Late Saturday night live

There are still too many people at Buffalo Wild Wings for 11:30 p.m., even on a Saturday night, but this UFC main event will not end, and the Wisconsin-LSU game is still up for grabs, so there is sill some entertainment to be had.

LSU fell behind 24-7 in the third quarter, and I’m sure the Louisiana media were preparing their epitaphs for the Bayou Bengals’ College Football Playoff hopes. LSU has not lost a season opener since falling to Virginia Tech in Blacksburg in 2002, Nick Saban’s third year in Baton Rouge, but that’s not to say it hasn’t almost happened since:

  • Oregon State should have won in Death Valley in 2004, but Beaver kicker Alexis Serna missed three extra points. He would redeem himself, however, by winning the Lou Groza Award as the nation’s best kicker in 2006.
  • LSU needed a frantic comeback against Arizona State to pull out an emotional 35-31 victory in the Bayou Bengals’ first game following the death and devastation of Hurricane Katrina. The game was originally schedueld to be LSU’s second game, but the opener against North Texas was pushed back until the end of October. The game was also supposed to be in Baton Rouge, but due to LSU’s campus being used as a medical triage center, the game had to be moved to Tempe and Sun Devil Stadium, which at the time not only hosted Arizona State, but the Cardinals as well.
  • LSU nearly blew a neutral site game at Atlanta in 2010 vs. North Carolina before holding on to win.

I’m here for at least another hour and a half since Lisa is closing. I’m waiting on a brat and the exciting finish of the LSU-Wisconsin game.

About David

I am a sportswriter for a group of weekly newspapers in small towns across northern Kansas. I grew up in New Orleans, went to college at LSU and wandered in the wilderness until Hurricane Katrina finally put me on the path to my current job.

Posted on August 30, 2014, in College Football, LSU Fighting TIgers. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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