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Georgia Loses Shootout To Clemson, LSU Wins 11th Straight Season-Opening Game

postgame-linksClemson 38 – Georgia 35

1. Bulldogs lose by a field goal in a game played without suspended kicker Marshall Morgan.

2. Key mistakes included a high snap that negated what would have been a game-tying field goal.

3. Coach Mark Richt: ”I don’t think we have anybody in there ready to jump off a bridge or anything,”

4. Georgia’s young defense tested.  Clemson ran 76 plays.

5. Georgia receiver Malcolm Mitchell knocked out of the game with knee injury.

LSU 37 – TCU 27

6. Under Les Miles, LSU now 32-0 in non-conference regular season games.

7. LSU tailbacks Alfred Blue and Terrence Magee combined for 184 yards.

8. LSU running back Jeremy Hill dressed out but didn’t play.

9. Receivers Jarvis Landry and Odell Beckham, Jr. both have more than 100 receiving yards - first time that two LSU receivers have done that since 2001.

10. Tigers strong in the fourth quarter: “This time…the Tigers didn’t fold. They finished.”

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Pass Happy? LSU Will Still Lean On Its Power Run Game Against TCU

lsu-running-gameMuch of the talk in Baton Rouge this offseason has centered on quarterback Zach Mettenberger, new offensive coordinator Cam Cameron, and a new commitment to the passing game.  That’s all well and good, but Les Miles is still the head coach, not Mike Leach.

When LSU faces TCU’s 4-2-5 defensive scheme on Saturday, expect the Tigers to try to crank up their traditional power run game early and often.  “Coach Miles emphasized in the meeting we’ve got to be able to run and pass the football,” tailback Alfred Blue told The Baton Rouge Advocate.  “In the past we’ve been pretty good at running the football here, and he’s trying to get that passing game going more.”

“We’ve just got to keep running physical and get those tough yards if they stack the box,” Blue continued.  “It’s those three or four yards, and eventually they’ll back off once we start throwing the football.  Once they do that, who knows?”

“There’s a lot of outside zone and outside toss plays that we can do to get out on that edge.  If they want us to stack that middle and allow us to get that edge, so be it.  I’d rather the edge anyway.”

Coaches rarely change their DNA.  And Miles is a man wired to run first, pass second.  Below are LSU’s run-versus-pass numbers for the last five seasons:

 

2012 — 527 rushes, 356 passes

2011 — 591 rushes, 279 passes

2010 — 538 rushes, 301 passes

2009 — 435 rushes, 336 passes

2008 — 495 rushes, 391 passes

 

Cameron and Mettenberger may toss the ball around the yard a bit more this season, but as running back Kenny Hilliard said this week: “That’s what we do here.  We pound the ball.”

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LSU’s Miles Talks Running Backs, “Talladega Nights”

When two running backs both have big nights, they’ve gotta be given a nickname, right?  I mean that’s College Football 101.  Especially when one is 5-11, 240 pounds and the other is 6-2, 215 pounds.

Well, Les Miles was asked about the 6-2 Alfred Blue (16 carries for 123 yards) and the 5-11 Kenny Hilliard (13 carries for 141 yards and two TDs) and any potential nicknames for them after their bang-bang season opener against North Texas on Saturday.

Apparently Miles is a Will Ferrell fan:

 

Les Miles on Blue + Hilliard – Talladega Nights.mpg

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SEC Headlines – 10/5/11 Part One

1.  Alabama and LSU will likely decide the West Division title on November 5th.  But that doesn’t mean you should rule out a BCS rematch.

2.  The Crimson Tide’s offense is more balanced than it appears.

3.  Injuries at Auburn are creating opportunities for backups to step up.

4.  Broderick Green’s return from injury helped spark Arkansas’ run game last week.

5.  Receiver Joe Adams is expected to play with a rib injury this weekend against Auburn.

6.  LSU’s Tyrann Mathieu is the top playmaking defender in this year’s Heisman race.

7.  A relief fund has been set up for Tiger running back Alfred Blue after his family’s home was destroyed by fire.

8.  Ole Miss needs to use its open date to strengthen its run defense.

9.  Dan Mullen says there could be more shuffling on MSU’s offensive line… and that better recruiting is the best way to fix the current woes.

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