Here are the highlights from No. 20 LSU’s 17-0 loss to Arkansas on Saturday night in Fayetteville, Arkansas.
LSU needs to find some balance, some punch on offense. What happened — or, more accurately, didn’t happen — Saturday night is hardly an aberration. The Tigers offense, despite its ability to grind out drives with its strong running game, can be stagnant and toothless.
Starting with a scoreless final quarter of a 41-7 blowout over Kentucky on Oct. 18, LSU has scored just two touchdowns in its last 13 SEC quarters (plus an overtime period).
Granted, that’s against some of the nation’s toughest competition. But then, again, that’s kind of what LSU is going to be facing all the time. You have to have the chest to play at LSU, right?
The Tigers were able to keep games close enough with Alabama and Ole Miss to nearly upset the Crimson Tide and shock the Rebels in an upset. But Arkansas isn’t going to run away from anyone, and the pace of play kept LSU in the game until the fourth quarter. There’s just no punch and certainly no imagination to the offense, and the plodding games LSU needs to secure victory are the exception, not the rule, in the college game anymore.
LSU came into this game averaging 221.4 yards per game and 4.5 yards per rush. But with left guard Vadal Alexander out with a hand injury, the Tigers managed just 36 yards on 32 carries — an anemic 1.1 yards per rush.
LSU had 35 yards on 27 carries —and just 73 total yards through three shutout quarters.
LET’S MAKE A POINT HERE
In four of seven SEC games, LSU has scored 13 points or less. The Tigers are 1-3 in those games.
LSU finishes the regular season at Texas A&M at 6:30 p.m. on Thanksgiving (Nov. 27) in College Station, Texas.