“We had a guy who is from Miami who was kidding around with one of his boys,” Hester said. “Miami thought it was something serious. They came in the tunnel and they were swinging, but it was just a joke between friends.”
After a few minutes, LSU players were back on the field celebrating the win.
Miami players weren’t available for comment after the game.
In other bowl games Friday, No. 17 UCLA beat Northwestern 50-38 in the Sun Bowl, Virginia edged Minnesota 34-31 in the Music City Bowl, and Missouri beat South Carolina 38-31 in the Independence Bowl.
Led by Flynn, LSU scored on eight straight possessions starting with a field goal late in the first quarter. Flynn completed 13 of 22 passes for 196 yards with no interceptions and was selected the offensive MVP.
“I was just trying to get the ball to the athletes around me,” Flynn said.
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Ali Highsmith, left, and E.J. Kuale make it clear they'd rather be with LSU than Miami during the Tigers' Peach Bowl rout.
“They can call whatever play they want to,” Coker said. “It is our job to stop it.”
LSU piled up 468 yards, the most allowed by Miami this season. The Hurricanes entered the game leading the nation in pass defense and ranked third in total defense.
The Tigers were just as impressive on defense, holding Miami to 153 yards and six first downs — none in the second half. Kyle Wright completed 10 of 21 passes for 100 yards for Miami.
LSU’s dominant performance negated Miami’s plan to use cornerback Devin Hester as a multiple threat on offense. On Miami’s first possession, Hester lined up at tailback and receiver and took a direct snap.
LSU had its largest margin of victory in a bowl game, easily surpassing its 45-26 win over Michigan in the 1995 Independence Bowl. Miami’s previous most-lopsided loss in a bowl game was a 29-0 loss to Arizona in the Fiesta Bowl on Jan. 1, 1994.
CFT: The University of Nevada is honoring longtime coach Chris Ault, who stepped down in the fall, by renaming the school's football field after him.
CFT: The Detroit Lions are expected to own and operate their own bowl game at Ford Field, starting play in 2014, according to a report by ESPN.
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