The LSU defense, led by Heisman finalist Tyrann Mathieu, remains the team's backbone. The Tigers finished second in the nation in scoring defense, at 10.5 points allowed per game. Opposing offenses managed to score more than 10 points only four times, and that includes Florida's 11-point effort.
Louisiana Tech was predicted to finish fourth in the Western Athletic Conference this season. Instead, with four starters back on each side of the ball, the Bulldogs finished the regular season on a seven-game winning streak and took the WAC title. Two of their four losses were to Southern Miss (11-2) and Houston (12-1) by a combined three points. Punter Ryan Allen (46.3 yards per punt) recently took home the Ray Guy Award for excelling at the position.
Full of swagger and ready to roll over the lowly Bulldogs, LSU came out flat in its first-round matchup.
Louisiana Tech marched down the field and picked up 59 yards on its first three plays from scrimmage. Colby Cameron hit Hunter Lee to cap the four-play, 62-yard drive and give the underdog a 7-0 lead.
It was fun while it lasted -- 51 seconds. That's how long it took LSU to tie the game via a 47-yard screen pass from Jefferson to Deangelo Peterson. Later in the quarter, Jefferson called his own number and ran it in from 10 yards out. The 14 points were all the Tigers needed.
After racking up 63 yards on their first drive, the Bulldogs were held to 160 yards the rest of the game.
Michael Ford led LSU with 85 yards on 15 carries, with two touchdowns.
The Tigers advance to the second round with their 34-7 win.
Player of the game: Michael Ford (85 yards - 2 TDs)
Winning Percentage of 1,001 Simulations: LSU 96.1% - Louisiana Tech 3.9%