Barrett destroys the Wallabies as All Blacks retain the Cup

first_imgRugby Union Beauden Barrett was chief executioner as the All Blacks sliced the Wallabies apart 40-12 at Eden Park to extend their Bledisloe Cup reign into a 16th year. Barrett scored four tries and 30 points in a dazzling performance, heaping more trans-Tasman agony on a gritty but outclassed Australia at a venue where they haven’t won since 1986. In a performance which will heap more pressure on under-fire coach Michael Cheika, the Wallabies couldn’t handle five-eighth maestro Barrett, whose points haul is a Bledisloe Cup record. His four tries is the most by an All Black and equals the famous haul of Greg Cornelson at the same ground 40 years ago. The 27-year-old unleashed his speed and full array of skills, also converting five of his team’s six tries in one of the great Test displays. Barrett’s brilliance aside, the Test was a hard-fought affair which mirrored last week’s 38-13 New Zealand win in Sydney. Will Genia’s try pulled the Wallabies level 7-7 on the half-hour mark and it was only Barrett’s second try on the stroke of the break which left the visitors seven points adrift at half-time. However, it was again one-way traffic after the break as the Wallabies turnovers were ruthlessly punished. Among the few bright points for the Wallabies was an improved set piece display after a shambolic Sydney effort. Their lineout was better and the introduction of props Scott Sio and Allan Alaalatoa stiffened the scrum. Dane Haylett-Petty made some bright runs from full-back in the absence of Israel Folau while number eight David Pocock was a standout in the first half. Barrett’s first try came from New Zealand’s only real attack in the opening half-hour, bursting through a yawning gap. The Wallabies enjoyed their best period on the back of some brilliant long-range work from Kurtley Beale and Marike Koroibete. They turned down a penalty shot from right in front of the posts, setting a number of scrums which the under-pressure hosts were deemed to have collapsed before Genia scampered over. The All Blacks pushed seven points clear again just before the break when they pounced on a Beale turnover, swept 80m and Smith put Barrett over again, giving the five-eighth all their points for the half. Wallabies hearts sank in the 10 minutes after halftime when prop Joe Moody and flanker Liam Squire powered across for straightforward tries. Wallabies five-eighth Bernard Foley followed up a try-saving tackle on Jordie Barrett with a scything run to set up centre Reece Hodge that reduced the margin to 16 points. Barrett responded with a sizzling solo try, had another disallowed and bagged his fourth soon afterwards as the game opened up in a manner the New Zealanders thrive on. – AAPlast_img read more

Ex-Jillaroo Amelia Kuk comes home to PNG

first_imgRugby League By KEVIN TEME PNG international and Brisbane Broncos premiership winning women’s player Amelia Kuk has switched sides. She does not want to play for Australia anymore and has teamed up with the PNG Orchids for the clash at the Oil Search National Football Stadium tomorrow. Amelia has decided to realign her allegiance to her country of origin after representing Australia in the women’s national rugby league team known as Jillaroos. The 22-year-old from Mt Hagen in Western Highlands Province, said the decision she made was her own, something that she felt representing her country in Oil Search PNG Orchid team was much more influential than representing Australia. “I looked pretty ordinary playing for Jillaroos and am just like any other player wearing that number but when I am with the Orchids, I am being seen as a leader and a role model. I have bigger impact here in this team than with the Jillaroos,” she said. Kuk said after the World Cup playing in the green and gold jumper for Jillaroos she made up her mind to be committed to the Orchid going forward in her rugby league career. “I contribute better to this team and I have a bigger impact so my duties with Australia are gone,” Kuk said. She said she was lucky growing up in Australia and got the chance to represent that country, however, something that inspired her also to switch alliance was because of the young girls that look up to her. “I grew up in Brisbane and was lucky enough to get to represent Australia (Jillaroos) last year in the World Cup but ever since the World Cup I am fully committed to the Orchid and I will be for the future as well leading into the next World Cup,” she said. Kuks said the Orchids are fresh new team and this is an opportunity to help grow the game here in PNG and give some hope to some of the girls around the country. “I grew up playing every sport under the sun and I play rugby also. My dad played rugby league when he was young as well but for me I saw rugby as an opportunity to make a difference and to influence people through sports in a more positive way,” she said. “Especially coming from PNG with all the cultural barriers, I want to use rugby league as an opportunity to make a difference and show that women can play just as good as the men or if not better and they are capable of playing at the same level so my inspiration is the future – the young girls that are coming through and they inspire me.” She said playing in front of the home crowd is unreal. “I am so excited to come and I can’t wait to get out there and play. Last time I was there but played in Jillaroos colours. This time I will be in PNG colours and in the right home colours, in my home ground and I am really excited to go out there and play with the girls.”last_img read more

