And there went plenty of smiles for the No. 1-ranked Tigers.
Coming off a 9-6 overtime victory against No. 2-ranked Alabama, LSU prepares for, well, a much different challenge this week when Sun Belt Conference contender Western Kentucky visits Tiger Stadium for a 6 p.m. contest.
In Monday's media session, the Tigers relived the monumental victory, many of them calling it the most physical and memorable game they've ever been a part of.
A big reason LSU (9-0, 6-0 SEC) came out on top was because of a gritty play by safety Eric Reid on the fourth quarter.
With Alabama driving, Reid sprinted back to the goal line and swiped the ball from tight end Michael Williams on a pass from receiver Marquis Maze out of the wildcat formation. Video replays and still photos show that Williams had initial possession, but Reid wrestled it away as the players hit the ground.
"I saw the tight end go by me and I knew they were going to throw it deep, so I just tried to get back and prevent the touchdown," Reid said.
"I was pretty sure I had it. I felt me take it away from him in the air."
The play was reviewed from upstairs and an argument could be made for overturning it and giving Williams the catch, which would've set Alabama up from the 1-yard line in a game when touchdowns were gold.
"I would've been devastated," Reid said.
He wasn't and the game changed.
LSU wasn't able to churn out a first down, but Brad Wing came to the rescue with a 73-yard punt that sailed over Maze's head and flipped the field and put the field-position advantage back in the Tigers' corner.
Neither team threatened to score again until overtime.
"I knew we had to get momentum shifted," said Reid, who recorded six tackles and also returned a blocked field goal 26 yards. "I was glad I was able to make a play."
With as many receiving options as Jefferson and Jarrett Lee have available, big Chase Clement wouldn't seem to be high on the list.
He sure has been lately, though, including Saturday when he snared two passes for 19 yards.
Clement is recognized as LSU's best blocking tight end. Like Richard Dickson did a few years ago when he honed blocking skills to go with to-notch receiving ability, Clement has made himself a more complete player.
"I love that they're throwing the ball to me now," he said. "It's best to have both qualities. You want coaches to trust you to block and also feel comfortable with you running a pass route and catching the ball."
Probably not his best option
During Les Miles' weekly luncheon, he was asked about recruiting international players like Wing and he spun it into a quip about taking a walkabout in Australia, Wing's homeland.
According to Wikipedia.com, a walkabout is a rite of passage in which Australian Aborigines live in the wilderness for up to six months.
Wing didn't seem to think that was a good idea for his coach.
"I don't where he'd go and what he'd do or what he'd do when he came back," Wing said with a smile. "I don't know how he'd do it."
That said, Wing conceded that Miles shares some qualities with a famous fictional Aussie.
"He's pretty out there like Crocodile Dundee," Wing said.
Rueben Randle's night was conspicuously quiet against the Tide: Two catches for 19 yards.
A big reason why? He was blanketed, bracketed and harangued all night long by at least two and sometimes three defenders.
He admitted that he got frustrated, but worked through it.
"The game plan was to take me out and it worked," Randle said. "It was kind of a frustrating game as a wideout.
"All I did was distract the defense most of the game."
Adding to Randle's aggravation was a pass from Jordan Jefferson in the end zone that Randle lunged for and had his hands on but couldn't corral – see the note above about touchdowns in Saturday's game.
"Coach had to do a great job keeping me in the game because I started to get down on myself," Randle said. "He told me I was doing my job by keeping two or three guys on me and making it easier for other receivers. So I just went back out there and kept helping any way I could."
It wasn't like the added attention was a big surprise to Randle, who entered the game with 33 catches for 638 yards.
How suffocating the Tide was did catch him and the Tigers off guard, though.
"I know Michael Ford said he thought they were kind of stiff and didn't move real well," Randle said. "But once we got on the field Saturday, they were different animals out there."
In a game chock full of big special teams plays, Bennie Logan's blocked field goal got a little lost in the shuffle.
But it was just as big as any of Drew Alleman's kicks that sailed through or Wing's booming punts.
"We work on getting penetration and getting your hands up," Logan said. "We got enough push, and once we did that, we got our hands up and I was able to get in the kicking lane. That was a pretty sweet sound."
Moving the chains