Something happened, this past week in the NCAA. Something crazy, something shocking, something that almost threw the whole dynamic of the league into question. This near earth-shattering event happened during a game against the LSU Tigers and the Oregon Ducks.
Up until this point, the Ducks have looked nearly unstoppable. With a 7-1 record to their name, they looked as if they would roll over the creampuff Tigers, who boasted a reversed record of 1-7. The best team in the NCAA, far and away, was about to clash with the undisputed worst team in the league. Almost no heads turned to watch this game unfold; they brushed it aside, assuming it would be nothing more than a textbook stomp.
But that isn't what happened. In fact, in the 4th quarter, the Ducks found themselves trailing 24-17. The LSU offence and defense were pulling through, and forcing the nearly undefeated Ducks to respect their players and tactics. It took a shocking 4th quarter comeback and a clutch overtime field goal for Oregon to prevail, as originally predicted. However, the difficulty of the win stands as a testament to how far this LSU team has come.
Matthew Stanton, once again, put up 109 yards in the game, leading LSU receivers in the stat. Stanton has yet to play a game this season where he ends up with fewer than 100 receiving yards, a streak that may just be flirting with all-time NCAA records. Stanton's unstoppable tirade, combined with some help from a new receiving core, is helping to propel LSU to a much more respectable pedestal than they've been on all season.