LSU coach Ed Orgeron known as his staff’s protection “embarrassing,” after the Tigers allowed 586 yards of whole offense in a 45-41 loss at Missouri.
“We could not cease anyone. Actually a poor exhibiting on protection,” Orgeron mentioned. “We’ve got to teach higher, No. 1. It begins with me. Gamers need to make performs. We could not cease the run, receivers extensive open down the sector. It was embarrassing. We’ve got to get it fastened.”
It was the second poor defensive efficiency in three video games to start out the season for the defending nationwide champions, who allowed Mississippi State quarterback Okay.J. Costello to throw for an SEC-record 623 yards in a season-opening loss.
For Orgeron, there was loads of blame to go round. He pointed to a scarcity of physicality, poor communication, missed assignments, calls and tackles.
“Lots of it was busts. Guys had been extensive open,” he mentioned. “That is occurred to us twice now. We actually have to take a look at what we’re doing, we actually gotta do some soul looking and remove that.”
The Tigers (1-2) have allowed 96 factors, which is probably the most they’ve allowed by way of three video games to start out a season in program historical past, in keeping with ESPN Stats & Info.
Along with dropping 17 starters from final 12 months’s undefeated championship staff, Orgeron employed Bo Pelini because the staff’s defensive coordinator after Dave Aranda left for the pinnacle job at Baylor. Pelini switched the Tigers to a 4-3 defensive scheme from a 3-4 — a transfer Orgeron has praised — however the rent and schematic shift hasn’t offered the meant outcomes.
“I like Bo. I believe Bo’s going to be a fantastic defensive coordinator. He is completed it earlier than,” Orgeron mentioned. “However we’ve got to get higher. There are some issues we have to repair. We have to coach higher. There’s some issues we have to have a look at schematically and see the place we are able to higher and I do know we’ll.”
Missouri quarterback Connor Bazelak accomplished 29 of 34 passes for 406 yards and 4 touchdowns, whereas operating again Larry Rountree III added 119 yards speeding on 18 carries. Regardless of the explosive exhibiting from Missouri’s offense, which scored 19 and 12 factors in losses to Alabama and Tennessee to open the 12 months, LSU had an opportunity to win the sport within the remaining minute however was held out of the tip zone on 4 straight performs from the Missouri 1-yard line.
LSU got here into the sport having been ranked within the AP High-25 for 34 straight weeks, a streak that just about definitely will come to an finish.