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Les Miles Brain Cramp Costs LSU in Loss to Ole Miss

However bad the schedule of games on Saturday looked, the finish to the Ole Miss/LSU game made up for all the disappointment. Early on in the 4th quarter, Ole Miss scored on a halfback option pass from playmaker Dexter McCluster. That touchdown made it 22-17 Ole Miss, and they added a field goal with about four minutes left to take it to 25-17. LSU rallied to score a touchdown on a 25 yard pass from Jordan Jefferson to Rueben Randle to make it 25-23. Despite being only a yard or so out on their two-point conversion try (Ole Miss had a pass interference on the first attempt), they weren’t able to convert on a fade pass so they were forced to try an onside kick. Amazingly enough, Brandon LaFell picked up a low kick in stride and took it down around midfield. While that was one part of the craziness (the other was converting on 4th and 26), the brain cramp part was soon to come. After throwing a screen pass for an 8-yard loss, LSU let the clock go from about 27 seconds to nine seconds before calling timeout. That blunder cost them big time. Check out the highlights below to see what unfolded:

Talk about big time mismanagement. Les Miles looked confused even when time ran out, as if he didn’t understand what was going on. I can’t believe that such a savvy coach like Miles could have let this situation get so out of hand. The first mistake was letting so much time expire before ultimately calling a timeout after 3rd down. The next mistake was not running the field goal unit out there after connecting on the 4th and 26. With only 1 second left, there was no way to spike the ball even though that’s what LSU attempted. I’m sure Tigers fans won’t get over this loss and the series of blunders any time soon.

Les Miles Showed Up Georgia Tech in 4th Quarter of Bowl Blowout

LSU crushed Georgia Tech with ease in the Chick-fil-A Bowl, 38-3. The team was up 35-3 at the half after outscoring the Yellow Jackets 28-0 in the 2nd quarter, getting short fields on several Tech turnovers. The vaunted Georgia Tech triple option was held in check almost the whole game, with LSU smothering them all night long. So when the 4th quarter rolled around and LSU was hammering Tech 38-3, I had to wonder why they continued to throw deep passes and run trick plays. On two occasions in the 4th quarter, LSU threw deep passes — one fell incomplete. They also had the gall to run a trick play on special teams:

As if to affirm its mastery of special teams, LSU pulled off a successful fake punt in the fourth quarter, with punter Brady Dalfrey running for 21 yards for the first down. LSU led 38-3 when coach Les Miles called for the fake, and Georgia Tech fans booed the decision.

It was a well-designed play that did further delineate Miles’ special teams genius. Problem is, what are you running that for in a 38-3 game in the 4th quarter? Save it for when you need — a close game. I really thought some of Miles’ tactics were unnecessary. Does he have some bad beef with Paul Johnson of which I’m unaware? Sure seemed like it. I hope these teams meet again so Georgia Tech has the chance to turn the tables.

Les Miles Works in Crack on Alabama

And why not, that seems to be quite the easy theme these days, no? So this totally flew under my radar, but luckily SNR host Tim Brando lives and breathes LSU athletics and was talking about the story on-air Wednesday, so I was able to catch it. Apparently Les Miles worked in a not-so-subtle dig on Alabama at a team rally as part of Tiger Tour 2008. Check it:

There was no question the attendees still bask in last November’s victory over former LSU head coach and Tide boss Nick Saban, and Miles brought down the house when he urged the faithful “not to make too much of that game as it seems like a lot of teams in Louisiana beat that team,” referencing Alabama’s shocking subsequent loss to Louisiana-Monroe.

Much like the Carson Palmer comment, it’s pretty harmless in the long run but pretty funny given the audience to whom he was speaking (Miles also clarified his remark, just like Palmer). Now that’s added some extra fuel to the Bama/LSU rivalry. I really can’t wait for that game just to see if Saban can stick it to Miles. And remember, as college football is coming up on the calendar, make sure you visit site sponsor Ticket Solutions for all your sports tickets needs. They have you covered for all your college football tickets needs including LSU football tickets and Alabama football tickets so you can be there for the big game in person.

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