The LSU Tigers engineered a spirited comeback against Ole Miss, pulling a 41-35 win with a 21-point fourth quarter. Turns out Les Miles' postgame press conference had even more energy.
While it was difficult to follow at times, the overall point was very clear. Miles was pleased with the outcome of the game and extremely proud of his players.
Les Miles gives you a must see speech, Lane Kiffin ducks out a side door after loss # 4. That's why each is viewed the way he is.— Scott Van Pelt (@notthefakeSVP) November 18, 2012
One excerpt, where I'm not 100 percent sure of the word choice in my translation, shares his energy quite well (video NSFW):
I'm proud of those men. How fricken easy it would have been to say it's their night. How f****n easy. Excuse my language. Spectacular group of men. You go find them, you throw your arms around 'em, you give 'em a big kiss on the mouth...if you're a girl (laughter).
To be fair, it isn't as though LSU was ever out of this game.
The largest lead of the game was a 28-20 advantage just before the end of the third quarter. I've never been a part of a team that felt that an eight-point deficit was too much to overcome with a full quarter left to play.
Then again, I never played organized soccer.
Ole Miss was driving near the end of the game and got down to the LSU 16-yard line. But a pair of sacks by Anthony Johnson and Lavar Edwards pushed Ole Miss back to their own 36.
Bryson Rose couldn't quite get the ball inside the upright from 53 yards.
LSU took advantage of the short field, and Jeremy Hill ran the ball in from the 1-yard line with 15 seconds remaining.
First-year coach Hugh Freeze was on the other end of this game. His postgame comments were shared via ESPN.com.
I've been coaching a long time, maybe not at this level, but this here is one of the most difficult locker rooms to be in this year.
Our kids just fought for our university and our fans and they should be proud of that. We just can't seem to get that stop when we have to have one, or that touchdown when we have to have one.
It was a tough loss, but an overall great game. Miles' presser made it all that much better.
Darin Pike is a writer for Bleacher Report's Breaking News Team and a Featured Columnist covering the NFL and the Seattle Seahawks.