The ending of the LSU-Ole Miss game had fans all over the country glued to their TVs, and scratching their heads as well. The Tigers missed both chances to tie the game on a two-point conversion with 1:17 left, but then recovered an onside kick to keep their hopes alive.
They got into field-goal range on a Brandon LaFell catch, but two plays later quarterback Jordan Jefferson took a critical sack to move the ball back out of FG range. On the next play Jefferson completed a short pass, but there was confusion on the LSU sideline and a timeout was not called until 17 seconds after the play was over. The Tigers would complete an improbable 4th and 26 pass with under ten seconds to go, but then could not get the kicking unit on the field and time expired with them trying to spike the ball.
The end result was a 25-23 Ole Miss victory that has many LSU fans questioning their coaching staff.
A dejected Les Miles took the blame afterwards:
“We played a very inspired game, a very competitive game,” Miles said. “The management at the back end of the game was the issue.
“It’s my fault that we didn’t finish first in that game.”
LSU has been a team that seemed like the third best squad (with the first two being #1 and #2 in the country) in the league all season, but they are now a potential loss against a hot Arkansas club away from finishing fourth in the West. Miles was the toast of Baton Rouge a couple of years ago when the Tigers won the BCS Title and he turned down the Michigan job.
Now with Alabama leading the pecking order in the West and others (Auburn, Arkansas) getting better, LSU and Miles cannot afford any more mental hiccups if they want to stay near the top of the league.
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