Here’s a couple quick thoughts on the Tigers’ win over the Razorbacks.
What it means: LSU remained in SEC Championship and BCS bowl contention with their defeat of Arkansas this afternoon. The Tigers need Alabama to lose to Auburn tomorrow, along with Texas A&M to win against Missouri in order to make it to the SEC Championship. Arkansas fell to 4-8 on the season overall and 2-6 in the conference, ending the John L. Smith era to the delight of many Arkansas fans.
What I liked: LSU’s defense was bringing the wood today. They looked fast and physical. Barkevious Mingo and Kevin Minter came to play and put multiple big hits on the Hogs. The Tigers also forced two turnovers on a Tyler Wilson interception and a fumble recovery.
On a side note, we’re going to miss Wilson and Cobi Hamilton in the SEC. Wilson threw for 359 yards and one touchdown, and Hamilton caught 10 passes for 98 yards in their final game for the Hogs. Wilson broke the career passing record at Arkansas today, and it was a fitting end to a brilliant career.
Knile Davis also played his best game today. He carried seven times for 31 yards and caught five passes for 52 yards. There was a burst today that he hasn’t had all season.
What I didn’t like: Arkansas’ coaching decisions in the second half were increasingly frustrating. Coach Smith elected to kick a field goal from inside the 5-yard line and cut the lead to 17-13. He should have gone for it. Also, Arkansas was driving in the second half around LSU’s 40-yard line and Smith elected to punt rather than go for the first down. You have nothing to lose. I did not understand either of those two calls.
Zach Mettenberger took a step back today from the last couple of weeks. Mett held onto the ball too long and overshot receivers just like he did earlier in the season. But you have to credit Arkansas’ defensive effort, too. Mett finished 16 of 29 for 217 yards and one touchdown.
Key play: LSU WR Jarvis Landry’s 22-yard one-handed touchdown catch was a thing of beauty, and it should be the catch of the year. He caught eight passes for 75 yards and one touchdown.
What’s next: Arkansas’ season is over, and they will likely announce they will not retain John L. Smith soon. LSU, on the other hand, still has a possible SEC Championship berth and a BCS bowl to look forward to. It’s sit and wait time for the Tigers.
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