DYAKOWSKI: How was I holding?

Everyone in the LSU nation is talking about the officiating in Saturday's marquee matchup with No. 2 Auburn. People on the streets, students in class, employees around the water cooler, even women at the beauty salon want to know what went so terribly wrong throughout the contest.

Instant replay shows many of the calls by officials were questionable, and even LSU Athletic Director Skip Bertman released a statement saying he "respectfully but strongly disagrees" with the conferences decision to stand by its officials.


No one knows how the referee could pick up the flag on pass interference in the fourth quarter, but what offensive tackle Peter Dyakowski wants to know is; how can a man with a cast on his hand be called for offensive holding?


"I am still actually wondering about that myself seeing how my cast covers my fingers," Dyakowski said. "I was trying to hold all game, but I can't bend my hand. When the call came through, I wasn't quit sure how they made that call. Looking back at it on film it is clearly not a holding penalty. During games, referees don't have the advantage of watching a play from two different angles."


The call came in the fourth quarter on second down when JaMarcus Russell completed a 21-yard pass to Richard Dixon, placing the Tigers on the Auburn 38-yard line. Because of the call, the play was erased and LSU was penalized 10 yards for holding, placing them on the LSU 31.


"As soon as the call was made, I got sick to my stomach because I didn't know what I did wrong and I knew we needed that play," Dyakowski said. "It's frustrating."


Following Dixon's catch, LSU looked to be driving downfield for a possible score. The drive was their most impressive drive of the second half before the final go of the game. 


Dyakowski broke his right hand against Arizona, and practiced all last week in preparation for Auburn with a regular cast, but wears a different cast for games.


For games, trainers make a new cast with his wrist bent back so he is able to better strike defensive linemen. For the next six weeks, Dyakowski will receive a new cast for each game and painkillers for the pain.


"It's defiantly a challenge playing with it," Dyakowski said. "I much rather not have it, but I'm not going to have a healthy hand for the future so I have to deal with what I got."

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