Cole, LSU make history

Published 11:06 pm Wednesday, January 9, 2008

LSU made college football history on Monday night.

So did Mit Cole.

The Tigers became the first team in the almost decade old history of the BCS to win two national championships, as they beat Ohio State 38-24.

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And in doing so, Cole became the first former Picayune Memorial High School player to be a member of a college football national champion.

“That’s a pretty big honor, I didn’t realize that,” Cole said. “That’s something to be proud of.”

Cole was on the field at the end of the game as the clock ticked out.

“It hasn’t sunk in yet,” Cole, a 6-foot-4, 260-pound senior tight end, said. “This is why I came to LSU, to accomplish something like this. It hasn’t really hit me yet that we have done it.”

Cole played on all special teams as well and saw some time on offense. He was on the field as the Tigers scored late in the first half on a 1-yard plunge by Jacob Hester that basically gave LSU control of the game.

Monday’s game was Cole’s fourth straight postseason game as a Tiger. He started last year’s Sugar Bowl game against Notre Dame when the Tigers thumped the Fighting Irish.

He also is part of an historical run for the tradition rich Tiger footall program, as the Tigers have won 11 games for three straight seasons for the first time in school history.

He also played his last football game on Monday night.

“That started to set in a few days ago,” Cole added. “It was a little emotional, but I have been blessed.”

Not a bad way to end your career playing football.