For years, Tiger Stadium would hold its collective breaths during any field goal attempt. In other words, there were no guarantees.
But LSU place kicker Chris Jackson
has bucked the trend and emerged as a key offensive weapon. His late fourth
quarter field goal knotted the score at 17 and gave Tiger fans their second
overtime game in
"I was glad to see
Miles confidence in his team's ability to win was not as evident earlier in the game. After a Skyler Green punt return for touchdown, the Tiger offense stayed in first gear. They were unable to move the ball and punted three times and had one missed field goal at halftime.
But in LSU's third drive in the second half, Jamarcus Russell connected with Dwayne Bowe for an 18 yard touchdown pass. This gave the Tigers a 14-10 lead.
From there, it was all legs.
"It feels great," said
A fourth quarter touchdown
completion to Anthony Mix gave
With 4:47 seconds remaining in
regulation, LSU began their drive. Starting on their own 25 yard line, they
marched down the field on the strength of Joseph Addai carries and two Bowe
catches, one for 31 yards. With a little less that two minutes to play, it was
fourth and five from the
"I was just trying to stay focused
and wipe the slate clean from my miss earlier," said
He atoned for the earlier miss and collected a legion of new fans as his game tying field goal breathed new life into a stagnant team and stadium.
Even thought the crowd was behind him, the players were still giving him a hard time.
"I was looking for chest bumps,"
The new insurgence carried the team
into overtime where LSU had possession first. The Tigers were on the 13 yard
line when Early Doucet dropped a touchdown pass. The gasps were palpable, but
"I was trying to block the crowd
out and block everything else and just worry about keeping it straight." said
"Sometimes, it just happens," said
The players might have been giving
"You can't say enough about Chris Jackson," said Kyle Williams. "He has done a fabulous job for use this year."
If only he could figure out how to get on the bottom of team pileups on the football field.