Back to the roots and onto the finals

first_imgThe journey for us this year has been tough and grueling. We have come a long way to be here at the final game of the year. When the 2019 season started, we had to start from scratch when our core players departed for Hunters and greener pastures. We had to go back to the roots in Hela to find talents by hosting Unity Cup in Koroba over the 2018 charismas period. The journey took us to Mendi, then to Enga playing the Ipatas Cup with our best select side. The journey further brought us to Port Moresby where we had our final selection trails fielding teams from different suburbs of Hela boys in Port Moresby including our select side from Hela. The journey came with trimming and fine tuning players to play at the elite level. We had a dream of unearthing unknowns to become knowns. A dream to make unknowns to become Hunters and Kumul players and to have a better life. This wouldn’t be possible without our Sponsors, Kroton; A subsidiary of Kumul Petroleum Holdings, Hela Provincial Government and Ipwenz Construction. They are the reason why the Wigmen brand is playing in the last week of the competition and uniting a whole province. The start of the season wasn’t good for us. Over time, with the right training regime and discipline, the system systematically refined and trimmed down the players. What we have are the best and we so fortunate that the players have found the right form at the business end of the season with the guidance of Andiki Andrew and Charlie Wabo. Hela is a province that is torn by both man-made and natural disasters. Amid these calamities, Hela is a tribal nation that has the wit and stamina to preserver. The Wigmen Rugby League brand has given us hope just like how we live our own lives back in Hela. The Wigmen Rugby League team is a team composed of players not only from Hela ethnic origin but all through PNG. We are band of brothers that binds a tribal nation. We want to sell the message of hope and unity through the Wigmen brand. We want to showcase to PNG through the Wigmen brand that Hela is prepared to work with all our brothers and sisters throughout PNG not only in sports but in all facets of life to make PNG a better nation for all. We are still the underdogs. We respect the Tigers being the minor premiers. They are a quality side. But before we put of jerseys on for the biggest showdown ever yet against Lae Snack Tigers this Sunday at the NFS, we pay homage to our ancestors for preserving the Laitebo to power PNG, we pay homage to our great grandfathers that walked the breath and length of PNG to be plantation laborers to build the economy of PNG, pay homage to our political pioneers who fought hard for the Hela brand. We will be carrying your dream in our heart for the 80 minutes and you will be in our thoughts. We know your spirits will be with us. We won’t let you down. Best wishes to Konton Hela Wigmen and Lae Snack Tigers. May the best team win in the true spirt of rugby league.last_img read more

