Sugar Bowl Live Blog: It's All About Length

Wednesday, January 03, 2007

Deep in LSU territory, Quinn lofts a perfect pass to Samareifeuajia, but Jeff loses it in the lights. Or the ceiling. The ball actually glanced off the helmet of the dumbfounded Samardzija. On fourth and 5, Notre Dame attempts a short field goal, which drifts wide right.

Back from commercial and the discussion is whether Charlie Weis should've gone for it on 4th and 5 from the 16 instead of attempting the field goal. Classic 20/20 hindsight, but it's only a 33 yard field goal attempt! High school kids make that! It was essentially a free three points for a team that had already pissed away a touchdown with a failed fake punt.

LSU on offense now, it's 3rd and 10 following two nearly-picked Russell passes. Remember, he's streaky. He's also wrapped up six yards short of the first down on the subsequent play, and LSU trots out the punt team. Replay shows that Russell fumbled AGAIN, but it goes unnoticed by Kenny, Howie, and Terry. I'm telling you, if there's one guy who can win this game for Notre Dame, it's The Immense And Lengthy JaMarcus Russell. Punt, fair catch, commercial, beer run.

Whoa, guys! Careful on those 20,000 foot ladders! It's only a crystal football, you can probably pick one up at Nick Saban's garage sale in Miami.

In a stunning admission, Terry Bradshaw says that he didn't go to LSU because he couldn't pass the SAT test. And by "stunning", I mean stunning that he admitted it. Meanwhile, Notre Dame is taking what LSU gives them, which is six yard chunks of real estate. McKnight makes a nice bobbling catch, and ND is now at the LSU 39. Quinn goes deep for Samardzija and the LSU safety and cornerback converge for the interception near the goal line. You can't say Notre Dame hasn't had its share of chances in this game. Still, they're a JaMarcus Russell goal line fumble away from a tie game.

Back from commercial and the interception is reviewed and overturned! More bonus points for Terry Bradshaw, who correctly notes that the ball never touched the ground. Sadly, Bradshaw isn't wearing stripes tonight and the pass will go down as incomplete in tonight's boxscore. Not a single replay showed the ball hitting the ground. Let's remember that. It's 3rd and 8 on the LSU 36, and this is four down territory. Quinn throws an unconscionable interception under a heavy rush by LSU, and the Tigers hit a 30 yard pass after taking over on their own 42. The ball is fumbled as the receiver is tackled and whistles are blown. Charlie Weis is convinced that he can challenge this, but he's wrong.

I could be wrong, but I think Howie Long made a "Scrooged" joke with his "take Walt off the list for a towel and give him a VCR" comment. Am I imagining that?

The Tigers line up for a field goal and their kicker sails the ball directly over the "S" in LSU. Unfortunately, the "LSU" is badly off-center and the kick sails wide right.

I hate to brag (no, I don't), but you'll notice that Brady Quinn gets rattled under pressure, JaMarcus Russell is eminently capable of bone-headed, bed crapping plays, and both teams' kicking units blow. I warned you.

Notre Dame is tearing LSU apart with their running game, and worms its way down to the LSU 10 yard line for a 3rd and 6. Samardzija easily ditches the LSU corner at the line of scrimmage, the safety is late to the party, and Quinn ties the game at 14-14 with a touchdown pass.

2:25 left in the second quarter, and this is suddenly a crucial point in the game for LSU. They need a few first downs at the very least. Giving Notre Dame the ball now could be a big problem. With that in mind, LSU breaks a 20 yard run and Fox inexplicably cuts to some sort of weird semi-psuhup routine by the Notre Dame band. In the middle of the play. Well played, Fox.

Notre Dame calls timeout just as LSU throws a lateral pass to Early Doucet, and I swear Doucet was getting ready to throw the ball downfield. Les Miles is not amused. Russell lobs a lengthy pass to Doucet, and LSU is at the Irish 5. They run a QB draw, and Russell plods his way to six points. Still 1:15 left for Notre Dame to tie it up before halftime. 21-14, LSU.

Howie just called these the "top two quarterbacks in the country." Okay. Terry followed that up with, "I don't care about your size or how strong your arm is, but if you panic, you can't play quarterback." He would've LOVED Zack Mills.

