Fans cheer on the Tigers in the Texas Bowl

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Tuesday is certainly not a usual game day in Baton Rouge with the Tigers on the road and an 8 p.m. kickoff.

However, the Tigers' turn in the Texas Bowl was not lost on fans who wanted to see their team play one more time, and even listen to the end of an era as the Voice of the Tigers Jim Hawthorne called his last football game.

Though the Texas Bowl was not the playoff fans hoped for at the start, the few that gathered downtown still expected a strong end to an eventful season.

First there was the home opener that was rained out. Then there was the farewell to Hawthorne, and finally that last game of the regular season with another Texas team that became much more than a win.

"Something tells me that long after Miles has hung up his whistle, we'll be telling stories about that day and that game against Texas A&M," said Guaranty Sports Director Charles Hanagriff.

As the season's hopes for championship play came crashing down, so did Les Miles' job security. But just as the Mad Hatter's reign as head coach seemed over, he endured and now promises to come back stronger in 2016.

"Miles has said that they're going to talk to some other schools, they're going to draw on some coaches that they have relationships with outside the program," said Hanagriff.  "It's a fresh set of eyes on what they're problem is."

Hanagriff added that the Texas Bowl will long be forgotten by the time the 2016 season rolls around, but the season leading up to it will leave fans with plenty to remember.

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