TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Former LSU pitcher Brian Wilson attended Saturday’s LSU-Alabama after making a hilarious appearance as a guest picker on ESPN’s “College Game Day” program earlier that morning.
Wilson wore a No. 38 football jersey (he wears No. 38 with the San Francisco Giants) and an oversized football helmet. LSU senior associate athletic director Herb Vincent said Wilson originally requested a male cheerleader costume but changed his mind.
When it came time to pick a winner for the LSU-Bama game, Wilson donned a Tiger head complete with his signature mohawk hairstyle and bushy black beard. He also played a trumpet, blasting out “Hold that Tiger.”
ESPN’s Lee Corso donned a Tiger head as he picked LSU to win.
Wilson also wore yellow football-like gloves that, when positioned together, bore a purple mohawk and bushy beard logo on the palms.
Rough start for Miles
As the LSU team charged the field during introductions, LSU coach Les Miles took a tumble to the Bryant-Denny Stadium start. Miles got up, none the worse for wear, and got to coaching.
Brad Wing’s 73-yard punt in the fourth quarter was a career-long by 13 yards and the third-longest in LSU history behind Donnie Jones (86 vs. Kentucky, 2002) and Derek Helton (82 vs. Arkansas, 2010).
When he tried the left side of the LSU line late in the first quarter, Alabama running back Eddie Lacy found a familiar face zooming from the secondary to take him down.
LSU safety Eric Reid, a teammate of Lacy’s at Dutchtown High, stopped his fellow ex-Griffin for a 6-yard loss.
Lacy, limited in recent weeks by turf toe, had broken off a 20-yard run – the longest rushing play for either team in the first half – two plays earlier. Reid finished the first half with five tackles, matching Ryan Baker for the team lead.
Emmert in attendance
NCAA President and former LSU Chancellor Mark Emmert was one of the many famous faces in attendance at Saturday’s game.
“The atmosphere here is electric,” Emmert said.
“It feels like a BCS championship game.”
Emmert traveled here after attending the first half of the Texas-Texas Tech game in Austin earlier in the day.
“I like going to games and I try to get out and see how we’re doing on the ground,” Emmert said.
Among the other notables at Saturday’s game: Former Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice (a native of Birmingham); CBS Sports Chairman Sean McManus; SEC Commissioner Mike Slive; Sugar Bowl CEO Paul Hoolahan; former Alabama and New Orleans Saints quarterback Kenny Stabler; New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft; and former LSU Tigers Stephen Peterman, Kevin Mawae, Joseph “Nacho” Albergamo and Jamie Bice.
LSU defensive end Ken Adams limped off the field on the game’s first play from scrimmage. Adams, who reportedly had a sprained knee, missed the Tigers’ last game against Auburn.
Adams returned on the next possession.
Alabama cornerback DeQuan Menzie went down with 9:14 left in the second quarter but jogged off.
Miles featured in grass ad
Perhaps we should have seen this coming.
Miles, noted sideline grass chewer, is being featured in a new ad campaign promoting Louisiana’s turfgrass industry.
The campaign, created as part of the Louisiana Department of Agriculture’s and Forestry’s Specialty Crop Program, will feature Miles in billboard, print and Internet ads.
LSU’s first half-ending 19-yard field goal by Drew Alleman allowed the Tigers to improve to 39 of 40 in red zone scoring opportunities this season. … LSU quarterback Jordan Jefferson went over 5,000 yards in career total offense in the first half, while Alabama’s Trent Richardson went over 1,000-yards rushing for the season. … Representatives from eight bowls were in attendance Saturday: Sugar, Capital One, Cotton, Gator, Chick-fil-A, Outback, Pinstripe and Senior. … LSU returns home Saturday for its homecoming game against Western Kentucky. Kickoff is set for 6 p.m. in Tiger Stadium on ESPNU. … As part of its negotiations to get this year’s LSU-Alabama game moved to prime time, CBS agreed to a request by LSU Athletic Director Joe Alleva to put next year’s LSU-Bama game on in prime time in Tiger Stadium as well.
Advocate sportswriters Scott Rabalais, Les East and Scott Hotard contributed
to this report.