Hard To Swallow Russell Decisions

By Adam Caparell - September 16, 2006

If you loved defense and if you loved a thrilling finish, then Auburn-LSU was the game for you Saturday.

An old-school, low-scoring, bruising battle between the two SEC schools was exactly what I thought the game would turn out to be, and it pretty much was.

The one thing that I came away with from Auburn’s 7-3 win was just how physical these two teams are and how Auburn has obviously put itself in great position to win the SEC West with it’s toughest conference games coming at home the rest of the way.

JaMarcus Russell made some questionable decision on that last drive, I thought, and in some other spots.

For one, he threw that ball on fourth down on LSU’s second to last drive that was batted down beautifully by Erik Brock when Russell had one of his receivers in the endzone. And it looked like it had cost the Tigers.

But on LSU's last drive, he also threw the ball into the middle of the field on that pass completion that was called back on the penalty. He failed to get rid of the ball on a few othe instances. With time winding down, you can’t do that. You have to play smarter. And on the final play, I thought Russell should have thrown it toward the endzone to give his team a real chance. Instead he settled for what looked to be his third or fourth option at the five yard line where he was promptly knocked down to end the game.

LSU had five drives inside Auburn and couldn't score a point and a lot of that falls onto Russell.

Auburn will be your new No. 2 come tomorrow, but LSU also showed how talented it is on defense. If only Russell could have made some better decisions and made the kind of plays expected out of big time quarterbacks, what would everyone be saying about LSU right now?

Posted by Adam Caparell at 07:01 PM on September 16, 2006

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