Notre Dame makes a weak attempt at a scoring drive, but lets time run out before they even make it to midfield. It's a seven-point lead for LSU at halftime, which is a fair representation of the first half. Each team is playing relatively well, but just poorly enough to keep its opponent in the game.

I love a good halftime fan-attempted field goal, and a Notre Dame fans hooks a 25-yarder for the consolation prize of $10,000. That would make him the sixth highest paid Ohio State Buckeye!

Posted by Scrappled at 9:20 PM


Just thought I'd point out for those that don't watch LSU on a regular basis: this is probably the first game this year where FB Jacob Hester didn't touch the ball at least twice during a quarter.

BF said...
Jan 3, 2007, 9:33:00 PM  

Wait a minute...

Charlie Weis has a kid in eighth grade...

He has eight years left on his Notre Dame contract...

He plans to be at Notre Dame until his kid graduates high school...

Something doesn't add up.

Brian said...
Jan 3, 2007, 9:34:00 PM  

LSU's run defense is not looking very good right now. Not at all.

Jan 3, 2007, 9:36:00 PM  

That's a beautiful pick there.

Brady will be perfect for the Raiders.

Signal to Noise said...
Jan 3, 2007, 9:40:00 PM  

Saw yesterday that Brady is lobbying to play for the Browns.....umm okay?

Jan 3, 2007, 9:41:00 PM  

isn't brady from ohio? maybe he wants to close to home....

awful gf said...
Jan 3, 2007, 9:42:00 PM  


Jan 3, 2007, 9:43:00 PM  

Oooh, this is being reviewed!

Jan 3, 2007, 9:43:00 PM  

AA - Brady clearly wants to continue to be the beloved player on a sub-par team for the rest of his football life.

Signal to Noise said...
Jan 3, 2007, 9:43:00 PM  

bad bad call....paid off...

awful gf said...
Jan 3, 2007, 9:44:00 PM  

Make up your mind, Big 12 officials. If you can't bobble the ball before making a reception, than the earlier catch by ND should be invalidated.

The ONLY way that catch should be overturned is if Xenon had stepped out of bounds after he took it off his forearm.

... Never mind.

BF said...
Jan 3, 2007, 9:48:00 PM  

Now that one will not be called back.

Signal to Noise said...
Jan 3, 2007, 9:48:00 PM  

Another damn review....come on.

Jan 3, 2007, 9:49:00 PM  


awful gf said...
Jan 3, 2007, 9:50:00 PM  

Are Big 12 officials really this stupid? If Notre Dame gets the ball out of this, I'm planning to subpoena some bank records.

Jan 3, 2007, 9:53:00 PM  

And there's Jacob Hester, bf!

Jan 3, 2007, 9:53:00 PM  

Is Jacob Hester...Devin Hester's brother?

Jan 3, 2007, 9:54:00 PM  

Jacob Hester is actually proud of being related to Terry Bradshaw?

He just lost some points.

Signal to Noise said...
Jan 3, 2007, 9:54:00 PM  

Shank it up kickers.

Jan 3, 2007, 9:56:00 PM  

I didn't mind that play, running up the score.

Hester was obviously the 3rd or 4th receiver in the progression. It's when Miles calls 10 plays a game with Hester as Option #1 where you want to smack him and say "Hey coach, you do realize that Bowe, Doucett, Davis, Vincent, Broussard, Scott, LaFell, Holliday, .... are all on the roster."

BF said...
Jan 3, 2007, 9:59:00 PM  

LSU is making a third round pick out of Darius Walker.

Signal to Noise said...
Jan 3, 2007, 9:59:00 PM  

Oh, I thought you actually wanted Hester to get the ball!

Jan 3, 2007, 10:01:00 PM  

Just keep throwing it to Smardjzdzjda.

Jan 3, 2007, 10:02:00 PM  

theres that rudy song again...

awful gf said...
Jan 3, 2007, 10:03:00 PM  

Quinn to Samardjizzer.

I am unimpressed by the ND cheerleader squad.

The USC Song Girls should be at EVERY college football game.

Signal to Noise said...
Jan 3, 2007, 10:05:00 PM  

Hahahahahahahahahaha....that was too funny. Middle of the run and they cut to a chick getting tossed in the crowd.

Jan 3, 2007, 10:05:00 PM  

"He said he spent too much time in the ding dong aisle and not the salad aisle"- Howie

Jan 3, 2007, 10:06:00 PM  

JaMarcus Russell is eminently capable of bone-headed, bed crapping plays

Clearly, we have an aspiring Culpepper playing QB for LSU...

