Just when it looked like the West Virginia Mountaineers were going to surge past the LSU Tigers, special teams struck again. Late in the third, Dustin Garrison scored on a short run to pull WVU within six points after LSU led by 20 at the half. The play capped a 90-yard drive that had taken just over a minute and brought the Mountaineer Field crowd to full boil, but then ...
LSU Tigers return man Morris Claiborne battled his way to a 99-yard touchdown return that took everything back down a notch. Special teams has been the difference in this game.
West Virginia has 200 more yards than do the Tigers and Geno Smith very well could go over 500 yards passing, but LSU simply has too much talent and depth. Even if WVU didn't have especially bad special teams, it would still be a mismatch.
With the deck stacked against them, the Eers are going to have to come up with enough big plays to make up for another quarter's worth of likely rotten field position.
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