In yet another crazy finish to a Les Miles’ coached football game, LSU survived poor clock management and beat the Tennessee Volunteers, 16-14. In what can only be described as total chaos in the final seconds of Saturday’s game, LSU was awarded an untimed down and one final play from the two yard line after Tennessee was penalized for having too many men on the field. That second chance saved the Tigers from defeat and saved Coach Miles from his third loss as a result of a coaching blunder.
That’s the sound of time. It’s the sound a clock makes on its way down to whatever the end result may be in store. It could be victory. It could be defeat. It could be the sound of the last ticks of an LSU fan base that’s ready to explode. The question is how many more ticks does Les Miles have on his clock?
I’ll admit I didn’t see the last play of the game. I saw what I thought was the last play of the game and then headed out of the stadium cursing the LSU powers that be. Only when I heard the roar of the crowd and ran to catch a glimpse on a television set did I realize that Coach Miles and his Tigers lucked up and got a second chance and won the football game. But as the old saying goes, “you never get a second chance to make a first impression.” The impression most fans got was that LSU should have lost. Time management struck again, this time in our own backyard.
There are no more excuses. It’s time to put up or shut up. It’s time for this LSU offense to get on track. It’s time for the coaching staff to make the switch to Jarrett Lee as the starter and it’s time for Les Miles to put clock management to rest.
It’s definitely time to quit embarrassing this football team, fan base, and this university.
On the positive side of things, the coaching staff cracked opened the door to some semblance of a passing game. Tiger quarterbacks combined for 215 yards passing which is more than the last two games combined. Jarrett Lee knocked off the rust to throw for 185 of those 215 yards on 16 of 23 passing. The offense looked more up-tempo when he was in the game and he proved he could lead his team down the field when the game was on the line.
LSU would not have won this game without Lee under center. He showed that he can push the ball down the field and make the defense get out of the box and play honest. Now, that’s not to say Lee has some things he needs to work out. Couple of errant throws and an interception in the endzone killed a great scoring opportunity and needs to be addressed. But despite not seeing the field for any meaningful time this year, Lee showed he’s capable of moving this offense down the field.
The big boys are now starting to show up on the schedule. The Tigers travel to Gainesville to take on the Florida Gators in The Swamp this Saturday. Coach Miles better give Jarrett Lee most of the number one reps this week to get him ready. It’s going to take a balanced attack to knock off the Gators and right now Lee is the only option that can give them that.
Congratulations should go out LSU for being 5-0. Kudos goes out to RB Stevan Ridley, who was named SEC Offensive player of the week for his outstanding play against the Volunteers. And the Heads Up Play of the Week goes to center T-Bob Hebert for not going down like that again!