Friday's game against Arkansas didn’t start the way LSU was hoping it would. The Razorbacks leapt out to a 14-0 lead before LSU running back Kenny Hilliard pushed it into the end zone to make it a seven-point game.
But it was the next touchdown play that got all of the momentum in the Tigers' corner. LSU forced a three-and-out, and Arkansas was forced to punt it to Tyrann Mathieu, aka the "Honey Badger."
The call was for a punt down the left side of the field, but Dylan Breeding failed to do so. Mathieu caught the ball in the middle of the field at his own eight-yard line and took advantage of the blown assignment.
He made a fantastic cut, as seen in the video above, and it was all open field from there thanks to great blocking from the rest of the Tigers. You could tell he wanted to showboat more at the end of his run when he slowed down considerably, but Les Miles got the message across that that is unacceptable after punter Brad Wing had a touchdown called back.
Following the punt return, LSU outscored the Hogs 27-3 en route to a 41-17 victory.
It was the first big play for Mathieu in what was a huge day for him. On the very next drive for Arkansas, he forced a fumble, which LSU promptly turned into a touchdown five plays later.
As if that wasn’t enough, the Honey Badger continued to take what he wanted on Arkansas’ final possession, when he forced and recovered another fumble.
If he hadn’t been suspended earlier this season for using synthetic marijuana, he would one of the front-runners for the Heisman Trophy.
LSU faces Georgia next week in the SEC championship and will in all likelihood be playing for the national championship in January thanks to a lot of help from the Honey Badger.