BCS Championship Fever - LSU versus Arkansas 2011 | The Battle for the Golden Boot | LSU Tailgating | Gordon McKernan
After the Alabama win, everyone in Louisiana was suffering from BCS fever and the staff at McKernan Law Firm was no exception. With the annual battle for the Golden Boot upcoming, and the LSU Tigers hosting the Arkansas Razorbacks, Gordon sprang into action and quickly organized a traditional South Louisiana Cochon de Lait and invited his staff to attend.
Early Friday morning, the pre-game festivities were well on their way. In the shadows of LSU’s football stadium, the McKernan tailgate party was serving fresh hot gumbo and smoke was drifting up from the Cajun Microwave as the roasted hog (which had been cooking since midnight) was nearing carving time.
As more tailgaters started arriving the LSU campus was literally a sea of purple and gold. A roar erupted from LSU’s faithful, as police escorted 5 luxury Coach buses carrying some of Arkansas’ elite fans past the McKernan tailgate party.
As game time neared, those with tickets made the short walk towards the stadium, while those without stayed at the tailgate and huddled around the TV, set-up to allow them to get first-hand updates of the game as it unfolded.
The Razorbacks stunned the LSU fans as they quickly jumped ahead 7-0. Arkansas scored again when LSU running back Michael Ford fumbled the ball and Arkansas ran it back for a 47-yard touchdown. The 14-point deficit was the biggest the Tigers had faced this season. LSU got on the board with 5:15 remaining in the second quarter on a 6-yard touchdown run by Kenny Hilliard. The stadium came to life as the Tigers then tied the game at 14 on a 92-yard punt return for a touchdown by Tyrann Mathieu. The Honey Badger struck again when he stripped the ball from an Arkansas player and LSU recovered and scored again allowing the half time score to reflect a 14-14 tie.
As the game ended the celebration resumed at Gordon’s tailgate as the 41-17 LSU victory celebration continued.
The following Monday, talk around the water cooler at the law firm continued about the game and thoughts were back on the BCS championship, with questions swirling as to who LSU would be matched-up to play.