With: 02 showing on the clock,
shades of 2002 were visible: in the
eyes of Tigers fans where it was bright, and in the eyes of Wildcats fans where
it was "Yep, we know what's coming." Colt David's 57-yard field goal attempt
went just wide left, however, setting off a triple overtime marathon that ended
with No. 1 LSU becoming the first top-ranked team to fall to
The Tigers' undisputed reign at the top of the football world lasted just six days. At least one world, it is believed by many, was created in that amount of time. It only took four quarters and three extra sessions to undo the unblemished record that had been created through six games in 2007.
On the bright side, LSU is not the
first No. 1 team to go down this season and is No. 4 in the first Bowl
Championship Series rankings. By all indications, it is highly likely now that
at least one team in the national championship game will have a blemish. The
Tigers still control their destiny in the Southeastern Conference's Western
Division, still control their destiny as far as getting to
Once again, LSU was plagued by
dropped passes and an offensive line that had trouble pass protecting and run
blocking at times. In previous weeks, the Tigers were able to overcome the
offense's slow starts and miscues. Against
After rushing for 91 yards and two touchdowns on five carries in the first half, Charles Scott was given the ball just once in the second half. His hot hands grew cold and, instead of having a career night (even with only two carries after the first two quarters he only finished 7 yards shy of his career-high rushing total), the lasting memory of him now is coming up short on a fourth-and-two to end the game. Lack of running space was the fault of a missed assignment, however, not an error by Scott.
Matt Flynn was just 17-of-35 passing for 130 yards with one touchdown and an interception and was sacked three times. To Flynn's credit, a few of his passes that went for naught simply slipped through the hands of receivers, including a potential touchdown pass to Keith Zinger that forced LSU to settle for a field goal and a 27-14 advantage instead of a 17-point lead late in the third quarter. But there were also missed receivers and poorly thrown balls on Flynn's part.
The Tigers left a few opportunities to score on the field in regulation and scored on less than half of its 11 possessions.
Even without starting running back
Rafael Little, LSU's defense still had problems stopping
Even with interceptions by Chad Jones and Chevis Jackson, Woodson still threw for over 200 yards in regulation.
Faced with several third-and-long opportunities, the Tigers could never seem to get off of the field and compounded the problem with personal fouls and pass interference penalties that kept drives alive for the Wildcats. No doubt, some of those fouls were imagined or ticky-tack at best, and it's difficult for Jonathan Zenon to defend when a receiver pulls him down to the ground prior to catching a pass for a touchdown, but to fail to register a sack and only have four tackles for loss certainly didn't help matters. There were also times where defenders simply lost track of the ball altogether or looked lost. The latter of these two issues was particularly prevalent in the first quarter.
All punts from
Colt David was 3-for-4 kicking
field goals, and his only miss came on a potential game-winning 57-yard attempt.
The best field position that
Special teams certainly didn't lose the game and appeared to come within two or three yards of winning it in regulation.
The effort may have been there, the focus may have been too, but there were certainly times when there were mini mental breakdowns – defensive players not knowing where to line up, the drops, and blown coverages or assignments.
Offensively, the Tigers seemed to
get away from what was working so well against
Defensively, LSU simply hasn't looked like the dominating juggernaut of the first three weeks as of late and, as the season goes on, opponents are putting up more and more points. Seeing another quarterback rush in for a touchdown untouched inside of the red zone when all of his receivers were covered was disappointing.
For the most part, LSU's coaches put the players in the right position, but getting those same players to execute at times was an issue.
GRADE: B -