Boxing titles end on high note

first_imgBOXING BY KILA NAO The five day national boxing championship ended on a high note with most fighters winning individual medals for their associations at Taurama Aquatic and Indoor Centre in Port Moresby on Friday. It was a tiring week for many boxers that took part in the youth, novice and senior divisions to display their skills and many, it was the first time to expose their talents. The highlight of the tournament was in the 91 kg heavy weight division by the Pacific Games silver medalist Arthur Ray from Manus who defeated NCD’s Napoleon Susub in just 2 seconds of the first round to claim the gold medal. Ray said the event was a test of his strength and temper. The PNGABU secretary Dr Gideon Kendino and the Professional Boxing Union patron Ben Micah lauded Ray for the great skills he had displayed on the ring. In the 81kg light heavy weight category, it was disaster for Hiri’s Barry Walters who had no chance against young Michael Miria of NCD who claimed the gold medal. Miria mauled Walters twice in the second round, forcing the referee to stop the match and award the win to Miria. The 75 kg bout was all but a heated fight between NCD’s Warren Warupi against Joe Magaiva of Kairuku. Warupi came out on top to claim the gold while Magaiva settled for the silver. In the other divisions, Lesley Roger (AROB) – gold and Neville Warupi (NCD) – Silver in the 69 kg, John Ume (NCD) – Gold and Dominic (AROB) in the 63 kg, Jamie Chang (NCD) – Gold and Peter Soko (AROB) – silver medal in the 57 kg. In the 52 kg division champion boxer Mekeo’s Charlie Keama flattened Kopi Mahuta from NCD to claim gold medal. In the senior women’s category, Laizani Soma of NCD beat Elizabeth Oaike from Kairuku to win gold in the 69 kg while Abbeygaile Temu claimed gold medal without an opponent in the 60 kg. For the 57 kg bout, Tresila Joe (NCD) won gold a medal against Philo Maino while Flora Loga (NCD) – gold defeated Veronica (Hiri)-silver and Henrietta Wane (AROB) – Gold medal beat Victoria Aminae (Nomex) – Silver in 48 kg . In the male novice category, Siope Harry (Manus) – Gold and Mausa Silas (Namatanai) – Silver in 81 kg, Henry Opu (KABA) – Gold and Raymond Yiali (WHP) – Silver in75 kg, Gabriel Ufula (Nomex) – Gold and Emmanuel John (Hiri) – Silver in 69 kg, Frank Aua (Nomex) – Gold and Piti Aisi (Motu Koita) – Silver in 63 kg, Simon Ame (KABA) – Gold and Timity Pokop (Manus) – Silver in 57 kg and Martine Uele (Nomex) – Gold and Arua Willie (Hiri) – Silver in 51 kg. In the female Novice, Melisa Baben (NCD) – Gold and Tahuni Beni (Motu Koita) – Silver in 69 kg, Monica Gube (NCD) – Gold and Yvonne Araua (Abau) – Silver in 60 kg and Petina Taukuro (Misima) – Gold and Andrewela Warupi (NCD) – Silver in 51 kg. In the male Youth category, Joseph Mako Jnr (NCD) – Gold and Isaac Namake (AROB) – Silver in63 kg, Cosmos Buka (Manus) – Gold and Lawrence Amebou (Nomex) in Silver in 57 kg and Paul Kanti (KABA) 0 Gold and Henry Aite (MABA) – Silver in 52 kg while in the female Novice, Maryanne Malken (NCD) – Gold and Mary Ameisa (KABA) – Silver in 48 kg.last_img read more

Cassowaries date with destiny against Tonga next month

first_imgRUGBY UNION BY JOHN PANGKATANA It doesn’t get any better than this. Particularly when you talk about promoting greater gender diversity in rugby union, the upcoming Oceania Rugby Women’s World Cup Qualifier set for February 29 in Port Moresby is a major opportunity to inspire the next generation of women rugby players, trainers, coaches, referees and administrators. The match is the outstanding one between the ANZ PNG Cassowaries (name change from Palais) and Tonga that was to be played last year at Lautoka, Fiji. The winner of this match will play Manu Samoa for the Rugby World Cup repechage. This is a golden opportunity to not only build the game on the home-front but to also field a full strength team for the first time with all players including the sevens and oversees based players being available. A squad of over 40 players was recently named to cater for the 2020 commitments, which includes overseas based players in Canada based Clare Akauma who missed the Fiji trip due to logistics, plus Australia based Marlugu Dixon, Melanie Kawa and Tracy Stanis who will make a huge difference if the Cassowaries can fly them in. Several others including Kokopo-based Nina Stein are also on top of the list if available. With the progress of players from the last two Oceania Rugby Championships, this is also a great opportunity to create role models and provide that inspiration for the next generation of players to aspire to be ANZ Cassowaries 15s player. PNGRU Interim Secretary Mike Uiari said they are fully committed to hosting the qualifier, as they see participation and inclusion as being more important than winning. “PNG has not beaten Tonga in 15s rugby, but who is to say with our current progress and availability of the full complement of players that the ANZ PNG Cassowaries won’t create some history. “Both Tonga and Samoa are at the forefront of growing their women’s 15s game and we need to keep pace with the rest of Oceania and the world. “It will cost PNGRU K150,000 to host the qualifier and it is hoped that support will be forthcoming from our business community.” Yesterday the Cassowaries came together under PNGRU strength and conditioning coordinator Cecil Davani, who will work closely with Cassowaries S&C Exodus Kima. All players recently named are being prepared for the longer term for the Oceania Championships later this year in November and for future engagements. However, to name a team to play Tonga, all players will be assessed over the next few weeks before a 23 man squad is finalised. This is also the first time the 15s squad is going through testing to prepare them to undergo the strength and conditioning programs conducted by the PNG High Performance Centre.last_img read more

