Mathieu also scored LSU’s first touchdown of the game when he both stripped Oregon’s punt returner Kenyon Barner of the ball and then scooped up the fumble and raced three-yards for the score.
Mathieu, who is listed at 5-feet-9, 180 pounds, was at times the smallest player on the field. He played every defensive snap (82 plays) for the Tigers as LSU’s defense limited Oregon to just 335 total yards, including only 95 on the ground. LSU also held Oregon All-America running back LaMichael James to only 54 yards on 18 carries.
In 14 career games with the Tigers, Mathieu ranks second in school history with six forced fumbles. He’s also forced at least one turnover in six of the 14 games in his LSU career.
The defensive player of the week honor is the first of Mathieu’s career.
How the media sees the Tigers
Dan Wetzel, Yahoo! Sports: "He talks funny. He wears his hat funny. He sings 'Calling Baton Rouge' in a funny way. He eats grass, of course, and that's funny. He calls funny plays at the funniest times and even wins games with great comedic timing.
"There was even one point during the fourth quarter Saturday that LSU coach Les Miles shouldered up to a referee and appeared to be telling a funny joke. And then there was postgame when he tried to say 'Go Cowboys', only with a Cajun flair.
"That's spelled G-u-a-_u-x,' Miles said.
"Ah, no it's not.
"There you go."
by Ed Staton
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