Alabama leads Louisiana State, 21-15, with six minutes remaining when the Tigers' Patrick Peterson intercepts a pass near the sideline. The officials huddle and after a few moments, rule Peterson was out of bounds. The replay official agrees.
Alabama went on to kick a field goal on the drive and won, 24-15.
Seriously, how can you look at this replay and rule anything but an interception?
Halloween always brings out the crazies, but it will take some doing to top what happened 50 years ago in the most famous game in Deep South history.
Rick Cleveland of the Clarion Ledger tells the story of No. 1-ranked Louisiana State, the defending national champion, playing host to No. 3 Mississippi on a damp Halloween night in 1959 at Tiger Stadium.
Bill Rogers, 29, of Jackson, Miss., traveled to Baton Rouge with two buddies, who had tickets to the long sold-out game. Rogers didn't have a ticket, but he planned to scalp one upon his arrival at Tiger Stadium. In case that didn't work, he had a backup plan, which he carried in a duffel bag.
Rogers quickly realized nobody was selling tickets, so it was time for Plan B.
A high school referee, Rogers brought his uniform in the duffel bag. He ducked into a bathroom, changed into his referee's uniform, put a whistle around his neck and headed for the main gate.
Dan Mullen of Mississippi State is recipient of our coaching blunder of the week award. With his Bulldogs inches from a go-ahead touchdown and conversion, he decided to get fancy by calling a pass play. It didn't work and the Tigers held on for a 30-26 victory.
The Tigers decided to go old school with their poster schedule. Jason Feirman, the publications director for LSU sports information, explains: "The senior players took part in a photo shoot in Tiger Stadium during the spring and their poses were inspired by staged action shots from LSU players in the 1960s and '70s. In an effort to capture one of the traditions of LSU football, this year’s promotional campaign is 'Like Knights of Old', which represent the first four words of the school’s official fight song — Fight for LSU. This campaign will be used on items such as the football poster, schedule cards, website advertising, season tickets, as well being used on the new video board in Tiger Stadium." Also thanks to Michael!
That big, fat salary given to Les Miles a couple of years ago coupled with the economic downturn is coming back to haunt decision-makers in the great state of Louisiana.
Governor Bobby Jindal is proposing $34 million in budget cuts, including mandatory one-week employee furloughs at Louisiana State. That means the LSU coach, who is scheduled to earn $3,251,000 this year, might have to forfeit one week's pay, or $62,520.