Titans offer David Fifita richest deal in NRL history

first_imgRugby League NRL star David Fifita called the Gold Coast Titans last night to tell them he was rejecting their monster deal for next season and staying in Brisbane — sparking an even bigger offer from the club that would make him the richest player in NRL history. The boom back-rower is at the centre of a tug-of-war between the two Queensland sides that has seen plenty of twists and turns as the 20-year-old struggled to make up his mind. Kayo is your ticket to the 2020 NRL Telstra Premiership. Every game of every round Live & On-Demand with no-ad breaks during play. New to Kayo? Get your 14-day free trial & start streaming instantly. Fifita reportedly told the Broncos on Tuesday night he was accepting the Titans’ lucrative $1.1 million offer, before backflipping on Wednesday morning and telling the Broncos he was back in and wanted to stay at Red Hill in 2021. Fifita called Titans coach Justin Holbrook this evening to break the bad news but Gold Coast has since made a stunning last-ditch play to get their man. The club’s head of culture and performance Mal Meninga has reportedly tabled Fifita a deal worth $1.25 million-a-season — the richest deal in NRL history. Fox Sports chief rugby reporter James Hooper — who described the whole situation as a “circus” — mentioned the jaw-dropping offer on NRL 360 as the news was broken in the Courier-Mail. The Broncos can only offer Fifita $700,000 so if he opts to stay in the Queensland capital, he will be sacrificing $550,000 next year. Rugby league writer for The Australian, Brent Read, spoke to Fifita’s mum Gwen who said earlier on Wednesday her son was having real trouble making a decision. “Even she said, ‘One day it’s the Titans, the next day it’s the Broncos … tomorrow it could be the Titans again’,” Read said on NRL 360. “He’s struggling with it all.” Queensland Origin great Ben Ikin said if the Broncos convince Fifita to stay on less money, it’s “one of the greatest pieces of negotiation I have ever seen”. Fifita has been earmarked as a franchise player the Broncos can build their club around, and is one of several young forwards Brisbane hopes will guide it to its next premiership. The injured star has been the most sought-after talent in the game as he negotiates his next contract, reportedly also receiving rich offers from clubs in Sydney, including the Bulldogs, Rabbitohs and Roosters. It was reported last month the Titans had offered the 20-year-old a five-year, $5 million deal, but it has since been revealed Fifita will only sign a one-year contract for 2021 before he intends to sign a long-term deal at the end of next season. Broncos legend Gorden Tallis said last month he hoped Fifita made the decision to move to the Titans to become the face of the club. – AAPlast_img read more

Commentary: Alabama needs win more than Ole Miss

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This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Commentary: Flaws aside, Alabama should handle Ole Miss“It’s daunting to beat them one time, much less back to back,” Freeze said Wednesday. “I don’t think about those things as much. It’s a very tough task to beat them and a lot of teams in this league. When you’re playing on the road in those stadiums and those environments against quality teams that we play and Alabama being arguably the one that’s been the toughest to beat, it’s a difficult task, but again, it’s why we’re so excited to go and play.”If the Rebels lose, it will be a disappointment, but not a setback. Ole Miss has won some big games under Freeze with the biggest being last year’s 23-17 stunner over then No. 1 Alabama in Oxford, but it’s not among the elite in college football.If the Rebels win, it will further legitimize what they’ve become – an SEC force.‘Grown man’ Ragland ready for possible collision with Nkemdiche“We in a short time have become relevant in the Southeastern Conference and put ourselves in a position to be competitive in this league and nationally, hopefully,” Freeze said. “That’s something to celebrate and that does not mean you’re going to win every game. You’re playing really good teams week in and week out. You’re probably going to lose some, but man it sure is fun to be competitive and relative again in this sport.”So let’s turn this around.What would it mean for Alabama to lose a second straight year to a school that’s only beaten it twice from 1988 to now? It would further cement the growing notion that Alabama’s championship days under Nick Saban are behind it.The Tide are still good enough to win 10 to 12 games because they have quality coaching and a bunch of 5-star and 4-star recruits, but the gap between them and the rest of the SEC isn’t as wide as Michael Strahan’s two front teeth anymore.A loss to Ole Miss would add credence to that idea.Commentary: Frosh DB Fitzpatrick key cog to Alabama nickel packageThe big difference between Ole Miss and Alabama right now other than the championships is the Rebels have room to grow and can still cherish wins. The Tide are on top and have been up there for so long, they look at games in an entirely different way.“It sucks anytime you lose,” Tide senior cornerback Cyrus Jones said. “That’s all I can say. I hate losing more than I love winning and I think that’s just the mindset around here. It’s definitely not something you want to experience.”So Ole Miss can take an even bigger chunk out of Alabama’s aura of dominance with a win Saturday. If it loses, some harm, but no foul. Alabama doesn’t have that luxury. Tradition, titles and expectations keep Alabama on its tippy toes to win or else.If the Tide fall, all hell will break lose before in Tuscaloosa before fans come to grips with the realization that maybe, just maybe, Alabama isn’t what it used to be. They’ll still be in the College Football Playoff hunt because I don’t see anyone going undefeated in conference play and the eventual league champion will likely get a playoff bid even with one defeat.If Alabama wins? Come on. That’s not even a question. That’s a given, right? Alabama running back Derrick Henry (2) has six touchdowns in two games for No. 2-ranked Alabama this season.Alabama running back Derrick Henry (2) has six touchdowns in two games for No. 2-ranked Alabama this season.Ole Miss is still ahead of schedule.The No. 15-ranked Rebels (2-0) have quality talent, but shouldn’t be considered a favorite by anyone to beat Alabama in its backyard Saturday, but ESPN Football Power Index indicated Wednesday they have a 55 percent chance to win Saturday at Bryant-Denny Stadium.WTH?Just fours year ago, Ole Miss won two games in Houston Nutt’s final season in 2011. Now in their fourth season under Hugh Freeze, the Rebels have had three straight winning seasons, improved their win total by one each year and are looking to beat the Crimson Tide two years in a row for the first time ever.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 0:00Loaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%0:00 Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1ChaptersChaptersdescriptions off, selectedDescriptionssubtitles off, selectedSubtitlescaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedCaptionsAudio TrackFullscreenThis is a modal window. The Video Cloud video was not found. Error Code: VIDEO_CLOUD_ERR_VIDEO_NOT_FOUNDlast_img read more

