By Serena Crawford
LSU vs. Alabama Post Game Interviews
Head Coach Les Miles
Center E[lliott Porter
Wide Receiver Malachi Dupre
The LSU Tigers extended both their overall and SEC winning streak to two games Saturday night as they defeated the Kentucky Wildcats 41-3.
It was the Wildcats worst loss of the season.
LSU jumped out to an early 17-0 lead in the first quarter and never looked back. It was the Tigers’ most points scored in the first quarter of an SEC game since scoring 21 in the opening quarter against Ole Miss in 2011.
The Tigers were led by senior running back Terrence Magee, who rushed for a team-high 127 yards and two touchdowns. He also made a big contribution on special teams as he returned the opening kick off 49 yards and drew a facemask penalty against Kentucky on the play.
“Every time I get the ball I want to go score,” Magee said. “Obviously that doesn’t happen but that has to be your mindset.”
The Tigers utilized a balanced attack as the offense, defense, and special teams all made big plays to get an early lead.
“I think it’s the best overall game of the year we have had thus far start to finish and how wonderful it was to be in Tiger Stadium,” Head Coach Les Miles said.
While the offense scored on its first two possessions the defense forced two straight three-and-outs, one of which led to a 67-yard punt return touchdown by sophomore defensive back Tre’Davious White.
White also had a punt return of 48 yards and finished the night with 114 total punt return yards.
The touchdown by White marked the first special teams touchdown of the year for the Tigers. It also meant that LSU has scored at least one special teams touchdown in all 10 seasons during Miles’ tenure as head coach.
The Tigers decided to run early and often as the team finished with 303 rushing yards. In addition to a good night from Magee, fellow running backs also chipped as Leonard Fournette scored a 1-yard rushing touchdown and Darrel Williams added 61 yards on 10 carries.
The Tigers also converted more than half of their third-down attempts.
While LSU found success running the ball the Wildcats struggled as they managed only 71 rushing yards on 27 carries.
LSU’s defense stifled the Wildcats all game as the Tigers’ defense forced five three-and-outs as well as two turnover on downs. They also finished the game with two sacks.
The Tigers’ defense was led by linebacker Kendell Beckwith and true freshman safety Jamal Adams. Adams finished with eight tackles and a sack while Beckwith finished with nine tackles despite being knocked out off the game early due to injury.
“I can make bigger plays, not just plays that they need, I can make outstanding plays,” Adams said. “Everyday we are just getting better.”
The LSU defense held Kentucky to 217 total yards on offense.
Wildcat’s sophomore quarterback, Patrick Towles completed 19 of 36 passes for 146 yards with his longest being a 33-yard completion to wide receiver Demarco Robinson.
Kentucky managed just 3.4 yards per play.
“We will not let one game define us,” Kentucky head coach Mark Stoops said.
The Tigers nearly doubled the Wildcats in total yards despite having only 120 passing yards.
Starting quarterback, Anthony Jennings completed just 7 of 14 pass attempts with his highlight being a 32-yard touchdown pass to Travin Dural. He also managed to rush for 53 yards.
Backup quarterback, Brandon Harris saw his limited playing time late in the fourth quarter, but by that time the game had already been decided.
Harris entered for the remainder following a 31-yard run by Anthony Jennings. Harris’ only pass attempt was intercepted in the end zone.
Although this may have appeared to be an inefficient game for the Tiger quarterbacks, offensive coordinator Cam Cameron believes that progress was made.
“Two guys are growing day by day, snap by snap and just maturing and understanding what we’re trying to get done here,” Cameron said. “As long as they’re learning and growing and taking care of the football, both of these guys will be fine.”
LSU will look to increase its winning streak to three games and upset a division foe on Oct. 25 as the Tigers face the No. 3-ranked Ole Miss Rebels.
The Wildcats will face another tough SEC challenge for their next game as they face the No. 1-ranked Mississippi State Bulldogs.
By Lindsay Rabalais
“The difference between LSU and Ohio State fans is that Ohio State stays for the entire game.”
I was recently discussing college football with a colleague from the Buckeye State when he made this bold – yet astute – observation.
It doesn’t matter whether the Tigers are up or down, whether they’re blowing out the opponent or up against the wall, whether they’re playing a powerhouse conference opponent or a “rent-a-win” team.
