7:38- We’re going to try a live blog during the game. If you have any comments put them up in the chat or in the comments box below.
7:43- LSU has suspended four players for “missing curfew”. Their suspensions will last at least one quarter. Among the suspensions are speedster Trindon Holliday, starting strong safety Jessie Daniels, and backup linebackers Kelvin Sheppard and Perry Riley. Who knows how long they will actually be out of the game, but “at least one quarter” reminds me an awful lot of Michigan State last season. Maybe they will be back just in time for overtime.
7:50 – Terry Bradshaw might sneak in some acting tips, especially if Brady takes the role as George Gipp. And I thought Failure to Launch was a viagra commercial.
7:57 – That’s the first American Idol promotion of the night. We might run out of fingers and toes by the time the night ends.
8:02 – a round of applause during the National Anthem when a blonde LSU cheerleader comes on the screen. Could we possibly have another USC song girl moment tonight? One can only hope.
8:13 – Chants of “L-S-U” can be distinctly heard through the Tiger’s band. Are we really that outnumbered?
8:18- Terry Bradshaw just called JaMarcus Russell “Big Vick”. Did we mention that he can throw the ball out of the stadium FROM HIS KNEES!
8:20- If the Irish win this game I would guess that the credit should go to the coaching. Charlie Weis, with a month to work, can work miracles. Les Miles, with a month to work, can mess things up pretty bad. We shall see.
8:24- Charlie seemed relatively chipper in his pre-game comments stating that he wants the team to come out relaxed and have fun as opposed to being all business. I like.
8:27- Big XII Officials for tonights game. Hopefully they preform a bit better than the Big XII bowl teams.
8:31- Almost an hour later the game is upon us. “Outlined against the backround of a well-lit dome” doesn’t exactly have the same ring to it… but its time for Kick-Off. Go Irish!
8:35- 3rd and long, Shark makes a nice catch on an out route, but hits the depender with the ball after the play. Personal Foul. Wonderful. 6 plays and a net of 5 yards on the drive.
8:39- Marcus Freeman drops a should-be first down pass. Nicely done. ND Punts. 12:09 left in the 1st.
8:40- So about that punt… a fake that doesn’t work and LSU has the ball at the 34. One play later the Tigers are inside the 5 yard line.
8:41- Tigers Touchdown. LSU 7 ND 0, 11:16 left in the 1st.
8:50- Irish come up short on third down and Price punts it into the end zone. Quinn is over-throwing almost all of his passes so far. He needs to settle down for the Irish to have a shot.
8:56- Minter calls a safety blitz and -SURPRISE SURPRISE- it doesn’t work. LSU is driving.
8:59- Play-Action, LSU Touchdown pass to Bowe. Nedu makes a bad read- once again. LSU 14 ND 0 6:03 left in the 1st.
9:08- Irish call a time out. Finally the offense is putting together a drive (aided by a personal foul facemask penalty). Points are a must, and I’m not talking about a field goal.
9:12- Great catch by David Grimes in double coverage for an IRISH TOUCHDOWN! On the scoreboard and back in the game. LSU 14 ND 7 1:26 left in the 1st quarter.
9:15- Howie- Did you like Pop Warner?
Terry- Yeah, and you?
Howie- Couldn’t make weight
Terry- Because your head is too big
9:18- JaMarcus Russell might be able to throw lightning bolts like Zeus, but IT’S A FUMBLE! Irish Ball at the 20. End of the 1st Quarter and the Irish are threatening.
9:24- Fade to the end zone and the ball bounces off of Shark’s helmet. Gioia shanks the field goal attempt wide right and the fumble goes for naught. LSU ball and Minter begins to sweat.
9:28- Nedu almost has a pick six on an LSU quick out. The pass goes off of his hands and is incomplete. Irish hold LSU to a three-and-out and Minter takes a deep breath.
9:30- Just a thought. I would be shocked if Gioia is back on the field for anything other than an extra point. It was a 32 yard field goal that was missed and the kick wasn’t even close. Howie made a comment earlier about coaches taking on the personality of their predecessors. Bill Parcells and Bill Belichick believe that all kickers should die. We shall see.
9:37- Howie Long tells us that he would like to play the flute. Intruiging. Meanwhile Darius Walker is moving the ball down the field with some shifty running.
9:40- Quinn goes deep and throws into double coverage. Jonathan Zenon makes the interception and LSU has the ball at the ND 1. Again the Irish fail to capitalize on a promising drive. Wasn’t that a reoccuring theme in our last contest?
9:43- About that interception. The play is reviewed and ruled an incomplete pass. I’m not sure if it really was a pick or not (I never saw the ball touch the ground), but either way the Irish have a second life.
9:50- About that second life. Quinn makes a terrible throw on third down and Zenon gets his interception. Play-action next play for LSU and they are back in Irish territory. At this point Zeus could throw a play-action fake with nobody in the backfield and our safeties would still bite.
9:55- The Irish Defense forces Russell out of the pocket and he throws it away on third down. LSU kicker Colt David pulls a Gioia and misses wide right! Irish Ball at the 20.
9:59- Walker takes a counter play off-tackle and gets a great block by Grimes. And moves the ball to the LSU 30. ANOTHER big block by Grimes on the next play and Walker runs down to the 13.
10:02- Quinn to Samardzija… TOUCHDOWN IRISH! We have a tie ball game and the Irish have 14 unanswered points. Gioia hits the kick (thank God) and the Irish are rolling. ND 14 LSU 14.
10:04- Aerial coverage provided by Budweiser tonight. Good thing Bud was there to provide aerial coverage for a game played in a dome.
