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.
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