It isn’t a lesson as much as an affirmation: The little things will get you beat. The Tigers’ mistakes were numerous: two missed field goals inside 40 yards, a false start penalty on fourth-and-goal, a muffed punt and one that shouldn’t have been fielded and the inability to bring down a receiver like Notre Dame’s Miles Boykin after he made a miraculous one-handed catch for what turned out to be the game-winning touchdown.


The Tigers' continuing kicking woes. LSU was widely criticized for using a scholarship on Cole Tracy, a Division II transfer kicker. But after Monday’s display in the Citrus Bowl, LSU certainly appeared justified. Connor Culp missed wide right on a 22-yard field goal in the first half, then Jack Gonsoulin was wide left from 37, although he made a 17-yarder with 2:03 left. Meanwhile, Notre Dame’s Justin Yoon was good from 46 and 49 yards.


All of the Tigers’ shortcomings from the 2017 season seemed to come home to roost in their frustrating 21-17 loss to Notre Dame, shortcomings Ed Orgeron must address in earnest over the next nine months. LSU as a program is by no means broken, but there is much improvement to make moving forward in a 2018 season that will be challenging because of the key offensive players the Tigers are will/are likely to lose.

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