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Are you kidding me? LSU wins after Vols Penalty

It looked like clock-management snafu 2.0 for Les Miles.

Fifteen seconds and no timeouts on the 3-yard line. There was confusion on the field for the LSU offense. They needed to spike the ball, yet quarterback Jordan Jefferson looked back at the sideline in utter confusion.

Ten seconds.

Players were running on and off the field and 90,000 fans were screaming for something, anything to happen.

Five seconds.

Jefferson finally runs back to the shotgun and hikes the ball. The snap is bad! Jefferson has to scramble to pounce on the ball but it’s too late. Zero seconds. The game is over. The Tennessee Volunteers had pulled off the upset in Death Valley.

But wait … there’s a flag on the field.

Tennessee had too many players on defense. Replay third down. There’s a mad scene on the field as officials try to get the players back on their respective sides and Vols coach Derek Dooley is about ready to explode.

LSU takes the field and runs a toss play to running back Stevan Ridley. It’s a touchdown. LSU wins 16-14.

Not 2 minutes before, the Tennessee sideline was celebrating with the utmost jubilation. Now, a stunned look of helplessness casts a shadow over Dooley’s team.

Even if you hate the Vols, your heart has to go out to them. Dooley has undertaken one of the hardest jobs in the country and was thisclose  to winning his first SEC game in one of the toughest places to play in the country.

“It’s just another week in the SEC,” says Miles after the game.

It’s also one of the luckiest.

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23 Responses to “Are you kidding me? LSU wins after Vols Penalty”
  1. Mike-F says: Oct 2, 2010 8:05 PM

    Seemed like an odd series there at the end. I didn’t see a flag and the TV crew didn’t seem to mention a flag…was there a flag and it just took the officials a couple of minutes to report it or does the SEC have a rule where the booth can call down a penalty via tape review?

  2. NDalum07 says: Oct 2, 2010 8:10 PM

    Derek, not Vince. Vince wouldn’t be caught dead in orange.

  3. stoney27 says: Oct 2, 2010 8:15 PM

    Vols coach Vince Dooley…

  4. funi says: Oct 2, 2010 8:19 PM

    This is why SEC football is..HORRIBLE! No clock management, def does not know who belongs on the field and coaches do nto want to shake hands after game! SEC fans will say that game was a classic, I say it was a classic game for idiots!

  5. Volfan1624 says: Oct 2, 2010 8:20 PM

    Tennessee’s head coach is Derek Dooley, not Vince Dooley.. that is his father.

  6. iambruce says: Oct 2, 2010 8:24 PM

    Fire Miles PLEASE!

  7. weswelkerspornstash says: Oct 2, 2010 8:31 PM

    It’s awful when mental mistakes win you the game… It would surprise me if that coach still has a job next week. Didn’t he cost them a BCS game last year. In dollar figures what does that amount too. Then blowing the game today… REALLY???? How do you have a job?

  8. Observer1 says: Oct 2, 2010 8:32 PM

    Officials errored permitting the play to start. Should have been illegal substitution on the defense.
    There wasn’t a flag on the field. It was a box review. The big mistake was the officials not flagging LSU’s center #58 when he took his helmet off during the play when time expired a slammed it to the ground.
    It should have been one untimed down at the 151/2 not the 1/2 yard line.

  9. weswelkerspornstash says: Oct 2, 2010 8:33 PM

    Derek Dooley dumb shit

  10. Ben Kercheval says: Oct 2, 2010 8:34 PM

    Yes, Derek Dooley. My bad. *embarrassed*

  11. myopinionisrighterthanyours says: Oct 2, 2010 9:47 PM

    That was clock management snafu 2.0. Just got bailed out. Is there anybody more horrible at it than Les Miles?

  12. DCroz says: Oct 2, 2010 10:04 PM

    While I’m not a Vols fan, I am an SEC fan and I do want to see Tennessee return to being a good team for the sake of the league. Dooley is having to deal with the collapse from Phil Fulmer’s last few seasons and Lane Kiffin’s joke tenure last year, but being the son of Vince Dooley and a former assistant under Nick Saban should serve him well in getting things turned around.
    As for Miles, he’s putting on his best clothes and nicest cologne to go to the devil’s house tonight to…um…”render payment” for today’s game.

  13. burntorangehorn says: Oct 3, 2010 12:12 AM

    Sometimes incompetence is Les Miles’ only saving grace.

  14. tt says: Oct 3, 2010 12:35 AM

    refs missed 3 things: ….live ball,dead ball fouls,and defense get to set…1st ,live ball foul of 13 on field is half the distance ‘toward’ the goal…..but should have been an additional l.s.u dead ball foul for throwing helmet on ground,and new spot is 15 back ‘away’ from the goal,starting at the half distance toward the goal spot …..finally ,offense was allowed to sub,but defense wasn’t given equal chance…

  15. PolegoJim says: Oct 3, 2010 9:57 AM

    We’re back to the standard LSU and SEC year.
    Hype, flop, with a little bit of luck to support you in the middle.

  16. BikerSaint says: Oct 3, 2010 10:12 AM

    As a long time LSU fan, I was actually sorry that the penalty gave them the chance to win. Why? Because I thought it surely meant the final demise of Les Miles.
    This was a repeat of performance from the Ole Miss game last year. Turnovers, penalties, and clown like events as this all point to the fact the Tigers have no discipline or poise. These qualities were part of Saban coached teams when he was at LSU.
    LSU is loaded with talent, but Les cannot mine the talent or develop them as players. He is a great mentor as a father, and i applaud him, but he needs another Bo Pelini and Jimbo Fisher on his staff.

  17. Wrathchild says: Oct 3, 2010 12:44 PM

    Since when is illegal substitution reviewable from the booth? Are they going to review offsides, illegal formations, false starts, and pass interference now too?
    Observer makes a great point, #58 should have been flagged for unsportsmanlike conduct for removing his helmet in the field of play.
    They wrapped that up and put a bow on it for LSU.

  18. edgy1957 says: Oct 3, 2010 2:24 PM

    Ok, now I’m just saying: it’s NOT illegal to take off your helmet when the game is over and the officials may have taken that into account when they didn’t flag the player.

  19. Observer1 says: Oct 3, 2010 2:49 PM

    The game was not over. The ball had not been recovered and the whistle had not been blown.
    Too many men on the field is reviewable. Too much money at stake to have a team drop out of the top 10.

  20. edgy1957 says: Oct 3, 2010 4:00 PM

    Observer1 says:
    The game was not over. The ball had not been recovered and the whistle had not been blown.
    The ball HAD been recovered when he pulled off his helmet and then threw it. In fact, the Vols were also running on the field at the very same time.

  21. jsandals9 says: Oct 3, 2010 6:34 PM

    I don’t remember reading it was one of the hardest jobs before Kiffin took over last season.

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