LSU’s senior offensive tackle Vadal Alexander called out his offensive line. He said the unit was to blame for Leonard Fournette’s dismal performance against Alabama.
“I put it on us,” Alexander said according to The Advocate’s Ross Dellenger.
LSU’s offensive line was dominated all night by Alabama’s ferocious front seven and LSU’s Heisman Trophy candidate never found a crease in Alabama’s front seven. Fournette rushed 19 times for a season-low 31 yards and a touchdown. He had only one run that went longer than four yards and lost yardage on four separate carries.
LSU’s offensive line couldn’t get any push throughout the game. Fournette was often greeted at the line of scrimmage by a slew of Bama defenders and rarely had a clean hole to run through. When Fournette wasn’t tackled at the line of scrimmage, Alabama forced him to bounce outside where there was still no running room to be found.
LSU coach Les Miles said his offensive line was tested by Alabama’s defensive front.
“I think the offensive line faced a very talented, capable line in Alabama,” Miles said according to The Advocate’s Marcus Rodrigue. “They were challenged.”
Fournette put up his worst game of his prolific sophomore season, but Miles didn’t put the blame on him.
“There’s a lot of football left to play and it’s a team,” Miles said according to Dellenger. “It’s not Leonard’s fault. It’s all of us.”
Miles went on to say that his offensive line didn’t give Fournette many chances to break loose.
“I’d like to tell you that we gave Leonard an opportunity to run; I don’t know that they did that,” Miles said according to NOLA.com’s Jerit Roser.
LSU’s blockers failed their biggest test of the season badly and that was an enormous reason why the Tigers let the game get away from them. LSU proved on Saturday night it cannot win when Fournette struggles. The Tigers must make sure it doesn’t happen again if they have any hopes of climbing back into the College Football Playoff discussion.
“I think we’ll understand that any time you play (like that), you get what you deserve,” Miles said according to Rodrigue.