Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Retro-Tigers Played like Modern-Day Cornhuskers

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Retro-Tigers Played like Modern-Day Cornhuskers

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BATON ROUGE, La. -- Nobody thought these one-dimensional

throwbacks from the past had a chance against this versatile

contraption of the future. Nobody. This was supposed to be the

Pentium chip vs. the abacus, fiber-optics vs. smoke signals;

stone age vs. Star Wars.

Well, guess what. The No. 1-ranked Florida Gators may have

turned the Southeastern Conference into a new-age passing

league, but LSU took the retro route and shocked the college

football world last night. Old zipper shirts are back in, and

after last night's shocking 28-21 upset of the Gators, so, too,

is the LSU running game.

"We were sick and tired of hearing that we had no chance to

win," said LSU running back Kevin Faulk, who ran for 87 of LSU's

158 rushing yards. "They scored 56 on us last year, but we came

out and took this game tonight. And nobody can say anything

about that, nobody can take this away."

First, the Tigers pulverized and tenderized the Gators' vaunted

defense on the ground and then they shredded and threaded it

through the air. And then the second-largest crowd in Tiger

Stadium history celebrated the coup by ripping the goal posts

from their concrete roots and screaming and screeching into the

breezy Louisiana night.

The dictator had been toppled; Florida's long and oppressive

rule of the SEC was over -- at least for one magical night. For

the first time in 25 league games, the Gators had been conquered

in the biggest thrill this city has seen since Billy Cannon ran

that punt back in 1959.

And we thought that old Death Valley mystique was just

something the oldtimers reminisced about. Hearing the tired

tales of Tiger Stadium's noise and noxiousness had grown as

wearisome as listening to your parents talk about how much

better music used to be back in the '50s. Tiger Stadium, it

seemed, had become the Bill Haley and the Comets of college

football stadiums. …

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