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Just got home from a 6 hour drive....lots of time to catch up on sports radio and chew on the game.
-I keep hearing alot of people say that LSU dominated the game. I disagree. We had a 14-3 lead going in to the half. Early 3rd we drive down the field and are going in for the score when AJ fails to put the ball in Yeldon's belly. Running back isn't looking at the ball and didn't seem to short hand it. That would have made it 21-10. It was a tale of 2 halves.
-I can think of at least 3 passes that Mettenberger completed where the DB had his hand on the ball. As my DB coach sometimes told me, "great defense, better offense."
-We averaged 6.6 ypc, they averaged 3.3 ypc.
-The smartest thing Miles said leading up to the game was that they are so familiar with Bama that they can tell by the way we line up what's coming. It's like the Redskins or Cowboys beating the Giants. Giants much better team, but your old foes know you best.
-Great gameplan by LSU's OC. He got matchups (very NFL like) on our LB's and let's face it, their slot receivers were at an advantage being covered by Vinnie and Perry.
-I think AJ's back contusion was worse than we expected. He missed on several wide open receivers.....typical of someone with a back injury who's throwing mechanics are off.
-Les Miles made questionable calls a few times....we didn't. Last time I checked, coaches are part of the team. So no....the better team Saturday night wasn't LSU. They exposed some weaknesses and had a raucous crowd on their side. We were pushed to the brink.....to a place we haven't been all year. AND WE RESPONDED!! Champions do that, good 6-2 teams don't. Don't give me any of that junk that LSU was better. I've never understood that.....how can a team lose if they were the better team ON THAT NIGHT?!?! Yes higher ranked teams can lose because they didn't play well enough to win. But when you WIN you were clearly the better team THAT NIGHT!
Anyway, just the way I see it. My brother in law who lurks on here told me,"you finally got the game you wanted!" Yeah, I did, but.....let's go back to just kicking people's arses.
"You feeling satisfied now Teddy?"
First off we met a quarterback on a hot night -- they dinked and dunked a lot to negate our blitzes, -- the ball was put many times in the exact place where only their guy, making a great play, could get it. Our defense came up with a great 4th down stand. We overcame two fumbles. Their crowd was impressive. AJ, for whatever reason, was not having a good night. We had a great 92 yd drive in the first half. Our running game was strong, our o-line was impressive.
In the end it was a great game, and when it came down to crunch time, our team came up huge!!
It's possible the better team can lose on a given night.I think it's a reversal of last year's game when we were better and lost and this year it's the reverse,they played better but didn't win
Good post. Thanks. The lack of carries for our run game at 6+ yards a carry was strange. Agreed. FEED. THE. BEAST.
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