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LSU struggles with offensive communication, headsets shut off for short period

LSU coaches lose headphone signal for a period of time, Tigers battled noise at Lambeau Field, leading to communication issues on the field.

GREEN BAY, Wisc. — LSU couldn't hear anything.

LSU coach Les Miles was talking into his headset and heard nothing from the other end.

Brandon Harris was attempting to direct, align his offensive comrades who couldn't hear him either.

Wisconsin linebacker T.J. Watt, brother to Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt, ran to Wisconsin coach Paul Chryst and said he "didn't think" LSU could hear its offensive cadences.

"I mean, it was loud," Chryst said after Wisconsin's 16-14 win at Lambeau Field. "T.J. Watt came to me and he made a comment about how fun it was and he goes, 'I don't think they can hear the cadence.' It was a great atmosphere."

Well, frankly, LSU couldn't hear anything. Lambeau Field's 77,823 spectators — 50,000-plus of which donned the Badgers' cardinal red — didn't help the Tigers' cause, either.

"It was a first-game communication issue," Miles said.

At one point, Miles had to use a timeout to address the headphone situation.

"Our headphones dropped and the guy that was doing the signaling did not have headphones," the coach said. "We were communicating and the guy with his headphones off did not get the signal because he wasn't getting any feed."

Harris, the man receiving the signals, wasn't all to blame. He, though, was a part of the issue due to his spotty passing accuracy, Miles said.

Harris completed 12-of-21 passes for 131 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions, one of which terminated the Tigers' chance at a comeback with less than a minute remaining in the fourth.

But Harris did his best to evade, Miles said.

"He was getting sacked and really got out of the grasp of the defender," Miles said. "Then he didn't make the play that he wanted to make, that is for sure."

Wisconsin continuously pressured Harris and junior tailback Leonard Fournette. Senior center Ethan Pocic agreed, blaming the offensive line for poor protection.

"A guy like Leonard, he's always warm, he's ready," Pocic said. "He's Leonard, it's on us. As the [offensive] line, everyone who is blocking has to execute."

Even with offensive line's inconsistency, Fournette gained 138 yards on 23 carries, boosting his career total to 3,125 — the fourth most in program history. On Saturday, Fournette became the fastest Tiger to ever reach 3,000, or more, career yards, which he did in 26 games.

"It was a good start to this year," Chryst said.

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