Published January 10, 2012 - 12:20pm
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If you didn’t believe in Voodoo or Zombies before Monday night, witnessing the resurrection of the 2010 LSU offense surely changed your mind. 2010 was a season of offensive ineptitude that was buried by LSU’s magnificent 13-0 season in 2011. Apparently, it was a shallow grave as 2010’s offense reared its ugly head again in the BCS.
Hats off to the Tide. They were the better team on Monday night and deserve the trophy for winning the game. Alabama played a near perfect game. LSU couldn’t keep its offense on the field and for the first time, the LSU defense got tired trying to keep the game close enough for the offense.
This time, the Tiger defense and special teams couldn’t save the day. In the 21-0 thumping at the hands of the Tide, LSU looked putrid on offense. There is no way to sugarcoat it….LSU was horrid when they had the ball.
Jordan Jefferson looked confused for the whole game. The line, which had performed so well all season, became penalty prone and porous. The stable of running backs was kept in the stable by Bama. The Tide forced LSU to pass the ball and LSU couldn’t do it. It was a train wreck and the blame rests squarely on the conductors. How could Miles, Stud and Kragthorpe implement a game plan that relied so heavily on the option? Did they think they could fool Saban and Smart a second time? Why not make a change when Jefferson wasn’t able to make his reads quick enough to avoid the rush and get a few completions in the flats? Yes, Lee wouldn’t have been mobile, but at least he could have made a read and gotten the ball off.
This loss is going to sting and no amount of winning in 2012 is going to take the pain away unless the Tigers beat Alabama next November and play for another championship. This is the type of loss that completely overshadows what an incredible season LSU just put together. It is vexing, perplexing and simply dumbfounding.
Whenever a team ends the season with a loss, there will be questions. My biggest questions are….Why not exhaust all options in the biggest game of the season? Why not see what Lee or Mettenberger could do? Why leave the game in the hands of a player who was plainly confused and frustrated? Why recruit all these stars and keep them unplugged on the biggest stage?