March 22, 2007

Holliday should play more visible role

There may have been a no more important play in LSU's run to a BCS berth than one provided by the smallest player on the team.

An 80-yard touchdown run by Darren McFadden early in the fourth quarter had given the momentum back to Arkansas, which now trailed the Tigers 24-19. LSU, which needed a victory to keep its BCS hopes alive, needed to shut down the Razorbacks' energy.

It took the Tigers just 17 seconds to quiet the Arkansas fans in Little Rock's War Memorial Stadium. That was the amount of time it took 5-foot, 5-inch Trindon Holliday to bring back the ensuing kickoff 92 yards for a touchdown.

LSU now had a 12-point lead after the extra point and went on to knock off the Hogs for its 10th victory of the season. Nine days later, the Tigers found themselves in a Sugar Bowl matchup with Notre Dame.

"The big Arkansas return gave me more confidence coming into this season as a returner," Holliday said.

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