A picture of a rather forlorn No. 8 sitting on the turf summed up the Chick-fil-A Bowl for the LSU Tigers, who blew a lead to lose 25-24 to Tigers from Clemson University.

With quarterback Zach Mettenberger all too often on the ground, and the overworked LSU defense squad forced to take the field for far too long, the list of misfortunes goes on and on.

It was not the greatest New Year’s Eve for Tiger fans. The recriminations will be many.

Still, a 10-2 regular season that included major victories is nothing to dismiss, even as we pore over statistics and coaching decisions that will be in instant-replay mode in the mind’s eye of fans for a long time.