LSU Defense Dominates Manziel, Aggies in 34-10 Whipping

LSU Dominates Texas A&M
By: Peter Egan

With many ups and downs this LSU football season, what transpired on the night of Saturday, November 23, may well go down as the highlight and signature win of the 2013 LSU Tigers football season.

LSU had little trouble dominating a Texas A&M team led by defending Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel, a team which came in ranked #9 in the country with an 8-2 record with both losses coming to teams ranked #1 and #4 overall nationally, the SEC's last two teams to win a national championship in Alabama and Auburn, respectively.

Texas A&M was supposed to win the game comfortably. LSU's young defense, decimated by losing nine players to the NFL Draft last season, has struggled at times against some of the conferences more potent offenses.

There was talk at halftime about Manziel possibly sustaining a thumb injury at one point, although coach Kevin Sumlin wrote it off as 'something (they) had been dealing with all season. Manziel was not seen wearing any sort of thumb splint or thumb spica on the sidelines or otherwise in public at any point this season.

Texas A&M came in having scored 40 or more points in every game this season, yet on a cold, damp night in Death Valley (Baton Rouge), the Aggies were held to a season-low ten points while Manziel had what was without question the worst game of his career.

LSU's offense did not disappoint either, controlling the clock for over 40 minutes and rushing for well over 300 yards. Junior RB Terrence McGee of Franklinton, Louisiana earned SEC co-offensive player of the week, while a freshman cornerback was honored on defense.

Well, it's official. Stony Brook has defeated LSU in the NCAA regionals, eliminating the Tigers from the tournament two games to one.

If we can't win it all, we might as well pull for the underdogs who eliminated us.

Those kids played a heck of a series, and deserve nothing but praise for their toughness, grit and determination.

As good as this LSU team was --- good enough to win the SEC outright --- I was never totally confident in them due to the lack of offensive firepower and the youth of the pitching staff. Those concerns rang true during last weekend's series, as the Sea Wolves shut down the Tiger's hitting from top-to-bottom of the lineup, and their hitters did enough to pull out the series.

I have nothing but praise for them, and if an SEC team doesn't win it all this year, I hope Stony Brook does.


Petrino's Temper Tantrum Unacceptable

By now, most everyone reading this should be familiar with Arkansas Razorbacks football coach Bobby Petrino's expletive-laced tirade directed against LSU Tigers coach Les Miles during the Tigers 41-17 whipping of Ar-Kansas in the Battle for the Golden Boot. He also refused to shake Miles' hand following the loss, which eliminated his team from consideration from the BCS Championship discussion.

If by chance you live under a rock or somehow otherwise missed this story, the videos are below:

Petrino's Post-Game Lack of Sportsmanship

Arkansas Coach's Choice World for Les Miles

Petrino (and every Razorbacks fan) should take it as a compliment that Miles did not consider his lead to be safe up by three scores late in the game.

As a former junior high school football coach, I can definitely relate. I once called a deep play-action bomb that resulted in a touchdown that put us up four scores in the league semifinal game against a team that had scored more than 60 points in its quarterfinal victory. I had previously pulled my starters earlier that quarter, but the opposing team had not --- and had quickly scored cutting my lead to 3 scores. After a failed onsides kick, I sent in my starters and told them to "put another one on 'em".

At that point in time, there was still one child on my team who had yet to score a touchdown, and I really wanted to get him the ball with a safe lead, however the opposing team was too talented offensively for use to let off the gas.

Thus, we scored another touchdown in hopes of securing victory, which would have allowed me to play backups in hopes of getting every child on the team at least one touchdown --- a goal we ultimately achieved.

In any case, the LSU-Arkansas rivalry looks to be shaping up into a good one, which is quite timely given the irrelevance of Tulane and the sudden death of Ole Miss as a competitive football program. With SEC expansion and no guarantee that LSU-Florida will continue to be an annual event, the game with Arkansas takes on added importance as a legitimate rivalry game.

Razorbacks fans should demand more of their coach given that their program has had enough success of late to have the public spotlight on it at all times, and moments like Petrino's two temper tantrums during his team's loss to LSU are the type of distractions that cost schools key recruits, which should be good news for LSU, but bad news for Arkansas and the SEC as a whole.