The sting of Saturday night's loss to Alabama is still hurting the LSU team and Tiger fan base. The football team will have to put the loss behind them quickly as a capable and hungry Miss. State football team comes to Tiger Stadium this weekend.
Monday, Coach Les Miles met with the media praising the great atmosphere of Tiger Stadium and his team as well for the great effort given against Alabama. The coach only wished the night could have ended differently.
Miles addressed a few of the trick plays he called against Alabama, saying, "I would probably make those calls again. I see things that can be advantages, and I make calls that are based on decisions, and I don't necessarily share every piece or tidbit. I can tell you that I'd probably do that again. If you look at (the game), talking about Alabama, if we can extend the drive by a minute and thirty, the game's over. If you look at those fourth downs that we didn't make, the opportunity to extend that drive is really what I was trying to get done. I'm going to make those calls if I feel like it's the best thing that we can do for victory."
The coach addressed the continuing penalties against JC Copeland, "There's nothing that validates those penalties, certainly not his play in any way. I guess there's a point in time where on the play that busts to the 12th, he makes a tremendous line of scrimmage block, looks up and he's looking for somebody to hit and loses perspective on the time. This is not a dirty player, this is a guy who's given great effort, hustle and energy. Those things from a player like that, it's not acceptable in any way. We took him out for some period of time in that game until he understood that yet again, and we asked him before we put him back in the game, ‘Are you going to be able to control yourself?' And he said, ‘Absolutely.' I guess there's a point in time where young players learn, and hopefully it will be that time."
LSU has an outside chance at landing a spot in the Sugar Bowl. For that to happen the Tigers need both Florida and Georgia to lose. "I think there's an understanding that we're a good football team. I think Saturday, in certain ways, proved that. Now we have to play to that and play like that, and let's just see how this thing goes. Can we end up in a BCS bowl? It certainly seems like it's a possibility. Should things change significantly in the perimeter? That certainly would give us an opportunity to play best and play last."
LSU will not have an easy game to bounce back from after losing to the Tide. Miss. State is 7-2, but has loss two straight games to Alabama and Texas A&M. Miles calls the Bulldogs, "a very capable team. I think Dan Mullen does a great job there. They will certainly be prepared. Tyler Russell is a quarterback that I have seen a lot of. I think that he is a very quality signal caller. They have a number of guys. Chad Bumphis, a guy that we have an understanding of how capable he is. An offensive line that has really given up eight sacks all year. We recognize offensively how capable they are. Defensively, they are a big and physical front. They have linebackers and down lineman that will be a nice matchup. They have a quality defense."
The coach added, "It is going to be Saturday night in Tiger Stadium, and our team enjoys playing there."
The Tigers will again need the crowd to bring the electric atmosphere that filled the stadium for the South Carolina and Alabama games.
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