Last year, as LSU marched to a national championship, Addai became the lost member of the Tigers' backfield. Remember it was Addai who got hurt and opened the door for freshmen Justin Vincent, Alley Broussard and Barrington Edwards to lead the way to the promised land.
Now a guy whose last name (honestly, I looked this up on various websites) has Hebrew origins that claims it means "Man of God," carried LSU on his back to the winning touchdown.
Sure, senior quarterback Marcus Randall did his part. For starters, if you watched the game on ESPN and stuck
around for coach Nick Saban's postgame on-field interview you're probably as
confused as Randall. Saban said Randall is great coming off the bench and that's
why they started JaMarcus Russell. Perhaps, but wasn't Randall the QB when LSU
marched to a game-opening score against
Anyway, LSU needed something good to happen on offense when it took over on the 50 with 2:06 left in the game. No one stepped up bigger than Addai, who ran for 16 yards on first down.
Then Addai ran for 6 more to the
The season was hanging in the
balance. Take the lead and hang in the hunt for a really nice bowl trip. Fail to
score a TD and, well, make bowl reservations for
Randall, whose poise and throwing accuracy were remarkable all game, hit Addai for the 10-yard TD. After Ryan Gaudet hit his third extra point in as many tries – no, that's not a misprint – LSU had a 24-21 lead, the Gator Chomp was silenced and the Tigers stood at 4-2 overall.
Addai finished with 93 yards on 10 carries, meaning he gained 34 on the last drive alone.
Now LSU has an off week. Talk about
a team that deserves one. And let's face it: After the Oregon State performance,
lack of offense at
But the Tigers are relatively
injury free. Addai is back. Randall – his TD pass to Early Doucet in the second
quarter the finest LSU throw in a long time – hopefully will keep the starting
QB job. The offensive line has appeared to have woken up. The defense, the
Six hard weeks down, a much-needed
off week ahead. Then games with
Saban actually smiled quite a bit in that postgame interview. He ought to be happy. His team rallied from two TDs down. He may have finally found a quarterback. And Joseph Addai is back and any coach will tell you there's nothing better than finding a long-lost go-to running back and letting him carry the load.