Ed Orgeron and his players took a page from Les Miles’ playbook Saturday on an steamy afternoon on which the former coach and his 2007 national championship team were honored at halftime.
“Rumors of my demise have been greatly exaggerated,” Miles joked two years ago after a hospital trip he later attributed to over-caffeination.
The Tigers (5-2, 2-1) showed little signs of life for the first nearly 20 minutes Saturday en route to a 20-0 deficit to visiting No. 10 Auburn (5-2, 3-1).
But a team many critics all but left for dead rallied together and scored 27 of the contest’s final 30 points to clinch their biggest comeback against an SEC opponent since 1977 and a second straight conference victory, 27-23.
“Gut check,” Orgeron said. “Gut check. We realized that, No. 1, I had to coach better, our staff had to coach better, our players had to practice better, and we had to have some leadership on our football team. But we were gonna be resilient. We weren’t gonna give up. We were gonna block out the noise. We were gonna fix the things that were fixable, and we’ve continued to do that.”
LSU heads to Florida this weekend in dire need of a victory against the Gators to right a ship many fans and media see as quickly sinking.
The Tigers have now lost two of their past three in the wake of a 24-21 stumble at home to the Sun Belt conference’s Troy that ended a slew of notable streaks the Bayou Bengals had carried for much of the 2000s thus far.
And fingers are pointing in every direction — from the team’s youth, to its leaders, to coordinators Dave Aranda and Matt Canada, head coach Ed Orgeron and athletic director Joe Alleva.
Mark Clements and Jerit Roser delve into LSU’s biggest issues thus far, what to make of the coaching and administrative situations, the quarterback battle between Danny Etling and Myles Brennan, and in exactly how serious of dangerous the program is of a bigger-picture slide.
LSU’s 37-7 loss at Mississippi State last weekend sent many fans into a panic after watching one of the team’s worst losses since 2000.
Jerit Roser and Mark Clements break down everything that went wrong for the Tigers in Starkville, Miss., in the podcast below — as well as what these indicators mean for the rest of the season and what coach Ed Orgeron’s squad needs to show Saturday at home against Syracuse to bounce back effectively.