The last time LSU stormed the field was Oct. 25, 2014 against then-No. 3 Ole Miss. Les Miles was the coach, Anthony Jennings was the quarterback and tight end Logan Stokes caught the game-winning touchdown.
Tonight, LSU (6-1, 3-1 Southeastern Conference) upset the No. 2 ranked Georgia Bulldogs 36-16 in Tiger Stadium. As time ran out in the fourth quarter, all of those LSU students and fans rushed onto the field from the north end zone to celebrate.
It was a sellout crowd in Death Valley, with all 102,321 seats filled for a 2:30 p.m. kickoff. While night games in Tiger Stadium are iconic, LSU and its fans made it a mission to bring that same energy in the middle of the day.
"[The crowd] was big," sophomore receiver Justin Jefferson said. "It was something I never experienced before, but it's a good feeling and it's a good win."
CBS color analyst Gary Danielson, who called the game, said earlier this week, "I don't see where the crowd noise or playing there will affect this [Georgia] team. I think LSU can affect this team. I think LSU can grab juice by playing at home. I don't see where it's going to affect Georgia's play that much."
Junior defensive lineman Rashard Lawrence disagreed vehemently. He believes that the crowd was the difference-maker in the game.
The LSU student section, like many across the nation, has been criticized for leaving games at halftime. Many LSU players, including Lawrence and sophomore safety Grant Delpit thanked the students for staying the entire 60 minutes.
"For them to stay the whole game, it was a crazy feeling, especially with them rushing the field at the end, it's just something that will happen once in a life time," Jefferson said.
"They were crazy," Lawrence said. "I'm just so excited for our fan base to be there for 60 minutes, full out and all out. That just shows how special they can be and dominant, like a 12th man out there. We feed off of them."
Delpit said that he just had to stand there and watch the field fill up with fans as it happened, saying that it was like nothing he had ever seen before.
"It affected Georgia, I think," junior outside linebacker Michael Divinity said. "Just the whole atmosphere and the crowd being loud. It was crazy in there. It was amazing just to have the fans there to help us — it was great."
While the players on the field make all the plays themselves, the crowd and the energy in the stadium made an impact on the game. From being as loud as possible on a Georgia third down to cheering after a touchdown, LSU fans became a 12th man for the Tigers today.
Delpit said it's a great feeling to know that a crowd has your back like the LSU fans did today.
"With our execution plus the crowd, we're hard to beat at home," Lawrence said.
The crowd brought that energy to an already hype LSU sideline.
"That was the main thing, you know, just keeping the energy," junior middle linebacker Devin White said. "We had a lot of fun. Every time I step on the field, I'm having fun. That's the greatest thing about playing football. I just had to make sure all the other guys felt that. Like have a little swagger, dance around, throw your arms up, just get everybody into it."
Maybe the biggest surprise was not LSU's upset win, but the notes of "Neck" filling Tiger Stadium late in the fourth quarter as LSU sealed its victory.
"I've been living here 19 years, and I've been to hundreds of games at LSU," sophomore running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire said. "Being able to look up and see the stands filled all the way to the top, I'll never get that back. But maybe we can get it back next week."