It's official—Les Miles is the gutsiest coach in the crazy world of college football.
Auburn controlled the first half of Saturday's game in Baton Rouge and went into the locker room up 17-7.
The first half left LSU searching for answers—but Miles must have given one hell of a pep talk, because his Tigers came out blazing.
LSU scored 13 unanswered points after the break on two Colt David field goals and a five-yard pass from Matt Flynn to Jacob Hester.
The TD was a disputed one—a flag was thrown on the play, and the referees reviewed whether or not Hester got in.
The refs later waved off the flag and ruled that the football crossed the goal-line.
"That's obviously got to be looked at," said Auburn coach Tommy Tuberville after the game. "There was a flag on the field. You've got to work that out before you start looking at the replay. Unfortunately they did it the way you're not supposed to."
With 8:03 left in the fourth quarter, Auburn took the ball at their own 18 yard line and promptly marched down the field. Brandon Cox ultimately found Rod Smith for a three-yard score and a 24-23 lead.
Auburn' kickoff strategy was to kick the ball short and hard and try to deflect it off an LSU player—because they didn't want to kick it deep to Trindon Holiday.
As a result, LSU started the ensuing drive at their own 42.
Matt Flynn had two rushes that combined for 16 yards, and Richard Murphy picked up a key first down on 3rd-and-4 to move the chains and set up a 10-yard rush by Jacob Hester.
After a pass to Richard Dickson for no gain, Miles threw conventional wisdom out the window.
The clock was at 40 seconds when Flynn threw the pass to Dickson. Neither team used a timeout, and the clock ran down to eight seconds.
Finally, LSU snapped the ball.
Flynn saw Demetrius Byrd in man-to-man coverage against Auburn DB Jerraud Powers, so he lobbed it up for him.
Byrd came down with the ball to give the Tigers a 29-24 lead one tick remaining.
"They made a great call and a great catch," Powers said. "I had him covered."
It was a remarkable win for LSU—and they owe it to their remarkable (or at least remarkably ballsy) coach.
“This Auburn-LSU thing,” Miles said after the game, “I want you to know something: It’s not normal.”
The win catapulted the victorious Tigers to No. 3 in the BCS poll, thanks to the demise of South Florida at the hands of Rutgers on Thursday night.
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