Monday, March 28, 2011

Introducing the Cajun Assasin...Robert Booshay

In week 4, #1 Ohio State dominated #3 Penn State, defeating the Nittany Lions 66-7 in Columbus. The win was a big rivalry win for the Buckeyes, but all anyone could talk about after the game was the emergence of sophomore back-up Defensive End Robert "H20" Booshay. The unheralded defensive end from River Rougue, Michigan (originally from the soggy marshes of Louisiana) came in the the third quarter and went on a sacking and tackling tirade that left teammates, coaches, fans, and ladies speechless.

Booshay finished the game with 5 tackles, 3 tackles for loss, 2 sacks, and a forced fumble that was recovered for a TD. He likely won't replace star DE Jameson Taylor at #1 on the depth chart, but there's little doubt that Columbus, Ohio's next great cult icon is wearing #94!




Thursday, March 24, 2011

Big XII ruling the roost in season 5, but SEC vows to bounce back

The Big XII has spoken! The conference, long overlooked by the ever-powerful SEC, has emerged as the most powerful conference in the country thanks to a clean sweep (in user/user games) of its SEC opponents in week 2. The results set up three Big XII teams in the top 4 of the nation (#1 Ohio State, #2 Oklahoma, #4 Miami).

And, if Oklahoma is able to knock off #6 Alabama in Tuscaloosa in week Week 3, the Big XII will have swept the SEC for the season (barring any head-to-head matchups in bowl week).

Week 2 saw #1 Ohio State defeat then #4 LSU 35-28 in a fight to the finish in Columbus and Miami held on to defeat then #5 Florida 22-19. The Sooners defeated UNC 35-10 to complete the sweep.

(Editor's note - Tennessee's week 2 victory over Oregon doesn't count as a head-to-head victory, since Oregon is still playing without a head coach)

With that said, the SEC is still very much alive and well in the National Championship race, and with all three Big XII teams still having to play each other head-to-head even before the conference title game, there will be some shakeup at the top. Look for the winner of the Alabama/LSU game later this season, and the SEC East Champion to be very much in contention to claim a spot in the BCS title game at season's end.

Here are some photo highlights from week 2:

On the game's 2nd play, LSU scored on a long TD pass
OSU TE Sean Davis came up big all game long, including on this nifty TD spinning reception, which tied the game 7-7

LSU WR Tharold Simon caught a wide open TD pass with under 2 mins left in the 1st half to give the Tigers a 14-7 lead


But..OSU marched back downfield and Sean Davis caught a leaping TD reception with 20 secs left until halftime. The ball was just inches away from being knocked down by an LSU defender. At halftime, the game was tied 14-14.

After OSU took a 21-14 lead to start the 3rd quarter, DE Jameson Taylor laid a big hit on Simon, knocking the ball free. OSU recovered and scored on its ensuing drive to take a 28-14 lead.

Oklahoma kept the pedal to the metal and defeated UNC 35-10 in Norman. The defending National Champions say that the road back to the title game still goes through them!

The Hurricanes defense came up huge in its 22-19 victory over Florida. Coach stinvol and Miami, who finished the season ranked #4 last season, have established themselves as a force to be reckoned with in RUTS3.

Monday, March 21, 2011

A Week 1 Upset leads to a Monster Week 2 for RUTS

What a way to start the season. After season 4, arguably the most competitive RUTS season in history, many wondered how season 5 could ever match the intensity. Enter Coach stinvol and the surging Miami Hurricanes.

The Canes went into Tuscaloosa and went toe to toe with Coach StuBucksman's top-ranked Alabama team, and at the end came away with a huge 21-14 upset victory. The Canes held Alabama scoreless in the second half and managed to win while throwing 3 INTs and rushing for only 34 yards. Miami's defense though, came up big all night, limiting the Tide to only a 40% third down conversion percentage. With the win, Alabama takes an early season tumble, and the Hurricanes move onto another big game this week against #5 Florida in Miami. The winner of that game could be well on its way to becoming an early National title contender and favorite.

Week 2 is headlined by two blockbuster games. The nation's new #1 team, Ohio State, fresh off a 35-10 victory at Tennessee, hosts #4 LSU, who drubbed the Texas Longhorns in week 1. These two teams are almost identical in nature...physical up front, with speedy, veteran QBs. Each team has an elite WR, a TE capable of making big plays, and a fast, physical defense which limits an offense's ability to have long sustaining drives.

