Wacky. Wild. Crazy. Insane. Ridiculous.
All of those terms are appropriate in describing LSU’s 2015 football season – the one that ended Tuesday night with, of course, a bizarre result. The Tigers scored more points (56) than they ever had in a bowl game in beating Texas Tech in the Texas Bowl.
LSU’s offensive coordinator, Cam Cameron, needed prostate surgery during preseason camp, and head coach Les Miles was rushed to a hospital for, allegedly, drinking too much coffee, he said.
An LSU home game was canceled for the first time in nearly 100 years, and running back Leonard Fournette became, at one point, the biggest Heisman Trophy favorite so early in a season in a decade or more.
LSU hosted a road game against South Carolina at Tiger Stadium, and Hollywood star Tom Cruise attended his first ever college football game in Tiger Stadium – LSU vs. Florida.
The Tigers lost three straight games by double digits for the first time since 1966, and their head coach was carried off the field in the regular season finale – most in attendance believing he’d coached his final game at LSU.
Take a deep breath.
Here’s The Advocate’s “Bests” of a wild, wacky, crazy, insane and ridiculous 2015 season.
- This was an easy decision. The 6-1, 230-pounder set school records for rushing TDs (21) and yards (1,953) and became the first SEC player to run for 200-plus yards in three straight games.
- Jones finished his senior season by leading the team in tackles with 100.
Winner: Ed Orgeron
- In his first season mentoring LSU’s defensive line, the Tigers finished the year with 34 sacks – 15 more than they had in one more game played last season.
- Grimes’ O-line helped pave the way for Fournette and, despite a mid-season lull, excelled.
- The clash between No. 6, LSU, and No. 8, Florida, lived up to the hype. The Tigers executed a flea-flicker and converted a fake FG, while getting a late, gritty effort from the defense to win 35-28.
- This emotional affair included a game-sealing 13-play, 8-minute drive and a coach being carried off the field.