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BATON ROUGE, LA - Three games into the 2014 season and the LSU defense finds itself ranked among the national leaders in several major categories, including a No. 2 ranking in scoring defense at 8.3 points per game.
LSU (3-0, 0-0) goes into the Mississippi State (3-0, 0-0) game riding a streak of nine consecutive quarters and 31 straight possessions without allowing a point. LSU is also coming off back-to-back shutouts for the first time since 1985.
LSU is coming off a 31-0 win over ULM on Saturday, a game that saw the Tigers limit the Warhawks to only six first downs and just 93 yards of offense. LSU didn't allow a play of over 12 yards against ULM as the Tigers forced the Warhawks to punt on 10 of their 12 possessions.
LSU is No. 3 nationally in total defense allowing 205.7 yards per game. The Tigers are holding opponents to only 3.53 yards a play – No. 3 in the nation. LSU is third in the nation in pass defense, allowing 94.3 yards a game. LSU is one of just eight schools nationally that have yet to allow a passing touchdown.
LSU opponents have completed just 33-of-82 passes for 40.2 percent, which ranks No. 2 nationally behind Oregon State (38.5 percent).
In three games, LSU's defense has yielded 17 plays of 10 yards or longer, which ranks behind only Wisconsin (14) and TCU (16). On 175 plays from scrimmage, LSU opponents have managed 617 total yards (334 rushing, 283 passing).
LSU leads the SEC in four defensive categories – total defense, pass defense, scoring defense and pass efficiency defense.
Defensive back Dwayne Thomas leads the Tigers with 16 tackles, including 1.5 for losses, two quarterback hurries, one pass breakup and an interception. Defensive end Danielle Hunter is second on team with 15 tackles and 2.5 tackles for loss.
LSU's defense will face its toughest test to date on Saturday when the eighth-ranked Tigers host Mississippi State at 6 p.m. on Tiger Stadium. Mississippi State comes into Saturday's contest averaging 43.7 points and 526.7 total yards per game.