|2006 LSU Tigers football|
Sugar Bowl champion
|2006 record||11–2 (6–2 SEC)|
|Head coach||Les Miles (2nd season)|
|Offensive coordinator||Jimbo Fisher (7th season)|
|Defensive coordinator||Bo Pelini (2nd season)|
|Home stadium||Tiger Stadium|
|2006 SEC football standings|
|#1 Florida x†||7||–||1||13||–||1|
|#15 Arkansas x||7||–||1||10||–||4|
|#3 LSU ‡||6||–||2||11||–||2|
|Championship: Florida 38, Arkansas 28|
|† – BCS representative as champion |
‡ – BCS at-large representative
x – Division champion/co-champions
The 2006 LSU Tigers football team represented Louisiana State University in the college football season of 2006–2007. The team was coached by Les Miles. It played its home games at Tiger Stadium in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The team won a bid to play in the Bowl Championship Series Allstate Sugar Bowl at the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans, playing No. 11 Notre Dame on January 3, 2007.
2005 was a successful season under first year head coach Les Miles. He led the team to an 11–2 record and an appearance in the SEC championship game despite the distractions caused by Hurricane Katrina.
The 2006 LSU Tigers football team was ranked in the top 10 in the country by multiple publications and were expected to compete for the SEC championship.
|September 2||7:00 p.m.||Louisiana–Lafayette*||No. 8||PPV||W 45–3||92,362|
|September 9||5:30 p.m.||Arizona*||No. 8||ESPN2||W 45–3||92,221|
|September 16||2:30 p.m.||at No. 3 Auburn||No. 6||CBS||L 3–7||87,451|
|September 23||7:00 p.m.||Tulane*||No. 10||PPV||W 49–7||92,135|
|September 30||11:30 a.m.||Mississippi State||No. 9||LFS||W 48–17||91,960|
|October 7||2:30 p.m.||at No. 5 Florida||No. 9||CBS||L 10–23||90,714|
|October 14||7:00 p.m.||Kentucky||No. 14||PPV||W 49–0||92,148|
|October 21||8:00 p.m.||Fresno State*||No. 14||ESPN2||W 38–6||91,833|
|November 4||2:30 p.m.||at No. 8 Tennessee||No. 13||CBS||W 28–24||106,333|
|November 11||6:45 p.m.||Alabama||No. 12||ESPN||W 28–14||92,588|
|November 18||7:00 p.m.||Ole Miss||No. 9||PPV||W 23–20 OT||92,449|
|November 24||1:30 p.m.||at No. 5 Arkansas||No. 9||CBS||W 31–26||55,833|
|January 3, 2007||7:00 p.m.||vs. No. 11 Notre Dame*||No. 4||FOX||W 41–14||77,781|
|Will Arnold||Second-Team All-SEC (AP)|
|Ciron Black|| First-Team Freshman All-America (College Football News)|
Third-Team Freshman All-America (Sporting News)
Freshman All-SEC (SEC Coaches)
|Dwayne Bowe|| Third-Team All-America (Rivals.com)|
First-Team All-SEC (SEC Coaches)
Second-Team All-SEC (AP)
SEC Offensive Player of the Week (Oct. 21 vs. Fresno State)
|Jacob Cutrera||Third-Team Freshman All-America (Sporting News)|
|Craig Davis||Second-Team All-SEC (SEC Coaches)|
|Richard Dickson|| Second-Team All-SEC (SEC Coaches)|
Honorable Mention Freshman All-America (Sporting News)
|Glenn Dorsey|| First-Team All-America (AP, AFCA, CBS Sportsline.com, SI.com, Rivals.com)|
First-Team All-SEC (SEC Coaches, AP, ESPN.com)
SEC Defensive Lineman of the Week (Sept. 9 vs. Arizona)
SEC Defensive Lineman of the Week (Sept. 16 vs. Auburn)
|Ali Highsmith||Second-Team All-SEC (SEC Coaches)|
|Trindon Holliday||SEC Special Teams Player of the Week (Nov. 24 vs. Arkansas)|
|Tyson Jackson|| Second-Team All-SEC (SEC Coaches)|
SEC Defensive Lineman of the Week (Nov. 11 vs. Alabama)
|Ricky Jean-Francois|| First-Team Freshman All-America (Sporting News)|
Second-Team Freshman All-America (College Football News)
Freshman All-SEC (SEC Coaches)
|Brian Johnson||Second-Team All-SEC (AP)|
|Brandon LaFell||Freshman All-SEC (SEC Coaches)|
|LaRon Landry|| First-Team All-America (AP, AFCA)|
Second-Team All-America (Walter Camp, SI.com, Rivals.com)
First-Team All-SEC (SEC Coaches, AP)
|Chase Pittman||SEC Defensive Lineman of the Week (Sept. 23 vs. Tulane)|
|JaMarcus Russell|| First-Team All-SEC (SEC Coaches, AP, ESPN.com)|
SEC Offensive Player of the Week (Sept. 30 vs. Mississippi State)
SEC Offensive Player of the Week (Oct. 14 vs. Kentucky)
SEC Offensive Player of the Week (Nov. 4 vs. Tennessee)
Sugar Bowl MVP
This game was the Season opener for Tigers. The game was being played in front of the home crowd in Death Valley. Last years season opener was a 35 to 31 win for the tigers. LSU V UL-Lafayette, Already five minutes into the game LSU had a 14–0 lead off an offensive drive down field and a defensive turnover. From this point on, LSU rolled on to win the game 45 to 3.