LSU’s Cameron No. 1 paid off. coord.

first_imgTigers offensive coordinator Cam Cameron will make $1,519,734 in 2015. His pass offense finished 110th.Tigers offensive coordinator Cam Cameron will make $1,519,734 in 2015. His pass offense finished 110th.BATON ROUGE – Winning championships is expensive, but in LSU’s case so is not coming close to winning them.For the fourth straight year, LSU’s football assistants were the highest paid in the country in 2015, according to USA Today research, but the Tigers have not won a championship of any kind over that span and have finished off the pace.LSU, which finished the 2015 season with an 8-3 overall record and 5-3 in the Southeastern Conference for a third place tie with Arkansas, last won a title in 2011 when it won the SEC at 8-0. The Tigers, 20-12 in the SEC from 2012 through 2015, have finished third in the SEC West in two of the last three seasons and finished tied for fourth last year with Auburn at 4-4. Using the league’s head-to-head tiebreaker, LSU actually finished fourth in the West this season as it lost to Arkansas and was fifth last year because it lost to Auburn.LSU AD tells board member he knows who leaked infoThe No. 20 Tigers will also be playing in a second tier bowl for the third season out of the last four as they meet unranked Texas Tech (7-5, 4-5 Big 12) in the Texas Bowl in Houston, Texas, on Dec. 29. The Red Raiders are the third consecutive non-ranked opponent LSU will play in a bowl after Iowa and Notre Dame in the previous two seasons.Yet, LSU’s nine assistant coaches came in at No. 1 in total salary for 2015 at $5,471,236 with Auburn at No. 2 at $5,341,900. Auburn finished 6-6 overall in 2015 and in last in the West at 2-6, but it won the SEC at 7-1 in 2013 and finished 12-2 overall after a loss in the BCS national championship game that season.Alabama, which is No. 2 in the latest College Football Playoff rankings at 12-1 overall and will play Michigan State on Dec. 31 in the national semifinals in the Cotton Bowl, is third in staff pay at $5,227,090. The Crimson Tide won the SEC West at 7-1 and the SEC Championship Game over Florida Saturday to reach its second straight final four playoff after winning national championships in 2009, ’11 and ’12.LSU also has the highest paid offensive coordinator in the country in Cam Cameron, who will make $1,519,734 in 2015. Cameron’s pass offense, however, finished 110th in the nation out of 127 major colleges with 173.1 yards a game. The Tigers were No. 52 in total offense with 419 yards a game as they had the nation’s leading rusher in yards per game in tailback Leonard Fournette, who averaged 158.3 yards an outing.Cameron’s three-year contract ends in March, and LSU head coach Les Miles has not been clear if Cameron will be retained or not.FOURNETTE AN ALL-AMERICAN: LSU tailback Leonard Fournette has been named a first team All-SEC player by the league coaches and a second team All-American by USA Today. The sophomore from New Orleans led the nation with 158.3 yards a game in 2015 and was considered a Heisman Trophy favorite through the middle part of the season. He finished the season with a school record 1,741 yards on 271 carries and 18 touchdowns.Senior right tackle Vadal Alexander also made the All-SEC first team. Center Ethan Pocic, cornerback Tre’Davious White of Shreveport and safety Jamal Adams made the All-SEC second team.BOWL PREPARATIONS: LSU will begin practicing for their Dec. 29 Texas Bowl game against Texas Tech on Monday, Dec. 14.Coverage of LSU and Glenn Guilbeau commentary supported by Hebert’s Town and Country Auto Dealer in Shreveport located at 1155 E. Bert Kouns. Research your next Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep or RAM at http://www.hebertstandc.comlast_img read more

