Would the game finish like in
Or would the game finish like last
year's classics in
"No matter what, we wanted to get into the end zone," Russell said. "We just came up short so I take the full blame for that."
The Tigers began the final drive with 1:11 left to go at the LSU 19-yard line.
Russell established a rhythm on
second down when he threw a 20-yard strike to Craig "Buster"
First-and-10 on the
"He should have never taken that sack," Miles said. "He knows that. That might have cost us more dearly time then yardage."
Russell, who had orchestrated six fourth-quarter comebacks in 18 career starts, then stepped up in the pocket to hit Bowe for a 21-yard gain to the 19-yard line with only 14.2 seconds left in the game.
A penalty then pushed LSU to the
24-yard line with one play left and 2.5 seconds. One the last play of the game,
Russell stepped back into the pocket where he received good protection, took his
time, looked down into the end zone, and passed to a wide open
"We would have liked to throw it into the end zone to make the play in the end zone," LSU head coach Les Miles said. "When the clock is running down, you are in a position where he extends the route and he puts some air underneath it and either the ball is caught in the end zone or not."
Russell may not have finished the
game the way he wanted, but the
Without Russell and the passing game, there would have been no offense because of the lack of a running game. The Tigers ran for 42 yards on 23 carries.
"We fought our tails off and just lost a hard SEC game," running back Jacob Hester said. "It seemed they knew everything we were running. We were running screens and they were throwing screens. It just wasn't there. We have to get better this next game."
Even without a rushing attack, LSU
still out gained
The Tigers scored 90 points in their first two contests this season, but on Saturday, they failed to find the end zone.
"We played a hell of a ball game," Miles said. "There were so many ways to win that game. The guys played their hearts out. If somebody would have told me that we would have won the turnover battle, and out gained our opponent, that we probably would have won."
Now with one loss on the season,
the Tigers will have to regroup as they prepare to conclude the remainder of
their schedule, which includes trips to
Saturday's loss now puts the Tigers
two games behind because
"Quarterback play was extremely well all day," Miles said. "This is a very good football team, one that still has some very ambitious goals to fulfill."