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2008 LSU Tigers football
LSU text logo.svg
Chick-fil-A Bowl Champions
Chick-fil-A Bowl, W 38-3 vs. Georgia Tech
Conference Southeastern Conference Western Division
2008 record 8-5 (3-5 SEC)
Head coach Les Miles
Offensive coordinator Gary Crowton
Offensive scheme Pro Style
Defensive coordinator Doug Mallory & Bradley Dale Peveto
Base defense 4-3

Home stadium

Tiger Stadium
Seasons
« 2007 2009 »
2008 SEC football final standings   
    Conf       Overall
Team W   L     W   L
Eastern Division
#1 Florida* † 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* 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

* – Division Champion
† – Conference Champion
Final Rankings: AP Top 25 Poll

The 2008 LSU Tigers football team represented Louisiana State University in the college football season of 2008–2009. The team's head coach was Les Miles who entered his fourth year at the helm of LSU Football. 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.

Contents

Previous season

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

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

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

2008 recruiting class

Key losses

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

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
August 30* 10:00 am Appalachian State #6 Tiger StadiumBaton Rouge, LA ESPN Classic W 41-13   91,922
September 13* 7:00 pm North Texas #7 Tiger Stadium • Baton Rouge, LA W 41-3   91,602
September 20 6:45 pm at #9 Auburn #6 Jordan-Hare StadiumAuburn, AL (Auburn-LSU rivalry) ESPN W 26-21   87,451
September 27 6:30 pm Mississippi State #6 Tiger Stadium • Baton Rouge, LA ESPN2 W 34-24   92,710
October 11 2:30 pm at #12 Florida #3 Ben Hill Griffin StadiumGainesville, FL CBS[5] L 21-51   90,684
October 18 7:00 pm at South Carolina #14 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 27-21 OT  93,039 (stadium record)
November 15*† TBA Troy #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 StadiumLittle 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. Homecoming. #Rankings from Coaches Poll. All times are in Central Standard Time.

Schedule Source: 2008 LSU Tigers football schedule

Rankings

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

Appalachian State

1 2 3 4 Total
Appalachian State 0 0 7 6 13
Louisiana State 14 17 3 7 41


Troy

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
Louisiana State 3 0 7 30 40

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

1 2 3 4 Total
North Texas 0 3 0 0 3
Louisiana State 10 17 14 0 41


Auburn

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


Mississippi State

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


Florida

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


South Carolina

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


Georgia

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


Tulane

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


Alabama

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


Ole Miss

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


Arkansas

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


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

Team

Team Opp
Scoring 402 314
  Points per Game 30.92 24.15
First Downs    
  Rushing    
  Passing    
  Penalty    
Total Offense    
  Avg per Play    
  Avg per Game    
Fumbles-Lost    
Penalties-Yards    
  Avg per Game    
Team Opp
Punts-Yards    
  Avg per Punt    
Time of Possession/Game    
3rd Down Conversions    
4th Down Conversions    
Touchdowns Scored    
Field Goals-Attempts-Long    
PAT-Attempts    
Attendance    
  Games/Avg per Game    

Scores by quarter

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

Offense

Rushing

Name GP-GS Att Gain Loss Net Avg TD Long Avg/G
Joe Smith                  
                   
                   
                   
                   
                   
                   
                   
                   
                   
                   
TEAM                  
Total                  
Opponents                  

Passing

Name GP-GS Effic Att-Cmp-Int Pct Yds TD Lng Avg/G
Joe Smith                  
                   
TEAM                  
                   
Total                  
Opponents                  

Receiving

Name GP-GS No. Yds Avg TD Long Avg/G
Joe Smith                  
                   
                   
                   
                   
                   
                   
                   
                   
                   
                   
                   
                   
                   
Total                  
Opponents                  

Defense

Name GP Tackles Sacks Pass Defense Interceptions Fumbles Blkd
Kick
Solo Ast Total TFL-Yds No-Yds BrUp QBH No.-Yds Avg TD Long Rcv-Yds FF
Total

Special teams

Name Punting Kickoffs
No. Yds Avg Long TB FC I20 Blkd No. Yds Avg TB OB
Total
Name Punt Returns Kick Returns
No. Yds Avg TD Long No. Yds Avg TD Long
Total

Roster

2008 LSU Tigers roster

Quarterbacks

  • 9 Jordan Jefferson - Freshman
  • 12 Jarrett Lee - Redshirt Freshman
  • 14 Andrew Hatch - Sophomore
  • 17 T.C. McCartney - Redshirt Freshman

Running Backs

  • 5 Keiland Williams - Junior
  • 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 Ridley - Redshirt Freshman
  • 42 Steele Hull - Freshman
  • 45 Quinn Johnson - Redshirt Senior

Wide Receivers

  • 1 Brandon LaFell - Redshirt Junior
  • 2 Demetrius Byrd - Senior
  • 8 Trindon Holliday - Junior
  • 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

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

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

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