When people decribe Les Miles as the Mad Hatter, games such as the 2010 battle against Florida help describe his nickname almost perfectly.
Down three points with 35 seconds left in the game, he brought out kicker Josh Jasper to attempt a fake field goal with Derek Helton working as the holder. The play was reportedly called Tiger, according to Katherine Terell, formerly of NOLA.com.
Helton flipped the ball blindly over his head as Jasper ran behind him to catch it for a first down in a game the Tigers would go on to win with a touchdown that came with 6 seconds on the clock.
That October night in The Swamp would become one of the signature wins of Miles’ LSU career with the Gators ranked No. 14 and LSU ranked No. 12.
“All week we practiced it,” Miles recently told The Player’s Tribune, which put together an animated short film about the play. ” We didn’t miss a flip, not one time. Well this one, he does a great job with the fake and he draws the rush.”
Even though Helton bounced it.
“After it happened we ran off the field and I didn’t realize what the refs were discussing for so long. I mean it took about 10 minutes,” Jasper said in the piece.
Under review, the refs wondered whether Helton’s toss over his head was a forward pass instead of the lateral. If it had gone forward, it would have been an incomplete pass because it bounced.
“I am as sick as I can be until I start hearing from the press box, ‘This is a lateral’,” Miles said.
He then gathered the team and said, “This is going to be a first down and we are going to drive and win this game.”
LSU quarterback Jarrett Lee threw two end-zone fades to Terrence Tolliver, but all the Tigers needed was the second one to be completed for a touchdown and secure a 33-29 victory.