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The Tigers failed to pick up a first down on five consecutive series after Colt David's 52-yard field goal cut the deficit to 7-3. During that futile stretch, Lee had an interception returned for a touchdown for the seventh time this season, with linebacker Terrence Moore returning an easy pick 22 yards for a 24-3 lead.
The game was supposed to be played Sept. 6 before Hurricane Gustav blew through Baton Rouge, postponing it more than two months. The Tigers, coming off a disheartening overtime loss to Alabama, committed a litany of mental mistakes.
LSU's offense and defense were penalized once each illegal substitutions in the first quarter. Trindon Holliday tried to field a bouncing punt, let it slip through his hands and barely recovered the ball before getting swarmed.
The last play of the first half summed up the first 30 minutes. With LSU trailing 24-3, Miles elected to let the clock run down to 3 seconds on fourth-and-1 from the 24 and attempt a 42-yard field goal, but holder Brady Dalfrey dropped the snap.
Fans began leaving the stadium soon afterward, missing a spectacular finish. LSU's biggest comeback at home had been 20 points, when the Tigers rallied from a 34-14 fourth-quarter deficit to beat Houston 35-34 in 1996.
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