NOTEBOOK: Spears says goodbye to Tiger Stadium

With fans cheering loudly, Marcus Spears walked under the crossbar of Tiger Stadium in uniform for the final time in his LSU playing career and did so somewhat slowly.

It may have been due partially to the hip flexor injury he suffered in the closing moments against Ole Miss, but it seemed to be him just wanting to savor the moment more than anything else.


"It just feels good to walk off this field knowing that you left it all out there and you were able to have a perfect season at home," Spears said.


The roar from the crowd as Spears made his way into the locker room sounded just as loud as the one he received prior to the start of the game when he was one of 11 seniors recognized.


"It was emotional because it's been so long," Spears said.  "There's some great memories in this place, and I'll never forget them.  I want my fans in the crowd to know I appreciate everything they did for me.  The motivation factor that they give us every week in and week out is unmatched anywhere in the country and I just wanted to show my appreciation for that."


LSU coach Nick Saban was pleased the seniors got a victory in their last Tiger Stadium appearance, a win that gave LSU its first undefeated season at home since the Tigers of 1972 accomplished the feat.


"I think it meant a lot to a lot of guys that have done a lot to contribute to the success of this program in the four years or the five years in some cases that they've been here," Saban said.  "Not only in the way they played and the victories they gained, but also in the way they represented LSU and the kind of people and assets they've been and assets they've been to the program."


Though he's not a senior, offensive lineman Andrew Whitworth easily grasped the magnitude of all the seniors have contributed.  He also knows there's still more football to play.


"I think it was a huge achievement for us, a huge achievement for these seniors, and just another thing to add to the things they've done while they were here," Whitworth said.  "And we've got another one next week and a one two years ago gave us a heartbreaker.  We're gonna be prepared for it and it's gonna give us plenty of inspiration to go play and I promise you we're gonna be ready for that game."





The Tigers' streak of recording at least one sack in a game was extended to 35 last Saturday when with 9:58 remaining in the first quarter Marcus Spears brought down former LSU commitment Robert Lane.


"Yeah I got to know him," Spears said.  "I met the kid and I told him he's gonna be a great player.  I think he really is.  He's very athletic, very athletic.  I think that he has time to get his passing skills down.  But I see great things for him in the future."


Lane, who attended Neville High School in Monroe, La., definitely made plays to keep the Rebels in the contest, and Spears wasn't surprised.


"I'm pretty sure he was real driven to play in this game, and I think he wanted it bad," Spears said.  "And he was able to do some good things.  Anytime you feel like you have to go out and show someone that you can play this game, you'll step your game up if you're a real player and that's what he did.  My hat's off to him.  Played a great game. 


"I think we affected him.  We hit him a lot tonight, and I think that's something we wanted to do.  That's what we want to do against any quarterback, but we were able to do some things against him to get him out of his flow."


For his part, Lane enjoyed the experience of competing in Tiger Stadium, albeit in a Rebels uniform.


"It is a great place to come to play," Lane said.  "They've got some great fans.  It was a great game and we couldn't ask for better."


All total, the Tigers sacked Lane three times, and brought down fellow quarterback Ethan Flatt an additional two times.





After leading the Tigers with a career high 99 yards the week prior in a 26-10 win against Alabama, Joseph Addai bettered his high with a 107-yard rushing showing against Ole Miss.


Addai averaged 7.6 yards per carry on 14 attempts with a long of 53 yards, but found himself in Alley Broussard's shadow.





With their 27-24 victory over the Rebels, the Tigers have now beaten Ole Miss consecutively since 2002 and now lead the all-time series 52-37-4.


The Tigers have won four of the last five games the teams have played in Tiger Stadium, and just like the game in 2002 LSU beat Ole Miss with a fourth quarter comeback.


Ole Miss last beat the Tigers in 2001, doing so by a 35-24 tally in Death Valley.  That defeat was the third and final for LSU that season, as the Tigers would go on to reel off six straight wins to close out the year with a 10-3 record.


The 1997 season marked the last time a ranked Tiger team fell to the Rebels.  One week after toppling then No. 1 ranked Florida in Baton Rouge, a No. 8 ranked LSU team dropped a 36-21 decision

to Ole Miss.

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