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January 6, 2012 | Chris Dufresne
Reporting from New Orleans -- Louisiana State has overcome a series of off-field obstacles to reach the Bowl Championship Series title game, including a midseason switch at quarterback. Jarrett Lee started the season after Jordan Jefferson was suspended for his role in a bar fight. Lee started the first nine games before Jefferson earned back his starting spot. "Both quarterbacks have been tremendous contributors," LSU Coach Les Miles said. "Both quarterbacks are great teammates… I think both players interact extremely well.
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August 25, 2012 | Chris Dufresne
Perched first and 10 at midfield in the last Bowl Championship Series title game, Louisiana State quarterback Jordan Jefferson darted 18 yards to the Alabama 32. It was then, midway through the fourth quarter, that LSU crossed midfield for the first time. Please, though, hold your applause. From there, a three-yard loss preceded a five-yard penalty, two incomplete passes and a fumble that gave Alabama possession at LSU's 40. These are the seared images of LSU's 21-0 whitewash defeat at the Superdome.
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August 21, 2011 | Chris Dufresne
Today's joke: Starting quarterback Jordan Jefferson and several unidentified teammates walk into a bar … Wait, it's no joke, so now what? After an emergency meeting of the Rankings Unity Council, it was determined the uncertainty surrounding the program's bayou boorishness required a message-sending countdown downgrade. Louisiana State, originally penciled at No. 5, moves to No. 10. Everyone else bumps up one spot in the rotation. Paul Dee would want it this way. This kind of behavior can be tolerated at our school, but never yours.
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August 10, 2012 | By Chris Dufresne
Louisiana State's quest for this year's national title took a big hit Friday when the school dismissed star cornerback Tyrann Mathieu for violating team policy. Or will LSU be just fine? The kid known as "Honey Badger" was an impact player in the secondary but the Tigers still have enough talent to challenge for this year's title. LSU debuts at No. 1 in the first USA Today coaches poll. It should be noted Mathieu was a non-factor in his team's 21-0 loss to Alabama in the BCS title game.
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December 3, 2011 | Chris Dufresne
Reporting from Atlanta -- Louisiana State got off to a slow start in Saturday's Southeastern Conference title game. That's slow as in molasses. The nation's No. 1 team was held to 12 first-half yards and zero first downs before shifting its transmission out of neural and into championship drive. Taking advantage of an early second-half fumble and a brilliant Tyrann Mathieu punt return, LSU overcame a three-point halftime deficit with two quick touchdowns strikes en route to a 42-10 win over Georgia before a crowd of 74,515.
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August 10, 2012 | By Chris Dufresne
Louisiana State's quest for this year's national title took a big hit Friday when the school dismissed star cornerback Tyrann Mathieu for violating team policy. Or will LSU be just fine? The kid known as "Honey Badger" was an impact player in the secondary but the Tigers still have enough talent to challenge for this year's title. LSU debuts at No. 1 in the first USA Today coaches poll. It should be noted Mathieu was a non-factor in his team's 21-0 loss to Alabama in the BCS title game.
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September 2, 2011 | Chris Dufresne
Did you hear? Saturday's two best games are being televised simultaneously. We dedicate this article to that ridiculous programming concept. Oregon and Louisiana State are playing in Arlington, Texas, at 5 p.m. PDT on Channel 7. Click Boise State plays Georgia in Atlanta at 5 p.m. on ESPN. Click Oregon vs. LSU is a game with huge national implications. Click Boise vs. Georgia is a game with huge implications. Click LaMichael James up the middle!
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January 8, 2012 | Chris Dufresne
No. 1 Louisiana State (13-0) and No. 2 Alabama (11-1) meet for the Bowl Championship Series national title Monday night in an all-Southeastern Conference rematch. LSU defeated Alabama, 9-6, in overtime Nov. 5 in Tuscaloosa, Ala. The SEC seeks its sixth straight title and eighth crown in the 14-year history of the BCS. LSU seeks to become the first team to win three BCS titles and Alabama is looking for its second BCS title after winning in the 2009 season. Alabama claims 13 national titles since getting its first in 1925 after a 20-19 win over Washington in the Rose Bowl.
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January 9, 2012 | By Chris Dufresne
Reporting from New Orleans -- Alabama did something Monday night even the best NFL teams don't do much anymore. The Crimson Tide played defense -- what a boring, antiquated, yesteryear concept. No. 2 Alabama pitched the first shutout in Bowl Championship Series title-game history with a 21-0 win over No. 1 Louisiana State at the Superdome. It also was the first shutout in the 14-year history of BCS bowl games. It was the second BCS title for Alabama, which won in 2009, and its 14th national title overall.
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January 9, 2012 | Bill Dwyre
From New Orleans -- Alabama's Crimson Tide football team had been hearing the song all week, at every rally and on every street corner of this LSU hyped-up city. Hold that Tiger. Hold that Tiger. And so it did. The Crimson Tide's 21-0 victory, the first-ever shutout in a national title game, got Alabama the $30,000 crystal bowl with the Bowl Championship Series' initials on it, and the final No. 1 ranking too. It will get the Tide little more, certainly not any sort of national groundswell of support as a team of legendary greatness.
