LSU won a football game tonight, but in all of my many, many years of following the Tigers I have never walked away from a win feeling so much like a loss.
As good as the Tigers looked at moments in the first half, against a severely depleted North Carolina team, they came out in the second half displaying an anemic offensive effort and an attitude that seemingly said a 20 point lead was enough.
The Tar Heels thought otherwise. They showed tremendous heart and a refusal to give up to a team that had struck quickly against them in the 2nd quarter.
The Tigers had numerous opportunities to put UNC away in the 2nd half, but inconsistent play on offense and numerous inexplicable breakdowns in the proud secondary let the Tar Heels right back in it.
Most notably were Stephan Ridley’s touchdown being called back by a holding call on guard T Bob Hebert and Morris Claiborne’s blown coverage on a 97 yard touchdown pass by UNC.
With a 20 point lead you could begin to see the possibility of 21 points being scored by the Tar Heels before it was all over. How very close that came to being reality.
Despite the sour taste that this LSU win left for many of us, there was some stellar individual play, by a number of Tigers, starting with Patrick Peterson.