LSU did what it had to do to remain in the thick of the SEC championship race, but it did so kicking and screaming.
The Tigers committed five turnovers
and were flagged 11 times in an ugly affair with the Gators on Saturday
afternoon. While LSU was far from pretty on Saturday, even uglier was
While LSU running back Joseph Addai continues to gain notoriety within the SEC and LSU's Olympian finally found the end zone, some fans chose to display some rather immature antics during Saturday's win.
Between the lengthy commercial
breaks during CBS's broadcast, you might have checked out some of the other
action in the world of college football. They are dubbing the showdown in
There was drama in the Big Ten while the evening schedule was dotted with one tense nail biter after another.
Fran Flory's Tiger Volleyball team finally returned home for an eventful evening Friday night. We'll separate the good from the bad as it is all here in our latest rant.
to LSU coach Les Miles on getting his first win in Tiger Stadium. Miles tasted
bitter defeat in his Death Valley debut when his Tigers lost to
penalties and turnovers. The Tigers gave it away five times against the Gators
and were reprimanded 11 times for 84 yards in one of LSU's sloppiest games in
recent memory. The Tigers fumbled three times and JaMarcus Russell tossed a pair
To Joseph Addai. Entering the season as a backup to Alley Broussard as LSU's featured "third down" back, Addai recorded his second straight 100-yard rushing performance (third of the season) and is averaging an SEC-leading 107 yards rushing per game. Addai is totaling more than five yards per carry compiling 537 yards on 105 carries and has scored six touchdowns.
How about that Tiger defense? After LSU surrendered 560 yards of total offense (461 passing) to Arizona State in the season opener, a number of the arm-chair quarterbacks (err… arm-chair defensive coordinators) on the Internet were ready to lynch Bo Pelini. However, five games into the season, the Tiger defensive boss has his unit playing better than anyone could have expected in the post-Saban era. Ranked 117th in the nation after two games, the LSU secondary has risen 59 spots and is currently rated 58th in the country against the pass. Over the past two games, LSU has harassed arguably the league's best two quarterbacks (Jay Cutler and Chris Leak) into two of the worst performances by an SEC quarterback this year. Cutler managed just 113 yards through the air while Leak barely eclipsed the century mark (102). Not to mention, the Tiger stoppers are ranked No. 3 in the land against the run, giving up 69 yards on the ground per game and have effectively neutralized the league's top three running backs (Gerald Riggs, Jerious Norwood and most recently DeShawn Wynn).
To LSU fans.
For the second game this season in Tiger Stadium, LSU has been booed by the home
crowd. At the end of the first half against
Did anyone notice the man with the red hat and the headset standing on the field for long periods of down time during the game Saturday? That guy is in charge of letting referees on the field know when the CBS television broadcast is at or coming out of a commercial. Did it seem he was on the field an awful lot for LONG periods of time? We know there have to be commercials, but that turned a three hour game in a four-plus hour affair.
"Greatest Game Ever Played." Or so that is what they are calling it. USC's visit
Or did Leinart score the winning points? ESPN analyst and former Notre Dame coach Bob Davie pointed out late Saturday night that USC should have been flagged 15 yards for leverage on the game-winning touchdown. Leinart's initial surge at the end zone from the one yard line was denied by the Irish defense. It wasn't until running back Reggie Bush shoved Leinart squarely in the back did the Trojan signal caller fall into the end zone on second effort. Was it a penalty? Absolutely. Do you actually think those officials would have thrown a flag in that situation snapping USC's 27-game winning streak? Enough said.
There was high
drama in the Big Ten on Saturday. Much like the Notre Dame/USC game,
Staying in the
the Alabama Kool-Aid? Neither did we. That whole "Bama is Back" thing on the
cover of Sports Illustrated was another desperate attempt at trying to resurrect
one of the storied old college football program's that had fallen from grace.
Sure the Crimson Tide's 31-3 white-washing of
While the LSU
Promotions Department did manage to attract over 3,000 fans to Friday's
volleyball game with the theme "Party at Pete's Palace," it may have dropped the
ball on the second half of the evening, most notably LSU Basketball Fan Day.
When featured entertainer Mark Curry failed to show due to a missed flight, fans
were left sitting in their seats for nearly 45 minutes while the planned
autograph session commenced on the concourse involving the Tiger basketball
players. Wouldn't it have been better to move the autograph signing period to
the end of the evening and get the show on the road instead of having an
hour-long lull in the action. The Lady Tiger basketball team was impressively
presented by Victor Howell while the men were introduced by some other
unidentified female emcee, whose name was even left off the university's press
release. Why not let Howell run the show himself? A three-point shootout and
slam sunk contest were on the docket of events as well. However, the three-point
contest included fan participation (people want to see the players shoot, not
fans) and the slam dunk contest was, of course, held until the end, which came
at nearly 10 p.m. due to the delay. As advertised, one fan got the opportunity
to win a 2006 Nissan Titan pickup truck by attempting to sink a layup, free
throw, three-pointer and a half court shot in 24 seconds. However, the fan
chosen was an 11-year-old who struggled to make even a layup. It seems more
appropriate if one of the purple and gold clad students that attended get the
chance at the grand prize instead. In the end, the idea was a grand one, but the
planning and presentation left something to be desired.