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

2011 LSU Tigers football
LSU Athletics logo.svg
SEC champion
SEC Western Division champion
ConferenceSoutheastern Conference
DivisionWestern Division
Ranking
CoachesNo. 2
APNo. 2
2011 record13–1 (8–0 SEC)
Head coachLes Miles (7th season)
Offensive coordinatorGreg Studrawa (1st as coordinator, 5th overall season)
Offensive schemeMultiple
Defensive coordinatorJohn Chavis (3rd season)
Base defense4–3
MVPTyrann Mathieu
CaptainWill Blackwell
Morris Claiborne
Jordan Jefferson
Brandon Taylor
Home stadiumTiger Stadium
(Capacity: 92,542)
Seasons
← 2010
2012 →
2011 SEC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Eastern Division
No. 19 Georgia x   7 1         10 4  
No. 9 South Carolina   6 2         11 2  
Florida   3 5         7 6  
Vanderbilt   2 6         6 7  
Kentucky   2 6         5 7  
Tennessee   1 7         5 7  
Western Division
No. 2 LSU x$   8 0         13 1  
No. 1 Alabama %#   7 1         12 1  
No. 5 Arkansas   6 2         11 2  
Auburn   4 4         8 5  
Mississippi State   2 6         7 6  
Ole Miss   0 8         2 10  
Championship: LSU 42, Georgia 10
  • # – BCS National Champion
  • $ – BCS representative as conference champion
  • % – BCS at-large representative
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
Rankings from AP Poll

Contents

PersonnelEdit

RosterEdit

2011 LSU Tigers football team roster
Players Coaches
Offense 4 Alfred Blue RB 6-2 215 So. 33 Odell Beckham Jr. WR 5-11 183 Fr. 80 Jarvis Landry WR 6-0 190 Fr.
Pos. # Name Class
QB 8 Zach Mettenberger So
Defense 7 Tyrann Mathieu CB 5-9 175 So. 17 Morris Claiborne CB 6-0 185 Jr. 2L Shreveport, 49 Barkevious Mingo DE 6-5 240 So. 90 Michael Brockers DT 6-6 306 So.
Pos. # Name Class
Special teams 38 Brad Wing P 6-3 184 Fr. RS 50 Joey Crappell SNP 6-2 245 Sr.
Pos. # Name Class
Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  •   Injured
  •   Redshirt

Roster

Coaching staffEdit

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

Depth chartEdit

ScheduleEdit

Schedule source:[2]

DateTimeOpponentRankSiteTVResultAttendance
September 37:00 p.m.vs. No. 3 Oregon*No. 4ABCW 40–2787,711[3]
September 107:00 p.m.Northwestern State*No. 2PPVW 49–392,405[4]
September 157:00 p.m.at No. 25 Mississippi StateNo. 3ESPNW 19–656,924[5]
September 247:00 p.m.at No. 16 West Virginia*No. 2ABCW 47–2162,056[6]
October 111:21 a.m.KentuckyNo. 1
  • Tiger Stadium
  • Baton Rouge, LA
SECNW 35–792,660[7]
October 82:30 p.m.No. 17 FloridaNo. 1
  • Tiger Stadium
  • Baton Rouge, LA (rivalry)
CBSW 41–1193,022[8]
October 152:30 p.m.at TennesseeNo. 1CBSW 38–7101,822[9]
October 222:30 p.m.No. 19 AuburnNo. 1
CBSW 45–1093,098[10]
November 57:00 p.m.at No. 2 AlabamaNo. 1CBSW 9–6 OT101,821[11]
November 126:00 p.m.Western Kentucky* No. 1
  • Tiger Stadium
  • Baton Rouge, LA
ESPNUW 42–992,917[12]
November 196:00 p.m.at Ole MissNo. 1ESPNW 52–359,877[13]
November 251:30 p.m.No. 3 ArkansasNo. 1
CBSW 41–1793,108[14]
December 33:00 p.m.vs. No. 12 GeorgiaNo. 1CBSW 42–1074,515[15]
January 9, 20127:30 p.m.vs. No. 2 AlabamaNo. 1ESPNL 0–2178,237[16]
  • *Non-conference game
  •  Homecoming
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game
  • All times are in Central time

Game summariesEdit

OregonEdit

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

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

Northwestern StateEdit

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

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

Mississippi StateEdit

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

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

West VirginiaEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
#2 Tigers 13 14 7 13 47
#16 Mountaineers 0 7 14 0 21
 
West Virginia on offense in the first half.

