It was another Saturday night in Death Valley. As quoted by Les Miles, “It was the place where opponents dreams come to die.” There was a sea of gold and a nearly sold out crowd shouting to the top of their lungs. It was just the kind of atmosphere that South Carolina feared. It was the atmosphere that all opponents face playing on a Saturday night in Tiger Stadium. LSU holds a 22 game winning streak in games played at prime-time at home.
This was a Tiger team that is not use to losing. Basically, South Carolina walked in on LSU at the wrong time. Les Miles has a record of 18-1 following a loss. The loss to Florida, was the wake-up call that was long over due. Part of LSU’s success was the run-game. Jeremy Hill had a monster of a game! He had 17 carries for 124 yards and 2 touchdowns. And yes folks, this was a Freshman making it big on a Saturday night! The defense had an even bigger night! The defense had 2 interceptions made by Eric Reid and Craig Loston, and only allowed the Gamecocks to have 35 rushing yards. South Carolina’s offensive line had trouble containing LSU’s defensive line; they gave up 4 sacks(2 of those sacks were made by Sam Montgomery). The total yards allowed, 211 compared to SCs defense that allowed a total of 406 yards. LSU’s offensive line was much improved this week. After struggling for 3 weeks straight, LSU’s O-line allowed 1 sack. As opposed to last week, when they gave up 4.
LSU is getting back into the BCS discussion after being ignored for 3 weeks. In this week’s rankings, the Tigers are #6 in the BCS. It seemed like LSU bounced back at the perfect time, when the first week of the BCS rankings came out. As of now, they are the highest ranked one loss team. LSU hopes to continue being the nation’s, arguably the best one loss team as they travel to College Station to take on the Aggies. LSU has not played in Kyle Field since 1995, this will be a new experience for the Tigers. The hostile environment will not be the first, just the first of renewing an old rivalry. It should be interesting to see how Texas A&M’s star QB Johnny “Football” Manziel plays against a dominating defense like LSU’s. The last high profile defense that came to College Station was Florida, and the Aggies lost 20-17. Let the game for a renewing rivalry begin!