AUBURN, Ala. — Les Miles is known for his innate ability to please reporters with his quotable persona.
He didn’t disappoint Saturday after LSU suffered a heart-wrenching 18-13 defeat to Auburn, including a roller-coaster final play. Miles took the sportsmanlike approach, praising Auburn’s ability to squeak out the close victory.
Here’s what he had to say, as it pertains to Auburn, after the mayhem. Also, LSU’s players chimed in on a few topics, including the challenge — or lack thereof — of playing in Jordan-Hare Stadium.
Miles on Auburn’s effort: “I would like to congratulate Auburn. I thought they played their butts off.”
Miles on the confusion of the final play: “With the penalty being thrown, if that was an illegal shift, then the play was done and then there would’ve been a 10-second run-off, and that would be that. We hurried to the line and we got lined up and illegal shifted. We didn’t know we illegal shifted, but we threw the ball in the end zone and caught it. … We realize that they were going to give us no signal as to when the clock would start on the final play. They raised their hand, let it down and we didn’t get the play off at the end. ”
Miles on coming up on the losing side in a game like that: “We felt like we did everything we could and our kids did everything that they could do to win the game. … I don’t know if I have ever come as close to winning a game as compared to finishing second as I did tonight.”
Miles on the conversations on the LSU sideline during the madness: “I wanted to make sure that that had actually happened. I did not see the flag. I was told that the flag was thrown. I wondered if his foot was in bounds. When they came back and said they were going to see if the play clock had started or not. I figured that if there was a penalty then that was the end of the game. With us staring at the clock, I knew it would be difficult. They say that you cannot start a play in less than two seconds.”
DB Jamal Adams on the Jordan-Hare atmosphere: “It’s not difficult at all. We had opportunities and we have to execute them.”
OL Ethan Pocic on if he thought LSU won: “That was unbelievable. I definitely thought we did. It’s crazy. One second you do, but then one second you don’t, but that’s college football.”
LB Arden Key on making Auburn stall offensively: “We did good on the defense. We got a lot of field goals.”