Les Miles followed what he called a “rough” Friday night with a “great” Saturday.
Miles’ mother died Friday night. Martha Miles’ cause of death was not immediately known. She was 91.
Her death came a day before No. 24 LSU beat No. 3 Ole Miss 10-7 in a classic showdown nationallytelevised by ESPN.
Miles told the team of her passing Friday night, he said after the game.
“Miss you, Mom,” the coach said at one point during his postgame press conference.
“Had a rough night last night,” Miles said. “... This is a great night.”
Miles lost his father, Hope “Bubba” Miles, to a stroke in 2000, and his sister, Ann Hope Browne, in a car wreck in 2011. Miles’ mother lived in an assisted-living home in Baton Rouge.
Miles was notified of her death at about 8 p.m. Friday. Karl Malone, the former NBA star and father of LSU offensive lineman K.J. Malone, was one of the first to tweet condolences to LSU’s 10th-year coach.
“I would like to say to my grasshoppers, please have a moment of silence for Coach Les Miles, (whose) mother passed last night,” Malone tweeted at about noon Saturday.
“After the game, I can’t tell you the number of young men who put their arms around me and said, ‘Love ya, Coach,’ ” Miles said. “Touching as anything.”
“They handed me the game ball, which I only accept on behalf of a great team,” the coach said.
Martha and Hope Miles each had a daughter from previous marriages, but Les was their first child together. Three more children followed: Mark, Ann Hope and Eric.
LSU missed an opportunity to score a touchdown on its first possession when, on first-and-10 from the Ole Miss 16, tailback Leonard Fournetteappeared to be stopped after a 1-yard gain.
Fournette was in the process of being spun down when he put his right hand on the turf and managed to keep his backside from touching the ground. He alertly stayed on his feet and ran to the Ole Miss 5 before being tackled.
To the chagrin of LSU fans watching the replay on the giant screens, referee David Smith ruled the play ended with an inadvertent whistle and, three plays later, Colby Delahoussaye missed a 28-yard field-goal attempt.
Mike the no-show
Another Saturday night in Tiger Stadium, another no-show by LSU’s Bengal tiger mascot, Mike VI.
For the sixth time in as many home games, Mike was a no-show for his traditional pregame trip around Tiger Stadium in a traveling cage. Mike’s handlers have said he will not be forced out of his habitat and into the smaller cage if he was not agreeable to going.
In his seven-year “career” as LSU’s mascot, Mike VI has not made the trip into the stadium in 17 of 49 home games.
Suzanne Klang and Linea Rein, the widow and daughter of former LSU football coach Bo Rein, were recognized during a timeout in the first quarter.
Rein was head coach for six weeks after the 1979 season but was killed along with pilotLouis Benscotter in a plane crash in January 1980 while returning from a recruiting trip to Shreveport.
In their first visit to Tiger Stadium, Linea Rein held a framed photo of her father while her mother acknowledged cheers from the crowd.
For the first time this season, LSU did not list sophomore Anthony Jennings and true freshman Brandon Harris as co-starters at quarterback.
Jennings and Harris had been listed as co-starters — with “or” between their names — through fall camp and since the season opener in each depth chart released by the school.
Since Harris’ rough start at Auburn, he has not seen significant playing time.
A rare miss
Delahoussaye missed a 28-yard field goal attempt on LSU’s opening drive, just the sophomore’s second miss of his career.
Delahoussaye was 20-of-21 on field goals before the miss, and he had made 11 straight dating to a miss Oct. 26, 2013, against Furman. He missed that 28-yarder, from the left hash, to the left.
Catholic High kicker Jack Gonsoulin committed to LSU on Saturday night, Catholic coach Dale Weiner said. Gonsoulin is LSU’s 16th commitment of the 2015 signing class. … LSU got to see former signee Jeremy Liggins early. Ole Miss inserted the 300-pound Liggins at quarterback during a short third down on its second drive of the game. Liggins ran for 3 yards, picking up a first down. … LSU’s guest captains were Billy Cannon, Bert Jones, Bradie James and Billy Baggett. … Before the game, recipients of the Charles Y. McClendon Scholarship Program, which awards aid for college educations to children of former Tigers who played under the legendary coach, were recognized. This year, 34 students received $60,000 in financial aid.