How'd we do with my recipe?
1. 2nd and 6 or less. Actually, the Tigers accomplished this about 6 or 7 times in the game. They also had plenty of 2nd and 10 or more situations, but 1st down plays were generally pretty good.
2. 200+ passing and 2:1 TD to Int ratio. Well, the Tigers only managed 158 yards in the air and one touchdown, with one interception late by Jarett Lee. Not good. And this did play a large factor in the game outcome in my opinion.
3. Win the turnover war. Actually, LSU did win the turnover war. But the refs didn't see it that way. Peterson's interception was denied. So each team had 1 interception. Not good for LSU in this game.
4. Take advantage of big plays. LSU had a lack of big plays throughout the game on offense. Scott had one big run, and the defense gave the Tigers great field position via some fantastic punting and a safety. The Tigers scored a TD after the safety and punt. But LSU did not have any offensive big plays.
5. Penalties and Luck. Do I have to say it? All the Bama folks will guffaw. Because they don't want to believe it. And I am not one to blame the refs. But the officiating in this game was terrible (we'll cover that more later) and the interception by Peterson that was denied after the replay clearly showed what an athletic play he made - well, that denied LSU the chance to win the football game. It changed the momentum completely. And it ended soon after that. From a luck standpoint - well, I don't think good or bad luck played much of a factor either way. LSU certainly didn't get lucky in the game at any time. And besides maybe one possible interference call that could've been called against Peterson, the calls all went Bama's way.
Let me be clear. Bama is a better football team because they have a better defense and a slightly better offensive line. And Ingram and Jones are fantastic. Bama played a very physical, very good football game. But the refs interfered in the flow of the game in at least two, and maybe three instances. So LSU was denied the chance to stay in the football game when the refs denied Peterson his amazing play.
Lots of apparently minor injuries for LSU. Jefferson didn't play a lot of the 2nd half. Scott hurt his shoulder I think. Peterson didn't play much of the 4th quarter. Black went down for a bit.
Lots to talk about. The offsides flinch by Barksdale, the lack of sacks by the defense, the awesome punting by LSU, Stevan Ridley, Jarrett Lee, LSU's offensive line, the 2-point conversion attempt, the poor clock management that ended up putting the Tigers in the 4th quarter with no timeouts. Lots to examine later.
The Tigers played their butts off. They deserved a better effort from the officials. And the Bamatards that honestly don't think that interception was inbounds and/or changed the game - well, congrats on the win. I'm rooting for Florida.