The fans will not stay in the stadium. And there is no common denominator to explain what the issue is.
The beginning of the third quarter has signaled a mass exodus throughout this season. LSU’s famed student section is always virtually deserted by the time Tiger Band plays the “Alma Mater” at the end of every game.
Death Valley is consistently ranked as one of the best stadium atmospheres in college football. Paul “Bear” Bryant, legendary coach of the Alabama Crimson Tide, once remarked that playing in Tiger Stadium is “like being inside a drum.”
In February 2014, ESPN.com crowned the LSU student section as one of its top five SEC student sections.
“The roar from the students after those three most intimidating notes … in college sports play from the Golden Band from Tigerland will send shivers down your spine,” wrote ESPN.com’s Edward Aschoff. “LSU students … create the SEC’s most electric environment when the lights come on and the sun goes down.”
LSU’s students are not only some of the country’s loudest, but frequently also the most colorful. The student section is notorious for concocting cheers with – to put it delicately – rather adult language.
So why is it that a fan base known across the country for being raucous and rowdy can’t stay for the entire football game?
Could it be that folks become bored when LSU is clearly blowing its opponent out of the water?
Consider the Mississippi State game on Sept. 20. The game wound up as anything but a blowout, at least from LSU’s vantage point. The Bulldogs routed the Tigers for the overwhelming majority of the game, yes. Still, the Tigers could have conceivably won the game, thanks to a late rally in the fourth quarter.
Despite the thrilling drama unfolding on the field, the stands were largely empty.
LSU is famous (slash infamous) for its gripping fourth quarters. Fans who leave early risk missing historic plays, like the touchdown LSU scored after time ran out to defeat Tennessee in 2010 (in case you left that game early, the Volunteers were flagged for having an extra player on the field).
Maybe the problem is that this is a “rebuilding year,” and it’s tough to get fired up about a team that isn’t doing well.
First, let’s get something straight: LSU is having, by most schools’ standards, a fine season. Plenty of teams – and fan bases – would be thrilled to only have two losses at this point in the season, both to highly ranked SEC opponents.
Moreover, I give you the Sam Houston State, Louisiana-Monroe, New Mexico State and Kentucky games. The Tigers pulverized all their non-conference opponents at home, defeating Sam Houston State 56-0, Louisiana-Monroe 31-0 and New Mexico State 63-7. Finally, they dominated Kentucky on Saturday night 41-3.
If the problem is fans who don’t like to watch a losing team, there is no reason for them to disappear from the stadium when the Tigers are giving them exactly what they want – a shellacking of the opponent.
Finally, I submit to you that the LSU Tigers – for better or worse – help form Louisianans’ identity about themselves.
“There is no other state university more important to their state than LSU is to Louisiana,” political strategist and devout Tigers fan James Carville once said. I would wager that that statement includes the LSU football team.
Speaking as a lifelong Louisianan and LSU fan, when the Tigers are doing well, it just feels like order has been restored to the universe and everything is OK.
In Louisiana, LSU football is like the weather. Stuck in an elevator with that coworker whose name you can’t remember? Just bring up last week’s LSU game. Instant icebreaker.
Ours is a fan base that loves to talk about how steeped in tradition we are, how die-hard we are – we bleed purple and gold.
So let’s back up that talk.
I’m a realist. I get that sometimes your pregame activities catch up with you, and your headache is forcing you out of the stadium. I can certainly understand needing to get on the road to get back to Beaumont, Biloxi or Bunkie – especially if you have sleepy/cranky/antsy children to contend with.
But if it’s the third quarter and you have nowhere to be, consider staying put. Resist the peer pressure of those around you who are bolting from the stadium. Half of the stadium begins to file out during halftime, so you really aren’t beating traffic by leaving now.
Do it for yourself – by leaving early, you potentially cheat yourself out of some truly theatrical football from this “fourth-quarter team.” Stick around after the game and let Tiger Band’s a capella version of the “Alma Mater” give you goosebumps.
Do it for the team – the young men on the field truly feed off of the crowd’s energy. They showed up, and so should you.
