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With Outback Bowl Victory, LSU Gets Fourth Straight 10-Win Season

postgame-links-150x1501LSU 21 – Iowa 14

1. LSU gets 10th win of season behind career-high 216 yards from running back Jeremy Hill.

2. Hill becomes first LSU player to rush for than 200 yards since 2004.

3. “In a game littered with future NFL players on both sidelines, Hill was best player on the soggy field at Raymond James Stadium.”

4. LSU defense holds Iowa to 233 yards, lowest output against any FBS team the Hawkeyes faced this season.

5. “Rainy and miserable day… mostly empty Raymond James Stadium…”

6. LSU wide receiver Jarvis Landry says an announcement  on leaving early for the NFL coming soon.

7. One-handed catch by LSU receiver Odell Beckham, Jr.

 

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SEC Christmas Day Headlines 2013

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1. Florida reportedly has a new offensive coordinator.  Duke’s Kurt Roper set to be announced later this week. Roper has been David Cutcliffe’s offensive coordinator at Duke for the past six years.

2. Nick Marshall’s fumbles have Auburn coaches worried - he’s lost the ball 14 times in 12 games.

3. Stewart Mandel’s favorite stories from the 2013 college football season.  Gus Malzahn and the Miracles are No. 1.

4. With Austyn Carta-Samuels out, the job of quarterback at Vanderbilt belongs to Patton Robinette. “He knows it’s not one of those deals where, ‘If I make a mistake I get pulled.’ ”

5. Alabama defensive back Landon Collins is a New Orleans native.  Sugar Bowl will be his first opportunity to play in the Superdome.

6. Ever heard of the “U Dub Step”?  It’s a dance South Carolina doesn’t want to see.

7. One of the top plays of the year for LSU? Wide receiver Odell Beckham’s 100-yard return of a missed field goal.

8. When it comes to making a decision about leaving early for the NFL, Georgia linebacker Ramik Wilson trusts inside linebackers coach Kirk Olivadotti: “He’s been in the NFL for a long time and scouted guys, so he knows.”

9. An 11-win season has draft experts paying more attention to Missouri prospects, including wide receiver L’Damian Washington. Todd McShay: “I’ve got a fourth-/fifth-round grade on him right now and have him in the top 20 wide receivers.”

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10. How many Kentucky basketball players will announce they’re leaving to go pro after the season?

11. Is coaching at Kentucky one of the “6 hardest coaching jobs in sports”?

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12. Who are the best NFL alumni from each college?

13. One of the prices paid for realignment/expansion – colleges are chopping smaller sports.

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LSU’s Beckham Enjoyed A Day For The Record Books (Sorta)

odell-beckhamOn Saturday night against out-gunned UAB, LSU receiver/returner Odell Beckham went off.  He was a one-man arsenal dressed in purple and gold.  His list of accomplishments:

 

*  One rush for 15 yards

*  Five catches for 136 yards and three touchdowns (a 27.2-yard average)

*  One kick return for 21 yards

*  Three punt returns for 59 yards (a 19.7-yard average)

*  And the uber-rare 100-yard return of a missed UAB field goal (technically it was 109 yards)

 

All told that’s 331 yards and four touchdowns in one game.  A record right?

Not quite.  It turns out that the missed field goal Beckham returned with 2:11 left in the game is not covered in the NCAA’s official statistics.  There is no category for missed field goal returns.  Therefore, Beckham’s final 100 yards aren’t added on to his all-purpose yardage total, which pretty much stinks.

LSU’s sports information department found three instances of missed field goal attempts being returned for TDs — a Tennessee player did it in 1926, a California player did it in 1966, and a Clemson player did it in 1968 (against Georgia).  While the play has occurred in the NFL a few times in recent years, there’s a good chance Beckham is the first man to score such a touchdown in the college game in half a 40+ years.

Had the play counted and had Beckham been credited with 331 all-purpose yards, his performance would rank 8th all-time in SEC history:

 

1.  Moe Williams, Kentucky vs South Carolina in 1995 — 429 yards

2.  Kevin Faulk, LSU vs Houston in 1996 — 376 yards

3.  Rafael Little, Kentucky vs Vanderbilt in 2005 — 372 yards

4.  Darren McFadden, Arkansas vs South Carolina in 2007 — 355 yards

5t.  Kwame Doster, Vanderbilt vs Ole Miss in 2002 — 344 yards

5t.  Nick Turner, Mississippi State vs Tennessee in 2003 — 344 yards

7.  Josh Reed, LSU vs Alabama in 2001 — 338 yards

8t.  Craig Yeast, Kentucky vs Florida in 1998 — 331 yards

8t.  Odell Beckham, LSU vs UAB in 2013 — 331 yards

 

Again, that’s if that return had counted in the record books.  While the NCAA won’t recognize those 100 yards, it was still one of top one-game performances in SEC history.  We know it.  LSU knows it.  Beckham knows it.  And you can be sure UAB knows it.

 

UAB-LSU: Missed FG Returned 109 Yards For Touchdown

 

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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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