This game was broadcast around the nation on ESPN2. This game was played at home. The game was over when JaMarcus Russell threw his first TD of the night late in the first quarter to make it 17–0 LSU.
Last year LSU pulled it out against Auburn, beating them 20 to 17 in overtime. This was a game between No. 3 Auburn and No. 6 LSU. This was the first away game for the Tigers, and it would be controversial one. LSU came into the game with a string of 14 quarters without allowing a touchdown, they also came in with the best defense in the country. It would go down to the last play of the game. This game would have two elements: two punishing defenses, a pivotal officials' call that left both sides a bit perplexed and some follies in the kicking game.
With LSU facing fourth-and-8 from Auburn's 31 and 2:43 left, JaMarcus Russell fired the ball to Early Doucet near the goal line. A diving Eric Brock deflected the pass, but Zach Gilbert was called for pass interference that would have kept the drive alive.
The officials overturned the call, although replays showed the contact came before the ball was tipped by Brock. On the whole, there were anywhere between 5 and 8 questionable calls against LSU, and LSU fans felt cheated by the outcome, giving this game the nickname Grand Theft Auburn.
The Tigers drove to Auburn's 24 with 2.5 seconds left as Russell hooked up with Craig Davis for gains of 20 and 21 yards and Dwayne Bowe for 21. On the final play, Russell went to Davis again. The receiver caught the pass inside the 10, but Brock stopped him cold with a jarring hit at the 4.
"It was a low throw on the final play, but it was not JaMarcus' fault", Davis said. "I was expecting it to be a jump ball in the end zone."
Underscoring the physical nature of the game, the two teams combined for less than 2 yards a rush on 61 combined carries.
Early Doucet caught two touchdown passes and ran for a third score as the No. 9 Tigers jumped out to a large early lead in a 49–7 victory over Tulane on Saturday night.
- 9 LSU would take on Mississippi State in Baton Rouge. The game would take place at 11:30 am CST.
Mississippi State put the ball on the ground, but they didn't move it forward. On 20 rushing attempts, the Bulldogs gained just 24 total yards.
It was over when JaMarcus Russell pass was intercepted by Tony Joiner of Florida with 3:00 left in the game.
There was a lot of excitement when this game was scheduled because Fresno State had been a top 25 team the previous season. In fact, they took No. 1 USC down to the wire and almost beat them. For this reason, ESPN decided to telecast this game nationally. Unfortunately, Fresno State underperformed this season and LSU took advantage of this early and often, winning 38–6.
LSU QB JaMarcus Russell threw a touchdown pass with 9 seconds remaining to give the LSU Tigers a 28–24 victory over Tennessee. The Vols looked good at times during the game, but could not make a stop on LSU's final drive of the game, which consumed 7:14 from the clock. QB Erik Ainge, starting with a sore ankle, was replaced in the 1st quarter by redshirt freshman Jonathan Crompton. Crompton performed well for his first significant action, connecting on two long touchdown passes to Robert Meachem. On Defense, Tennessee intercepted Russell 3 times and recovered 1 fumble.
The No. 9 ranked LSU Tigers final regular season game was in Little Rock, Arkansas against the No. 5 ranked Arkansas Razorbacks. The Razorbacks only loss to this point of the season was a 50–14 defeat at the hands of the No. 3 ranked USC Trojans. LSU lead most of the game holding a 14–12 half time lead, but in the fourth quarter Arkansas made their push. With 10:31 remaining in the fourth quarter Darren McFadden scored on an 80-yard touchdown run to cut the LSU lead to 24–19. LSU responded with a 92-yard kickoff return by Trindon Holliday. Holliday's kick return proved to be the difference in a 31–26 LSU win.
In a game that was advertised as a battle between the nations top-2 quarterbacks (LSU QB JaMarcus Russell vs. ND QB Brady Quinn), Russell and the LSU Tigers made sure the praise was one-sided. Russell set career high marks for yardage and TD's (3) before sealing a 41–14 victory. Russell would use this to springboard himself to the top of the 2007 draft boards as he was selected number 1 over by the Oakland Raiders, while Quinn, a hopeful number 1 overall pick himself, fell all the way to the Cleveland Browns at pick 22.
LSU Tigers in the 2007 National Football League Draft Edit
|Jamarcus Russell||Quarterback||1||1||1||Oakland Raiders|
|LaRon Landry||Safety||1||6||6||Washington Redskins|
|Dwayne Bowe||Wide Receiver||1||23||23||Kansas City Chiefs|
|Craig Davis||Wide Receiver||1||30||30||San Diego Chargers|
|Chase Pittman||Defensive End||7||3||213||Cleveland Browns|