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LSU coach Les Miles was frustrated by his team's 14 penalties against Syracuse

Penalties mar LSU's victory against Syracuse.

LSU's performance Saturday has Les Miles seeing red — well, yellow.

The Tigers committed 14 penalties in a 34-24 victory against Syracuse for a combined 120 yards. Though Miles was pleased to get the win, he couldn't help but express his frustration over the mistakes. 

“I’m frustrated that we are not a little better at eliminating those penalties," Miles said. "I’m going to take a more aggressive approach to teaching.”

That's not the first time we've heard that. LSU had nine penalties against Mississippi State two weeks ago, and Miles vowed to get it cleaned up. LSU did against Auburn, only committing five.

But those flags reared their ugly head again Saturday.

An offensive line that had been so steady was a big culprit against Syracuse. The Tigers were called for five false starts. There were also two holding penalties and an illegal block called on a return.

The defense wasn't immune either. Lewis Neal was called for lining up offsides in the fourth quarter. Deion Jones, who was suspended for the first half for targeting against Auburn, picked up a personal foul for a late hit out of bounds on the quarterback.

“Those are penalties you don’t need," Miles said. "There’s no reason for them."

Syracuse picked up five first downs as a result of LSU penalties. That helped extend a pair of scoring drives that would make the game a bit tighter than expected.

There were also the penalties that erased yardage. Miles estimated that Leonard Fournette may have had 120 more rushing yards if not for penalties.

One major turning point came on an illegal formation penalty that nullified what would've been an 87-yard touchdown for No. 7. 

Rules dictate a team must have at least seven players lined up on the line of scrimmage before a snap. As you'll see in the screenshot below, LSU had five offensive linemen and a tight end on the line. Travin Dural is supposed to be the seventh.

It's hard to tell at this angle, but the referees determined he wasn't lined up properly.


Miles disagreed.

“I am so interested to see that on film," Miles said. "I was told by both of my receivers that they asked [the officials if they were lined up properly] and everything was good. And then they called it. It’s something I’ll look forward to looking at.”

Whether the officials got that right or not is a moot point. LSU still got the win, despite all those penalties. 

But those flags should make for an interesting film study on Monday.

“Our football team won, and they did so in a sloppy manner," Miles said. "We have work to do, but the good news is we have a week to do it until next Saturday.”

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