Predictions, prognostications, and expert analysis; flushed out with the tide. The LSU Tigers took it personally in their 24-21 victory over Alabama on Saturday night in Tiger Stadium. Whether Les Miles wants to admit it or not, vindication was served and comparisons should be put to rest. His Tigers out-played, out-coached, and flat out beat Nick Saban and his aura of invincibility.
For four years, Les Miles has had to hear about winning with Nick Saban’s players. For the last year and a half, he heard he can’t beat Nick Saban’s players. Again, whether he admits it or not, he had to be sick and tired of the comparisons. It was time to close the book once and for all.
On a perfect afternoon for football, LSU came out the gate with their stingy defense back to its old self. Problem was the Tigers stinky offense up to its old self. After heading to the locker room down 7-3, Tiger Stadium was unusually quiet and frustrated. Coach Miles and his staff had to make adjustments.
It took two and a half quarters but the coaching staff finally unleashed its playmakers. Rueben Randle caught a 75 yard touchdown pass from Jordan Jefferson and Tiger Stadium finally came alive. And that’s how it stayed.
It’s amazing when day turns to night and what that means to this team and its fans. Dan Borne’ announced “Ladies and gentlemen, the sun has found its home in the western sky, and it is now Saturday night in Death Valley.” It’s like someone flips a switch. The LSU offense racked up 313 yards of total offense in the second half, scored 21 points, and won this football game.
If you’re an LSU fan, you have to feel good about the make-up of this team. Players like Drake Nevis, Kelvin Sheppard and even Jordan Jefferson and Jarrett Lee leave it all out on the field and will give you everything they got. After the game, Sheppard presented their coach with the game ball because, and he won’t admit it, the monkey is off his back. And they did it for a coach that’s been called a buffoon.
The only buffoons are the ones that don’t really know; the ones that can’t see past their nose or their computer screen. At LSU, it's more than just X's and O's, time management, and trick plays. It's about players that will give more when they know that their coach has their back and believes in them. That’s the way Les Miles runs his program and treats his players. Like family.
Congratulations Tigers! That’s one more win towards eleven and one.