It seems like ages have passed since LSU last took the field for a game. The opponent was a Texas team, Les Miles future was in doubt, and LSU pulled together a victory that saved them from finishing the season on a four game slide. The Tigers may have saved Les Miles’ job in the process.
It really has been ages (literally) since the last time LSU and Texas Tech squared off on the gridiron. The teams last played in a 1957 matchup that Billy Cannon played in.
That Texas Tech vs LSU game was nearly 60 years ago, making this reunion long overdue.
However, this isn’t the only reunion we will see on the field.
Oct 3, 2015; Arlington, TX, USA; A Texas Tech Red Raiders football helmet on the field prior to the game against the Baylor Bears at AT&T Stadium. The Bears defeat the Red Raiders 63-35. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports
One of the Texas Tech coaches is familiar with the Tigers. Defensive Coordinator Dave Gibbs coached Auburn against the Tigers in 2005, which was Les Miles’ first season. His Auburn team did very well slowing down Jamarcus Russell, but not so well with Joseph Addai and LSU won the game by a score of 20-17.
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LSU also has several Texas recruits on the roster who have played against Texas Tech players.
Texas Tech TE Evan McHugh should remember LSU backup QB Justin McMillan, although the memories may not be fond ones.
McMillan’s Cedar Hill HS team knocked McHugh’s Cooper HS team out of the playoffs on the way to wining the Texas State Championship.
LSU Safety Jalen Mills did the same thing to Texas Tech RB Quinton White’s A&M Consolidated HS team, during Mills’ senior year at Desoto HS.
Oct 18, 2014; Baton Rouge, LA, USA; LSU Tigers safety Jalen Mills (28) breaks up a pass intended for Kentucky Wildcats wide receiver T.V. Williams (82) in the second half at Tiger Stadium. LSU defeated Kentucky 41-3. Mandatory Credit: Crystal LoGiudice-USA TODAY Sports
Texas Tech WR Zach Austin and DT Lonzell Gilmore don’t have very good memories of LSU players, either.
When Colin Jeter was at Longview, they knocked Austin’s Lake Travis team out of the playoffs; and when Toby Weathersby was at Westfield in Houston, they knocked Gilmore’s Spring HS out of the playoffs.
The LSU side seems to have gotten the best of things in most of these matchups.
If the best predictor of future performance is past results, then LSU will have an edge over the Red Raiders in the Texas Bowl…..