Rivalry Week is always good for some drama, theatrics and suspense and the battle for the Golden Boot between the LSU Tigers and Arkansas Razorbacks provided all of that and them some from Tiger Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
It all started swimmingly for the Tigers who got two touchdowns from Terrence Magee who picked up right where he left off vs. Texas A&M a week ago when he ran for a career-high149 yards in the win over the Aggies, but the second quarter was all Arkansas as they scored 10-unanswered points to take a 17-14 lead at halftime.
The second half started in the same fashion as Arkansas extended their lead in the third quarter to 27-21 after Hunter Henry’s second touchdown of the day. The freshman tight end was wide open on his two touchdown receptions for the game.
But the fourth quarter was all LSU as the Tiger’s defense finally woke up and took care of business late including a number of key stops on third down that allowed the LSU offense to try and regain the lead. The defense came up huge after LSU failed to convert on a fourth down that would have cut the lead to 27-24 and turned the ball back to the LSU offense, but then the Tiger Stadium crowd had fallen silent when Zach Mettenberger was injured.
With Mettenberger out for the game with a knee injury and inexperienced freshman, Anthony Jennings taking over, the Tigers started at their own one-yard line down by three with just over three minutes remaining. What ensued next would ensure that Jennings is a part of LSU lore forever.
LSU won 31-27 to keep the Golden Boot in Baton Rouge for another year. If you missed any of the action from Friday or want to relive the madness from Death Valley, check out these highlights from ESPN.