Saturday, November 24, 2007

Black Friday in Tiger Stadium

Along with about 92,000 other people, we went to the LSU-Arkansas football game in Tiger Stadium on Friday afternoon.

Here are some pictures I took outside the stadium and from my seat 26 rows above the 10-yard line.

Newly-renovated Tiger Stadium gleams under the brilliant late-November blue sky.

It's 30 minutes to kickoff as the fans push toward the entrance gates.

Young Mike VI took over mascot duties earlier this season.

The Golden Band From Tigerland plays during pre-game.

Running back Jacob Hester and 24 other seniors are honored before their last home game.

At last, the opening kickoff.

LSU quarterback Matt Flynn looks for room to throw.

Placekicker Colt David stakes LSU to an early 3-0 lead with a short field goal.

Arkansas' Heisman Trophy candidate Darren McFadden takes a handoff.

Tiger fans salute their defense for forcing an Arkansas punt.

The faux-French message "Geaux Tigers" shines from the east upper deck.

Tiger safety Craig Steltz hauls down McFadden near the sideline.

LSU quarterback Flynn directs a perfect pass toward WR Demetrius Byrd.

I only saw one Razorback fan with a "hog hat".

A touchown peeks between a fan's arm and hair.

LSU cheerleaders celebrate a Tiger score.

The Tiger Stadium crowd roars as LSU kicks off (video).

The Arkansas band celebrates a Razorback score.

Tiger RB Keiland Williams breaks free in the secondary.

Balletic Arkansas defenders react to the ball.

An out-of-focus shot takes on an abstract quality. This is how the game might look to me if I were out there (if I could keep my eyes open).

The Tiger Stadium crowd howls on an Arkansas fourth down play (video).

A Tiger running back is stopped just short of the goal line.

On to triple-overtime!

All praise and glory to the victorious Razorbacks!

The Tigers couldn't come back from this deficit. The depressing final score--50-48, Razorbacks. There'll be no national championship for the Tigers this year.

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