VIRTUAL TIGERS: LSU-Kentucky Simulated

Last week, the computer predicted accurately that LSU's tilt with Florida would be a knockdown, drag out fight to the finish.

It certainly didn't come close to predicting the intensity or emotions that would run through the crowd of 92,910 that were on-hand to witness the Tigers rally to beat the Gators.

 

Of course, the computer isn't able to predict everything (i.e. 1-4 Stanford bringing an end to USC's 35-game home winning streak by converting a touchdown on fourth and goal from the 10 yard line and outscoring the Trojans, 17-7, in the fourth quarter). It was way off in choosing Georgia to beat Tennessee, but it did envision Alabama's close shave with Houston.

 

For this week's match-up, the computer follows the Tigers to a place they haven't been since 2002 – Lexington. Quick, anyone remember what happened the last time LSU was on the road against Kentucky? Here's a hint: Jack Hunt was a Tiger. So were Devery Henderson and Marcus Randall. Lincoln Financial games were known as Jefferson Pilot, there was a premature Gatorade shower, and the first time the final score flashed across the screen it was wrong.

 

Be prepared. The computer predicts more last-second miracles are in store for the Tigers this time too.

 

 

LSU 24, Kentucky 17

 

LEXINGTON, Ky. – As always, the Wildcats played Virtual LSU tough at home. Just like most of the time, however, the Tigers came away with a victory in dramatic fashion, taking down Kentucky, 24-17.

 

Thirteen proved to be an unlucky number for the Wildcats. LSU had just tied the game moments earlier on a field goal, and Kentucky took over with 1:35 to go in the game and a chance to pull out a victory in regulation on its thirteenth possession. But after a holding call moved the Wildcats back to their own nine yard line, and six yards gained on first and second down, Kentucky quarterback Andre Woodson dropped back to pass.

 

He was met by LSU's Tyson Jackson, who dislodged the ball from his grasp. Fellow Tiger Marlon Favorite was there for a four-yard scoop-and-score with 50 seconds showing on the clock to give LSU a 24-17 lead. The Wildcats drove all the way from their own 20 to the LSU 37 yard line before two incompletions preceded Woodson getting sacked to end the game. 

 

 "It seems like every time they come here something heartbreaking happens," Virtual Kentucky Head Coach Rich Brooks said. "I at least thought we would take them to overtime. You certainly can't have seven turnovers and expect to beat a team like that though."

 

Five of the Wildcats turnovers came off of the arm of Woodson, who did stay in the game the entire time. Faced with a similar situation, LSU lifted starter Matt Flynn after four interceptions in favor of backup Ryan Perrilloux. The timing was a bit suspect, however, as the Tigers had just fallen behind, 17-14, after Woodson hit Keenon Burton for a 16-yard touchdown.

 

Perrilloux stepped onto the field with 4:32 to go in the fourth quarter to begin a drive from the Tigers 20 yard line. He completed his first three passing attempts and got LSU down to the Kentucky 22 yard line before his first incomplete pass. Another incomplete pass and a sack followed, setting up a 44-yard field goal attempt for Colt David. The kick was good, and the Tigers seemed hopeful for overtime.

 

Flynn finished the afternoon completing just 7-of-24 passes for 98 yards with two touchdowns but added four interceptions to his stats. Perrilloux was 3-of-5 for 38 yards. Terence Toliver's six catches for 98 yards and two touchdowns let the Tigers receiving corps, while Brandon LaFell chipped in four catches for 38 yards.

 

Woodson was 13-of-30 for 171 yards with one touchdown and five interceptions. Rafael Little's six rushes for 69 yards led the ground attack, while Jacob Tamme caught four passes for 41 yards to pace the Wildcats receivers, while Keenan Burton added three catches for 55 yards and a score. Dicky Lyons Jr.'s three catches for 60 yards rounded out Kentucky's receiving yardage.

 

Despite five first half turnovers by the Wildcats, LSU managed only a four-point advantage at the break. Woodson's first interception came on Kentucky's opening possession, and the Wildcats fumbled away a punt when the Tigers went three-and-out. LSU would convert on the second turnover when Flynn hit Toliver on a skinny post from 12 yards out. The Wildcats answered with a field goal, and later took the lead on a 67-yard toss right.

 

The Tigers suffered through back-to-back interceptions on their next two possessions and then got the ball back at the Kentucky 39 yard line with 14 seconds left in the first half. LSU wouldn't waste any time scoring on the possession as Flynn threw a pass up for Toliver, who had streaked down the field and gotten behind the Wildcats defense. One play, 39 yards, and it only took 10 seconds. With four seconds to go in the second quarter, the Tigers finally retook the lead.

 

After opening the second half with an interception and a punt, Kentucky took advantage of another Flynn interception to put together a drive that began at its own 32 yard line. Woodson completed a 19-yard pass to cap a five-play possession and give the Wildcats a 17-14 lead.

 

 

 

 

HOW THE SEC FARED

 

WEST

 

Alabama 49, Ole Miss 24

 

Arkansas 34, Auburn 28

 

Auburn 28, Arkansas 34

 

LSU 24, Kentucky17

 

Mississippi 24, Alabama 49

 

Mississippi St. 7, Tennessee 35

 

 

 

EAST

 

Florida OPEN

 

Georgia 31, Vanderbilt 24

 

Kentucky 17, LSU 24

 

South Carolina 49, North Carolina 6

 

Tennessee 35, Mississippi St. 7

 

Vanderbilt 24, Georgia 31


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