Jan 1, 2014; Tampa, Fl, USA; LSU Tigers safety Craig Loston (6) reacts after they stopped him on third down during the second half at Raymond James Stadium. LSU Tigers defeated the Iowa Hawkeyes 21-14. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Craig Loston plays best game of LSU career in Outback Bowl

I’m trying not to be a prisoner of the moment after LSU’s 21-14 win over Iowa in the Outback Bowl, but after a couple hours have passed since the clock hit triple zero in Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla. I think we saw the best game of Craig Loston’s career today.

The 6-2, 205-pound senior safety has fought through a litany of injuries during his time at LSU, including this season when injuries kept him out of four games, but he saved his best for last and made a number of clutch plays for LSU today.

Loston made a jarring stick on an Iowa receiver after their reverse pass and stuck his shoulder into the chest of the would-be receiver and the pass fell incomplete. Iowa completes that pass and they get a big gain and some much-needed momentum.

He wasn’t done there as he intercepted C.J. Beathard on 4th-and-1 with LSU clinging to a seven-point lead at the LSU six-yard line. He finished with six solo tackles in addition to those two high-impact plays.

Social media was buzzing with superlatives with the play of Loston today. Here is a sampling from media members across the country:

Todd McShay ranks Loston as the No. 3 safety in the class and the No. 07 player overall. In a relatively thin year for the position, if Loston can come to the combine and show he’s healthy and impress talent evaluators with his physical skills to go along with his stellar intangibles, he could find himself in the late second or early third round range in the 2014 NFL draft.

From a collegiate standpoint it was wonderful to see a player who has given so much to LSU the past five years go out on top.

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