Anyone who thought the simulation that had LSU beating Alabama in triple overtime, 44-41, in these very pages last week was farfetched probably learned their lesson last Saturday.

No, there weren't actually any overtime periods, but the real life Tigers' 41-34 victory had all of the excitement in the final minutes that any triple overtime game would have offered. Just thinking about it, the Virtual Tigers season has been extremely true-to-life if memory serves correctly. And we'll likely have a retrospective of the first 10 weeks in the next issue, just to see how accurate the computer has been.

If it's truly a case of life imitating art (can computer simulations really be considered art?), we wonder if we should tweak the numbers a little bit so that LSU fans aren't having to watch games with white knuckles or having to lose their voices after screaming to their chosen deities in disgust, joy, or both.

Unfortunately, the computer predicts this trend will continue against Louisiana Tech.

Maybe this will be the week where the computer is really wrong. Maybe LSU will finally put together another complete game, fend off the impulses to commit penalties, hold onto the ball, and let fans breathe easy for at least one Louisiana Saturday night.

But where would the fun be in that?

LSU 31, Louisiana Tech 17

VIRTUAL BATON ROUGE – After a triple-overtime thriller against Virtual Alabama, the Virtual LSU Tigers returned to Baton Rouge for homecoming against Virtual Louisiana Tech. Despite still being in the national championship hunt, the home team found it difficult to get excited for the Bulldogs and only managed a 31-17 victory. In actuality, the game was much closer than the score would lead one to believe.

On a day where the Tigers turned the ball over four times, LSU relied on its defense and nine interceptions to keep Louisiana Tech from capitalizing on a lackluster Tigers offense. Kevin Steltz and Chevis Jackson each hauled in three picks to lead LSU defensively.

"After he got up to five interceptions I had to leave him in there just to see how far he would go," Virtual Louisiana Tech head coach Derek Dooley said of quarterback Zac Champion. "I certainly didn't think he was going to get up to nine, though."

The Bulldogs' final five possessions of the game ended in interceptions, but none were more important to LSU than Champion's eighth pick. With 1:22 remaining in the game, Louisiana Tech took over on its own 10-yard line down by just seven. A holding penalty knocked the Bulldogs back to their own 5, and Jackson took a pick back the distance with 1:02 showing on the clock in the fourth quarter. Steltz would haul in his third interception of the game with 47 seconds left to go in the contest and end Louisiana Tech's final possession.

Following a Ryan Perrilloux interception, the Bulldogs took over on LSU's 7-yard line late in the third quarter and reached the Tigers 1-yard line on three plays. LSU actually held Louisiana Tech at the 1-yard line for two plays before the Bulldogs kicked a game-tying field goal with 1:03 in the third. The knotted score wouldn't last long, however, as Trindon Holliday took the ensuing kickoff back 94 yards to give the Tigers the lead once more at 24-17.

Matt Flynn finished the game completing 60 percent of his passes, but unfortunately he had just a 6-of-10 showing good for 100 yards that included one touchdown and two interceptions. Flynn's day was shortened when he exited the game after LSU's first play from scrimmage in the second half with bruised ribs. Perrilloux was just 4-of-7 passing for 30 yards with no touchdowns and two interceptions. In all, six Tigers shared LSU's 10 completions, with Early Doucet's four catches for 47 yards leading the way. Richard Dickson's two catches for 15 yards placed him second.

Champion's 16-of-35 passing day for 244 yards and a touchdown was marred by his nine interceptions. Patrick Jackson's three rushes for 67 yards and a score was augmented by his one reception for a touchdown that covered 84 yards. Also adding to the Bulldogs offensive output was Josh Wheeler's five catches for 95 yards.

Taking possession after Champion's first pick, the Tigers drove 33 yards on seven plays before Colt David hit on a 27-yard field goal to give LSU the lead. Louisiana Tech answered immediately with a three-play, 69-yard drive that ended with Jackson going 66 yards untouched on a counter to the right side. Shortly thereafter, Jackson took a swing pass the distance to put the upset-minded Bulldogs ahead, 14-3.

The Tigers wouldn't get on the board again until the 1:15 mark in the second quarter when Ali Highsmith tipped a pass that Jonathan Zenon grabbed and returned 34 yards for a touchdown. LSU would grab the lead just prior to the half when Jacob Hester took a short pass 43 yards with 36 seconds left in the first half for a touchdown.



Alabama 22 MSU 17

Arkansas 13 Tennessee 28

Auburn 32 Georgia 17

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Mississippi State 17 Alabama 22


Florida 24 South Carolina 21

Georgia 17 Auburn 32

Kentucky 19 Vanderbilt 31

South Carolina 21 Florida 24

Tennessee 28 Arkansas 13

Vanderbilt 31 Kentucky 19

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