LSU WR John Diarse and ESPN’s Chris Lowe on LSU Podcast

first_imgBATON ROUGE – Welcome to a new feature of LSU football coverage on the Gannett Louisiana newspaper websites. We will be producing a weekly podcast on LSU football featuring host Glenn Guilbeau, who covers LSU, and various guests, including LSU football players.Join us this week for an interview with Tigers’ wide receiver John Diarse, a redshirt freshman from Monroe who shares a story about his anticipation of the 2014 season through an anecdote about his mother, Sheila Diarse. Sportswriter extraordinaire Chris Low of also joins Guilbeau and breaks down the Tigers leading up to their season opener against Wisconsin on Saturday night.Click here to listen to the podcast.last_img

What’s next for Les Miles after 100th win at LSU?

first_imgGAINESVILLE, Fla. – Les Miles won his 100th game as LSU’s football coach Saturday night at Florida, and the 30-27 victory had a morsel of virtually all the delights that have made up the Miles Magical Mystery tour these last 10 years.Here are a six of the choicest:• Game winning field goal: There was another one Saturday in the final seconds courtesy of New Iberia’s Colby Delahoussaye, who booted a career-high 50 yarder with three seconds left to beat Florida. “It’s awesome,” Delahoussaye said. “It’s an awesome feeling. It’s like a childhood dream.”• Game winning field goal history: Drew Alleman of Lafayette kicked the game winning field goal to beat Alabama 9-6 in overtime in 2011 and propel the Tigers to the national championship game.• Fourth quarter comeback: Florida took a 24-20 with 6:10 to play on quarterback Jeff Driskel’s 11-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Demarcus Robinson. But the Tigers somehow converted a third-and-25 play from their 33-yard line in the final three minutes when quarterback Anthony Jennings found wide receiver Travin Dural for 41 yards to the Gators’ 26-yard line. Then Jennings hit Dural for an 11-yard touchdown and 27-24 lead with 2:40 to go. Florida tied it on a field goal with 1:49 to go, and you know the rest.• Fourth quarter comeback history: Miles entered the game with 22 fourth quarter comeback wins, including three against Florida – 21-17 in 2005 and 28-24 in 2007 in Tiger Stadium and 33-29 at Florida in 2010. Make that 23 fourth quarter wins after Saturday – the most by any major school since 2005.• Road warriors: LSU trailed Florida 17-7 late in the second quarter, but came back to take the lead 20-17, fell behind 24-20, took the lead 27-24, got tied up 27-27 and won 30-27.• Road warriors history: LSU has fallen behind by double digits 13 times under Miles on the road in the SEC, and now has come back to win six of those.• Dumb luck: As time was running out Saturday night and the Tigers were maneuvering toward a game-winning field goal attempt, Miles asked Delahoussaye what hash he would prefer the ball on before what would be a long field goal attempt. “Anything but the right hash,” Delahoussaye, being a right-footed kicker, said. Miles still managed to put the ball on the right hash, though, after tailback Terrence Magee’s run gained three yards off RIGHT tackle to the 33-yard line. “We ended up going with the right hash, but it’s no big deal,” Delahoussaye said.• Dumb luck history: While trailing 29-26 in the final minutes at Florida in 2010, Miles called a fake field goal on fourth and three from the Florida 36. Holder Derek Helton caught the snap and flipped it backwards over his head to kicker Josh Jasper, who stepped to his right. It was a bad pitch, though, and hit the ground. With a Florida defender inches away from claiming the ball and the game, the ball bounced right into Jasper’s hands and he gained five yards for the first down.Three plays later, quarterback Jarrett Lee hit wide receiver Terrence Toliver for a 3-yard touchdown with six seconds to go for the 33-29 win. Helton and Jasper were the only players who knew the fake was on. The same fake — but without the bounce — worked for an early touchdown in a 28-16 win over South Carolina in 2007 with holder Matt Flynn flipping perfectly to kicker Colt David.