Nick Brossette will probably never live it down.
But the LSU running back could care less, and head coach Ed Orgeron said the senior did the right thing at the end of the Tigers' 24-17 win over Arkansas when he took a knee rather than scoring a touchdown with an open lane to the end zone.
It had no effect on the game. The Tigers ran out the clock and kept their 7-point advantage.
But it had some effect on how a select few enjoyed the game as it kept the Tigers from covering the 13 1/2-point betting spread on the game.
"People will say what they want to say," Brossette said Monday. "But at the end of the day I came to LSU to win football games. I didn't come to win people's bets."
"He did the right thing," Orgeron said, noting that keeping the ball out of Arkansas' hands removed whatever remote chance the Razorbacks would have had in the final minute to score two touchdowns and win or force overtime.
"We call it the ‘winning edge,' " Orgeron said. "Nick did it."
But there was some confusion — and a host of internet conspiracy rumors — as to why the Tigers didn't just take a knee on the next two plays to run out the clock.
Instead, Brossette got the call again and — again — appeared to slide down at the 1-yard line. The Tigers gave it one more try and he was stacked up short of the goal before LSU let the clock run out.
"We had a huddle (on the sidelines) and I said, ‘I think we can score.' " Orgeron recalled.
From the press box, offensive coordinator Steve Ensminger replied over the head sets that, "It's up to you, coach."
"So I'm the one," Orgeron explained. "I'm the one who said, you know what, let's put seven more points on the board, let's see if we can score."
Brossette didn't get the message, evidently, as he slid down again.
"It worked out," Orgeron said. "Nick did the right thing as the winning edge. We sit on the ball, we win the game. That's what we taught him to do, and he did what he was taught to do."
If the same situation comes up this week, the Tigers will likely have backups entrusted with the "winning edge" as LSU is a whopping 44-point favorite over 1-10 Rice for the final game in Tiger Stadium this season.
The Tigers looked to be covering last Saturday's spread with ease until a rash of injuries in the secondary no doubt contributed to the Razorbacks' scoring two fourth-quarter touchdowns to cut into a 24-3 lead.
At least one, cornerback Kristian Fulton, won't be back this week and is unlikely to play next week in the final regular season game at Texas A&M.
"He's out," Orgeron said of Fulton, who had his leg twisted back just before haltime. "I don't know how long he's out, but he's going to be out for a while."
Fulton's place was taken by freshman Kelvin Joseph, who late also had to leave the game, with nickel back Kary Vincent moving over to cornerback.
The Tigers also lost safety Todd Harris, who started the game as a replacement for injured Ed Paris. Jacoby Stevens also played in the spot even before Harris was hurt.
"One of the biggest improvements on our team is Todd Harris and Jacoby Stevens," Orgeron said. "Those two guys are valuable players, we can put them in any time. The (could be) starters for us and have played like it."
All but Fulton appeared to be minor injuries, and Orgeron said Paris, who was hurt early in the Alabama game, should be able to come back this week. He dressed out at Arkansas but did not play.
The news wasn't so good for starting nose guard Breiden Fehoko, who will miss his second consecutive game with an elbow injury.