Tape It Up: LSU: Beat Up And Beat Down

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LSU: Beat Up And Beat Down

It was a painful day for LSU and all of the former No. 1 team's fans. The Tigers put on a poor showing in their final regular season game, giving up a triple-overtime 50-48 decision to Darren McFadden -- err, Arkansas. It seemed that every time LSU ran a play in this one, a different player was hobbling around trying to get off the field. I counted at least six Tigers hurt over the course of this contest, to varying degrees, but that is certainly on the conservative side of the injury count.

Most prominent in his pain, and not just because of his size, was defensive tackle Glenn Dorsey. Dorsey was said to be hampered with a tailbone injury, and he certainly looked uncomfortable throughout the game. He finished with six total tackles, good enough for fourth on the team, but was not the force that he has been in prior weeks. The entire LSU defense looked rather lethargic on the day, especially as the later overtimes played out, but Dorsey was especially un-Dorsey-like, which played a big role in LSU allowing Arkansas 385 yards rushing.

Something had to have been wrong with quarterback Matt Flynn. He's no Tom Brady, to be sure, but he is not a 22-of-47 quarterback, either, and that's just where he finished on Friday, passing for a mere 209 yards. Flynn left the field for a few frightening moments heading into overtime with pain in his right shoulder, but did not miss any playing time. He was back on the field in time to play all three overtime stanzas.

Junior safety Curtis Taylor took a helmet to the hip late in the game, knocking him to the turf for a few moments, senior safety Craig Steltz pulled a hamstring that sent him to the sideline briefly and offensive tackle Carnell Stewart was also banged up over the course of the game. And that was all before senior wide receiver Early Doucet gave Tiger fans everywhere a huge scare when he crumpled to the turf on the Arkansas side of the field. Luckily, by the time the TV broadcast had returned from commercial, Doucet was up and jogging again, despite nagging pain in his re-pulled groin muscle.

Injuries are never an excuse for a poor performance, especially a performance as uncharacteristically poor as LSU produced against a suddenly energized Arkansas squad, at home, but all these knicks and bruises certainly add up, especially when dealing with triple overtime situations.

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