Florida dominated the Tigers in the trenches on both sides of the ball and made it look way too easy in a 51-21 victory at the Swamp. The Tigers could not run the ball and Jarrett Lee tossed a pair of picks with one going the other way for a touchdown. On defense, the Tigers couldn’t stop Florida’s offense on the ground or through the air, and mental mistakes killed LSU on both sides of the ball.
This time around, LSU was able to run the ball as Charles Scott averaged just under seven yards a carry and ran for 144 yards and two scores against the country’s third ranked rush defense.
However, there was too many of the same mistakes as Lee threw three picks with two going for scores, and the Tigers could not stop Georgia’s offense.
One thing that LSU has to cut back on is the costly mistakes on both sides of the ball and that will be the focus once again coming off another sound defeat.
“The view of me and what I have to get accomplished is team-wise,” said Miles during his Sunday briefing with the media. “It’s not just the quarterback. It’s not just the defense. We got to get this thing pointed in the right direction and make some minor adjustments, and keep this thing sailing.”
The Tigers were down from the very beginning against Georgia as the first offensive play was a pick for six when Darryl Gamble returned Lee’s interception 40 yards for a touchdown.
It was a play that the Tigers had planned on running, but with much different results.
“The first play of the game was exactly what you want with man coverage,” Miles said. “He can tell the mike backer where to go and wherever he goes he throws opposite. One–on-one coverage, inside break, it goes to the safety.
“It’s hard to know the difference between LSU and Georgia, and Georgia is a pretty dang good football team, but it’s hard to know the real difference when you take the pressure off of Tiger Stadium and throw it out the window on the first play,” added Miles.
Seven games into the 2008 campaign and LSU has yet to put together a complete game. Miles said the key is playing four quarters of solid football and they are going to use everything at their disposal to accomplish that goal even if it means giving true freshman Jordan Jefferson another look under center.
“The guys we got are the guys we got,” Miles said. “I’m not pitching anybody. We got changes that have to be made and they will come from within that room and we’re going to work hard. That’s the way it is.
“The key is to play four quarters worth of quality, solid football – offense, defense, special teams,” added Miles. “We’ll start that endeavor likes it’s a brand new endeavor this Saturday. No magic. Just the way it is.”
Miles went on to say that he expects Lee to start this Saturday against Tulane.
Something else he expects is that his defense will get back to playing the style of football it played against South Carolina a week earlier.
One of the problems that Miles sees on defense is some of the younger guys are thinking too much and not playing as instinctively as they could which has resulted in players taking poor angles.
“I think there is some of that,” he said. “The young guys are in a position where there’s just not comfortable football being played there.”
Sitting at 5-2 and 3-2 in the conference, LSU has three SEC games remaining with the big one in two weeks against the undefeated Alabama Crimson Tide.
The Tigers must win and then hope for some help if they have any shot of making a return trip to the Georgia Dome for the SEC Championship Game.
However, for now, Miles and the Tigers are focusing on the short-term goals rather than looking ahead.
“The key goals are to play smart, play tough, and play well as a team,” he said. “Do it for four quarters and it truly is that simple. That’s the goal every week. That’s the focus. Get our swagger back and play like we play. Develop the team that we have and apply some coaching and see if we can play a little bit better.”
Miles said that there were no significant injuries sustained on Saturday and that Ricky Jean-Francois saw action in 10-15 plays against Georgia.