The LSU offense rolled up 268 rushing yards at Syracuse in a win Saturday. Star back Leonard Fournette on his own accounted for 244 yards on the ground. In total Cam Cameron's offense amassed 425 yards in a hostile road environment.
And yet the prevailing sentiment is the offensive line had a nightmarish game.
That's the price of setting a high bar, which Jeff Grimes' front five did through the Tigers' opening two games, blowing Mississippi State and Auburn off the ball time and time again in punishing fashion.
There was still a decent amount of punishment doled out by LSU's big uglies in the Carrier Dome, but the effort was significantly less efficient, largely due to a rash of penalties.
The Bayou Bengals racked up a ridiculous 14 flags for 120 yards at Syracuse, and the offensive line was responsible for four of those yellow hanky tosses.
Not just any offensive linemen, either. LSU's most experienced blockers were the ones targeted for fouls.
Starting center Ethan Pocic was hit with a holding call and a false start while fourth-year players Vadal Alexander and Jerald Hawkins were also flagged for false starts.
Sure, it was loud, but those are inexcusable penalties for a trio that has started a boatload of games in the purple and gold.
Tack on the fact that quarterback Brandon Harris was sacked twice and that the time of possession was darn near equal with the Orange (something Les Miles almost always finds a way for his teams to win), and it's clear that Grimes' group will be seeking a bounce-back performance this Saturday night with Eastern Michigan in town.
Fournette's greatness is one thing, but the offensive line will have to revert back to its form of the first two games for LSU's offense to get where it wants to go this season.