After being rendered scoreless for the first half, No. 5 LSU stormed back in the third quarter only to come up just short against Wisconsin, 16-14, in Lambeau Field Saturday in the teams’ season opener.
LSU coach Les Miles is scheduled to meet with the media to discuss the season-opening loss. Here are some updates:
- Opening statement: In the first half, not a third-down conversion on offense, but nevertheless, we were still in the game. Defense played their behinds off, played hard for four quarters … These guys played their hearts out and it’s hard for me to realize how close we came.
- On the offense: We didn’t move the football like we’re capable of. Certainly, at times we threw the football well and at times we turned it over. We were 2-of-10 on third-down conversions, and that’s not what we want.
- On Leonard Fournette: Leonard was full speed in my mind. Thought he played hard.
- On the line: The best five. I’ll have to see the field. Again, I know there were some quality performances. I don’t know exactly what came off back side, where it was at, so I’ll have to see it.
- On Brandon Harris’ fourth-quarter interception: He was getting sacked, pivoted off. Didn’t make the throw he wanted to make for sure.
- On Josh Boutte’s late penalty: I have to see the film, but he’s an offensive lineman and protection, and what happens downfield sometimes you can be protecting on the play and you don’t know the ball is thrown. I’ll have to check this, but it’s very logical he didn’t know the guy had gone down and he was making the tackle. I believe him because he’s not a malicious guy. I can’t imagine he saw him go down and then went ahead and made a tackle.
- On what’s ahead: I don’t know how you keep him up. They’re going to have to come back to work and find a resiliency that they can be a talented, capable team and a contender. With that in mind, they have to make huge strides Monday, Tuesday and next week.
- On Fournette’s injury late in the game: I don’t think there’s an injury that will keep him from playing for some time.
Sam Spiegelman covers LSU football recruiting for SECCountry.com and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Follow him on Twitter for the latest on who’s on their way to play in Tiger Stadium.