LSU’s once-promising season has quite possibly slipped away.
LSU had won the game — at least temporarily — after Danny Etling found D.J. Chark for the game-winning touchdown as time expired. However, upon the official’s review, the play was overturned because the play did not get off in time.
The Tigers, ranked No. 18 in the country, could not muster points late in a back-and-forth battle in The Plains. Despite some stellar defense plays, a steady outing from Leonard Fournette and a tightly-contested game that came down to the wire, LSU suffered its second loss of the season and first in SEC play, and perhaps had the clock strike zero on its season.
Here’s what coach Les Miles said after the 18-13 loss at Auburn when he addressed the media:
- “Thought it was … if we don’t turn the ball over, drive the football and do the things we’re supposed to do, it’s a different game, but we didn’t.”
- On Leonard Fournette — “After last game, no swelling in the ankle. Not anything I could see. If he got nicked today, certainly, that’s very possible. It’s a football game. I hope that it’s nothing serious. He was on the last play of the game.”
- On final play — “We knew that the referee wasn’t going to blow the whistle, was going to raise a hand and the clock was going to start. We were trying to set up as fast as we could, and we thought we were pretty close.”
- “Our defense is on the field too long. They have a quality way of shifting gears against who we play, and I like how we play.”
- On Danny Etling — “I know that he completed drives and gave us an opportunity to win the game. He took a ball and it fell out of his hand. I thought he played gutty, tough, hard-nosed football, scrambled and made plays. He slides and gets cut and banged, and returns to play immediately. I think we as a team can play better.”
- Miles says Etling received a baseline concussion test. Medical staff discussed stitches for his forehead. Miles said he saw a clearness in his eyes and looked capable.
- More on Etling — “Competitiveness and the want to win.”
- On the last play (more): “I wanted to make sure that happened. I did not see the flag, but was told the flag was thrown. I wondered if his foot was in bounds and it was. When they came back and said they were going to see if play clock had started or expired, I figured that the penalty … if there was a penalty, it was the end of the game. With us staring at the clock, I did not figure out that we had — even with the clock — it would be a difficult victory.”
- On clock management — “To be honest, I was really proud of the team. They kept slugging, kept going and put a ball in the air, the last play of the game, caught it in the end zone, the official raised his hands and the celebration ensued. I said ‘I don’t know if I came so close to winning a game and came in second.'”
- About playing in Auburn — “Auburn has a good, quality football team. I don’t think loud made a difference; I think we did have difficulty with our headphones. I don’t know how that all plays.”
- “I’m absolutely certain the officials would get it right. I enjoyed the fact our guys busted their tail and put a ball and catch in fair territory. If there was something I enjoyed from this game, that was it. I don’t know if I enjoyed much else.”
- On LSU being 2-2 — “That’s a good football team. We got to get healthy, look forward to playing more games, playing next week in Tiger Stadium and who knows? We’ll take it one game at a time, have fun and let’s go win and see where we’re at.”
- On goal-line stand: “The defense made plays when they needed to. They went out there with 9 minutes to go, running the ball. Then, they realized 9 minutes was too much time. They stopped them. The scenario, to me, was something we could have enjoyed.”
Les: "First of all, I'd like to graduate Auburn and Gus. They played their buts off" #LSU
— Tiger Rag (@Tiger_Rag) September 25, 2016
Miles: "Get down there with an opportunity to win the game. Had the play, executed the play. Penalty thrown … play was done." #LSU
— Ross Dellenger (@RossDellenger) September 25, 2016