What Lincoln Riley said about LSU following Playoff loss to Tigers
It was another frustrating ending to the season for Oklahoma and Lincoln Riley. The LSU Tigers throttled the Sooners 63-28, and OU’s defense had no answer for the Tigers high-flying offense.
Joe Burrow finished with nearly 500 yards passing and seven touchdowns. LSU’s offense, behind Burrow, racked up an impressive 692 yards of total offense. The Tigers defense also limited Jalen Hurts and the Sooners offense, too. Hurts finished with 217 yards passing and 43 rushing yards, including two rushing touchdowns.
Following the loss, Riley spoke to the media about the Tigers:
Opening remarks about LSU
“First, congratulations to LSU, Coach Orgeron. Tremendous football team. Played very well, very deserving. They’re impressive. And give them credit. They certainly made plays, but we gave them a lot of plays with our mistakes. It’s probably the most disappointing — most disappointing there at the end of the half. And, obviously, they made the big run and got some separation.”
How LSU took advantage of Oklahoma’s mistakes
“LSU’s a good team, like I said. They’re a good enough team that you’re going to trade blows with them no matter what. We made some uncharacteristic mistakes in the second quarter, end of the first quarter, second quarter, that we haven’t made, some, all year. And you can’t give a team like that any help. Then, certainly, not having a few of the guys certainly Bookie getting ejected on the targeting was a huge, huge play in the game. And we just lost our composure there a little bit, lot our sense of focus, and it hurt us. LSU capitalized on it.”
On LSU’s talent level and whether it was the difference
“Oh, they’re a good team, no question about it. You look at their quality wins this year. They’re a good football team. Give them credit. I thought they played well and I thought we — again, the disappointing thing is we helped them play well way too much. I felt like if we played well, we would be able to stand in there and trade blows with them. I really did. And we did early. But when you start making mistakes, combination of that and a talented team playing well, they go on a run like they do.”
On Joe Burrow
“We had a hard time, obviously, corralling him back there. We’re certainly not the only ones that have. They’ve got a good offensive line. We had a couple opportunities to get him on the ground that we didn’t. They made a couple of plays and scrambled, a couple pretty good coverage, competitive plays. Those are going to happen from time to time. The biggest disappointment to me was the busts we had defensively. That’s something all year we’ve done a tremendous job of. For being in year one of a system, we’ve had remarkably few busts throughout the year, and it’s been a big key to why we’ve done some of the things we’ve been able to do defensively and made such huge strides like we have. We gave him a few there that are probably the most disappointing. He’s a good player. He’s got good players around him. They made some tremendous plays. The ones I’ll be most disappointed about are the ones that, like I said, we busted and just gift-wrapped for them.”