Quote of the Game:
"We've made a case for the BCS,
certainly. When they're picking the
best team from the SEC, they'll have something to talk about. We have had the distinct impression that
we were the best team in the SEC West.
The SEC West champion is
- LSU coach Les Miles on his team's bowl future
In a game that had shaped up to be a defensive struggle, the Tigers looked to be in the driver's seat with a 24-21 lead when JaMarcus Russell hit Early Doucet on a 7-yard touchdown pass to open the fourth quarter.
After Chris Jackson put the ensuing kickoff in the end zone for a touchback, McFadden took the first snap directly up the middle for an 80-yard touchdown, inciting a glum War Memorial Stadium crowd.
McFadden's run energized the crowd
even more when the 53,000-plus learned the jaunt broke the
But then came the dagger.
Everyone knew Trindon Holliday had
the speed and quickness to be LSU's next great kick returner. In
Stat of the Game:
– Coming into Friday's game, the Tiger defense had yet to
surrender 100 yards to a single running back, that including the likes of
Auburn's Kenny Irons, Alabama's Kenneth Darby and Ole Miss' BenJarvus Green-Ellis. Versus the Hogs, LSU not only allowed one running back to surpass
100 yards, but two backs broke the century mark. Darren McFadden carried the
mail for 182 yards, and Felix Jones ran for 137 more as
By the Numbers:
– Passes completed by
– Wins for the Tigers for the first time in consecutive years in
the school's history. LSU has come close a couple of times, including a nine-win
season in 1959, a year after the Tigers went 11-0 in 1958 in winning the
national title. In 1997, LSU won nine games, going 9-3, a year after the Tigers
went 10-2 in 1996. In 2004, Nick Saban's last team compiled a 9-3 record, losing
its third game in the final seconds to
– Points scored by
1 – A DAVIS OF
A DAY - Craig Davis pulled in a 5-yard reception in the first
quarter to extend his consecutive-games-with-a-reception streak to 34. With a
20-yard catch in the second quarter,
2 – MOVING ON UP – With 14 completions on the day, QB JaMarcus Russell moved past Jamie Howard to third on LSU's career completions list with 471. Russell also moved up to third on LSU's career passing yards list. He finished the game with 210 yards and now has 6,287 for his career.
3 – ODDS &
ENDS – LSU has recorded at least one sack in 18 straight games
after a first quarter sack by Tyson Jackson. ... LSU has outscored its opponents
122-20 in the first quarter this season.