs Coach Jabbar Juluke.


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LSU wins 34-13; offense revived after QB change http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-wins-34-13-offense-revived-after-qb-change/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-wins-34-13-offense-revived-after-qb-change/ LSU Sports Sat, 10 Sep 2016 4:01:16 PM Kevin Dupuy LSU wins 34-13; offense revived after QB change

BATON ROUGE - With Brandon Harris benched, backup quarterback Danny Etling quickly revived the LSU offense to give LSU the lead against the Jacksonville State Gamecocks. 

Replacing struggling starter Brandon Harris on LSU's third possession, Etling opened with three straight scoring drives, and the Tigers pulled away for a 34-13 victory over Jacksonville State on Saturday night.

Etling, a transfer from Purdue, completed six of his first eight passes for 100 yards, including a 46-yard scoring strike to tight end DeSean Smith to cap the quarterback's first drive. Etling also had a 2 yard TD run.

His performance could make him LSU's starter when the Tigers (1-1) open their Southeastern Conference slate at home against Mississippi State next Saturday. LSU coach Les Miles might not have much choice, considering how anemic LSU's offense looks with Harris under center, not just against JSU, but also in a 16-14 upset against fifth-ranked Wisconsin a week earlier.

LSU opened the game with 12 total yards and no first downs on its first two offensive series before Miles made the QB change.
The Tigers would be in the in zone six plays later, going 70 yards including five plays through the air. The extra point was blocked.

The Tiger Stadium crowd came alive with Etling took the field for the first time. It was a full-on eruption when Etling's long scoring pass hit Smith in stride down the left sideline, giving LSU a 6-3 lead.

Etling's performance was not entirely unblemished. All six of his second-half passes were incomplete. He was intercepted by Reggie Hall on a long pass intended for Malachi Dupre in the end zone and later lost a fumble when he was sacked and stripped by Darius Jackson.

LSU running back and Heisman hopeful Leonard Fournette was ruled out for Saturday's game, getting the night off to rest his left ankle. Fournette was in sweatpants as the Tigers returned to the field following an hour long lightning delay before kickoff. Miles has said Fournette is not seriously injured.

Derrius Guice started for Fournette and rushed for 155 yards rushing, including a 4-yard TD and a 44-yard run to set up another LSU score.

A 2-yard touchdown run by Bry'Kiethon Mouton capped Etling's third series. Tre-Davious the closed LSU's' 27-point second quarter with a 60-yard punt return on which he retreated 20 yards to his own 20 before finding his way back up field for the score.

LSU Athletics reports that 98,389 fans attended the home opener at Tiger Stadium. During halftime, the LSU Golden Band from Tigerland paid tribute to victims of August's historic flooding. The band stood in multiple formations, including spelling out Louisiana, surrounding "BR" in a heart, and taking the shape of the state. More than 60,000 homes were damaged in last month's historic flooding and 13 people were killed.

Saturday's offensive revival comes after an embarassing season opener against Wisconsin in Lambeau Field in Green Bay last Saturday. LSU hasn't started 0-1 since 2002 when they lost to #16 Virginia Tech 26-8.  The loss last week snapped a 52-game winning streak in non-conference regular season games. 


LSU: Barring an injury to Etling, Harris' next snaps might come in mop-up duty. His numbers through his first two starts this season are 13 of 25 (52 percent) for 139 yards, one TD and two interceptions. He completed one of four passes for 8 yards against JSU.


LSU: The Tigers open SEC play at home against Mississippi State on Sept. 17.

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Tiger Concessions staff readies for home opener http://www.wbrz.com/news/tiger-concessions-staff-readies-for-home-opener/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/tiger-concessions-staff-readies-for-home-opener/ LSU Sports Thu, 8 Sep 2016 5:07:31 PM WBRZ Staff Tiger Concessions staff readies for home opener

BATON ROUGE - With days melting off the calendar as LSU’s home opener approaches, the Tiger Concessions staff is working around the clock to finish prepping the stadium for hungry fans.