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January 9, 2012 | By Chris Dufresne
Reporting from New Orleans -- Alabama did something Monday night even the best NFL teams don't do much anymore. The Crimson Tide played defense -- what a boring, antiquated, yesteryear concept. No. 2 Alabama pitched the first shutout in Bowl Championship Series title-game history with a 21-0 win over No. 1 Louisiana State at the Superdome. It also was the first shutout in the 14-year history of BCS bowl games. It was the second BCS title for Alabama, which won in 2009, and its 14th national title overall.
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January 9, 2012 | Bill Dwyre
From New Orleans -- Alabama's Crimson Tide football team had been hearing the song all week, at every rally and on every street corner of this LSU hyped-up city. Hold that Tiger. Hold that Tiger. And so it did. The Crimson Tide's 21-0 victory, the first-ever shutout in a national title game, got Alabama the $30,000 crystal bowl with the Bowl Championship Series' initials on it, and the final No. 1 ranking too. It will get the Tide little more, certainly not any sort of national groundswell of support as a team of legendary greatness.
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January 8, 2012 | Chris Dufresne
No. 1 Louisiana State (13-0) and No. 2 Alabama (11-1) meet for the Bowl Championship Series national title Monday night in an all-Southeastern Conference rematch. LSU defeated Alabama, 9-6, in overtime Nov. 5 in Tuscaloosa, Ala. The SEC seeks its sixth straight title and eighth crown in the 14-year history of the BCS. LSU seeks to become the first team to win three BCS titles and Alabama is looking for its second BCS title after winning in the 2009 season. Alabama claims 13 national titles since getting its first in 1925 after a 20-19 win over Washington in the Rose Bowl.
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January 8, 2012 | By Lance Pugmire
Kirk Herbstreit is his generation's Keith Jackson. The broadcasting face of college football will wrap up more than four months of keeping up with the sport's frenetic news cycle by analyzing Monday night's Bowl Championship Series title game on ESPN at New Orleans Superdome. The former Ohio State quarterback and current "College GameDay" analyst with Lee Corso traversed the nation weekly along with host Chris Fowler and co-analyst Desmond Howard to the country's best games.
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January 7, 2012 | Chris Dufresne
Jordan Jefferson knows how lucky he is. Louisiana State's senior quarterback nearly ruined a dream season when his involvement in a preseason bar fight led to a four-game suspension. "I did imagine that," he said Saturday. "And I was going to do whatever it took to get back to this position. " Jarrett Lee started the Tigers' first nine games before Jefferson regained his starting spot Nov. 12 against Western Kentucky. Jefferson finished the season with 684 yards passing with six touchdowns and one interception.
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January 6, 2012 | Chris Dufresne
Reporting from New Orleans -- Louisiana State has overcome a series of off-field obstacles to reach the Bowl Championship Series title game, including a midseason switch at quarterback. Jarrett Lee started the season after Jordan Jefferson was suspended for his role in a bar fight. Lee started the first nine games before Jefferson earned back his starting spot. "Both quarterbacks have been tremendous contributors," LSU Coach Les Miles said. "Both quarterbacks are great teammates… I think both players interact extremely well.
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December 3, 2011 | Chris Dufresne
reporting from atlanta -- Is it time for a rematch, or time to reconsider? Should the title game be a do-over between Louisiana State and Alabama or a move-over featuring LSU vs. Oklahoma State? Is everyone braced for college football's version of Truman's comeback victory over Dewey? Not even Oklahoma State Coach Mike Gundy believed his No. 3 Cowboys had a chance of passing No. 2 Alabama this week in the Bowl Championship Series standings. Gundy, foolishly, came out this week and said even he would vote Alabama No.2.
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December 3, 2011 | Chris Dufresne
Reporting from Atlanta -- Louisiana State got off to a slow start in Saturday's Southeastern Conference title game. That's slow as in molasses. The nation's No. 1 team was held to 12 first-half yards and zero first downs before shifting its transmission out of neural and into championship drive. Taking advantage of an early second-half fumble and a brilliant Tyrann Mathieu punt return, LSU overcame a three-point halftime deficit with two quick touchdowns strikes en route to a 42-10 win over Georgia before a crowd of 74,515.
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December 3, 2011 | Chris Dufresne
reporting from atlanta -- Is it time for a rematch, or time to reconsider? Should the title game be a do-over between Louisiana State and Alabama or a move-over featuring LSU vs. Oklahoma State? Is everyone braced for college football's version of Truman's comeback victory over Dewey? Not even Oklahoma State Coach Mike Gundy believed his No. 3 Cowboys had a chance of passing No. 2 Alabama this week in the Bowl Championship Series standings. Gundy, foolishly, came out this week and said even he would vote Alabama No.2.
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