Instant Karma, John Lennon
I’ve often referred to our old friend, Karma. You know….the old, “What comes around, goes around.” Well, last week Karma was alive and kickin’ and introduced herself squarely to LSU by paying back Kentucky for the “Bluegrass Miracle” five years ago. Kentucky enjoyed knocking off #1 until having to face the reality of the Florida Gators this past Saturday, although they hung tough. (Mark my words, folks. Kentucky is a GOOD team.)
Saturday, Karma showed up again, but this time on the side of the right Tigers…
Apt payback for last year’s rip off…
Now, to understand just how big LSU’s win over Auburn was, you have to understand the rivalry….and the substantial parity of teams of the SEC. There have been many close and controversial games between the two Tiger teams. The modern day rivalry started in 1988 with the re-alignment of the SEC, with the infamous “Earthquake Game”. Played at LSU against an Auburn team ranked #4 in the nation, LSU trailed Auburn 6-0 with 1:47 left to play. On 4th and goal, Tommy Hodson connected on a pass to Eddie Fuller to score the winning touchdown. The crowd eruption was so loud that it registered as an earthquake on the seismograph in the Geology department at LSU.
In 1994, LSU blew a 23-9 lead going into the 4th quarter to lose to Auburn 30-26, at Auburn. The next year in Death Valley, LSU won 12-6, assisted by a safety that Auburn QB Patrick Nix took when he heard an inadvertent whistle from the student section and quit on the play. Troy Twillie would intercept a pass in the end zone on the last play of the game to protect the win. I happened to be in a bar in Orange Beach, AL that night surrounded by Auburn fans. Ah, sweet victory.
In 1996, the old Auburn Sports Arena burned in the background of the stadium while the game played on. LSU intercepted a two point conversion attempt to beat Auburn 19-15 in a real “barn burner”.
In subsequent years, there’s been cigar smoking and jumping on the “eye of the tiger” by Auburn that provided ample motivation in fueling LSU’s passion in beating Auburn. After winning the National Championship in 2003, LSU was once again robbed at Auburn in 2004 by some “home cooking”. Auburn scored a touchdown late to tie the game, with an extra point attempt to go ahead. The kicker missed the field goal but LSU was called on a personal foul call because one of the defensive players landed upside down on the Auburn center. It is a call that was never before called and has not been called again since. Hmmmm.
Karma came calling again in 2005, when the “automatic” Auburn field goal kicker missed five…count ’em five, field goals to lose 20-17 to LSU in Death Valley. Robbed yet again in 2006 by a “home cooking” reversal of a pass interference/defensive holding call, LSU was the Karma recipient this year. A healthy spot on a 4th down play, and an escape from bad clock management at the end, the real Tigers live to fight another day.
Living in Lower Alabama, I take ample crap from Auburn and Alabama fans. I take great pleasure — all year long — in LSU victories over these erstwhile opponents. LSU is idle next week, sparing you from another rambling post on LSU football, but then face the Crimson Tide and ex-coach Nick Saban on November 3rd. Ranked #3 in the country, LSU lies in wait to get back to the #1 spot and controls their own destiny.
It’s great to be a Tiger fan today….an LSU Tiger fan.