LSU and OSU are always at the top of the Rivals recruiting rankings, and their rosters certainly show that. However, neither Coach cjohnchavis or UTVOL54 has one a RUTS3 National Championship, each having lost 1 National Title game (in seasons 4 and 1 respectively), and neither can seem to find the right kind of voodoo magic to defeat Coach utvl27's Oklahoma Sooners. They have not met on the gridiron since their epic battle in season 3, when #1 LSU defeated #4 Ohio State 27-24 in Baton Rouge in one of the best games of the season. Is it just coincidence that this time, the rankings are reversed for tonight's game in Columbus?

We predict this game to be a low scoring affair with a few big plays on offense and a timely (or untimely, depending on who you're rooting for) turnover or two to decide the outcome. LSU is going to try to run the football and control the clock, shortening the game and forcing OSU to feel like it must score on every possession. The Tigers' ground game is bruising, and when Coach cjohnchavis mixes in a little Erik O'Neal into his arsenal, it's enough to keep the Bucks defense guessing all night. The junior TE will be a big key in this game.

Ohio State's ground game has a new star in junior tailback Cyrus Jones. Jones burst onto the scene last week in Knoxville to the tune of 174 yards and 3 TDs. A similar effort tonight would go a long way in giving the Bucks a 2-0 start to the season.

One drama-filled side note to watch in this game is seeing how Ohio State senior punter/kicker Ben Buchanan handles the pressure. Back in season 3, before the Buckeyes trip to Baton Rouge, Buchanan guaranteed a victory for OSU  , firing up the Tigers and their coach. When the Buckeyes kicker was asked this week about those comments 2 seasons ago, all he said was that "LSU is about to get...ThunderBUCKED!" (in his best AC/DC 'Thunderstruck voice).

This game really is too close to call. Vegas odds list Ohio State as a 2.5 point favorite, but no one knows what will happen tonight!

In week 2's other big games, the #3 Oklahoma Sooners take on the #8 North Carolina Tarheels. This game is being played in Norman, Oklahoma and the Sooners enter as a 9 point favorite. The Tarheels defense is sneaky good, having done a good job against good rushing teams. The question is, will UNC be starstruck to be on the same field as Oklahoma freshman RB Cowboy Kyle Ryan?! Ryan, the top high school recruit out of NC last season chose the Sooners over the Tarheels in an epic recruiting battle. Coach chrishicks21's late push to get Ryan fell short, even after the Coach vowed to incorporate a Horse hoof in the Tarheels "foot" logo to replace the current logo. We predict Oklahoma to use the home crowd, Kyle Ryan's southern charm, and a heavy dose of QB Wes Mantooth's gun slinging to defeat the Heels.

Rounding out this week's big games is #5 Florida traveling to Miami to face the #6 Hurricanes. Florida defeated Boise State 28-0 in week 1, and Miami, as stated earlier, upset the #1 Alabama Crimson Tide...setting us this big, in-state rivalry game. Both of these programs are on the brink of joining the elite national powers. Both have knocked up perennial RUTS powers recently, and the winner of this game sets itself up to have an undefeated record heading into its next big games in Week 6.

Miami's passing attack is dangerous, and with a fleet-footed QB under center, the Gators are going to have to be cognizant of where Stephen Morris is at all times. Florida lost star RB Mack Brown to the NFL Draft last season, but the Gators look to rely on a heavy dose of pound-the-rock-football again this season with RB Jay Scott. Scott had 125 rushing yards in week 1, and Coach Gump will rely on the RB to carry the load again this week. Gator QB Tyler Murphy is going to have to improve on his 2TD, 3INT performance from last week if the Gators hope to leave South Beach 2-0.


The winner of this game will have to be resourceful and and take care of the football. We think Miami has to tools and the talent to do it, and will ride the momentum of their week 1 victory over Alabama to knock off the Gators.

The Big XII, lately, has been riding high over the once dominant SEC! Will that continue this week in these three big showdowns?! It's gonna be a great week of RUTS action.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Season 5 RUTS Schedules Announced

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

First RUTS4 / NCAA Football 12 Screenshots

EA Sports released some information and a few photos of some early NCAA Football 12 screenshots. Read this article and check out the photos. A few new features can be seen already, including realistic looking grass and the all important DREADLOCKS!!

