Ed Orgeron speaks on No. 5 LSU Steam Rolling Ole Miss 45-16
LSU head coach Ed Orgeron speaks on win and areas the team needs to improve on.
With Ole Miss’ only loss against No.1 Alabama, the Rebels came to Death Valley to continue their win streak, but the LSU Tigers ruined any hopes for the Rebels entering the top 25 this week.
The Ole Miss Rebels went up first with a 36-yard field goal, but the Tigers bounced back immediately with a six play, 80-yard drive that would make the score 7-3 with six minutes left in the first quarter.
The first touchdown pass for LSU began the offensive onslaught the Tigers’ offense brought upon the Rebels’ defense; LSU’s offense found the end zone three more times before halftime.
Two of the glaring changes to the Tiger’s offense was explosive plays and junior quarterback Joe Burrows becoming a dual threat this game. On the LSU’s fourth scoring drive, it was a two play, 45 second drive with a 65-yard touchdown pass from Burrow to sophomore wide receiver Justin Jefferson.
And Burrow played his best game all season with 292 passing yards, three touchdowns and completing 72 percent of his passes. The starting quarterback also led the team in rushing with 96 yards and one touchdown.
LSU head coach Ed Orgeron said it makes the offense more difficult to defend, but does not want to put the quarterback in harm’s way.
Burrow, on the other hand, said he enjoys running the read option and jokingly he “would’ve liked to get a 100 [yards], two more yards tonight.”
The formula LSU has been using all season is working: run the ball and playing excellent defense. Going into the Tigers’ fifth game of the season, the defense is allowing an average of 14.7 points per a game.
Although there were no forced turnovers by the Tigers’ defense or much pressure on Ole Miss’ quarterback, saying the defense played exceptional tonight would be an understatement, holding the Rebels offense to six points at half time.
LSU’s head coach said that defense “struggled a little bit”, but performed well in the points aspect.
The Rebels’ offense at halftime accounted for a total of 157 yards total and six points.The Rebels were able to muster up 10 more points in the second half.
What aided the Tigers’ dominance tonight was Ole Miss shooting themselves in the foot with multiple penalties. There were many offsides, roughing the passer and roughing the kicker penalties, which made the each drive for the home team more manageable.
Ole Miss’ head coach Matt Luke said they are mistakes that the team cannot afford.
“The false starts and after the whistle penalties, the unsportsmanlike conduct, those are the things that can’t happen and we have to eliminate all those,” Luke said.
One of the flaws that I have been pointing out in recent weeks is the Tigers letting up after halftime. This game was against a more quality opponent and the Tigers played with a more consistent level of intensity.
Now, is there still room for improvement, of course. And it seems it is a problem that has plagued the team from the beginning of the season. Orgeron said he has not yet been able to solve the problem, but he is happy the team is winning at the end of the game.
“We’re trying to figure it out,” Orgeron said. “We were really demonstrative at half time..making sure we’re coming out fired up, but we still didn’t do the things that we need to do. You gotta win the game in four quarters and we’re winning the game.”
At the end of the game, the Tigers are still winning as they stand 5-0 for the first time since 2015, making Orgeron 20-6 as LSU’s head coach.
The Tigers displayed tonight that they are capable of dominating a quality opponents on both sides of the ball. This is the type of play they will need as the No. 1 Alabama and No. 2 Georgia will soon come to play at Tiger Stadium.
The Tigers will take on their next SEC opponent, the Gators, next week at The Swamp.
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