POSTED: Tuesday, September 6, 2011 - 7:48pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, September 6, 2011 - 10:47pm
Baton Rouge, La (NBC33) — A season opening win against a Top 5 Oregon Ducks football team has the LSU Tigers in position to accomplish all the goals they have in mind.
If you didn’t know, you probably couldn't tell that the Tigers faced some major off the field distractions just weeks before kickoff.
Les Miles stated “I was proud of my team. They were going through a series of hurdles that they needed to, to get on the field and play. I thought they did that extremely well.”
With the win, the distractions are silenced.
“It’s just another element that is taken out, so we can focus on football our team and our goal of winning a national championship,” said senior safety Brandon Taylor.
Saturday’s contest was a rare regular season neutral site game for LSU. Though it may have felt like a home game with the amount of Tiger fans, the team says there's nothing like playing in Baton Rouge and in Tiger Stadium.
"It’s a feeling that is hard to describe - you have to play in it to know,” stated sophomore defensive end Sam Montgomery. “The band plays and the crowd roars.”
With a huge emotional win for LSU against Oregon, this week the team faces a clearly less talented team in NSU. However, the Tigers say that they are not looking ahead to next week’s conference opener.
"It’s not like we are going to say ‘Hey we won against Oregon’ and that's enough,” said sophomore running back Michael Ford. “No, we are going to stay focused and go one game at a time.”