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LSU linebacker Devin White (40) celebrates with LSU defensive tackle Edwin Alexander (95) after Alexander sacked Notre Dame quarterback Ian Book in the first half, Monday, Jan. 1, 2018, in the Citrus Bowl at Camping World Stadium in Orlando, Fla.

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK


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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