LSU’s offense was nowhere to be found during the first quarter and a half against Texas A&M. Then, the Tigers got a couple turnovers and a big plays, and led 14-12 at the half. It was the most Les Miles-y half of football one could possible conjure.
Then, the Tigers run game took over in the second half, and No. 6 LSU knocked off No. 20 Texas A&M 24-19. What did we learn about LSU? Nothing we didn’t already know: don’t question it, just roll with it.
The Tigers offense — mainly Zach Mettenberger — still looks lost, but where LSU gets dangerous is toward the end of the third quarter/beginning of the fourth quarter. That’s when LSU’s big, bruising backs begin to take a toll on opposing defenses.
A&M didn’t help itself with four turnovers. Johnny Manziel threw three interceptions and had a wake up call after becoming one of the hot stories in college football. The Aggies have certainly surpassed expectations through the first half of the season, but have fallen against legitimately better teams. Now A&M must get ready for three straight road games against Auburn, Mississippi State and Alabama.
LSU notches another win that keeps them in the SEC West race with the Nov. 3 game against Alabama coming up next after a bye. Assuming Alabama does its part to remain undefeated, Nov. 3 will be perhaps the biggest game of the regular season for the second straight year.
How about we start off the morning with something positive for a change?
As the Bowling Green caravan was driving back from Saturday’s game against Buffalo, a woman in front of the school’s four bus swerved and her vehicle hit the center divider on the Interstate in Northeast Ohio. Shortly thereafter, the vehicle burst into flames.
That’s when Dino Babers, BGSU’s head coach, and trainer Chelsea Lowe jumped into action. From the Toledo Blade:
The bus driver asked for permission to stop the bus, and I gave it to him — but I told him not to stop the other three buses,” Babers said. “Then he asked to go check out the car and see if the driver was hurt.
“I told him no, because if he was hurt there wouldn’t be anyone to drive the bus home.”
So that first BG bus, which was unaffected by the crash, stopped a short distance away, and Babers and Lowe went to the car.
“The closer we got to the car, the clearer we could see smoke billowing,” Lowe said. “We knew whoever was in the car wasn’t just going to walk away and have everything be OK.
Baber and Lowe were able to pull the 25-year-old woman away from the vehicle, and stayed with her until police and fire personnel arrived on the scene. The coach was even able to go back to the burning vehicle and retrieve the woman’s purse and keys.
As for Babers motivation in acting the way he did, read the Blade‘s account of the incident. It’ll be well worth your time.
For those looking for a change under center Between the Hedges, think again.
In Georgia’s first loss Saturday, Alabama harassed and harangued Greyson Lambert into a miserable day. The Virginia graduate transfer completed just 10-of-24 passes for 86 yards and an interception in the rain-soaked 38-10 home beatdown.
While some wondered whether UGA would pull the trigger and promote backup Brice Ramsey for the Week 6 game against Tennessee, offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer indicated that no change at the position is on the horizon — and that Ramsey would still get his opportunities.
“It’s no secret we plan on playing Brice in every game,” Schottenheimer said. “Greyson doesn’t need to look over his shoulder because Brice is going to play. …
“We believe in competition. Greyson doesn’t need to go look over his shoulder in terms of who is starting the game. He needs to worry about moving the team. He knows Brice is going to come in at some point. Nothing has changed. The rotation is what it is.”
If you were just going off the most recent tape, Ramsey’s play actually made it an easy decision for the staff to stick with status quo. Inserted in an attempt to breathe some life into a limp offense, Ramsey completed 3-of-6 passes, although two of those completions went to Tide defenders.