I suppose I should apolgize to AA for using his "Best College Football Game Ever" tag, but I'm really enjoying this 20 point deficit.
Now we're talking! A deflected Quinn pass hangs in the air for what seemed like ages and it's picked off by LSU's free safety, who gets himself an unsportsmanlike penalty for underhanding the ball toward the Notre Dame bench, and I can only hope that Jeff Samardzija was the intended receiver. Notre Dame returns the favor on the next play with a late hit, and...oh, wait, LSU got the unsportmanlike penalty for their reaction to the uncalled late hit out of bounds. Another touchdown, and this game could get seriously ugly. It's tense out there, and LSU going for a flea flicker on the very next play couldn't help. And I'll tell you what, it was a perfect pass.
Now, I understand LSU's desire to put the final nail in Notre Dame's coffin, but why is JaMarcus Russell repeatedly throwing deep balls into double coverage? There are over twelve minutes left and you have a 20 point lead. Run the ball. I realize that Notre Dame has struggled on offense for most of the game, but they're really good. Why give them more possessions?
And just like that, Notre Dame goes one, two, three and out. LSU picks up a first down through the air, another on the ground, and we're ticking down to 10:00 left in the game. Les Miles was born in Ohio, played at Michigan, and now I know why so many LSU fans dislike him with that sort of background. His team continues to eat up yardage on the ground, and Notre Dame is fading quickly.
Charlie eats a record ninth-straight Irish bowl defeat
And it's like pow!, LSU running back Keiland Williams bursts off the right side for a touchdown and a 41-14 LSU lead. Honestly, if anyone needed this beating it was Notre Dame fans. Of course, everyone will still think Charlie Weis is a genius when the ballots are passed out in August and the preseason magazines are printed. However, Mr. Jesus With A Whistle still hasn't beaten a good team in his two years at Notre Dame. And yes, I fully realize they pasted Penn State in the second game of the year. They're not even ranked right now, and will barely sneak into the top 25 after beating Tennessee.
If I was Charlie Weis right now, I'd just call a bunch of running plays and get the hell out of the Superdome. The Irish run a few pointless plays and punt it back to LSU for what we can only hope is the last possession of the game. Les Miles, in a nice gesture, pulls his seniors and Russell (who may be playing his last game) on second down to give the crowd a chance to show their appreciation. The LSU coaches in the press box have unplugged and fled to the playing field, and it ain't nothin' but a good time for the Tigers. We're still facing the prospect of a Brady Quinn walk of shame, as LSU faced 3rd and 8. They come up two yards short and will undoutedly punt.
Charlie chooses wisely, and keeps Brady Quinn on the sideline. Notre Dame runs a pair of innocuous plays, and your final score is Lousiana State 41, Notre Dame 14.
Barring a post-game streak by Jeannie Zelasko or Terry Bradshaw, that'll do it for tonight's live blog. Thanks to Awful Announcing and all of you who have checked in or commented, it's been fun. Here's a final YouTube gift for you in honor of the fourth quarter comments.
Here's the boxscore.