Ahead of the game, every hot dog, every peanut and all other items must be stocked, inventoried and distributed to a staff of 1,400 for game day.

The numbers on an average Saturday night are astounding and here are a few examples:

• 70 tons of ice (on average it’s around 450 tons for the season) and that number will be up on an expected hot Saturday like this weekend.

• 30,000 hot dogs

• 18,000 bags of peanuts (seriously, how many shells does that represent on cleanup?).

• 12,000 cups of frozen lemonade

• 20,000 orders of nachos

• 75,000 bottles of water

That’s a lot of Tiger Dogs.

“The Tiger Concessions team has been working diligently to prepare for the 2016 Football season,” said Jack Cruise, Senior Director of Operations for Tiger Concessions. “We are excited to continue the tradition of providing the best food and beverage options for the Tiger fans.”

In addition to the classic stadium fare, local vendors also round out the selection.

This year, the student section will continue fan favorites such as Papa John’s Pizza, Kona Ice, Smashburger’s Smashmobile, and more. A new addition to the student section will be The Kolache Kitchen featuring a variety of sweet and savory koloches and other tasty fresh baked goods.

Scattered throughout the stadium fans will also enjoy such things as Gaudet’s Landing, Lava Cantina, Caliente, City Gellato and Leroy’s LipSmack’n Lemonade to cool off. Leroy’s award winning lemonade has become quite popular throughout Baton Rouge.

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LSU announces traffic and parking information before Saturday's home-opener http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-announces-traffic-and-parking-information-before-saturday-s-home-opener/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-announces-traffic-and-parking-information-before-saturday-s-home-opener/ LSU Sports Wed, 7 Sep 2016 5:32:15 PM Alicia Serrano LSU announces traffic and parking information before Saturday's home-opener

BATON ROUGE – LSU takes on Jacksonville State for its home-opener game on Saturday and the university has issued traffic and parking information for fans to keep in mind when heading to campus.

Fans are encouraged to arrive early and to carpool when possible in order to reduce the amount of cars on campus. Fans should visit www.lsusports.net/parking for parking updates, suggested routes to campus and other game day announcements.

The university has issued the following updates and reminders:

New for 2016

- Additional free parking has been added on Gourrier and River Road – near the hayfield and levee lots.  These lots are in addition to the Golf Course Parking.
- Game-by-Game parking areas on east campus have changed, please check map for updates. The updated campus parking map can be located at www.LSUsports.net/parking. Please be aware that vehicles parked in reserved lots without a parking pass will be towed at the owner's expense.
- South Campus Drive between Field House Drive and Forestry Drive will be closed to only those vehicles with permits to that area.
- Changes have been made to Lots 107 and 102 - which are located at the site of the old Alex Box Stadium - due to construction.  If you park in this area, please make sure to check the map for available entrances to these lots. 

- For safety concerns, street parking will still not be allowed on Nicholson Drive/Highway 30 and Burbank Drive south of Skip Bertman Drive. Tailgating is still allowed in the grass areas adjacent to Nicholson Drive, however, vehicles will not be allowed to park in this area. Fans tailgating in these areas are encouraged to use the Old Front Nine free parking lot.
- Overnight decals and trailer passes will be sold from noon to 8 p.m. at the Alex Box Stadium Ticket office on Fridays before home games.
- Free ADA parking will be available in Lot 409 (Hall of Fame Lot at Alex Box Stadium) with a shuttle running starting five hours before kickoff. Patrons must show a state issued hang tag for access to this lot.
Pedestrian Buffer Zone 
- A pedestrian buffer zone will remain in effect on Nicholson Drive for fans exiting Tiger Stadium heading west. Nicholson Drive between North Stadium and South Stadium Drive will have no post-game vehicular traffic. Traffic will be forced north and south at these streets with no cross traffic allowed. This operation will allow fans to cross Nicholson Drive without competing vehicular traffic as well as assisting with the forced directional exit in the parking lots around the stadium.   
Post-Game Traffic
- LSU will enforce directional exiting from parking lots. Additional personnel have been hired to assist fans with exiting into the correct post-game direction.   
- Be aware of constructions on River Road heading north towards downtown.
- All vehicles parking in the Levee Lot will be directed southbound on River Road.
- Due to construction on South Boulevard downtown and the required closure of River Road adjacent to the River Center, northbound traffic on River Road and Nicholson Drive will be slower than normal.
- North bound traffic on River Road will be diverted to Nicholson Drive due to the closure of River Road downtown.