Do it to show the nation what I know to be true: this is a passionate fan base that loves their team and loves football. And, yes, we are certainly that vocal fan base during pregame while we’re watching hype videos and singing along to “Calling Baton Rouge.”
But we are just as loud and just as present by the time the clock runs out at the end of the game – no matter the outcome.
All collegiate spring games have been played and the 2013 NFL Draft has passed, and now the NBA playoffs have begun, but who really pays close attention to the NBA playoffs until the championship?
I mostly certainly do not, especially since Kobe Bryant went down with an Achilles tendon injury and shattered the Laker’s playoff run. My real concern, during the LSU football offseason, is the trouble that has surfaced throughout the past two years for the Tigers.
Yes, football is king, but should it overshadow everything else?
Tyrann Mathieu is the 69th overall draft pick by the Arizona Cardinals after being dismissed from the LSU team for failing a drug test. Mathieu’s success at LSU put him in the running as a Heisman Trophy finalist, but his own choices lead to his time as a Tiger to be cut short.
According to insider.espn.go.com, in 2011 the Honey Badger, Tharold Simon, and Spencer Ware were suspended for the Auburn game after testing positive in a drug test. All three former Tigers were drafted over the weekend, but have they learned from their mistakes?
Apparently not for the Honey Badger or Simon. Mathieu was arrested with three other members of the 2011 LSU team in October 2012. The Badger sealed his own fate with the Tigers.
This past weekend, amidst the Tiger’s historical 2013 draft with nine, Simon still made headlines off the field.
According to Shreveporttimes.com, Simon was arrested on charges of public intimidation of a police officer, resisting an officer, a noise violation and obstruction of a roadway.
LSU sophomore tailback Jeremy Hill followed suit behind Simon. According to lsureveille.com, Hill was arrested and charged with simple battery after allegedly punching another man outside of Reggie’s Bar.
Hill’s college career was delayed a year after he was arrested in early 2011 for an alleged sexual assault on a 14-year-old girl. He pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor and was able to enroll at LSU and play football last season.
I understand people make mistakes, but how many second chances should a person be given? Football is most certainly king, but even the king should learn from his mistakes.
The 2013 NFL draft wrapped up yesterday in the Big Apple with LSU having a record breaking nine players drafted. In the midst of the most successful LSU draft history, two Tigers were arrested two days apart.
On Thursday night after defensive end Barkevious Mingo and safety Eric Reid were selected in the first round, junior cornerback Tharold Simon of Eunice spent the night in jail.
According to the Shreveporttimes.com, Simon was arrested on charges of public intimidation of a police officer, resisting an officer, a noise violation and obstruction of a roadway.
On Saturday despite the recent arrest, Simon ended up going fifth in the fifth round to the Seattle Seahawks with the 138th overall pick.
Before the draft concluded Saturday, LSU sophomore tailback Jeremy Hill of Baton Rouge was arrested and jailed earlier that morning for a misdemeanor charge of simple battery after an incident at a bar near the LSU campus.
According to ESPN.com, Hill’s college career was delayed a year after he was arrested in early 2011 for an alleged sexual assault on a 14-year-old girl. He pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor and was able to enroll at LSU and play football last season.
Hill was LSU’s leading rusher with 755 yards on 142 carries. His 12 touchdowns were the most by an LSU freshman since Dalton Hilliard had 11 in 1982.
Teammates to arch-rivals to draft prospects… this is the story.
Eric Reid and Eddie Lacy began a journey together as teammates at Dutchtown High school in Geismar, La., and now they will reunite in the Big Apple for the Draft.
On April 25th, Reid and Lacy awaited their fate in the 2013 NFL Draft. Both Reid and Lacy were in New York City at Radio City Music Hall Thursday night for the draft.
Reid ended up going with the 18th pick in the first round to the NFC champion San Francisco 49ers, while Lacy had to wait until Friday when he was taken with the 61st overall pick in the second round by the Green Bay Packers.
Even though both players have had significant success in their football careers thus far, their stories are substantially different.
Reid, a Baton Rouge native, knew all along that he was destined to be an LSU Tiger. His father, Eric Reid Sr., won a national championship in the 110-meter hurdle in 1987 as a senior at LSU. Reid Sr. is in the schools athletic hall of fame as an All-American hurdler and still works on the LSU campus.
