A Tale of Two Turnovers
It was the wettest of times, it was the worst field at times. (Okay, enough of that. But thank you, Boz.)
Prior to the Auburn -LSU game, one of the announcers made an offhand comment. Just recently before the game, Les Miles had his quarterback practice for about an hour throwing a wet football. The last time Nick Marshall handled a wet ball was in summer camp. No one said when or if Codey Parkey ever handled a wet football.
The margin of victory was two touchdowns. Auburn suffered from two catastrophic turnovers, both of which led to LSU touchdowns. I don’t want to get into the specifics. One or more of our esteemed writers at Track Em Tigers will do a terrific job of breaking down this game. And I don’t want to steal their thunder. I’m looking forward to Acid Reign’s review. But what I want to point out is that this team never quit. They fought until the end. In fact, Todd Blackledge said, with 1:45 left to go in the fourth quarter, that Auburn is playing with more energy on both offense and defense than LSU right now.
Another bright spot, I think LSU had more penalties than we did.
I’m glad Gus didn’t get cute with the two-point conversions this game. Also to his credit, that was an appropriate time for an on-side kick. Too bad it was overturned upon further review. It was a close call as to whether Parkey touched the ball prior to ten yards. A very close call.
The Marshall to Coates long ball worked well twice. LSU was ready for the end zone corner shot to Uzomah. In fact they double teamed him just to make sure. Apparently they watch game film. Who knew?
Nick Marshall will learn to throw the ball away sometimes. And that it is not a good idea to throw across the middle after the play has broken down in the blind hope that something good will happen. But the rain was pouring down at the time he made that throw. It’s weird how being in a torrential downpour can affect your perception, awareness, and judgement. In fact one of the announcers even said that some guys will just shut down when the weather gets this bad.
So, on to greener pastures. It looks like we can take Tennessee and Arkansas. And the way Georgia played against North Texas, and based on how we played against LSU, I think we have a shot with the Dawgs. In fact, I’m not counting us out against anybody after this game. The team showed me they have what it takes to play with anybody.