Turning Point: LSU safety Eric Reid's interception with 9:13 left in the 4th quarter. South Carolina quarterback Connor Shaw rolled out to his left on 3rd down and six. Shaw had a wide open receiver down field, but his pass was badly overthrown, right into the waiting arms of Reid, who returned the ball to the South Carolina 22-yard line. It set up Drew Alleman's third field goal, which gave the Tigers the lead for good.
MVTs (Most Valuable Tigers): LSU's offensive line played well above expectations. No one, including myself, gave them much of a chance against South Carolina's ferocious defensive line. But they did more then hold their own. Quarterback Zach Mettenberger was sacked just once and LSU rushed for 258 yards against the SEC's second best rush defense.
Stat of the Night: LSU out rushed South Carolina 258-34.
Out of the Bounds: This was only the second SEC night game in Tiger Stadium since the start of the 2010 season. The fans were definitely a factor. They made it difficult for the Gamecocks offense to operate all night.
What it Means: The victory keeps LSU's BCS championship hopes alive and restores faith among Tiger Nation. Mettenberger still has to get better. He was just 12-of-25 for 148 yards and an interception that set up South Carolina's first touchdown. But this is still a big confidence building win for LSU.
Up Next: LSU will travel to Texas A&M for the first time since 1995. The Aggies are 5-1 after defeating previously unbeaten Louisiana Tech on Saturday night. Aggies redshirt freshman quarterback Johnny Manziel is one of the best up and coming quarterbacks in all of college football.