USA Today/Derick E. Hingle

Reviewing LSU QB Brandon Harris' eight straight incompletions against Eastern Michigan

A combination of drops and bad throws contributed to an ugly LSU passing attack

LSU quarterback Brandon Harris seemed to have it going early against Eastern Michigan. He was 4-for-7 for 80 yards about midway through the second quarter.

Then things fell apart. Harris ended the game with eight straight incompletions, including an interception that marked LSU's first turnover of the season.

They weren't all Harris' fault though. There were some egregious drops in the mix that made the numbers even worse. 

But, overall, it certainly left more to be desired from the LSU passing attack. We're going to take another look at all eight of Harris' incompletions and break them down to determine what went wrong.

First, let's check out Harris' final completion of the game, which came with more than nine minutes left in the second quarter. It was one of Harris' best throws of the season as he drops it in behind the linebackers and in front of the safeties for a 28-yard completion to tight end Colin Jeter.

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A few plays later, LSU was inside the EMU 10 facing a third down. Harris attempts the fade to Malachi Dupre, but it's a bit underthrown. Dupre also failed to get up and high point the ball to help out his quarterback.

The worst part though is that Harris never sees a wide-open Leonard Fournette for what would've been a much easier touchdown pass.

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LSU had to settle for a field goal after that.

The next Tiger possession started at their own 25. LSU attempted the screen pass to Fournette, but the throw was a bit off the mark and Fournette couldn't reel it in.

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Then came the interception. The EMU defender splits between Maea Teuhema and Jerald Hawkins, knocking the LSU left tackle to the ground. That opens a clear lane to Harris.

Harris gets stripped as he winds up to throw, and the ball pops up for an easy interception. We don't really get a good enough look to determine whether it was actually an interception or a fumble, but it went down as a pick against Harris' numbers.

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LSU would get the ball again with a three-point lead and about two minutes left on the clock. Fournette ran the ball four times for 33 yards plus a pass interference flag on a slightly underthrown deep ball to John Diarse had LSU inside the EMU 30.

Harris went to Travin Dural three straight times and all three were incomplete.

The first, Harris tries to lead Dural into the end zone, but Dural never seems to see the ball. He stops his route, but if he'd kept running, it probably would've landed right in his hands.

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Harris went back to Dural, but he fires one a bit high and wide, out of Dural's reach.

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Then came the worst one of them all. Facing a third down, Dural finds himself wide open for what would've been an easy first down. 

Harris hits him right on the numbers, but Dural thinks about running before he secures the catch and drops it. LSU again had to settle for a field goal as a result.

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LSU only attempted two passes in the second half, both were incomplete.

The first was intended for Tyron Johnson. The throw from Harris goes inside, when it probably should've been more to the sideline. Johnson also tries to argue for a pass interference flag but doesn't get it.

Harris got sacked on the next play, and LSU had to punt.

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LSU had things working on its next possession. A 40-yard run by Darrel Williams had set up the Tigers inside the EMU 10. Two more runs by Williams didn't get LSU in the end zone, so Harris went to the air on third down.

Dupre, lined up in the slot, is wide-open in the end zone. Harris fires a missle, slightly off target, but well within the catching radius of Dupre. He can't come up with it and LSU, once again, had to settle for a field goal.

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As the drops show, not all of these were the fault of Harris. His numbers would've been much better if he'd gotten some help from his wide receivers.

But the entire passing attack hasn't been consistent through an entire game this season. How much longer can Fournette carry this offense?

As good as he is, LSU would have a tough time getting through Novebmer if it can't move the ball through the air. There'll be plenty for all parties involved to look at to start steering things in the right direction.


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