Right off the bat, we have to give a great big thumbs down to the ending of the Capital One Bowl, a game which LSU lost 30-25. Drew Tate threw a 56-yard touchdown pass on the final play of the game to beat the Tigers in Nick Saban's final game as head coach. LSU had scored just second earlier to ensure what seemed as if it would be Saban's fourth bowl victory in five tries.
While it is well documented in the
editorial on page four, thumbs down to the way Nick Saban handled his decision
making in deciding whether or not to bolt to the NFL. While we do believe Saban
was genuine in saying it was a difficult decision to make in terms of his love
Although the Tigers lost the game,
thumbs up to JaMarcus Russell. The redshirt freshman quarterback, was the third
and final quarterback to come off the bench for LSU versus
To the turnout for the Capital One
Bowl. When news of Saban's departure hit the streets, LSU fans by the thousands
began unloading their game tickets and canceling plans to attend the game in
To LSU special teams. Two critical
breakdowns on punts against the Hawkeyes led to one
To the Texas Longhorns and quarterback Vincent Young. Anyone who knows me understands you will find little love for Mack Brown's Longhorns here. After Brown all but lobbied to get his team into the Rose Bowl, the Longhorns proved they belonged in the "Granddaddy of Them All." Coupled with the fact Cal, which felt jilted for being bumped from the Rose Bowl, got blown out by Texas Tech, Texas outlasted Big 10 champion Michigan and received an outstanding performance from Young, who rushed for four touchdowns and threw for another.
To Bobby Petrino. Where's the
loyalty? The Louisville coach, that just one week after professing his love for
Louisville and pledging his allegiance to the university, jumped in the sack
with LSU officials in hopes of filling the vacancy left by the departed Saban.
It was the fourth job in two seasons Petrino showed interest in, those being
To the LSU Lady Tiger basketball team, which remained the No. 1 team in the nation in both the Associated Press and the USA Today/ESPN/WBCA poll.
The Lady Tigers were again unanimous in both polls, receiving all 45 first-place votes in the AP poll and all 40 from the coaches. It is the fifth straight week LSU has been the nation's top-ranked team and the fourth consecutive week as the unanimous No. 1 team.
Senior men's basketball
player Antonio Hudson, enjoying his best season as an LSU Tigers, joined an
elite group of players to have scored 1,000 career points in their LSU career.