"Basically the same. Numbers plus rules. You'll probably notice we use more options on offense than you did when you had the belly series. You optioned on the end. We have what they call the triple option, where we read and option on the tackle as well as the end."
Tulane, down 9-3, is driving in the last minute of the fourth quarter.
"The crowd was going mad at this point," says the publicist. "You should have heard 'em."
"Weren't but 85,000 people there," says Ellender.
On the last play of the game a Tulane pass receiver, momentarily clear, is tackled just short of the goal by an alert LSU defender. The pass to him has been underthrown, causing him to slow up.
"Umph," the major grunts. "If he'd led that boy a little farther...."
The screen goes blank. The major says the palms of his hands are wet.
"Losing to LSU was always a sore spot for me Up There. I used to tell 'em how we held Billy Cannon and that great LSU national championship team  to 6-0 at half, and they'd say, 'Yeah? Well, how'd it wind up?" and I'd say, 'I don't remember.' Then we got a wise guy in there from LSU and he told 'em everything. Sixty-two to nothing. I was disgraced.
"One year, 1970. Glenda sent me the scores of all the bowl games, and, boy, when I saw 'em I couldn't wait to make an announcement. "Listen, I got a very important announcement,' I said, and I read off all the major bowl results. Then I said, 'Liberty Bowl: Tulane 17, Colorado 3.' Nobody believed me."
In the lightened room, Ellender asks what the doctors are going to do about his hand and his arm.