Missouri used trick plays and misdirection to confuse the LSU defense all day as LSU drops a heartbreaker to Missouri 45-41.
In a game that was supposed to be played on Saturday night in Death Valley, there were a lot of firsts on display, mostly bad ones for the Tigers from LSU against the Tigers from Missouri. First of all, the game was moved to Columbia, MO and an 11 am kick-off due to Hurricane Delta hitting the Louisiana coast on Friday afternoon. But that was the least impactful issue.
Let’s take a look at those “bad firsts” committed by LSU:
- 24 points allowed in the first half were the most allowed since 2015.
- With the loss, LSU falls to 1-2 on the season for the first time since 1994.
- 586 yards allowed, it was the first time Mizzou gained over 500 yards in total offense in 13 SEC games.
State of Confusion
The LSU defense did force three Missouri turnovers, scoring 17 points as a result, but was out of sorts all day.
Missed assignments, poor tackling, and busted coverages, similar to the loss in the Mississippi State game, was the order of the day. Two of those busted coverages led to Missouri touchdowns.
Trick plays and misdirection allowed the Missouri wide receivers to get a free release from the line of scrimmage and get wide open for big yardage and touchdowns.
As a result, LSU Defensive Coordinator Bo Pelini was visibly frustrated on the sideline.
Freshman QB Connor Bazelak passed for 406 yards and 4 TDs for Missouri. RB Larry Roundtree III rushed for 119 yards.
Failure to Sustain Drives
There were missed opportunities for LSU on offense as well, with drive-killing ineptitude occurring with mind-numbing frequency. LSU just could not establish a sustained running game, leaving them one dimensional essentially for the entire game. They gained 1-yard rushing in the first half and 49 total rushing yards for the game, gaining a mere 2.5 yards per rush.
LSU was a whopping 0 for 10 on 3rd down conversions. They also had a field goal opportunity blocked in the fourth quarter.
On the final series, 1st and goal from the 1-yard line, LSU ran two running plays and two pass plays and were denied the endzone. Missouri then took over on downs and ran out the clock.
LSU WR Terrace Marshall, Jr. had 11 catches for 235 yards and 3 touchdowns, averaging 21 yards per catch. He now has seven touchdowns on the season.
Freshman TE Arik Gilbert caught six passes for 97 yards and a TD. QB Myles Brennan threw for 430 yards and 4 TDs, no INTs.
LSU Has More Work to Do
The Tigers have three good running backs, but neither has separated himself as the lead runner. They must establish a running game.
The defense has to get better because the schedule only gets tougher from here. They must prevent the big plays, play assignment football, and they must get better at tackling in space.
Next game for LSU: 10.17.20 at Florida. Next game for Missouri: 10.17.20 vs Vanderbilt.
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Stats source: ESPN.com; The SEC Network.