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

RUTS Front Office Pitches New TV Show Idea to CBS

....from the producers who brought you RUTS1, RUTS2, RUTS3, and the popular Home Alone 15: Lost at EA Sports comes the new, sure-to-be blockbuster TV hit of the spring...

Two and a half Champs....


Tune in to see what kind of comedy ensues!! Check local listings for times.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Final Season 4 Rankings Announced - 7 RUTS Teams Finish in Top 10

RUTS teams had unprecedented success in season 4. For the first time in RUTS history, 7 teams finished in the Final Top 10 Ranking. Here is a look at the final poll results. Tennessee rallied at the end of the season to finish ranked #24 in the coaches poll too, meaning all RUTS teams were ranked.

With the possibility of a new coach coming into RUTS for season 5, and selecting Oregon, earning a place in the Top 10 will be even more difficult. The off-season is here, so it's time to regroup, recruit, coach your players up, and stay thirsty my friends.

Sooners Claim National Title!



Pasadena, CA - For the 2nd time in 4 years, the Oklahoma Sooners are National Champions! In what was a hard fought and intense game, the Sooners put together a magical second half and an incredible defensive effort to put away the feisty LSU Tigers.

Said Oklahoma coach utvol27 after the game, "The Sooners got that swag, baby! Boomer Sooner! What an effort by my guys tonight. I can't say how proud I am of this group. Coming into the season I was a little concerned. We'd lost some impact players, including Heisman winner WR Jaz "Yaz" Reynolds and star QB Landry Jones, and I was especially concerned about our youth and inexperience on the defensive line. But this time just had the 'IT' factor! We were probably not even the most talented team in our conference, but we were a cohesive bunch that continued to work hard and get better, and look what happened! The chemistry on this team is what brought this title back to Norman...and of course a little Sooner magic!"

LSU received the opening kickoff and put together a time consuming, methodical drive complete with a patented 4th down conversion to get an early field goal and 3-0 lead. Oklahoma would respond, as Heisman winning RB JurMuriquan "I am really only 1/2 black even though my name indicated otherwise" Jones would use a sick-nasty spin move to complete a 4 yard rushing TD to make the score 7-3. On the ensuing possession, LSU would again go for it on 4th down, and this time they were stuffed by the Sooner defense. "Stopping their 4th down tries was a key part of our gameplan," said coach utvol27. However, just 2 plays after the stop, Oklahoma would fumble the ball back to LSU after a completed pass to Sheldon Ochoquatro. From there, LSU would pound out the rest of the 2nd quarter and score on a TD pass from QB Cam Treangen to WR Abrams from 5 yards out with under 15 seconds left before half. Halftime score...LSU - 10, Oklahoma - 7.


"At halftime, we adjusted our gameplan slightly," said utvol27. "We decided to get more aggressive and really up the tempo of the game. A slow, close, drag it out game would favor LSU's style, so we wanted to put up points, build a lead, and get the stops we knew our defense could make."


And do that the Sooners did. After an opening three-and-out and punt by Oklahoma, they forced the same out of LSU. On the ensuing drive, Oklahoma drove down the field and scored on a 15-yard TD pass from QB Drew Breezy to seldom-used freshman WR Bobby Bennett. LSU's offense would then be stymied on another 4th down attempt as the game rolled to the 4th quarter. Oklahoma would chew some clock, and faced with a 3rd and long, QB Drew Breezy struck gold again as he hit star WR Kenny "Tippy Toes" Stills for a 22-yard TD, putting the Sooners up 21-10.


LSU took the air to get a quick score, and although they Oklahoma defense was ready for the pass, LSU found some seams and scored on a short pass to TE Erik O'Neal with under 4 minutes to go. After the failed 2 point try, the score stood at 21-16.


Coach cjohnchavis and coach utvol27 each gathered their teams on the sideline as the ensuing drive had the national title on the line. "I told them if we can run out the clock, I'll take every last one of you to Ryan's Steakhouse after the game and we'll have unlimited soft serve ice cream until it's coming out of your ears! NOW GO WIN THE GAME AND WE GET ICE CREAM!!!" said utvol27 in his post game press conference.