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KentuckyEdit

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

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

FloridaEdit

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

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

TennesseeEdit

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

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

AuburnEdit

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

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

AlabamaEdit

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

1 2 3 4OT Total
#1 Tigers 0 3 0 33 9
#2 Crimson Tide 0 3 3 00 6
 
The Alabama offense lines up against the LSU defense.

Western KentuckyEdit

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

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

Ole MissEdit

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

#1 LSU at Ole Miss
1 234Total
LSU 21 14143 52
Ole Miss 0 300 3

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ArkansasEdit

#3 Arkansas at #1 LSU
1 234Total
Arkansas 0 1430 17
LSU 0 21317 41

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

Georgia (SEC Championship Game)Edit

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

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

Alabama (National Championship Game)Edit

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

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

RankingsEdit

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

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Football – 2011 Coaches". LSU Sports.net. Retrieved October 2, 2011.
  2. ^ http://www.lsusports.net/SportSelect.dbml?&DB_OEM_ID=5200&SPID=2164&SPSID=27811
  3. ^ "Oregon Ducks vs. LSU Tigers Box Score". ESPN.com. September 3, 2011. Retrieved September 3, 2011.
  4. ^ "Northwestern State Demons vs. LSU Tigers Box Score". ESPN.com. September 10, 2011. Retrieved October 2, 2011.
  5. ^ "LSU Tigers vs. Mississippi State Bulldogs Box Score". ESPN.com. September 15, 2011. Retrieved October 2, 2011.
  6. ^ "LSU Tigers vs. West Virginia Mountaineers Box Score". ESPN.com. September 24, 2011. Retrieved October 2, 2011.
  7. ^ "Kentucky Wildcats vs. LSU Tigers Box Score". ESPN.com. October 1, 2011. Retrieved October 2, 2011.
  8. ^ "Florida Gators vs. LSU Tigers Box Score". ESPN.com. October 8, 2011. Retrieved October 8, 2011.
  9. ^ "LSU Tigers vs. Tennessee Box Score". ESPN.com. October 15, 2011. Retrieved October 15, 2011.
  10. ^ "Auburn Tigers vs. LSU Tigers Box Score". ESPN.com. October 22, 2011. Retrieved October 22, 2011.
  11. ^ "LSU Tigers vs. Alabama Crimson Tide Box Score". ESPN.com. November 5, 2011. Retrieved November 5, 2011.
  12. ^ "Western Kentucky Hilltoppers vs. LSU Tigers Box Score". ESPN.com. November 12, 2011. Retrieved November 12, 2011.
  13. ^ "LSU Tigers vs. Ole Miss Rebels Box Score". ESPN.com. November 19, 2011. Retrieved November 19, 2011.
  14. ^ "Arkansas Razorbacks vs. LSU Tigers". ESPN.com. November 25, 2011. Retrieved November 25, 2011.
  15. ^ "Georgia Bulldogs vs. LSU Tigers". ESPN.com. December 3, 2011. Retrieved October 28, 2012.
  16. ^ "Alabama Crimson Tide vs. LSU Tigers". ESPN.com. January 9, 2012. Retrieved October 28, 2012.
  17. ^ "Football Scores 49-3 Victory in Home Opener." LSUSports.net. Retrieved October 26, 2011.
  18. ^ "Defense Leads No. 3 LSU to 12th-Straight Win at State." LSUSports.net. Retrieved October 26, 2011.
  19. ^ "LSU Scores 20 Unanswered, Beats No. 16 WVU, 47-21." LSUSports.net. Retrieved October 26, 2011.
  20. ^ "No. 1 Football Suffocates Kentucky, 35-7." LSUsports.net. Retrieved October 26, 2011.
  21. ^ "No. 1 LSU Way Too Much for No. 17 Florida, 41-11." LSUsports.net. Retrieved October 26, 2011.
  22. ^ "No. 1 LSU Scores Largest-Ever Win Over Tennessee." LSUsports.net. Retrieved October 26, 2011.
  23. ^ "No. 1 LSU Blitzes Auburn, Sets Up Bama Showdown." LSUsports.net. Retrieved October 26, 2011.
  24. ^ http://www.foxsportssouth.com/03/06/12/Homecoming-queen-is-no-ordinary-walk-on/landing_sec.html?blockID=681206&feedID=7493
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