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LSU's Miles tries to put a hopeful spin on first-game flop http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-s-miles-tries-to-put-a-hopeful-spin-on-first-game-flop/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-s-miles-tries-to-put-a-hopeful-spin-on-first-game-flop/ LSU Sports Wed, 7 Sep 2016 9:43:42 AM APNewsNow LSU's Miles tries to put a hopeful spin on first-game flop

BATON ROUGE - Les Miles is back in damage-control mode while he tries to fix LSU's offense.

The embattled 12th-year coach can only hope he gets the Tigers' problems straightened out soon. His team plummeted in the national rankings from fifth to 21st, and his support among fans and boosters is fading fast.

Miles told reporters yesterday he's certainly "aware" of the situation, referring to the criticism dogging him, quarterback Brandon Harris and LSU's offensive line since Saturday's 16-14 loss to then-unranked Wisconsin.

Miles insists he's not ready to give up on Harris in spite of the quarterback's performance against the Badgers. Next in line would be Danny Etling, a 6-foot-1, 215-pound junior transfer from Purdue who fans could be calling for when LSU plays its home opener against Jacksonville State this Saturday night in Tiger Stadium.

Miles says star running back Leonard Fournette was rested during Monday's practice but is fine after initially being hobbled by a fourth-quarter hit to his lower leg.

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Clear bags only now at LSU events http://www.wbrz.com/news/clear-bags-only-now-at-lsu-events/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/clear-bags-only-now-at-lsu-events/ LSU Sports Wed, 7 Sep 2016 8:29:28 AM Brock Sues Clear bags only now at LSU events

BATON ROUGE - LSU football fans planning to attend Saturday's game against Mississippi State are being reminded of the university's new clear bag policy.

The "Geaux Clear" policy allows those entering Tiger Stadium to carry only clear tote bags smaller than 12 inches by 6 inches by 12 inches, or one-gallon-size plastic freezer bags.

LSU says the clear bag policy is consistent policy followed by other SEC schools and the NFL. The university says the policy will make for easier bag checks and help decrease waiting time while entering Tiger Stadium and other venues.

The news release says small, hand-held clutch purses that are not clear will still be allowed into LSU venues.

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Les Miles suspends offensive lineman Josh Boutte for one game http://www.wbrz.com/news/les-miles-suspends-offensive-lineman-josh-boutte-for-one-game/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/les-miles-suspends-offensive-lineman-josh-boutte-for-one-game/ LSU Sports Mon, 5 Sep 2016 11:41:24 AM Alicia Serrano Les Miles suspends offensive lineman Josh Boutte for one game

BATON ROUGE – LSU football coach Les Miles has suspended offensive lineman Josh Boutte for one game.

The suspension is for his personal foul on Wisconsin defensive back D'Cota Dixon during the Tigers' season-opener on Saturday. Miles said Boutte will sit out LSU's home-opener against Jacksonville State on Saturday night.

"Josh made a mistake and will serve a one game suspension because of it," Miles said. "Even though this was done by mistake, a play like this does not belong in the game of football and therefore action must be taken."

Miles said that Boutte called Dixon on Monday morning to apologize for the personal foul.

"This play does not define Josh as a person and is not indicative of the type of player he is. We sincerely apologize for his mistake," Miles said.

Boutte was ejected in the second half of Saturday's game following the foul. 

