Rueben Randle. The LSU wide receiver found his way into several of the crucial plays that turned the momentum of the game. His 75-yard touchdown catch in the third quarter proved there was some life to the LSU offense. Then he hauled in a 2-point conversion pass from Jordan Jefferson before catching the 47-yard toss from Jarrett Lee on third down in the closing moments. Those three catches were his only three of the game, but the 125 yards were huge in LSU’s win.
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There were several, but Greg McElroy’s fumble that hit the turf two plays after LSU took the 21-14 lead directly led to the biggest three points of the game. Had the Tide driven the field on that fourth-quarter drive instead of the next one trailing by 10, the score would have been tied heading into the final minutes.
Les Miles’ decision to go with the reverse on fourth down while in range for the go-ahead field goal in the fourth quarter was a statement. They weren’t settling for a 2-point lead. It was time to put all the cards on the table and again risk having it all blow up in his face. Instead, DeAngelo Peterson ran 23 yards to set up the touchdown that put the Tigers ahead for good.
Quote of the game
“I’m very thankful that I live in a country and have a job that allows me to experience some of the really positive things in our lifetime. College football was celebrated today. That was two quality football teams slugging, start to finish, hard-nosed, clean, violent, competitive football and how wonderful is it?” — LSU coach Les Miles
By The Numbers
Percent of LSU’s total yardage that came in the first quarter, when it gained just 23 of its 466 yards.
Yards LSU averaged per pass attempt, with 20 attempts and 208 yards gained by Jordan Jefferson and Jarrett Lee.
Fourth-down conversions and fourth-down attempts for LSU.
— Michael Casagrande