LSU running backs coach Frank Wilson, left, and head coach Les Miles reacts on the sideline late in the second half of the fourth-ranked Tigers' game against the No. 10 Gators Saturday in Gainesville, Fla. Florida won 14-6. (Associated Press)
Last Modified: Monday, October 08, 2012 8:27 PM
Two days after the gaffe, LSU seemed just as confused about an ill-fated plop into the red zone against Florida as the Tigers did when they took the gift-wrapped opportunity and bumbled it into just another field goal.
On the one hand, head coach Les Miles said he “wished we would have dialed up some different plays just before the half.”
On the other hand, he said the plays were part of the gameplan and he was fine with them.
Mixed in there somewhere was an “electric” problem with the headsets that link the sideline to the coaches in the pressbox, which apparently had a role in the Tigers having to use back-to-back timeouts before running a third-down trick play that didn’t fool anybody.
So instead of a touchdown for a 10-0 halftime lead, LSU kicked a field goal to go up 6-0.
The crucial sequence started after LSU’s Bennie Logan jarred the football loose from of Florida quarterback Jeff Driskel, which KeKe Mingo recovered after a mad scramble at the Gators’ 7-yard line with just over two minutes remaining in the first half.
Spencer Ware ran up the middle for three yards on first down, while on second down quarterback Zach Mettenberger rolled to his right but was forced to throw the ball away after finding no one open.
LSU immediately called timeout but, after reconvening in the huddle, the Tigers had to use another timeout, apparently when Mettenberger realized some wrong players were in for the play that was called.
When they finally got to the line, seldom-used Terrence Magee lined up at tailback, took a short pitch and was apparently going to throw a jump pass to tight end Nic Jacobs. But Jacobs was held up at the line and Magee was quickly swarmed under for no gain.
LSU settled for a field goal.
“We could just as easily run it in from there,” Miles said of the play selection after the game.
Monday, he hadn’t changed his tune.
“I certainly think we could have picked some better things,” he said. “By strategy, it put (forced) us in a position to throw the ball. Even down there you can show balance and the ability to throw it doesn’t allow them to sit on our run.”
Translation: Miles probably would have preferred to run it on second down.
“We went to the pass twice in that series. If I could re-call it, I would have done it different,” he said.
Miles, of course, has veto power even though he said offensive coordinator Greg Studrawa was, as usual, making the calls.
“He called the game plan and I was right with it,” Miles said. “We really settle on those plays long before we get there. We felt like they were the best plays.
“Now, anytime there’s a play that doesn’t work, hindsight being 20/20, of course I’d like to do things differently. There were maybe some better calls.”
Miles also said that true freshman outside linebacker Kwon Alexander, who has started the last two games in place of ailing Luke Muncie, suffered a broken ankle against Florida and will be lost for the remainder of the regular season.
“That’s a shame because he was really, really playing well,” Miles said. “The good news is that Luke is back.”
Also, Miles expects to get Josh Dworaczyk back for the patched-up offensive line, which suffered another blow Saturday when right guard Josh Williford went down in the first half.
Williford’s status is up the air for Saturday.
“I think Josh (Williford) is a little nicked,” Miles said. Hopefully he’ll be able to return this Saturday. If he doesn’t, we’ll have an able-bodied guy ready to step in.
“The good news is that Dworaczyk can fit into any spot there. Certainly he figures without question.”
Dworaczyk has seen only extremely limited action over the last four weeks since suffering a calf contusion.
Posted By: bill On: 10/9/2012
Title: excuses excuses and more excuses
LSU got their a royal butt kicking from Florida..............Too bad the Tigers are not ready for prime time until they get a head coach with brains and some intelligent players with IQs over 30.......quit making excuses for your boy and get ready for more losses ............excuses aint gonna cut it wait until spurrier comes to town and kicks some butt