Even so, that has only allowed the Tigers' neighbors to the north to complete just 31 passes total in those three games (only five completions last Friday).
LSU has now won four straight
against the Razorbacks dating back to 2003 and are 5-2 against
And the passing numbers would be
worse (or better if you're wearing purple and gold) if not for a miracle,
last-minute drive by
Anyone who stated they would be
happy if the Tigers just split their arduous road schedule this year prior to
the start of the season is supposed to be happy now. Some aren't holding true to
their word because of the way LSU lost at
Instead, the Tigers played much of
the season looking over their shoulders at the fans and detractors and above
them at teams in the Western Division Standings who they were better than. Of
the latter, LSU has no one to blame but themselves. (Okay, they can partially
blame the replay officials at
The Tigers overcame that adversity
to win six straight to end the regular season, a feat performed not too long ago
that propelled them into the BCS. If memory serves, that run began after a loss
Unlike against Ole Miss, the Tigers didn't wait until the fourth quarter to get things going, and much of that may have been due to the fact the Keiland Williams was LSU's starter at running back against Arkansas. Averaging 5.2 yards per carry, he led the Tiger rushers and put the exclamation point on the drive that answered the Razorbacks' all-too-easy opening scoring drive.
In what is likely to be his final regular-season performance, JaMarcus Russell was 14-of-22 for 210 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions. Okay, forget the likely part. All of the fans waiting for Matt Flynn to take the field as LSU's starter are going to see it next year (unless, of course, Ryan Perrilloux takes the job away from him.).
Apparently fighting for extra yards
is overrated, because on two occasions the Tigers tried it and turned the ball
over. Russell had it stripped from him once, as did Alley Broussard. Those two
miscues cost the Tigers scoring opportunities and field position, but they
didn't put them behind on the scoreboard as
GRADE: B- (For ball security)
It took 12 games, but LSU's defense finally gave up a 100-yard rushing game to an opposing back. Well, make that two opposing backs.
Darren McFadden rushed for 182
yards, and Felix Jones had 137. That's where 18 of the Razorbacks' 26 points
came from. And even though McFadden nearly completed as many passes in the game
as starter Casey Dick, he wasn't in the "Wildcat" formation on a critical fourth
down or at all for
In his regular season finale as a Tiger, LaRon Landry hauled in an interception that led to points to extend LSU's lead in the fourth quarter. They were needed as McFadden ripped the Tigers' defense for an 80-yard run not long after.
Overall, the defense learned what
everyone else already knew: McFadden is the real deal. (There's no way Houston
Nutt keeps this guy around for four years.) And Jones isn't bad, either. A lot
of yards were given up on the ground, but the Tigers certainly made
THE SPECIAL TEAMS
"Anything you can do, I can do better," said Trindon Holliday to Darren McFadden as he took a kickoff back 92 yards for a touchdown to answer the Razorback running back's 80-yard blast through the heart of LSU's defense.
Defenders are still getting entirely too close for comfort to Chris Jackson on punts, though.
GRADE: A –
It was a solid game plan on offense that saw the Tigers unafraid to pass early and put the right man behind JaMarcus Russell at the start to run the ball. Defensively, LSU limited a former high school coach to the only option he had with a high school-like quarterback and made the Razorbacks run as much as possible. Both parts of the plan worked – maybe not to perfection, but towards victory.
For all of the shortcomings this season, Les Miles and company are still the first coaching staff to win 10 games in back-to-back seasons at LSU and definitely the first to face a road schedule that included Top 10 opponents exclusively.