The Sooners, who were forbidden from eating ice cream all season (coach utvol27's secret motivational strategy), were ready. They wanted those tasty, delicious swirls of chocolate, vanilla, and sprinkles. To earn their "ice cream dream" (the team's secret official motto for the season it was revealed), OU turned to its star, JurMuriquan Jones. Oklahoma marched down the field, chewing up the clock. They even snuck in a key pass to WR Stills on a 2nd down to fool the LSU defense, a play that resulted in a 18 yard gain and a first down in LSU territory. It appeared OU could continue running and finish the game, but LSU burned all 3 of its timeouts and made a key stop and forced a field goal with 25 seconds remaining.

"I considered going for it on that 4th and 3, but I knew a field goal would put us up by 8 points and they had no timeouts, so I knew my defense could handle that situation," said utvol27.

LSU threw a short pass and was tackled in bounds, and with the clock ticking, got off another play and was intercepted by Oklahoma All-American CB Gabe Lynn. OU would hit a knee and the clock struck zero...ICE CREAM TIME!!!!

With the win, Oklahoma and Alabama are now tied with 2 national titles in RUTS3. Final rankings for season 4...
#1 Oklahoma
#2 Ohio State
#3 Alabama
#4 Miami
#6 Florida
#8 LSU
#10 UNC
#24 Tennessee

"Gotta show a little Big 12 love," said coach utvol27. "Three of the top four teams ain't no joke!





Monday, March 7, 2011

Ready for Rematch Rumble? Sooners & Tigers say, "Heck Yes"



Some have called this rivalry the modern day Hatfields vs. the McCoys. Others have called more hostile than a Pat Summitt and Geno Auriemma stare down.

In the ever-growing soap-opera drama that epitomizes the rivalry between the two coaches, Coach cjohnchavis and Coach utvol27 meet tonight in the BCS National Championship Game. On the line? A National title and for coach cjohnchavis, a chance to exorcise the utvol27 demons that have haunted him since RUTS1.

You can read all about them here, here, and even here (when the two teams met for the RUTS1 National title in March of 2009).

As if the close calls and dramatic late game finishes weren't enough of a story line for this big game, leading up to this week's big game, Coach utvol27 is said to posted several pictures of Coach cjohnchavis in the urinals at the Oklahoma football complex and in the locker room at Malibu Sands High School, where the Sooners have been practicing while in LA for the game. The photos date back to cjohnshavis's time with the New England Patriots and his love for sweatshirts, Tom Brady's Stetson cologne, and Ninja-Tiger costumes.



Coach utvol27, according to a report from ESPN's Pardon the Interruption, has been adamant that he thinks coach cjohnchavis was the main perpetrator behind turning Oklahoma into NCAA authorities for the potentially major recruiting violations in season 2. The recruiting scandal sent shockwaves across the college football world and although Coach utvol27 and Oklahoma's program weren't found guilty of any major violations, Big Snacks, one of the rogue boosters tied to Coach utvol27, was sentenced to 789 hours of community service cleaning toilets at the Norman, Oklahoma Waffle House.

No need to even dissect the on-the-field things for tonight's game...the real fun will be keeping up will all of the drama surrounding the game. When asked, what he's concerned about, Coach cjohnchavis quipped the now famous Sheen-ism, "Winning....Duh!"

No word on whether or not star recruit Kyle Ryan will be in attendance at tonight's game.

We can't even muster up a bold, brash, and downright dramatic prediction for this game. It's no surprise that LSU is going to pound the rock and utilize underrated star TE Erik O'Neal to keep Oklahoma off balance. The Sooners will try to get Heisman trophy winner JurMuriquan Jones off to the races early too, but the Sooners' passing attack may provide its best option for a victory. On paper, just like against Ohio State in the Big XII title game, the Sooners are probably a little bit undermatched. However, it's difficult to go out on a limb and predict and LSU victory in this one. It will be tough for Oklahoma to defeat the Tigers twice in the same season, however.

