LSU football coach Les Miles, speaking during his weekly Monday lunch press conference, took the blame for the Tigers upset loss at Ole Miss.
Ole Miss defeated LSU 27-24 on Saturday.
LSU (6-2, 3-2) fell from No. 6 to No. 13 in the AP Top 25 poll. (Click here to hear the full audio from Miles’ lunch press conference.)
"It's hard to admit as the coach of the team that is best and better team that they finished second," Miles said.
Ole Miss (4-3, 2-3), which snapped a three-game losing streak with the victory, had nine starters out of the LSU game becuase of the injury.
"I did not get (the message) across to them," Miles said. "I made the points. I spoke the words, but I need to teach more."
Miles said he thought his players tried to hard against Ole Miss.
"Our weakness in this game was that they thought they had to make every play," he said.
LSU quarterback Zach Mettenberger was 19 of 33 for 274 yards, one touchdown and three interceptions.
"As you watch this film you are going to see a quarterback that is trying to win the game with three or four throws that he shouldn't have thrown," Miles said.
Ole Miss coverted 11 of 18 third downs against LSU.
Miles also said he thought he mismanaged the timeout situation at the end of the game when Ole Miss placekicker Andrew Ritter hit a 41-yard field goal with two seconds remaining to win the game. He said his original plan was to call a timeout sooner and leave more time on the clock, but he didn't.
Miles said he changed his mind on "icing" Ritter, because he thought Ritter was already "iced" because of a previous block by LSU in the game.
LSU plays host to Furman in its homecoming game on Saturday.