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Christmas comes early for Les Miles

Posted on: October 2, 2010 7:07 pm
Edited on: October 2, 2010 8:22 pm
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Posted by Tom Fornelli


You can always count on one thing when watching a college football game that features a team coached by Les Miles.   There's going to be some game clock mismanagement and probably an insane ending to the game to go with it.  We got just that on Saturday in Baton Rouge.

Tennessee had a 14-10 lead on LSU in the final minutes of the game, with LSU driving.  With a minute and a half left in the game the Tigers faced a 4th and 9, and being down by four, had to go for it.  Of course, being LSU, they had to pick up a delay of game penalty first.  Still, somehow Jarrett Lee fired a pass through three Tennessee defenders and into the arms of Terrence Tolliver for a first down.

Then the crazy started.

LSU had the ball at the Tennessee two-yard line in the final seconds, facing a second and goal.  Les Miles then sent Jordan Jefferson in for Lee so that Jefferson could run a quarterback draw.  Jefferson was tackled at the one-yard line, and since LSU had no timeouts left, the Tigers had to scramble back to the line.

Which, for some reason known to nobody but Les Miles, was when the Tigers starting sending in substitutions.  That head scratcher was then met with Tennessee sending in substitutions, with the clock winding down all the while.  So, eventually, LSU snapped the ball with a second left on the clock, but the snap was low and Jefferson couldn't corral it.  So Tennessee jumped on the ball and the celebration started for Derek Dooley and his boys.

A celebration that didn't last very long, for there was a penalty flag on the field.  Remember all those inexplicable substitutions?  Yes, well, it turns out Tennessee sent out one too many and had 12 men on the field.

LSU got one more play, untimed, and Stevan Ridley got in the end zone.  LSU won, and somehow Les Miles will still be employed tomorrow morning.

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Comments

Since: Mar 27, 2007
Posted on: October 3, 2010 8:16 pm
 

Christmas comes early for Les Miles

Chee Whiz:  "The helmet call was not made because the game at that point was officially over. If you make that call, you need to call to many players on the field for Tennessee besides the 13 they had lined up on defense."

First, the game was NOT over at that point because there was a defensive penalty called.  A game CANNOT end on a defensive penalty.  Thus, the unsportsmanlike conduct penalty should have been called for removing the helmet and throwing it.

Secondly, though the game was NOT over when the Tennessee bench entered the field, it WAS a DEAD BALL situation.  Thus no flag. (And as far as that goes, the LSU bench entered the field as well)

I do find it humorous that more LSU fans are commenting on the call/no-calls at the end of the game than UT fans.  You won the game.  You should have lost (because of the coaching, not because of any penalty that was or was not called), but you won.  So your arguments, my arguments, and everyone else's arguments are moot.  EVERY team gets lucky from time to time.  This was just your day.



Since: Mar 27, 2007
Posted on: October 3, 2010 8:07 pm
 

Christmas comes early for Les Miles

Umm, Boissiere, by your argument (and I quote): "Again, for those of you who didn't understand me earlier.  The game was in effect over.  There was no time left on the clock, thus no penalty.", that would mean that Tennessee won the game.  You said it yourself, the game was over.  At that point, you trailed Tennessee.  Since you are apparently not aware of NCAA Football rules, let me enlighten you:  a game cannot end on a defensive penalty.  So either the game was over (as you said) and Tennesse won, or the game wasn't over because of the UT penalty and there should have been an unsportsmanlike penalty called against LSU.  You were given a huge break with the no-call.  You would have still had one last untimed play, and could still have easily won the game, but you should have had to have done it from the 16 yard line, not the 1.



Since: Oct 3, 2010
Posted on: October 3, 2010 12:03 pm
 

Christmas comes early for Les Miles

There WAS a flag. Tennessee clearly had not 12 but 13 players lined up on the field. That is a valid penalty under any circumstances. GAME OVER.



Since: Jan 15, 2007
Posted on: October 3, 2010 10:47 am
 

Christmas comes early for Les Miles

The helmet call was not made because the game at that point was officially over. If you make that call, you need to call to many players on the field for Tennessee besides the 13 they had lined up on defense. In saying that. Less Miles sucks and needs to be fired yesterday!!



Since: Jan 15, 2007
Posted on: October 3, 2010 10:40 am
 

Christmas comes early for Les Miles

Because the game was "over". That means you could have called to many players on the field for tennessee



Since: Oct 2, 2010
Posted on: October 3, 2010 9:34 am
 

Christmas comes early for Les Miles

"All of this will probably not matter much in the long run because if the Tigers can't fix their offense they may not win another SEC game. They have Fla, Ala, Miss,Aub, and Ark. left to play and this type of effort won't win any of those games."

Looks like we may be spending a cold, probably rainy night in Shreveport at the world famous Indy Bowl.



Since: Dec 3, 2006
Posted on: October 3, 2010 8:48 am
 

Christmas comes early for Les Miles

LSU did their best to give the game away for 59 min and 57 seconds.Did the tigers deserve to win this game ? probably not. Was the call the refs made at the end of the game correct? yes. The Vols played a nice conservative mistake free game and let LSU keep beating themselves untill the last few seconds. Then they made the one fatal mistake to bail Les out. I wish everyone would please quit blaming this on the refs or the SEC wanting the Tigers to win. Prior to the last 4 plays Tennessee had 1 penalty for the entire game, then they commited 2 fouls in the final minute. LSU was flagged 9 times. Furthermore, for all you people who do not know the rules even if a penelty was not called on the field illegal participation, too many players on the field, is a booth reveiwable call. All of this will probably not matter much in the long run because if the Tigers can't fix their offense they may not win another SEC game. They have Fla, Ala, Miss,Aub, and Ark. left to play and this type of effort won't win any of those games.




Since: Oct 2, 2010
Posted on: October 3, 2010 8:41 am
 

Christmas comes early for Les Miles

"IF a helmet is taken off, 15 yards." 

Again, for those of you who didn't understand me earlier.  The game was in effect over.  There was no time left on the clock, thus no penalty.  Why not penalize Tennesse twice for too many men on the field?  Half of their team, including their coach, ran onto the field when Jefferson fell on the ball WITH NO TIME LEFT ON THE CLOCK.  This is why there was no penalty for either team.   This isn't like last years Alabama/Tennessee game where Fat Man Cody took his helmet off while a live ball was rolling around on the field.  There SHOULD NOT HAVE BEEN A FLAG THROWN WHEN T-BOB HEBERT REMOVED HIS HELMET!!! 



Since: Oct 3, 2010
Posted on: October 3, 2010 8:36 am
 

Christmas comes early for Les Miles

The CBS Studio show confirmed in the post game show - 3 officials threw their flag for 12 men (13 in UT's case)as the ball was snapped



Since: Jan 13, 2007
Posted on: October 3, 2010 8:35 am
 

Christmas comes early for Les Miles

"That is a bold face LIE. There was not a single flag on the field."
You need to watch the replay more closely from all angles...clearly flags were thrown during the play.  But, you have shown to be incapable of reason, so I am just wasting my time.


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