Sooner or later, Coach cjohnchavis is going to break through and win a RUTS National Championship. We can think of no better time than now, having already defeated Florida in a rematch from the Tigers' other loss this season. It would certainly be a victory for the ages. But, we just can't boldly predict it will happen. The magic is, and always has been on the side of Coach utvol27. For whatever reason, the referees, the controller, the kicking meter, and the media are always on his side. The Sooner magic will stay alive for one more game...and Coach cjohnchavis will join Ohio State Coach UTVol54 in the "RUTS3 Close But No Cigar" club.

Prediction: Oklahoma 24, LSU 20

Friday, March 4, 2011

Bowl Matchups Announced

Are we good at predicting a scenario or what!?




BCS National Title Game (Pasadena, CA)
#1 Oklahoma vs. #2 LSU

Sugar Bowl
#4 Miami vs. Virginia Tech

Fiesta Bowl
#3 Alabama vs. Colorado State

Cotton Bowl
#4 Ohio State vs. #8 North Carolina

Capital One Bowl
#6 Florida vs. Missouri

Outback Bowl
Tennessee vs. Nebraska

Sooner Magic Strikes Again, Coach UTVol54 Goes On Epic Tirade

Defense wins championships! And no one knows this better than Oklahoma Sooner players, coaches, and fans this morning. The #2 Sooners (13-0) defeated previously unbeaten #1 Ohio State (12-1) 24-21 at Cowboys Stadium. In typical Coach UTVOL54 and Coach utvol27 fashion, this one came right down to the wire. Thanks to a forced fumble by senior MLB Tom "Big Nasty" Wort and recovery by the Sooner defense at the 15 yard line with under a minute remaining, the Sooners live to see another day, while the Buckeyes' hopes of a BCS title were crushed.

The win sent coach utvol27 into a celebratory frenzy. "I'm going out tonight...Team Trivia in downtown Dallas! Who's in??!!"

While the loss, yet another in a long string of late-season, title game losses, Coach UTVOL54 was stoic, calm, and collected...for a while. Then, the coach went on a tirade, lashing out at referees, the BCS, the poll voters, and karma, which never seems to be on his side at season's end.

"We had our chances in this game," he said. "We left points on the field and then that fumble at the end was just inexplicable. Wort bear hugs our senior QB and the ball pops loose at the 15 yard line. Unreal!"

When learning that his team would fall to #4 in both media and coaches polls, and into a tie for #4 with Miami, the coach got heated.

"I don't know, you tell me," he screamed, channeling his inner-Mike Gundy. "We go 12-0 all season, have beaten the current #3, #6, #7, and #8 teams in the BCS handily, and lose our conference title game by 3 points. Then proceed to get passed up by teams who have 2 losses and fewer wins than we do. This is no knock on LSU, they responded well to adversity and the Cam Train's "promise" speech and earned their way to the title game, but how in the name of EA Sports can something like this happen where we drop to #5?"

"Credit to Oklahoma tonight," he continued. "It was an uphill battle from the get-go, and their defense, especially is relentless. But, the referees call us for 3 critical holding penalties late in the game, 2 on our final drive, and it completely changes our playcalling and scheme."

"And don't get me started on the BCS and it's computers," he shouted. "I am going gangsta' on them and I don't care how much the Big XII or NCAA fines me."

Coach UTVol54 plans to go gangsta' on the BCS computers
 Those comments received the most hype on the night, but they didn't overshadow what turned out to be yet another instant classic in this storied rivalry.

Ohio State got the ball to open the game, and used a steady balance of run and pass to drive to the Sooners' 10 yard line. However, the Buckeyes gambled and went for it on 4th and inches from the 10 and the Sooner defense held firm, holding OSU to zero points on a time consuming drive.


Oklahoma took over and controlled the ball and clock on its first drive. With 3:34 left in the first drive, Sooner QB Drew Breezy hit WR Sheldon Ochoquatro for an 18 yard TD pass on a critical 3rd down play, giving the Sooners a 7-0 lead. 
The Buckeyes answered though, and scored a TD with 10 seconds remaining  in the first half when Kenny Guiton hit TE Sean Davis for a diving catch in the end zone. At halftime, the score was deadlocked at 7-7, and only 3 offensive possessions had occurred (2 for OSU, 1 for Okla).
Oklahoma took a 10-7 lead on a 45 yard FG by Patrick O'Hara, and then the Sooner defense stepped up big, forcing an OSU punt. The punt was downed inside the 10 yard line, and set up a big missed opportunity for the Buckeyes. On first down, coach utvol27 gambled and called a pass. With a heavy blitz in his face, Breezy, standing 8 yards deep in his own end zone, released the ball just as he was hit by an OSU defender. The wobbly pass was caught by Oklahoma, and the Sooners were out of harms way, or so they thought.

