Sat 9/24/10 8:00 PM
Maryland W 37-31
Miss St W 19-6
Series: LSU 1-0
First Meeting: 2010
Last Meeting: 2010
I feel a bit bad for Darryl Talley, whose special weekend honoring his enshrinement in the College Football Hall of Fame might be getting a bit covered up in all of the events surrounding this game. I don't have any problem with bringing in Landau Murphy to sing the national anthem (kudos to WVU's marketing staff for snagging him before Marshall thought of it), and certainly the buzz around playing the #2 ranked LSU Tigers is warranted. I just hate that attention on ESPN is way higher than that on Talley. Everyone needs to be sure to give him a huge welcome when he's introduced during first quarter.
Talley is the 12th West Virginia player or coach to be inducted into the Hall. Without looking elsewhere, how many others can you name? Answer, as always, at the end of this column.
LSU head coach Les Miles is known for a few eccentricities, one of which is nibbling on the grass of fields during games. The question is, what does "The Hat" do when he's on an artificial surface, as he will be on Saturday night? Will he make a detour to WVU's grass practice field and stock up for the evening?
LSU is 11-4 in games in which College GameDay is on hand. Two of those losses came to teams that were ranked #1 at the time.
LSU has scored on 40 consecutive trips (28 TDs, 12 FGs) inside the red zone. That streak goes back to the second quarter of the McNeese State game on Oct. 16, 2010. Of LSU's 15 red zone trips this year, 12 have resulted in touchdowns. That the Tigers have avoided turnovers, penalties, and other bad plays inside the 20-yard line over such a period is an amazing accomplishment. Of course, there's always some luck involved in streaks like that, but there's an awful lot of efficient play involved as well.
LSU has been flagged 21 times this year, but those penalties have resulted in just 65 yards of march-offs. WVU has drawn only16 flags, but has committed more serious infractions, as it has lost a total of 168 yards to the zebras. Personal foul calls, a couple of them very questionable, have led to 60 yards of that total.
Tiger quarterback Jarrett Lee doesn't get a great deal of respect, but he can put together workmanlike performances. Against Mississippi State, he helped the Tigers record 213 passing yards, which was more than enough to complement LSU's rushing game. Combined with Spencer Ware's 107 rushing yards, it was the first time LSU had topped the 200-100 barrier in three years.
For the season, Lee has suffered just one interception, and that broke a persona; streak of 131 passes thrown without a pick.
Bruce Bosley, WVU player 1952-55, inducted in 1982
Bobby Bowden, WVU coach 1966-75, inducted in 2006
Major Harris, WVU player 1986-89, inducted in 2009
Sam Huff*, WVU player 1952-55, inducted in 1980
Greasy Neale*, WVU coach 1931-34, inducted in 1967
Don Nehlen, WVU coach 1980-2000, inducted in 2005
Ira Rodgers, WVU player 1915-17 & ‘19, coach 1920-25, 43-45, inducted in 1953
Ben Schwartzwalder, WVU player 1930-32, inducted in 1982
Doc Spears, WVU coach 1921-24, inducted in 1955
Joe Stydahar*, WVU player 1933-35, inducted in 1956
Darryl Talley, WVU player 1979-82, inducted in 2011
Fielding H. Yost, WVU player 1895-96, inducted in 1951
*Huff, Neale and Stydahar are also members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame