One week after getting
second-billing in "The Bluegrass Miracle II:
Whether the earth moved again is debatable, but what is undeniable is that this year's LSU-Auburn match-up added another chapter to the legacy of this SEC Western Division showdown and has more than likely decided which team will represent the division in the SEC Championship Game.
Of course, there were several rejected titles for this sequel including, "The Earthquake Game II: Some Refs Just Love Attention," and "The Earthquake Game II: Early, Byrd Catches the Worm."
After coming away with one score
against four punts and a fumble in the first two quarters, LSU rebounded in the
second half to score on five of six possessions. If Brandon LaFell hadn't
As LSU head coach Les Miles intoned afterwards, Matt Flynn looked like that guy everyone saw in his first start in the Peach Bowl against Miami a couple of years ago. He got the ball to open receivers, put the ball in places where only teammates really had access to it, and even used his feet to better LSU's field position.
Against an Auburn team that held
Offensive coordinator Gary Crowton certainly looked like he had the keys to the car, and it looked like he found every hairpin turn possible. A couple of drops and ball security keep the performance from getting a higher rating.
Something seemed to happen to LSU's defense following Chaz Ramsey's cheap shot that could have potentially ended Glenn Dorsey's season, if not his career, in the third quarter. The Tigers simply seemed to get more aggressive.
It was a bit disappointing to see
the Tigers give up 17 points to
Take away a three-play, three-yard
drive for a touchdown setup by a fumble, however, and LSU only gave up three
scores. That's three out of 10 possessions on which
Colt David is now LSU's career PAT leader with 131 and has now made 45 straight. His three field goals have him tied for seventh on LSU's career field goals made list with 26, and he is third all-time in points scored by a kicker with 209. Only John Corbello (279) and David Browndyke (292) are ahead of him. He is at No. 6 in career scoring overall.
LSU's recovery teams were alert on
what appeared to be an onsides kick after
After its first loss of the season,
a heartbreaking, time-consuming affair, LSU entered its game against
With 36 seconds showing on the
clock in the second quarter, LSU called a timeout on a fourth and 11 at
As time dwindled down in the fourth quarter, LSU made the decision to go for it all.
That's fine, but the Tigers cut it way closer than they ever imagined. Maybe there would have been a second left on the clock if Flynn's pass would have fallen incomplete, maybe not. But championship dreams came way too close to being dashed last Saturday night.
A strong third and fourth quarter
offensively in which the Tigers scored on five of six possessions and held