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LSU Exorcises Its Past to Cap a Program Reawakening With a Historic Title

NEW ORLEANS — They were running. They weren’t sure where and why, but they were running, this time in celebration, scattered across the Superdome field in a celebratory rat race of a stunning championship, LSU players pouring from their sideline as if they were purple-and-gold confetti shot out of a cannon.

In a way, they’ve been running for a while now, both the people of Louisiana and those within the LSU football program. They’ve been running from their problems and their past, running from a once archaic, inept offense, running from a near-decade long skid to rival Alabama, running from the embarrassment of a 21-0 loss the last time they were here, the 2011 national championship game.