Saturday, December 3, 2011
The Honey Badger returns
By Edward Aschoff
ATLANTA -- If LSU ever needed some sort of momentum, it was right before Tyrann Mathieu touched the ball on a Drew Butler punt.
LSU had zero first downs in the game with just over six minutes remaining in the second quarter and had gone three-and-out five times.
Georgia had held the Tigers to just 16 yards of total offense. LSU quarterback Jordan Jefferson is 1-of-6 passing for minus-2 yards.
With LSU fans itching to get back into this game, Mathieu fielded Butler's sky-high, 59-yard punt and went to work. The Honey Badger juked a defender, went right, stepped past a couple of more defenders, cut up through the middle of the field and jogged in while Butler tried helplessly to catch up.
Mathieu's 62-yard return gave LSU and its fans new life. It also quieted a Georgia crowd that has been overwhelmingly loud all day.
Is this the play that turns the game for the Tigers? Remember what he did against Arkansas last week and what it did for LSU?