NEW ORLEANS -- For the first time, a team with two losses ended up No. 1…
2. LSU won the toss and deferred to the second half.
3. Tigers extending their consecutive starts streak today were: CB Chevis Jackson (40), LB Ali Highsmith (28), LT Ciron Black (27), CB Jonathan Zenon (27), LG Herman Johnson (24) and DT Glenn Dorsey (22).
4. LSU has scored on its first possession of the second half in 12 of 14 games this season. Nine of those 12 scores have been touchdowns.
5. LSU blocked
6. As a team LSU moved up on in numerous single season categories tonight: Rushing touchdowns – tied for first with 35, passes completed – first with 256, passing touchdowns – third with 29, scoring touchdowns – first with 66, total plays – first with 1,054, total yards – first with 6,152.
7. In LSU's three bowl games under head coach Les Miles, the Tigers have outscored opponents 150-51, including the 38-24 score of tonight's game.
8. With a win tonight LSU ... won its third national championship in program history ... became the first school in the nation to ever win two BCS National Championships ... improved to 4-0 all-time in BCS games, 3-0 in bowl games under head coach Les Miles and 13-4 in games played in the Superdome.
9. 2007 marks the second 12-win season in program history. The other came in 2003 when the Tigers finished the year 13-1.
10. With first quarter tackles, S Craig Steltz, CB Jonathan Zenon extended their streaks to 24 straight games with a tackle and DT Glenn Dorsey extended his streak to 30 straight. With a second quarter tackles, LB Ali Highsmith extended his streak to 40 straight games and CB Chevis Jackson extended his streak to 24.
11. PK Colt David made his 26th FG of the season on s 32-yard attempt with 2:21 left in the first quarter.
a. With five PATs tonight, Colt David extended his consecutive PAT streak to 72. His third PAT moved him into third-place on LSU's list for consecutive PATs made.
12. QB Matt Flynn tossed his 18th ,19th, 20th and 21st touchdown passes of the season and the 28th, 29th, 30th and 31st of his career with a 13-yard pass to TE Richard Dickson with 13:00 left in the second quarter, a 10-yard pass to WR Brandon LaFell with 7:25 left in the second quarter, a 4-yard pass to WR Early Doucet with 9:04 left in the third quarter and a 5-yard toss to Dickson with 1:50 to go in the game.
a. Flynn moved up in the following season passing categories tonight: seventh in yards (2,407), fifth in completions (202), second in attempts (359) and fourth in TD passes (21).
b. Flynn's four TDs are a career high.
c. Flynn was named the game's Offensive MVP.
13. TE Richard Dickson pulled down his fourth and fifth receiving touchdowns of the season on a 13-yard pass from QB Matt Flynn with 13:00 left in the second quarter and a five-yard toss from Flynn with 1:50 to go in the game.
a. Dickson's two TDs are a career high.
14. WR Brandon LaFell scored his fourth receiving touchdown of the season and the sixth of his career on a 10-yard strike from QB Mat Flynn with 7:25 left in the second quarter.
15. CB Chevis Jackson intercepted his fifth pass of the season and the eighth of his career with 6:18 left in the second quarter. His return of 34 yards was the longest of his career.
16. RB Jacob Hester scored the 12th rushing touchdown of the season and the 20th of his career on a one-yard run with 4:16 left in the second quarter.
17. WR Early Doucet scored his fifth receiving touchdown of the season and the 20th of his career on a 4-yard pass from QB Matt Flynn with 9:04 left in the third quarter.
a. Doucet moved up to fourth all-time in career receptions with 160.
16. LB Ali Highsmith forced his second fumble of the season and the seventh of his career with 10:37 to go in the game. S Harry Coleman recovered the fumble, the first of his career.
17. S Curtis Taylor intercepted his third pass of the season and career with 5:43 to go in the game.
18. DE Ricky Jean-Francois was named the game's Defensive MVP after recording six tackles, a total that included three solo stops, 1.5 tackles for loss and a half sack. He also blocked a field goal attempt in the second quarter.