Saturday, 26 November 2011 14:45
LSU Tigers, Arkansas: Mathieu, Petrino and Tweets
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lsuWith the LSU Tigers now flying high after their enormous victory in Baton Rouge over the Arkansas Razorbacks, here are some odds and ends...first coming from winning Defenseive back, Tyrann Mathieu, and then from losing coach Bobby Petrino:

LSU's defense wasn't in a position play its best on Friday. Safety Eric Reid -- the star of the Alabama win -- had to sit with a thigh bruise.  So defensive coordinator John Chavis  moved Tyrann Mathieu to safety. Though the ball-hawking instinct made him a natural fit. He led LSU tacklers with eight (all solo) tackles, forced two fumbles, recovered one. And there was that 92-yard punt return for a touchdown.

Mathieu on filling Reid's position: "You have to have confidence in yourself. You never want to give up on yourself, and you never want to give up on your team. When you have the chance, you want to make the big play."

On the BCS: :At this point, we're just trying  to win the next game and that is Georgia."

On the performance of the team: "We did a good job on a lot of different things, although a lot of people doubt us. We just keep our focus and listen to  our coaches."

Here's Arkansas coach Bobby Petrino's take on the game: "We got beat by a better team. We haven't played better offensively, and defensively we started well, took the lead, but we made some critical errors. We gave them the punt return, and we didn't play very well in our two-minute defense after we fumbled the ball when we were driving. That was a big turning point."

Didn't we hear screeches of glee from Stillwater, Okla., after the LSU-Arkansas game?... Petrino wasn't a happy camper because he thought Miles had run up on the score on his team, a 41-17 loser.

Tweeting Black and Gold

Warrick Dunn
WarrickDunn Warrick Dunn 
Gameover!!! Nice work today LSU. Geaux tigers. Now I just need my Seminoles to get that same fire, Beat the Gators tomorrow.
LSU Football
LSUfball LSU Football 
LSU has had three players: Kenny Hilliard, Jordan Jefferson and Spencer Ware rush for scores. Tigers 254 on the ground off 39 carries
ESPN CollegeFootball
ESPNCFB ESPN CollegeFootball 
#LSU Wares 'em down w/ long drive full of basic dive plays. Spencer rumbles in, Tigers up 31-17, 11:04, 4thQ. Is that a door-slammer?
Dino Rizzo
dinorizzo Dino Rizzo 
Nobody in all the country plays with the intensity of LSU Tigers.
Ed Staton

Ed Staton is a former sports writer for the Times Picayune and New Orleans States Item.  He also served as the New Orleans Saints Information Director.  He has won 43 media awards in writing, design and photography.  


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