Reid, opted out of his senior season with the Tigers to make himself available for the 2013 NFL Draft. Becoming a professional football player has been a dream of Reid’s since he was a little boy.
“It is my dream, I’m living my dream,” Reid said before the draft to KSLA.com. “It really doesn’t matter what team I go to. I’m doing what a lot of other people aren’t able to do, so I’m very blessed for that.”
In his three years with the Tigers, Reid played on teams that won 10 or more games all three years. In 2011 LSU went 13-1 capturing the Southeastern Conference title and contended against Alabama in the BCS National Championship Game.
Reid and the Tigers came up substantially short against Lacy and the dominant Tide, 21-0. Overall, Reid’s three-year record at LSU was 34-6.
In his final season with the Tigers in 2012, Reid started all 13 games and finished third on the team in tackles with 91. He earned First Team All-America as a junior and was named twice to SEC Academic Honor Roll in 2011 and 2012.
Overall in his collegiate career as an aggressive safety, Reid played in 39 games, starting 29 times. He finished with 194 career tackles, 4.5 tackles for loss, and six interceptions.
On the other side of the ball, ground and pound running back Eddie Lacy endured a harder road to the pros.
In 2005, as a freshman, Lacy earned a spot on the varsity football team at Helen Cox High School in Harvey when disaster struck.
Lacy, a Gretna native, was forced out of his hometown when Hurricane Katrina hit and the Lacy family relocated to Texas. After the storm passed, the Lacy family enrolled in the “Share Your Home” program that landed Lacy in Geismar.
“Because of the hurricane, I didn’t know where I would wind up or what my future would be,” Lacy said to the Advocate.com.
At Dutchtown High school, Lacy took his frustration out on the football field while gaining serious attention as a dominant running back for the Griffins.
Both Reid and Lacy received national attention from colleges all over the country despite both players suffering injuries prior to the start of their collegiate football careers.
Lacy’s desire to play out of state led him to sign with Alabama. During his four years in Tuscaloosa, Lacy redshirted his freshman year and then sat patiently waiting behind Hesiman Trophy winner Mark Ingram and Trent Richardson, both now in the NFL.
As a junior, Lacy ran for 1,322 yards on 204 carries and 17 touchdowns, earning First Team All-SEC honors. In his final game as a Crimson Tide, Lacy earned MVP honors and scored two touchdowns and collected 140 yards in the BCS National Championship game against Notre Dame.
“He’s faster than you think,” Alabama coach Nick Saban said to ESPN.com. “He has very deceptive speed and very deceptive quickness. … I think Eddie is a very, very complete player. I don’t really see a lot of flaws in his game. I think he’ll be a very, very good player for somebody.”
In his four years with the Tide, Lacy has been a part of a program that went 50-5 winning three BCS National Championships and two SEC Championships. Needless to say, Lacy has been a part of a national powerhouse with Coach Saban and the Crimson Tide.
Lacy faced a national disaster at the start of his football career but it seems like nothing will detour him on his path to success.
“I can get through anything, any obstacle after you know, everything that I’ve been through,” Lacy said to ESPN.com. “I just know that nothing can stop me.”
LSU coach Les Miles leads his Tigers into Death Valley, eats grass on occasion, takes part in the “LSU Football Harlem Shake” video, and now the Mad Hatter has done it again. Coach Miles will take part in the NFL Network’s draft coverage that begins this Thursday night.
LSU’s Les Miles, Texas A&M’s Kevin Sumlin, Standford’s David Shaw, and Notre Dame’s Brian Kelly will all participate in the 2013 NFL Draft coverage.
According to draft producer Charlie Yook, Miles, Shaw, and Kelly are expected to be with the coverage team during the draft and Sumlin will work pre-draft coverage.
Apparently, Coach Miles left a lasting impression from his appearance last year as an NFL draft analyst, and the NFL Network wants him back. Coach Miles is known for his sense of humor, of course off of the gridiron, and he should provide great entertainment value to the network.
One of Coach Miles former Bengals, Barkevious Mingo, is projected to go early on in the first round. LSU has a total of 11 NFL prospects this year so Coach Miles should have plenty of things to say.