By Kyle Huber
It was all Tigers in the battle of the cats Saturday night, as LSU defeated the Kentucky Wildcats by a score of 41-3.
Both Kentucky and LSU entered Saturday night’s game unranked in the top-25 standings. LSU entered with a 5-2 (1-2 SEC) record, while the Wildcats entered with a 5-1 (2-1 SEC) record.
LSU’s defense kept Kentucky out of the end zone the entire night, while its offense and specials teams plays set up for the blowout.
Mike the Tiger Continues His Leave of Absence
Another LSU football game in Tiger Stadium, another game with the live mascot Mike the Tiger missing, as Mike again “chose” not to attend.
As discovered by WAFB sportscaster Jacques Doucet in his article on Mike in September, Mike chooses whether or not he attends home games.
He is never sedated nor forced to enter the trailer cage.
Mike the Tiger is currently 0-5 this year in appearances, bringing his appearance statistics to 32 of 48 in his seven-year career as “Mike.”
Perhaps it is time for Mike VI to take a note from former Pope Benedict XVI and retire. Even Derek Jeter knew when it was time to call it quits, so a curtain call for this Mike VI may be coming soon.
Alumni Teams Return to Tiger Stadium
There were several alumni groups making their way back to Tiger Stadium on Saturday night.
More than 60 alumni cheerleaders fluffed up their pom poms and formed a tunnel for the Tigers during pregame.
Also, early in the second quarter, the 1989 national champion LSU cheerleading squad led fans in a “Geaux Tigers” cheer.
Another large alumni group making a showing in Saturday’s game was the LSU Golden Band from Tigerland Alumni Band. Included in the alumni band were former band members, Golden Girls, and Color Guard members.
They took the field with current band members at halftime and performed under the direction of former band director, Frank Wickes.
The final alumni group recognized Saturday were members of the 1964 LSU football team. Members of the team were presented during halftime on the field.
The ’64 Tigers finished the season ranked seventh nationally and defeated Syracuse in the Sugar Bowl 13-10.
Miles’ ‘Special Teams’ in His 10 Years
With 5:47 left in the first half, LSU’s defense forced a Kentucky punt, which set up for a Tre’Davious White 67-yard punt return for a touchdown, giving the Tigers a 17-0 lead.
With this punt return for a touchdown, it extended Les Miles streak of having at least one special teams touchdown in each of his 10 seasons under the LSU hat.
This should come to the surprise of no one considering the caliber of returners LSU has had in the Miles era.
With the likes of Skyler Green, Trindon Holliday, Patrick Peterson, Tyrann Mathieu and Odell Beckham Jr., the Tigers have had a stellar amount of talent at the returner position for some time now.
Terrence Magee … Number 18
Just in case people forgot which Tiger is wearing the coveted number 18, it’s Terrence Magee.
Magee made a statement in the third quarter, rushing five times for 107 yards and two touchdowns.
“Magee isn’t easy to tackle and has great speed. If you don’t tackle him he’s not going down,” Miles said in this post game interview.
Magee exploded through the holes, and left Tiger fans trying to remember who Leonard Fournette was, as he only rushed twice in the quarter.
Fournette may have gotten the start and has certainly attracted the most attention in the running back category for the Tigers. But Magee gave great examples of the reason he was awarded the No. 18 jersey, given each year to a senior who exhibits great team leadership qualities.
Stoops Misses a Payday
If the 41-3 beating wasn’t enough to upset Kentucky head coach Mark Stoops, maybe the fact he missed out on a $100,000 payday might.
In Stoops’ contract it states that he receives a $100,000 bonus for every two SEC wins the Wildcats achieve beginning the second SEC win.
If you were starting to feel sorry for Stoops, don’t. He’ll make a guaranteed $11,550,000 over his 5-year contract as the Wildcats head coach.