In the estimation of Les Miles, No. 14 LSU (7-3, 3-3) didn't give the game away to No. 4 Alabama (8-1, 5-1) late. But his postgame comments left the distinct feeling Miles believes officiating may have played a part in the crushing 20-13 overtime loss.
"We all can look and see the number of ways that we could win this football game," a dejected Miles told reporters. "There are things that we can improve, things that are youthful mistakes.
"I'm going to want to look at the personal foul penalty (on left guard Vadal Alexander) down by the goal line before I comment. If one of my guys did that, then I'm going to tell him and be up front, but that's not what I am told. So I'm going to investigate it because that penalty changed the complexion of the game. We get a 15-yard penalty down there, when we're on about the five or seven, and we're talking about driving in for a seven-pointer."
Miles continued, "That penalty was a tremendously pointed time in that game, so I'm going to reserve view until I see the film and I'll make that point thereafter. I also want to look at some of the opportunities to catch balls that it didn't seem like ... again, that will be another piece."
Alexander's unsportsmanlike conduct penalty moments later pushed the home team out of field goal range, and Alabama was able to match Colby Delahoussaye's ensuing field goal with a trifecta of its own from Adam Griffith.
Several of the potential pass interference calls Miles is referencing occurred toward the end of overtime, with LSU chasing a seven-point deficit.
Watch more from Miles' postgame interview session below.