Landry key in Ravens victory
Landry was in on eight tackles, six of them solo tackles, in the slugfest between two of the best defenses in pro football. The Ravens defense gave up just 210 yards of total offense to the Steelers.
Ravens head coach John Harbaugh says that Landry has been vital in keeping together a secondary hurt with injuries.
“Dawan is playing outstanding football for us,” Harbaugh said. “He’s smart, aggressive, great in run defense, but more importantly without Ed Reed in the lineup he is our captain in the secondary. He gets everybody in the right spot.
“He is exactly the type player we look for in Baltimore due to his intelligence, his toughness and he is a great open-field tackler.”
Johnson inches closer to all-purpose record
Tulsa wide receiver/return specialist Damaris Johnson continues to make his move on the Conference USA all-purpose yardage record. The former Destrehan High School star rushed the ball 5 times for 44 yards, caught 3 passes for 59 yards, returned 2 punts for 25 yards and he brought back a kickoff for 26 yards in the Golden Hurricanes 48-7 thumping of Memphis.
Saints/LSU both win 16-14
The LSU Tigers and the New Orleans Saints each won their respective games 16-14 this past weekend, but how it ended for both had hearts racing across south Louisiana.
The Saints totally dominated play on the field against the Carolina Panthers, but a series of fumbles both inside the 20-yard line (by Lance Moore and Chris Ivory), 3 dropped passes in crucial spots and an unusual amount of edge pressure by the Panthers kept this game in doubt until the final seconds of play.
The Saints dominated the statistics breakdown by having 27 first downs to the Panthers 10, they had 383 yards of total offense to Carolina’s 251, outrushed the Panthers 121 to 118 and had a time of possession mark of 38:22 to Carolina’s 21:38. Still, it came down to a late stand to bring home the win.
“We are making some really good plays out there and moving the ball well, but for whatever reason we have had some hiccups in putting the ball in the endzone and I take full responsibility for that,” said Saints quarterback Drew Brees. “We just have to do a better job finishing off drives.”
Brees completed 33 of his 48 passes for 275 yards and threw a touchdown.
46-year kicker John Carney replaced Garrett Hartley on extra points and field goals and hit on all three field goal attempts against Carolina.
“It felt good to be back on the field,” the veteran kicker said. “This is not new to me, but you like to get back into the groove and I felt like a young man. Well at least like a 36-year old.”
Rookie runner Chris Ivory had the most extended action of his young career and he rushed for 67 yards on 12 carries. Veteran Ladell Betts rushed for 47 yards on 13 carries.
Defensive tackle Sedrick Ellis had the best game of his pro career registering four tackles, one quarterback sack, a tackle for a loss and he knocked down two passes at the line of scrimmage.
You won’t see a more bizarre ending to a game like you saw last Saturday afternoon between the LSU Tigers and the Tennessee Volunteers.
It was more of the same for the Tigers as their defense again played great, but a dysfunctional offense on the field and on the sidelines had the Volunteers on the verge of the biggest win of the Derek Dooley-era in Knoxville.
Former Destrehan High School quarterback Jordan Jefferson started out the game with a bang running the ball 83 yards for a touchdown to give the Tigers a 7-0 lead early in the contest.
But Jefferson was removed quickly when he had a pass picked off by Volunteer free safety Janzen Jackson in the first quarter.
Jarrett Lee replaced Jefferson and he completed 16 of his 23 passes for 185 yards, but his play was derailed by a series of penalties at crucial times in the game and he threw an interception in the endzone.
The Tigers defense was put back on the field time and time again after three plays and a punt, but they only gave up 217 yards of total offense.
Late in the game the Vols pieced together an eight- play, 71 yard drive which netted a touchdown when quarterback Matt Simms raced 3 yards into the endzone to give Tennessee a 14-10 lead.
The final minutes saw some of the best of the Tiger offense this season and also some of the worst.
Tennessee appeared to have won the game when center T-Bob Hebert snapped the ball to Jefferson who mishandled the long snap in the final seconds.
But as Volunteer players celebrated the referees saw that Tennessee had 13 players on the field and the Tigers were given an untimed down.
Halfback Stevan Ridley powered in from one-yard out to give the Tigers a 16-14 win.
“I took a lot of heat last season when I didn’t snap the ball against Ole Miss and we lost and I vowed to never let that happen again,” T-Bob Hebert said. “I think Jordan turned his head at the last moment and the ball got away from him. All I know is that if I didn’t snap the ball we didn’t have a chance.”
Longtime Times Picayune columnist Peter Finney, who has covered LSU football for more than 60 years, says he has never seen anything like the ending of the Tiger/Volunteer game.
“I have seen them all for quite some time, but never anything close to this,” Finney said. “The confusion, chaos and turbulence of the last few seconds are something you never thought you would see and for LSU fans it has become something almost expected. They seemed to not be ready for another play if Jefferson was stopped on the second down and luckily for them T-Bob Hebert thought clearly enough to snap the ball.
“Even though it got away from Jefferson, had he not snapped the ball there would have been no penalty on the play. This time it turned out great for LSU, but eventually this sort of clock mismanagement will come back to haunt you against the better teams in the league.”
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