NCAA Trick Play of the Day: A Trick Play Could Decide the Championship for LSU

Ralph LongoAnalyst IIIJanuary 4, 2012

ATLANTA, GA - DECEMBER 03:  Jarrett Lee #12 of the LSU Tigers against the Georgia Bulldogs during the 2011 SEC Championship Game at Georgia Dome on December 3, 2011 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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The NCAA football Division I championship (Yes, I'm not going to acknowledge the FBS or whatever it's official name is these days) is coming up on Monday. With the LSU Tigers playing the Alabama Crimson Tide in a rematch of their November battle, which turned out to be a boring 9-6 defensive struggle, I couldn't help but think up what trick plays the mad hatter, LSU's head coach Les Miles, would draw up.

While Miles has come up with tons of trick plays over the years, with some more memorable than others, my favorite has always been this trick play that Miles pulled against South Carolina in 2007. On a field-goal attempt, holder Matt Flynn, who had a ridiculous game last week for the Packers, took the snap. 

When Flynn received the ball, instead of putting it down on the ground, he flipped the ball backwards at a 45 degree angle over his head to kicker Colt David, who proceeded to run the ball in for a touchdown. I remember seeing this for the first time and thinking that it was one of the more creative football plays I'd ever seen. 

This play, while very exciting and fun to watch, has an added relevance in my opinion. When Alabama and LSU play on January 9th, there should be an abundance of field-goal attempts if it is anything like the defensive struggle that it was when they previously met.

If points are hard to come by, I could absolutely see Les Miles coming up with some sort of razzle dazzle trick play such as this to turn the tide, no pun intended, and give LSU an offensive boost to try and score some cheap points by way of a trick play. I wouldn't be at all surprised to see this game decided by a gadget play such as this one from 2007. 

Let's hope, for the sake of the fans, that this game has something that can make it exciting unlike the snooze fest we were subjected to earlier this season when these two teams met. Hopefully there will be one or two plays like this one to make this championship a memorable one.