After going 15-0 and winning the national championship last season, LSU opened the 2020 campaign with a home loss to Mississippi State. The Tigers lost a lot of key players, but it still wasn’t the way they had hoped to begin a new year.

On Monday, LSU head coach Ed Orgeron was asked during his press conference by a media member if that season-opening loss would put a fire under the team.

“It puts a fire in me, I guaran-damn-tee you that,” Orgeron replied. “And we’re going to have a fire. And this is a big game for us. And we’re going to take it one at a time. And we’re going to play with some fire, we’re going to play with some energy, and that energy was not there for some reason. For some reason or another, it wasn’t there, and that’s up to me to get that done.

“I’m going to have to take my mask off a little bit more to scream, I felt like I was a little muzzled in my mask there.”

LSU fell 44-34 to Mississippi State as the Bulldogs scored 10 points in the final 7 minutes, 37 seconds to come away with the victory. Although the Tigers’ defense forced four turnovers, they gave up 632 total yards.

It was the first time that LSU lost a game since its seven-overtime thriller at Texas A&M on Nov. 24, 2018.

The Tigers will look to bounce back and get their first win of 2020 on Saturday as they travel to Vanderbilt for a 7:30 p.m. ET matchup on SEC Network.