10:09- The Irish secondary gets used coming out of a time out for a long throw to Early Doucet. 2 plays later Zeus runs it in for a touchdown. LSU 21 ND 14 1:15 left in the half.
10:16- Weis calls for a running play to end the half, a call that I’m not sure I agree with. It would have been nice to see the offense go deep with 26 seconds left and one time out. Nevertheless, LSU leads by 7 at the half.
The Irish have been able to run the ball but have been mediocre at best in the passing game. Quinn is just 11/25 passing but does have 124 yards and 2 touchdowns. Still, some of his reads are very poor and the LSU secondary has had its chances at interceptions. Darius Walker is running very well so far with 120 yards on 17 carries. #3 is having his best game of the year by far. The offensive line has played a fairly solid game so far.
Zeus is having a big game against our secondary, but then again who hasn’t had a career day against that crew. Russell is 9/15 for 162 yards and 1 touchdown. He’s averaging 11.2 yards per completion. Most of the long throws have gone to Early Doucet, who already has over 100 yards recieving on just 5 catches. Nedu has looked lost at times, especially on the play action. Rick Minter is sweating a Nile River in the press box… quite the image for those of you with an HDTV.
Still, it’s a close game to this point and the Irish are very much in it. LSU gets the ball at the start of the half.
10:42- Nearly 30 minutes later and we are back to football. LSU recieves and the 3rd quarter is off. Trindon Holliday, who was suspended earlier in the game along with 3 others, is back in the game. I would imagine the other three players are eligible now as well.
10:44- FUMBLE! Wooden forces and recovers a fumble on a Doucet reception and the Irish have the ball at the LSU 32. LSU calls a time out to challenge the play believing that Wooden never had possesion of the ball before going out of bounds. It looks like Wooden may have had the ball pinned to his hip until he was out of bounds but this is a close one.
10:49- The call is reversed according to the ref in the booth. LSU gets the ball back at their own 32 yard line.
10:52- Fox sideline reporter Jeanie Zelasko just got leveled on a tackle made by Ambrose Wooden. Best tackle a Notre Dame player has made this year. Meanwhile Early Doucet got another 4 yards after the catch.
10:54- LSU runs a fake field goal on fourth down and the kicker jukes out Terrail Lambert. The Irish secondary strikes again.
11:00- Colt David hits a field goal from about 26 yards. LSU 24 ND 14. Les Miles’ challenge proves to be a big help as LSU makes it a two score game.
11:03- Coach Weis says that Brady Quinn will be the third best quarterback in the NFL in within 3 years (Peyton Manning, Tom Brady……). Meanwhile, John Carlson decided to join everyone else and makes his first catch of the night for a first down. Big drive for the Irish, points are key.
11:07- Irish are stopped on third down and are forced to punt the ball away. I’m starting to hope that we see more from David Grimes as this game wraps up. Shark is being double covered and Rhema is having a hard time beating the jam. Grimes and Carlson should get some more looks, they seem to be a better option at this point.
11:13- LSU makes it’s way down the field but is held to just a field goal. LSU 27 ND 14. The Irish defense made a nice stand when it was needed and kept this a 2 possesion game. The Irish offense needs to get a touchdown on this next drive. Anything less spells trouble.
11:23- Jeanie has recovered and is talking to a tuba player. Meanwhile Notre Dame goes three and out and has to punt the ball away yet again. Yikes.
11:26- Maurice Crum just made a better tackle than when Jeanie went down earlier. Unfortunently he tackled Terrail Lambert and #20 is down for the count. The third quarter is winding down but not before Nedu gets burned once again for yet another LSU touchdown. LSU 34 ND 14. Rick Minter just called his real estate agent.
11:36- Rhema McKnight drops another pass -SHOCKING- and LSU picks off the deflection. Rhema would drop his first born son if the boy was handed to him. This game has gotten out of control. Its gotten ugly real quick.
11:42- Mike Richardson finds a ball in his grasp… not sure how it got there but he found it. Irish take control of the ball but still need a minor miracle to get back into this game. You have to give credit to Bo Pelini. This is the best scheme I have seen against our offense, including the SC game. The LSU defense is prepared at all times and I haven’t seen our offense shut down like this since Weis took control. Pelini would be the best commitment Weis could get this off-season. Rick Minter agrees.
11:46- The back judge had to leave the game with a hamstring injury. This would happen to most people if they had to chase the LSU recievers all game long. The Irish offense goes three and out once again and Geoff Price is back on the field. His foot has to be hurting by now.
11:54- Matador defense out of the Irish. Ole! Minter is trying on the spandex outfit and finding a cape.
11:58- This second half is about one thing- adjustments. LSU made them, Notre Dame didn’t. On offense the Irish have been stoned for the entire half (50 yards of total offense). Meanwhile, LSU just scored AGAIN. Jimbo Fisher and his offense are toying with Minter and the ND defense. LSU is running the ball every play and the Irish can’t do a thing. LSU 41 ND 14 7:16 still left in the game.
12:04- Down a gazillion points and the Irish are running. I had a feeling the Irish weren’t going to come out on top today, but this is much worse than any of us could have expected. If anything it gives me a shot at prizes in the UHND Open Forum pool. Geoff Price on to punt once again. He’ll be icing down that foot after the game.
12:10- The All-State Good Hands Play of the Game goes to Rhema McKnight.
12:12- The massacre has ended… finally. 4 and a half hours later and it’s time for the off-season. There’s a lot of work to do for next year, hopefully the staff gets busy (minus you know who).
Hope you all enjoyed this. Post-Bowl game coverage to come if you can handle it. It will be a long off-season, and next year will be trying, but the future is bright. Talent is on the way, just be patient.