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Headlinin': Les Miles decides to kill the clock, 48 hours too late

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Upon further review, we should have done the completely obvious thing that everyone in the stadium and watching at home was screaming for us to do. After reviewing the epic chaos at the end of Saturday's 16-14 win over Tennessee, LSU coach Les Miles admitted Monday that the Tigers should have spiked the ball to kill the clock after quarterback Jordan Jefferson was stopped at the one-yard line with 25 seconds left and no timeouts. "There was a try to not give up a down," Miles said at his weekly media luncheon. "That was a mistake. The clock-it call was absolutely the best call at the time. What happened at the end of the game is my responsibility. 'Let's clock it' needed to be said. As soon as we were without a timeout, clocking the ball should have taken place before (considering) down and distance. Clock-it should have been called."

Good to see Miles owning the gaffe instead of passing the buck again, though he also took credit for personally calling the sweep that Stevan Ridley took in for the game-winning touchdown after officials had restored order. For Tiger fans who have waiting two years for Miles to take the keys away from offensive coordinator Gary Crowton, that sounds like a glimmer of hope. But only a glimmer. [TigerBait.com, And the Valley Shook]

I wanna be I wanna be like Nick. With the walls caving in all around him, Mark Richt had Georgia go all-out Monday in "a very high-spirited, high-contact scrimmage," the first time in his 10-year tenure the Bulldogs have opened a practice week in full pads. Richt also said he'd personally lead the team onto the field for the first time in Saturday's casket match with Tennessee, in response to a radio caller's suggestion that he come out "clapping and high-fiving our players" like Nick Saban. [Atlanta Journal-Constitution]

Tell us it was a big dog, at least. North Texas receiver Tyler Stradford will miss two games following surgery for injuries he suffered trying to escape a dog at his apartment complex last week. UNT coach Todd Dodge said Stratford was running a way from the dog when he "jumped a fence, landed on a piece of lawn furniture and had a piece of pipe puncture four inches into his chest." He's expected to be back on Oct. 30, but seriously man, take all the time you need with that.

UNT is also going ahead without its starting quarterback, coach's son Riley Dodge, who's out indefinitely with a broken wrist of more conventional origin on the field. [Dallas Morning News]

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The lesson here, kids: Provincial hatred and petulance get results. After refusing to take to the air last year in a Horizon Air plane painted in Boise State blue and orange, Idaho athletic director Rob Spear will be able to fly Horizon this November in a more Vandal-friendly craft painted gold and silver. Spear hailed the airline's decision as "a bold recognition of Idaho's flagship university." Horizon is also adding Montana and Montana State-themed planes to its current lineup of Boise, Washington, Washington State, Oregon and Oregon State. [Associated Press]

Get well soon. Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio was released from an East Lansing hospital Monday, where he'd been held since last Thursday after doctors discovered a blood clot during a routine post-surgical checkup. Dantonio planned to watch his team from the press box Saturday against Wisconsin (a big win under interim coach Don Treadwell), and apparently hopes to be in Ann Arbor for this week's cross-state showdown with Michigan if doctors give him the green light. [Associated Press]

Quickly... A Boulder columnist wags his finger at rushing the field. ... As expected, Ohio State safety/linebacker Tyler Moeller will have season-ending surgery to repair a torn pec. ... Jeff Demps is still dealing with a sprained foot. ... Zac Lee has been "unbelievable" since being demoted from starter to third string at Nebraska. ... Robert Griffin gets dissed by TCU, but feted by Tommy Tuberville. ... And arrogant though he may be, Lane Kiffin's not above tossing out some ridiculous props his own self.

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