A few plays later, Coach utvol27 called an option play, which the Sooners used all night to run the football. Breezy was hit at the line, and while being tackled forced a pitch. The ball sailed backwards and the Buckeyes recovered, inside the Sooner 25 yard line. A few plays later, senior RB Jamaal Berry raced to the end zone for a 14 yard TD score, and the Buckeyes had their first lead of the game, 14-10. That lead was short lived. 

On the next offensive play, coach utvol27 called the same option play, this time with better results. Breezy tossed the ball to Hesiman Trophy winner JurMuriquan James, who raced 80 yards to paydirt as time expired in the 3rd quarter. The Sooners led 17-14 heading to the last quarter.
Oklahoma's defense rose to the challenge yet again, this time forcing OSU to come up short on another 4th down attempt in its own territory. The Buckeye defense held its ground though, and forced the Sooners into a 3rd and long play, hoping to hold them to a FG and only be down by 6 points. Breezy came through again though, finding TE Antonio Yates inside the 5. The TE broke a tackle and twisted his way into the endzone. With 5:40 remaining in the game, Oklahoma's lead was 24-14.

The Bucks answered with a fast-paced scoring drive. Again, TE Sean Davis was the recipient of a Kenny Guiton TD pass, and with just under 5 minutes remaining, the Buckeyes cut the lead to 24-21.

With momentum back on their side, the Buckeye defense forced the Sooners to punt, and handed the ball back to the OSU offense with 4 minutes remaining.  After a questionable holding call that forced OSU to 1st and 20, Guiton hit WR Ayers Jordan down the sideline for a huge 35 yard gain and all of a sudden, the Bucks were in FG range.

Eating the clock, Ohio State's running game maneuvered its way inside the red zone, and Oklahoma, sensing time was not on its side, burnt their 3 timeouts.

With the clock ticking inside 1 minute, the Buckeyes had the ball 1st and Goal from the 10 yard line. Berry's number was called again and he gained three yards...2nd and Goal from the 7....but wait...there's a flag on the play. Holding, Ohio State. A livid Coach UTVol54 slammed his headset into the ground and kicked a team manager in the nuts. His team, once on the doorstep of tying and possibly winning the game, now had the ball 1st and goal from the 20.

On the next play, a pass was called, but seeing the Sooners drop 9 men into a deep zone coverage, QB Kenny Guiton saw the huge green field in front of him and took off. He maneuvered his way to the 15 yard line, and was bear hugged by Sooner All-American MLB "Big Nasty" Wort. The ball shot loose from Guiton's arms and Sooner FS Rodney Lott pounced on the ball.

Video Highlight of the big play:

video


"We coach our QBs to slide in that situation," Coach UTVol54 said after the game. "He told me he was trying to slide, but he felt a matrix-like force holding him up, preventing him to slide. Maybe it was the Ea Sports servers."

Ohio State forced the Sooners to punt the ball back, but with only 13 seconds left and no timeouts remaining, the outlook was grim. Sure enough, Guiton was sacked on the games final play before he could get a Hail Mary pass out of his hand.

With that, the Sooners were victorious. After the coaches shook hands at midfield, Coach utvol27 was overheard saying something about "owning those rag tag Buckeyes" and Coach UTVol54 walked briskly to the locker room, pondering what might have been.


The BCS polls were released after the game, and with LSU upsetting #3 Florida, the Tigers jumped all the way to #2, where they will get a rematch from their early season loss to the Sooners. That game might have been the game of the year in RUTS3 Season 4, so who knows what is in store when these two teams meet for the national title.

As for the beleaguered Buckeyes, they fell all the way to the Cotton Bowl, and will return to Cowboys Stadium to play #8 North Carolina, in a rematch from Week 1, which OSu won 38-10.

This loss marks the 9th time in RUTS history that Coach UTVol54 has lost a conference title, national title, or Super Bowl game where his team had the chance to become RUTS champions. 9 sure is a lonely number in Columbus, Ohio today!