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Gameday info. for LSU season-opener at Lambeau Field http://www.wbrz.com/news/gameday-info-for-lsu-season-opener-at-lambeau-field/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/gameday-info-for-lsu-season-opener-at-lambeau-field/ LSU Sports Fri, 2 Sep 2016 9:45:30 AM Alicia Serrano Gameday info. for LSU season-opener at Lambeau Field

GREEN BAY – As fans travel to Lambeau Field for LSU's season-opener against The University of Wisconsin, they are reminded of gameday information, events and policies.

The Lambeau Field parking lot will be open on Saturday at 10:30 a.m., along with the start of the Coors Light Tailgate Party. The party will take place in the expanded Tundra Tailgate Zone area, which will include an Outdoor Beer Garden and music stage in the stadium's east side parking lot near the Oneida Nation Gate.

Free to the public, the tailgate areas will have food and drinks for sale and live music. The game will also be shown on a large screen video nearby for fans.

Stadium gates open on Saturday at 12:30 p.m. with kickoff at 2:30 p.m.

Fans are reminded that no bags or purses will be allowed inside Lambeau Field unless they are clear plastic, vinyl or PVC and are no larger than 12" by 6" by 12". Small clutches that do not exceed 4.5" by 6.5" are permitted. Stadium cushions are also not allowed, however, stadium seats and stadium pads that contain no pockets or zippers and are 18" wide or smaller are allowed.

As LSU and Wisconsin fans travel to Lambeau Field, drivers are reminded to allow for extra time and to expect delays as I-41 and adjacent roadways near the stadium are under construction. Traffic updates and trouble spots throughout Wisconsin are listed at www.511wi.gov/.

For more gameday information, visit www.packers.com/gameday.

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Five LSU hype videos you must watch before Saturday's game http://www.wbrz.com/news/five-lsu-hype-videos-you-must-watch-before-saturday-s-game/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/five-lsu-hype-videos-you-must-watch-before-saturday-s-game/ LSU Sports Thu, 1 Sep 2016 10:57:52 AM Kevin Dupuy Five LSU hype videos you must watch before Saturday's game

GREEN BAY - LSU football season is finally here.

According to LSU Athletics, the football team put in its final day of full speed work in preparation for Saturday's game against Wisconsin Wednesday. The Tigers will take the practice field for a lighter practice Thursday before departing for Green Bay Friday morning.

“It was a fast-paced practice,” Les Miles said of Wednesday’s workout. “We got a lot done. We’re improving, and that’s what happens at the end of camp. We’re a better team now than when we reported to camp.”

The Tigers will arrive in Green Bay Friday afternoon. The team is expected to tour both Lambeau Field and the Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame.

“I think first of all, we’re playing a very quality opponent, and I think everyone realizes that the preparation needs to be good,” Miles said. “You have to be ready to play, and ready to play at a very high level. I think that’s how they practice and how they prepare. These early games against a very quality opponent give you a preparation that you need.”

Miles said 30,000 LSU fans are expected to make their way to Lambeau Field Saturday.

The Tigers have won all 11 season-openers under Miles, including a 28-24 win over Wisconsin to open the 2014 season. 

Wisconsin is going with senior Bart Houston as the starting quarterback for the marquee season opener. Houston will make his first career start on Sept. 3. He was a backup to Joel Stave the last few seasons, and appeared in 15 games overall.

The last time the Tigers have lost a season opener was in 2002. It was also the last time the Tigers have lost a non-conference regular season game.

“We are excited to get the season started,” Miles said. “We’ve had a really good camp and I know our guys are ready to face another opponent rather than their teammates every day in practice.”

Kickoff time for the game has been set for 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 3. The game will be broadcast on WBRZ Channel 2. The forecast on "The Frozen Tundra" of historic Lambeau Field is expected to be optimal for early fall football.

