UAB will look to try to repeat history by upsetting No. 9 ranked LSU Tigers in Baton Rouge today. In 2000, UAB stunned a full house in Death Valley with a last second field goal that gave them a 13-10 victory. The silenced Tiger crowd could only watch in bewildered fashion as the Blazers celebrated the victory in Tiger Stadium. But as upsets go, not many occur in Death Valley. In fact, that defeat (Sept. 23, 2000) was the last time LSU was knocked off by a non-SEC team at home.
UAB coaches and players are using that victory as a sort of momentum boost as they head into tonight’s 6pm matchup as a nearly five touchdown underdog. UAB linebacker Jake Ganus said “we will treat it like any other game. We played South Carolina and Ohio State last year, so that doesn’t really faze me and I don’t think it fazes anybody else.” “We are just going to go out there and play the game like we know how.”
LSU Head Coach Les Miles was quick to point out that the Tiger loss came under then Head Coach Nick Saban. It was Saban’s first month of his first season at LSU. Saban went on to win a National Championship at LSU followed by three more at Alabama where in his seventh season as head coach, Saban’s Crimson Tide are currently ranked No. 1 in both the AP and USA Today College football polls.
While Coach Miles might have taken the opportunity to dig at rival Nick Saban, he was quick to point out that he has a great respect for UAB Head Coach Garrick McGee. McGee was formerly Offensive Coordinator for the Arkansas Razorbacks that have given Miles and the Tigers their share of problems in the past.
In speaking about Coach McGee, Miles said “I’m sure he’ll do a great job game planning, and I think that we can look forward to being challenged that way.”