LSU’s season has bitter ending
Posted: Wednesday, January 11, 2012 7:00 pm
By BRETT MARTEL
AP Sports Writer
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — One of the finest seasons LSU has ever had ended with coach Les Miles sitting somberly on a podium, his head tipped down slightly so the bill of the cap he wears on game days cast a shadow over his eyes.
The 2011 season will long be remembered as one in which LSU came within a victory of going down as one of the greatest college football teams.
The dream ended with the program’s most lopsided loss in several years in a stadium and city the Tigers have long considered a second home.
The Tigers knew Alabama was good enough to beat them. But they never expected to lose 21-0 after the extraordinary season they had leading up to the BCS title game in New Orleans.
“I told my team that it should hurt,” Miles said. “We fight like hell and we finished secondl.
“The good news is that there will be more resolve,” Miles added. “We’ve had a nice run here. We won a lot of games. … You cannot enjoy it any more than we have. In the same vein, it was painful as anything we’ve been through.”
LSU (13-1) has much to be proud of, holding a No. 1 ranking much of the season while winning the Southeastern Conference championship.
With the exception of the Tigers’ 9-6 overtime victory at Alabama on Nov. 5, all of their other wins came by at least 13 points.
Heading into their rematch with the Crimson Tide, the Tigers were averaging 38.5 points and giving up 10.5.
At that point, it was the most dominating season many around LSU could remember.
Most of their victories were so overwhelming that receiver Rueben Randle was confident the 2011 team would always have a special place in LSU history.
“I’m pretty sure we’re still going to considered one of the best,” Randle said. “We left some things out there, but we fought hard.”
Published in The Messenger 1.11.12