Thursday, February 14, 2008

The Unthinkable is Now a Reality: Part 4 (of 9)

October 13
#17 Kentucky

Several months have gone by since LSU lost this heartbreaker in Lexington. Several months and the loss still stings. The thing that hurts so much about this game was the fact LSU had Kentucky beat. LSU was up 24-14, Tigers were in control and looking to put the game away, until a missed opportunity took place that changed the entire game.

It was 3rd down deep in Wildcat territory. The ball was thrown in the back of endzone into the hands of Zinger for a sure touchd...wait no.

Incomplete. Zinger dropped it. LSU kicks a field goal to increase it's lead 27-14.

The instant Zinger dropped that TD the game changed 180 degrees. Kentucky went on a surge of scoring and LSU was fortunate to go into overtime.

That was until they barely missed a 57-yard field goal to win the game. I know what your thinking, "Come on there is no such thing as a 57-yard field goal barely being missed."

Well it was. A little more to the right at LSU would of left Lexington with a W. That didn't happen as we know, instead overtime came about.

I have to tip my hat (even though I do not wear a hat) to Andre Woodson and his incredible performance. He kept LSU's D off balance all night. And for the first time this game seemed to be a sign that maybe LSU's D was a little overhyped at the beginning of the season.

Some questionable referee calls did take place, but that did not take away from the fact that the Wildcats seemed to be cutting through the LSU defense like a hot knife through butter. Had Kentucky's kicker missed a field goal from 47 yards out in the second overtime; LSU wins.

After Kentucky went up 43-37 in the third overtime, I alreadyw as planning on the Tigers scoring. Making that two-point conversion was my biggest concern. I obviously jumped the gun as LSU ran the ball four straight plays and just like that the Bengals had loss numero uno on the season.

I was disappointed with Miles playcalling on that drive. Four straight run calls? What?

Play of the Game: There was not specific play that jumps out because LSU lost the game. But if I had to choose something it would be Charles Scott's 55-yard run in the first quarter. Scott is such a bruising back because he gets his body down so low when running. He'll be a joy to watch in the coming years.

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