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LSU looks towards bowl game with momentum

For a school-record 15th straight year, the LSU Tigers (8-4, 4-4 SEC) have won at least eight games, also the longest current streak in the country. Going into this 2014 campaign, eight or nine victories was a realistic pick after the program lost so much talent to the NFL for the second consecutive off-season.

"Some of those games I think we should have won," sophomore quarterback Anthony Jennings said. "And some of those games I should have played better. We could have won."

The highlights of the fall included an upset victory over an unbeaten, top-5 Ole Miss team in late October, and staging a second half comeback against current top-15 program Wisconsin in the season opener. A heart-breaking overtime loss to now top-ranked Alabama in the home finale put an end to any LSU title aspirations.

"I think our football team has got a lot of character," Head Coach Les Miles said. "I think they're quality men, I think they understand that you're gonna work hard, that there will be change of momentum in games. That poise is as important as running fast and hitting. I think they have that."

True freshmen receiving significant playing time was also a big storyline this fall. New Orleans native Leonard Fournette led the way with 891 rushing yards and eight touchdowns, including one of the top plays of the year, running over a Texas A&M defender for a touchdown.

"I did pretty well, still adjusting, but I can get better," Fournette said.

Miles added, "I would get out of the way of Leonard was running at me. I would tackle him low and away. It's kinda like a pitcher. I would pitch him low and away. I would tackle him low and away."

The great debate at quarterback quieted over the second half of the season as Anthony Jennings' game-management trumped any potential of freshman Brandon Harris. In the finale against Texas A&M, Jennings showcased his mobility, running for 119 yards.

"It's definitely a confidence booster moving forward, going into this bowl game, continue to get better," Jennings said. "And get the win in the bowl game."

There are several bowl projections for the Tigers. From the Texas Bowl in Houston, to the Liberty Bowl in Memphis or the Gator Bowl in Jacksonville, to name a few.

"It's nice to go in the holidays now with the last victory, and we'll look forward to a good bowl destination, hopefully a good opponent," Miles said. "I think our football team is gonna be good, and I think we'll be ready for a bowl."

The Tigers will also have a chance to win their ninth game in a rebuilding year and gain momentum heading into what could be a special 2015.

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