9 times??!! (classic video, but pardon the language at the end of the clip)

At Long Last

Atlanta, GA - A game that featured one of the biggest rushing duels in RUTS History may have been decided by a pivotal pass play as the LSU Tigers defeated the Florida Gators in the Season 4 SEC Championship Game. The game marked the first Conference Title game appearance for both coach cjohnchavis and C0ACH_Gump and was a rematch of a Week 8 victory by the Gators.

As has been the story all season, coach cjohnchavis used conservative play calling, but aggressive decisions in crucial situations. The decision had backfired on a failed 2-point try in overtime against Oklahoma, and the in previous matchup with the Gators when Spencer Ware was stopped on a 4th and goal in the 4th quarter. The aggressive decisions played into the Tigers' favor on a converted 4th down and Alabama, and in the SEC Title game's opening drive. The initial possession would see the Tigers convert two fourth down attempts, one a 4th and 2 pass to Erik O'Neal and the other, a 4th and 1 run by Spencer Ware. The Tigers would drive all the way to the 6 yard lane, before QB Cameron Treangen misfired on a pass in the corner of the endzone. CBS Analyst Verne Lundquist, usually borderline worshipful of Treangen, would suggest on the broadcast that Treangen's lack of sharpness may have been due to his prolonged 'vacation' in Bogata, Columbia. Tiger P/K would knock home a 23 yard field to cap off the drive with just 1:39 remaining in the 1st quarter.

The story for the Gators this year has been Mack Brown. And the Gators would answer the first score by leaning on Brown. Brown would carry the ball into Tiger territory to set up Steve Hand's 51 yard field goal to tie the game with 5:22 remaining in the half. The Tigers got a big play on their following drive as Treangen found O'Neal on a quick pass and O'Neal broke a couple of tackles enroute to a 72 yard gain. O'Neal would be stopped inside the 10 yard line, and HB Spencer Ware would score the game's first touchdown two plays later on a 1 yard plunge to give LSU a 10-3 lead.

The Gators went to the Stubucksman playbook for the patented "ScoreRightBeforeHalftimeDrive." Brown led the Gator down the field, but the Gators exhausted their timeouts by the time they reached the redzone. In a gutsy call of his own C0ACH_Gump called a run play with 13 seconds and the ball at the 1 yard line. Mack Brown was stopped short of the goal line and the clock ran down to 1 second. QB Trey Burton was able to get his team set, the ball snapped, and Brown carried it in to tie the game at 10 at halftime.

The score would allow the Gators to take the lead early on in the second half as they chose to receive following the intermission. Mack Brown would score from 3 yards out following an 80 yard drive that would consume half of the 3rd quarter. The Tigers found themselves trailing the Gators late once again. Faced with this situation in week 8, Treangen forced a pass which was intercepted, sealing a Gator victory. Today, in contrast, he turned around and handed the ball to Will Chase who broke loose and picked up 63 yards to get the Tigers in scoring range. Spencer Ware would find the end zone from 5 yards out to tie the game for the Tigers with 2:44 to go in the third quarter.

The Gators still held the mythical "control of the game." That control would be lost when Florida failed to convert a 4th down attempt deep inside their own territory. "We didn't want to punt to them and allow them to take the lead back" said C0ACH_Gump. The Gators appeared to be running the ball, coming out in their 7 OL set. However, an adjusted by the LSU Defense caused QB Trey Burton to call an audible to their favorite pass play, a quick out to the TE. The late audible caused Freshman OT Shannon Johnson to line up as the intended receiver and the pass bounced off of his hands. LSU would capitalize behind another strong run by Will Chase, and the Tiger would regain the lead by the score of 24-17 with 6:22 remaining in the game.


LSU would then force the Gators to punt on the subsequent possession and would hand the ball off to Ware and Chase until time expired. The win game the Tigers their first SEC Title since 2007, and coach cjohnchavis his first ever conference title.

LSU learned that Ohio State had lost to Oklahoma when the score was announce in the 2nd quarter. Many BCS experts have LSU vaulting into the title game, but to do so the Tigers, ranked 6th in the BCS must jump #1 Ohio State, #3 Florida, #4 Miami and #5 Alabama. The Tiger lost a game in overtime to the Sooners in week 2.