Signal to Noise said...
Jan 3, 2007, 10:07:00 PM  

“I don’t need secruity where I live…” that was a little snooty

awful gf said...
Jan 3, 2007, 10:08:00 PM  

I'm highly impressed with that LSU dance team, though. They be foine.

Jan 3, 2007, 10:09:00 PM  

Awful GF - I figured Terry meant he lived far enough out in the woods that he could just shoot any trespassers himself.

Brian said...
Jan 3, 2007, 10:11:00 PM  


awful gf said...
Jan 3, 2007, 10:12:00 PM  

JaMarcus Russell has a frickin gun, are there any SEC people here? am I late to the party with that??

Jan 3, 2007, 10:12:00 PM  

ta tell ya, I'm tellin ya, look, you gotta be kiddin me? Are you kiddin me??? Look, have you ever seen a 260lb man run like that?

You gotta be kiddin me.

Paul Maguire.

A joy is hearing Bob Greesey try to put together a thought after Maguire blasts a verbal fart in his face.

good stuff, on the wireless.

Michael said...
Jan 3, 2007, 10:13:00 PM  

RUTS - I wouldn't mind partying with the LSU dance squad at all.

Signal to Noise said...
Jan 3, 2007, 10:13:00 PM  

Darius Walker topped the 100 yard mark rushing in under a half. Shame on you, LSU run defense.

Signal to Noise said...
Jan 3, 2007, 10:14:00 PM  

wasting - "6'6", 260, laser rocket arm...."

Signal to Noise said...
Jan 3, 2007, 10:16:00 PM  

RUTS keep your penn st. gripes to yourself!!

Jan 3, 2007, 10:16:00 PM  


JaMarcus is the real deal. However, talk radio here in Baton Rouge HATES him and have been crying for Matt Flynn and/or Ryan Perriloux every other week.

BF said...
Jan 3, 2007, 10:16:00 PM  

bf - Baton Rouge talk radio doesn't care about black people.

Signal to Noise said...
Jan 3, 2007, 10:18:00 PM  

Jeannie Zelasko has gone from MLB studio host to college fb sideline reporter? that is a pretty hard fall no?

(bear with me if someone else has already made that joke)

Jan 3, 2007, 10:20:00 PM  

I know that FOX is trying to make a big deal about LSU getting killed in Time of Possession. I say blame it on JaMarcus's insistence on throwing bombs to the 5.

BF said...
Jan 3, 2007, 10:24:00 PM  

I don't know, how many sideline reporters does Fox really have? Pam Oliver and Tony Siragusa? I'm not sure they have a particularly long roster of sideline talent.

Jan 3, 2007, 10:32:00 PM  

pam oliver and tony siragusa! wow, both ends of the asthetic spectrum there!

Jan 3, 2007, 10:33:00 PM  

A funny sidenote as we're waiting for the third quarter. Once, at an Eagles game, my drunk friend screamed non-stop at Pam Oliver. "THERE SHE IS, FOLKS! PAM FUCKING OLIVER! PAM OLIVER! LOOK AT HER GO!" He repeated this for the next three hours. Pam Fucking Oliver!

Okay, new thread time.

Jan 3, 2007, 10:40:00 PM  

oh yeah I forgot, Ohio State is the ONLY PROGRAM that has players that "benefit" from playing fb...

Jan 3, 2007, 10:45:00 PM  

I love a good halftime fan-attempted field goal, and a Notre Dame fans hooks a 25-yarder for the consolation prize of $10,000. That would make him the sixth highest paid Ohio State Buckeye! that's funny.

Jan 3, 2007, 10:45:00 PM  

Pam Oliver should be in the studio, not on the sideline!
FOX Sports had better take their head out of their a** because it's obvious that Pam knows more about football than Howie Long or Jimmy Johnson. Besides, most normal men would rather look at Pam than anyone else in sports broadcasting, especially unattractive men in suits!

Carl said...
Jan 22, 2007, 8:31:00 AM  

I think the Patriots defense would have held up yesterday if they had a decent defensive coordinator. Peyton Manning is good, but why didn't the Pats have adequate defensive line subs when their starters got fatiqued in the second half?

Carl said...
Jan 22, 2007, 8:34:00 AM  

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