You remember him, don't you?
The guy that spearheaded LSU's reawakening. The guy who ruled
You know, the guy who said how much he and his family loved
Yeah, that's the guy. And now he has the opportunity to continue fulfilling his role as Grinch. In his first year, through a tremendous amount of good fortune, his team controls its own destiny from here on out. LSU,
Somehow, you knew. Didn't you?
VIRTUAL TUSCLOOSA, Ala. – It took three overtimes and defensive will, but Virtual LSU fought back and kept its championship aspirations alive with a 44-41, triple-overtime thriller.
After picking up 20 yards on just two plays in the final overtime period, Virtual Alabama got as close as LSU's 3-yard line before being turned away and held to a 21-yard Leigh Tiffin field goal to go up 41-38. The Tigers would need only three plays to finish things off as Matt Flynn connected with Early Doucet in the back of the end zone on a 22-yard strike.
The ending was fitting. Doucet's final catch of the day was his eighth reception and capped off a 251-yard performance that included three touchdowns. Doucet's other touchdown catches went for 69 and 94 yards.
"That's why we recruited him," Virtual Alabama head coach Nick Saban said. "Relative to the other receivers that were around at the time, he was the best. Not only is he a fantastic player, he's a quality-character guy. Aight?"
Down 28-21, things looked bleak for the Tigers with 1:20 to go when
The Tigers took over at the
Flynn would finish the game completing 13 of 25 passes for 306 yards with four touchdowns and three interceptions, while Jacob Hester's 11 rushes for 88 yards and a score led the Tigers' ground attack. Dickson had two catches for 40 yards and a score.
LSU went on defense for the first overtime and appeared to be steering
"I can tell you this," Virtual LSU head coach Les Miles said, "(Craig) Steltz nearly ended things there with an interception on the first play in that overtime. Our guys hung in there and got the job done. Proud of this football team and what they've accomplished."
Alabama jumped out to an early lead on its second possession with a five-play, 85-yard drive when Hall nabbed a diving catch in the end zone and LSU immediately gave the home team another opportunity by fumbling the ball away. One play later, the Crimson Tide had a 14-0 advantage with 1:26 to go in the first quarter.
An interception by Jonathan Zenon with eight seconds to go in the first half set up LSU's first score. Flynn hit Doucet on a skinny post that covered 69 yards and cut the deficit in half. LSU appeared to be in great shape to tie things up when Jared Mitchell returned the opening kickoff of the second half to the Tigers 37-yard line, but a 40-yard pick-six ended that and put the Crimson Tide up 21-7 just 14 seconds into the third quarter.
Another interception by LSU followed and, after Flynn managed to hit Doucet on a 94-yard streak for a touchdown with :11 showing in the third quarter to cut the lead to 21-14, the Crimson Tide returned the ensuing kickoff 98 yards nine seconds later.
On a day where LSU's defense held Alabama to just 20 yards rushing on the ground, Hester got the Tigers back into the game with a 57-yard touchdown run on a toss left with four minutes left in regulation that capped a four-play, 81-yard drive that lasted exactly 60 seconds.