Les Miles is staying at LSU. Minutes after the embattled coach was carried off on his players shoulders while fans serenaded him, athletic director Joe Alleva said Miles will remain at the school. Leonard Fournette ran for 159 yards, Derrius Guice had a 50-yard scoring run and a touchdown and LSU beat Texas A&M 19-7 on Saturday night in the home finale at Death Valley. Guice had 73 yards rushing and also had a 75-yard kickoff return for LSU (8-3, 5-3 Southeastern Conference), which ended a three-game skid that had raised questions about Miles' job security. LSU's administration had declined to comment on Miles' status, fueling speculation that his days roaming Death Valley's home sideline were about to end after 11 seasons. But as the game ended, fans chanted, "Keep Les Miles! Keep Les Miles!" And they got their wish. Fournette, who was one of Miles' prized 2014 recruits, finished the game owning LSU's single-season rushing
Disappointment takes many forms. Some evident, others hidden behind many layers. The disappointment in the LSU football program in the month of November is both kinds for me. Surely the 0 and three record is as obvious as it gets. But it is not simply the record that has me disappointed. It is the levels below it. And unfortunately every level brings it right back to the top. Les Miles, a man I admire in a lot of ways, have tremendous respect for as a man and have a deep appreciation for because of what he has done for LSU, is in a tough spot. Surely anyone can see the difference between this team in September and October, and realize that the power run game that gave
LSU is now in the midst of its first three-game losing streak since 1999. It's foreign ground for the Tigers and coach Les Miles, who spent his postgame press conference fielding questions about his job security and trying to explain why a once-promising season has turned sour in three short weeks. No. 25 Mississippi beat No. 17 LSU 38-17 on Saturday, dominating the entire game except for a short stretch in the third quarter when the Tigers pulled within a touchdown. LSU was dogged by penalties and mistakes in the embarrassing loss. The Tigers had miscues at crucial times on Saturday and often seemed unorganized. They were penalized 13 times for 95 yards, had three turnovers and fumbled four times, including twice on one series. "We are out of synch," Miles said. "That's not how we practice. I'm disappointed because I have coaches and players that work very hard. I told them, you have
A trend. The definition of a trend is a “change or develop in a general direction”. LSU football is in the midst of a trend. And it is not good. The last two weeks have been terrible on the field for the LSU football program, and that has set up what will no doubt be eventful off of the field. All week during the question was “how motivated will this team be following the loss to Alabama”. The answer was not at all. That was even after the coaching staff completely junked an offense that had run for 2,218 yards in the previous eight games. Seriously, a week after defending making no changes this was the time to change everything and become a
Alex Collins kept the resurgent Arkansas Razorbacks rolling at the expense of an LSU squad that has fallen hard and fast. Collins ran for 141 yards and two touchdowns and Arkansas won its fourth straight, 31-14 over ninth-ranked LSU on Saturday night. Combined with Alabama's victory hours earlier, Arkansas (6-4, 4-2 Southeastern Conference) eliminated LSU (7-2, 4-2) from contention in the SEC West. Only two weeks earlier, the Tigers were unbeaten and ranked second by the College Football Playoff committee. They were No. 9 in the CFP this week after losing for the first time this season at Alabama on Nov. 7. LSU running back Leonard Fournette had 127 yards from scrimmage and scored his 17th touchdown this season, but that may have done little to help his Heisman Trophy candidacy on a day when Alabama's Derrick Henry rushed for 204 yards and two scores. Brandon Allen passed for 141 yards, including a 52-yard
This is one of the most interesting match-ups of the 2015 season for the Tigers. The last two seasons the Razorbacks have matched up very well against LSU. They almost pulled off the big upset back in 2013, but instead it was Anthony Jennings hookup to Travin Dural which ended up winning the game for LSU and last year it was a beatdown by the Razorbacks 17-0 over LSU. Bret Bielema's system is to wear you down with a massive offensive line and then hit plays downfield off of play-actions sets. That has not changed, but where I have seen the most improvement is in the short passing game for Arkansas. Quarterback Brandon Allen has done a very good job this season hitting accurately the short to intermediate throws and converting more 3rd down attempts. LSU has had trouble with even middle of the road QB's in 2015 and Allen has turned
Business as usual at the LSU Football Operations building this week. Coaches, players and administrators all getting their work done this week. But there was a sense of disappointment in the air, the residue of the loss to Alabama. In group settings nobody brought it up, but in one by one talks it was brought up by everybody I talked to. So, that is where we will start.
Humiliated. Embarrassed. Man-handled. Pick your word, they all apply. For sixty minutes on Saturday night the LSU Tigers were beat. They were out everything-ed. And that puts this program at a crossroads. Not the season, not this team, this program. When your head coach so loudly states that one game means so much, and you perform like you did last night for the fifth time in a row, well it ain’t good. We have been told that this team has leaders on the roster. Well, let’s see it. When LSU lost to Alabama last year they packed it in against Arkansas, and got embarrassed. If they act like the same spoiled children this year, it will happen again. This program is too big to continue to repeat past failures, last night was enough. Every person in this program needs to spend the next week working on how they can better do their job. Everybody. Saturday night against Arkansas is