OXFORD, Miss. — When No. 1 LSU beat Ole Miss 52-3 in its final regular-season road game of the season Saturday, the Tigers set another precedent.
In addition to going 11-0 during a regular season for the first time and going 7-0 in the Southeastern Conference for the first time, LSU finished 6-0 away from Tiger Stadium during the regular season for the first time.
The only other Tigers team to go 6-0 away from Tiger Stadium was the 1958 national championship team. That LSU team went 5-0 away from home in the regular season — winning at Rice, Alabama, Miami (Fla.), Mississippi State and Tulane. Road victory number six came in the Sugar Bowl when the Tiger defeated Clemson.
This Tigers team opened the season with a victory in Arlington, Texas, against Oregon, then swept its five road games — against Mississippi State, West Virginia, Tennessee, Alabama and Ole Miss. Oregon, Mississippi State, West Virginia and Alabama all were ranked when LSU played them.
“They set a precedent on how they would play on the road,” Tigers coach Les Miles said. “It started in Dallas, and they’ve not regressed in any way. They understood what they needed to do. They play in tight quarters. Opponents’ stadiums seem to bring it out in them. I can tell you, this is a football team that is not going to be dismayed by a stadium that is a little loud and aggressive.”
The atmosphere at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium on Saturday night was neither loud nor aggressive toward the Tigers by the time they opened a 35-3 halftime lead. Many in the crowd of 59,877 had headed for the exits.
“I can’t say it didn’t put a smile on my face,” LSU linebacker Kevin Minter said. “We love going into an opponent’s stadium, playing our brand of ball and just dominating.”
This is the first time LSU has gone undefeated on the road since 2005, when it won road games against No. 15 Arizona State, Mississippi State, Vanderbilt, No. 4 Alabama and Ole Miss, then lost to No. 13 Georgia in the Southeastern Conference title game.
Another game against Georgia in the SEC Championship Game in Atlanta will take place on Dec. 3 if the Tigers win their regular-season finale against Arkansas on Friday in Tiger Stadium.
After acknowledging the Tigers’ success away from home, Miles added, “That being said, we are looking forward to going home to Tiger Stadium.”
LSU could finish 8-0 away from home by winning the SEC title game and capturing the BCS title in New Orleans, the same place the ’58 team finished its undefeated run.
RB committee gets bigger
The Tigers’ running back depth continues to show up in a variety of ways. On Saturday, five Tigers gained at least 50 net yards rushing. No more than two had done that in any previous game.
Alfred Blue led the way with 74 yards on four carries, Spencer Ware had 70 and a touchdown on 10 carries, Kenny Hilliard had 59 and a touchdown on nine carries, Terrence Magee had a season-high 55 on seven carries and Michael Ford had 50 yards and a touchdown on five carries.
Blue went over 500 yards rushing for the season, joining Ford and Ware in that territory. This is the first time LSU has had three running backs with 500 yards rushing in the same season since 1997, when Kevin Faulk (1,144 yards), Rondell Mealey (664) and Cecil Collins (596) all gained at least 500.
With that kind of depth in the running game, LSU rarely has to gain a lot of passing yards. On Saturday the Tigers scored a season-high 52 points despite passing for just 105 yards, its third-lowest total of the season.
LSU had just 98 passing yards in the 40-27 victory against Oregon in the season opener and 91 in the 9-6 overtime victory at Alabama on Nov. 5.
Alleman stays consistent
Drew Alleman’s 29-yard field goal completed the scoring for LSU Saturday night. Alleman is 14-for-16 on field goals this season and has made his past eight.
His last miss was a 30-yarder in the third quarter of the 47-21 victory at West Virginia on Sept. 24. His only other miss was a 50-yarder in the 49-3 victory against Northwestern State on Sept. 10.
Ticket deadline Monday
LSU season-ticket holders are reminded that 5 p.m. Monday is the deadline to apply for tickets to the postseason game or games in which the Tigers will participate, including the SEC Championship Game in Atlanta on Dec. 3.
The LSU ticket office has sent information to season-ticket holders on how to apply for tickets.
LSU season-ticket holders will have the opportunity to apply for tickets to bowl games. The Tigers will learn their bowl destination by Dec. 4.
There will be no limits placed on how many tickets can be ordered, but fans are advised in the information packet that limitations will be put in place if the demand for tickets exceeds the supply available to LSU. The information packet also includes the priority system that will be used if limitations become necessary.
Tickets for any postseason games involving LSU will be allocated first to players, coaches, LSU students and staff and traveling party. Remaining tickets are distributed based on the LSU Priority Point System.
Season-ticket holders can place their ticket request for any of LSU’s potential postseason destinations by logging in to their online ticket account at www.LSUtix.net, and clicking on Season Renewals.
Season-ticket holders may also print off a postseason request form at www.lsu
sports.net/postseason. Those forms can be brought to the LSU ticket office no later than 5 p.m. Monday.
Request forms sent in by mail must be postmarked by the deadline date of Nov. 21 to be considered.
LSU’s first 10 opponents scored on 17 of 19 series in which they got inside the Tigers’ 20-yard line, but that wasn’t an issue against Ole Miss. The Rebels never got inside the Tigers’ 20. … LSU entered Saturday’s game having allowed a total of just 7 net yards on punt returns for the season, and that total went down to 6 as Ole Miss lost 1 yard on its only punt return.
Advocate sportswriter Scott Hotard and a university news release contributed.