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Fans reminded of Wisconsin's Lambeau Field policies before LSU season opener http://www.wbrz.com/news/fans-reminded-of-wisconsin-s-lambeau-field-policies-before-lsu-season-opener/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/fans-reminded-of-wisconsin-s-lambeau-field-policies-before-lsu-season-opener/ LSU Sports Mon, 29 Aug 2016 5:00:51 PM Alicia Serrano Fans reminded of Wisconsin's Lambeau Field policies before LSU season opener

BATON ROUGE – As the LSU season-opener approaches, LSU and Wisconsin fans who plan on attending the football game are reminded of Lambeau Field's carry-in policy.

No bags or purses will be allowed inside Wisconsin's Lambeau Field unless they are clear plastic, vinyl, or PVC. The bags can be no larger than 12'' by 6'' by 12''. Small clutches that do not exceed 4.5'' by 6.5'' are permitted.

Stadium cushions are also not allowed, however stadium seats and pads that do not have pockets or zippers and are 18 inches wide or smaller are allowed.

An exception will be made for medically necessary items after inspection. Any items that do not follow the policy must be returned to their vehicles are discarded at the gates. It is recommended that fans allow extra time for entry. Gates open at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday. 

For more information about the policy, click here.

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LSU releases Week 1 depth chart for Wisconsin season opener http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-releases-week-1-depth-chart-for-wisconsin-season-opener/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/lsu-releases-week-1-depth-chart-for-wisconsin-season-opener/ LSU Sports Mon, 29 Aug 2016 11:37:54 AM Brock Sues LSU releases Week 1 depth chart for Wisconsin season opener

BATON ROUGE - LSU football has released their Week 1 depth chart for their upcoming season opener against Wisconsin.

Kickoff time for the game has been set for 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 3. The game will be broadcast on WBRZ Channel 2.

The forecast on "The Frozen Tundra" of historic Lambeau Field is expected to be optimal for early fall football.

LSU Head Coach Les Miles is holding his first lunchtime press event on Monday. Broadcast and streaming details for that event are available at LSUSports.net. Miles is expected to preview the Tigers meeting with the Badgers during the luncheon.

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Badgers name Houston starting QB for LSU opener http://www.wbrz.com/news/badgers-name-houston-starting-qb-for-lsu-opener/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/badgers-name-houston-starting-qb-for-lsu-opener/ LSU Sports Fri, 26 Aug 2016 10:29:23 AM APNewsNow Badgers name Houston starting QB for LSU opener

MADISON, Wis. - Wisconsin is going with senior Bart Houston as the starting quarterback for the marquee season opener against No. 5 LSU.

Coach Paul Chryst announced the decision Thursday night. Houston won the competition against redshirt freshman Alex Hornibrook.

Houston will make his first career start on Sept. 3 against the Tigers at Lambeau Field in Green Bay.

He was a backup to Joel Stave the last few seasons, and appeared in 15 games overall.

Houston's most extensive action came last season on Oct. 24 in a 24-13 win at Ilinois, when he went 22 of 32 for 232 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions in relief of an injured Stave.

Chryst says that both Houston and Hornibrook improved through preseason camp, and that Houston "earned the right" to get the start.

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Six LSU Tigers on Lombardi award watch list http://www.wbrz.com/news/six-lsu-tigers-on-lombardi-award-watch-list/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/six-lsu-tigers-on-lombardi-award-watch-list/ LSU Sports Thu, 25 Aug 2016 3:40:38 PM Kevin Dupuy Six LSU Tigers on Lombardi award watch list

BATON ROUGE – Six LSU football players made the cut for the Rotary Lombardi Award Preliminary Watch List Thursday.

According to LSU Athletics, Kendell Beckwith, Leonard Fournette, Davon Godchaux, Arden Key, Lewis Neal and Ethan Pocic made the final list. Those players were among 158 candidates to make the initial list for the award.

The award is given to the player who demonstrates outstanding performance and skill in offense or defensive positions and exemplify the discipline, virtue and wisdom that defined Vincent Lombardi’s exceptional brand.

The players were chosen by earning All-American honors, being named to their respective all-conference teams, or by receiving the 2016 pre-season honors.

An internal selection committee will nominate additional players who meet skill and leadership standards. The award ceremony date will be announced later in the football season.

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