Bowden's boldest gambit was hiring former Alabama defensive coordinator Bill (Brother) Oliver to replace Hall. Although Oliver was an assistant at Auburn in the late '60s, his Alabama background is a source of consternation to Tigers loyalists. But on Saturday his defense came through, holding LSU's offense to 241 yards, 122 fewer than Auburn's total. That was small consolation for Bowden, who said, "This is going to be a game that, when we look back on it, is going to make us sick."
As LSU linebacker Allen Stansberry jogged off the field after the game, he called out, "The magic is back," the slogan LSU adopted when DiNardo was hired. Above Stansberry in the stands, a contingent of Auburn fans responded with empty taunts, no doubt wondering where their own team's magic had gone.