LSU head football coach Ed Orgeron (second from right) huddles with Justin Thomas (93), Charles Turner (69), and Jakori Savage (65) to sing the Alma Mater after the Tigers defeated Northwestern State 65-14 Saturday night in Tiger Stadium (Gazette photo by Tony Marks)
W to the 800th power
With a 65-14 win over Northwestern State University Saturday night in Tiger Stadium, the LSU Tiger football team recorded its 800th win in school history becoming the 12th team in major Division I and the 4th team in the Southeastern Conference to achieve such a milestone.
During the post-game press conference, head coach Ed Orgeron commented, “LSU is a very prestigious program. There’s a lot of great coaches and a lot of great players who have paved the way for us. It’s an honor to represent these guys on a daily basis. Being from Louisiana, I know what it means having 800 wins and being an elite school. Hopefully, we have many more.”
Among the 100,000 plus people in attendance was Evangeline Parish Police Jury President Ryan “LeDay” Williams. “Winning 800 games is an awesome thing,” he said. “This shows a lot about a program. Geaux Tigers!”
Also in the stands was Ville Platte native and Baton Rouge resident Daniel Daire. “I honestly didn’t even know LSU was going for win number 800,” he said. “But, that is impressive for any college football program. It looked like they had a post-Texas game hangover after the first quarter, but they really pulled away for the rest of the game. That was impressive.”
Watching the game 1,647 miles away in Las Vegas was former Ville Platte resident Julia Fontenot. She said, “I am not that tuned into sports statistics, so I had no idea the win record was that number. It was very impressive. I’m so glad the team and Coach O are doing well this season. Geaux Tigers! And beat Bama! It is time!”