• Mystery: How does a kicker miss a 19-yard extra point in the third quarter with no pressure and make a 50-yard field goal with the game on the line a quarter later with three seconds to go under all the pressure in the world? That’s what Delahoussaye did.• Mystery history: Trailing Tennessee by 14-10 in 2010, LSU reached the 1-yard line in the final seconds. But a hurried bad snap by center T-Bob Hebert because of a late substitution by offensive coordinator Gary Crowton (that Miles approved) scooted by quarterback Jordan Jefferson for a big loss as time ran out and Tennessee celebrated. But Tennessee had too many Vols on the field. LSU got another chance and scored on a yard run by Stevan Ridley for a 16-14 win.• Cuckoo clock: After LSU defensive back Rickey Jefferson’s critical interception and crucial 23-yard return to the Florida 36-yard line with 24 seconds left and the score tied at 27-27 Saturday, Miles – without any timeouts left – allowed too much time to elapse before two plays and nearly allowed time to run out without a chance at the field goal.• Cuckoo clock history: Trailing Auburn 24-23 in the final seconds, Miles let too much time run off the clock between a completion to tight end Richard Dickson to the Auburn 22-yard line and the next play. LSU won 30-24 on that next play when quarterback Matt Flynn hit wide receiver Demetrius Byrd with one second remaining for a 22-yard touchdown. But had tailback Jacob Hester not stopped a sack of Flynn by blocking a blitzing linebacker or had Byrd bobbled the ball and dropped it, no time would have remained for the game-winning, 39-yard field goal attempt. And LSU would have lost 24-23 and likely not have gone on to win the national championship. Instead Byrd ran off the field waving his hand in front of his face, signaling, “Can’t See Me,” which became a slogan for the national champion Tigers. … Too many other examples to mention.“You know I’m very fortunate to be the head coach at LSU,” Miles said after the game. “The idea of the 100th win in The Swamp is pretty special. The teams that I’ve been able to lead, the quality of people, the guys who work hard and are ambitious and want to be champions — I’m fortunate. It’s a great opportunity for me, and it’s one that I’ve enjoyed.”This year’s ride on the Miles’ Magical Mystery Tour is apparently just getting started as the Tigers (5-2, 1-2 SEC) are suddenly breathing new life with Kentucky (5-1, 2-1 SEC) due at Tiger Stadium for a 6:30 p.m. game Saturday on the SEC Network. Jennings must believe in Miles Magic. The LSU quarterback was just 8 of 18 for 58 yards and had been sacked three times when he faced a third-and-25 at the LSU 33-yard line while trailing 24-20 in the final three minutes. He somehow spotted wide receiver Travin Dural deep and hit him for 41 yards.“It was just one of those things where they hit one on us,” Florida defensive lineman Alex McCallister said.But that was not the big one. Two plays later from the 11-yard line, Jennings saw Dural in the corner of the end zone and let it go — blindly. “I didn’t even know he caught it,” Jennings said. “I just threw it up there. I didn’t see it.”LSU’s latest “Can’t See Me” touchdown put the Tigers up 27-24 with 2:40 to play. Florida came right back with a 73-yard pass from Driskel to Robinson to the 2-yard line, but somehow the worst run defense in the SEC forced a field goal and 27-27 tie when a touchdown would have put Florida up 31-27.“This team has a chance to win some games and be pretty special this season,” Miles said. “We’ve lost to two pretty good teams (No. 1 Mississippi State and No. 6 Auburn), but our team’s coming. And we’ll play better next week, and we’ll play better the week after that. And there might be something pretty special coming this season for these LSU Tigers.”Bring on the next 100?Kentucky at LSUSaturday, 6:30 p.m.TV: SEC Radio: 1130 AMlast_img read more