LSU developed a reputation for trickery under Les Miles. “The Mad Hatter” loved mixing it up on special teams as much as Mike the Tiger loves meal time. Who could forget Colt David’s fake field-goal touchdown run, Trent Domingue’s touchdown catch, Josh Jasper’s first-down scamper or punter Brad Wing‘s house call (we won’t talk about it being called back).
Miles was relieved of his duties at LSU in 2016, but his gutsy spirit lived on against Alabama in 2021.
LSU’s Fake Punt vs. Alabama
The LSU Tigers appeared to be stalled on their opening drive of the game. The logical choice was to punt. After all, the ball was near midfield and it’s a death sentence to give Alabama any sort of advantage. At the same time, laying over isn’t going to beat the juggernaut that is the Alabama Crimson Tide. Risks need to be taken.
LSU punter Avery Atkins takes the snap and bolts towards the line of scrimmage. He drops a jump pass to tight end Jack Mashburn as the Tide defense breaks through the line. Before Alabama could register what happened, Mashburn bolted up the field for a 26-yard gain.
It paid off, too. Quarterback Max Johnson found wide receiver Brian Thomas Jr. four plays later to give the Tigers a 7-0 lead. LSU head coach Ed Orgeron seems to have kept a few plays from his days working under Miles.
Meanwhile, Alabama head coach Nick Saban had to be furious. This play brings back nightmares of Florida QB Tim Tebow.
Orgeron may be on his way out, but he’s not out of the game yet. His team fought hard in Tuscaloosa and fell short by six points. It was an impressive showing considering the Tigers were 28.5-point underdogs entering the contest.
LSU football fans are ready for a fresh start after this college football season wraps up. The fake punt call, and anything that makes Alabama look foolish, is always cherished.