Pour one out for Les Miles.
After another disappointing loss, the Mad Hatter’s trip down the rabbit hole ended. Miles was let go in the midst of his 12th season in Baton Rouge. The Tigers made several key mistakes down the stretch as Auburn dropped LSU to 2-2.
Here are more details on that and some of the other worst things of Week 4 in the SEC:
Les Miles’ clock management
It feels mean to pick on Miles now that he’s been let go by LSU, but the clock management in the last minute showed so many of the things that made him a controversial coach down the stretch at LSU.
LSU was driving down the field with under a minute to go and earned a first down with 16 seconds left on the clock. It took 15 seconds for LSU to get set, snap the ball and for Danny Etling to find Travin Dural for a first down – and it was called back thanks to an illegal shift.
Even with the poor clock management, LSU still had a chance for a play with 1 second left to win the game. Etling threw a crazy touchdown pass with no time left, but it didn’t matter. It took too long for LSU to line up, so the play did not count.
I know it was chaotic, but LSU wasted way too much time. Should've been sitting in formation, waiting to snap it… pic.twitter.com/GyDB1csDqk
— Alex Martin Smith (@asmiff) September 25, 2016
Antonio Callaway’s punt returns
This isn’t the reason that Florida lost, but it sure played a part. Callaway had two boneheaded plays to ultimately let a huge lead against Tennessee slip away.
First, Callaway muffed a punt within his own 5-yard line, and Tennessee fumbled. The Volunteers ultimately wouldn’t be able to punch it into the end zone, but it helped change the tenor of the game.
Antonio Callaway muffed punt on the two yard line. Vols didn't turn it into points. Extremely frustrating. pic.twitter.com/LTOSAFrPMj
— Rocky Top News (@rockytop_news) September 26, 2016
Later, Callaway followed up his performance by incredibly calling a fair-catch punt on his 1-yard line. The drive stalled, and Tennessee got the ball back. It’ll be interesting to see whether Callaway keeps punt-return responsibilities heading forward.
Uh, Antonio Callaway, calling fair catch at the 1 is not a great idea
— SI College Football (@si_ncaafb) September 24, 2016
I'm not sure what Antonio Callaway was doing even trying to fair catch that punt inside the 5. Major miscue for #Gators
— Ryan Young (@RyanYoungSEC) September 24, 2016
Photographer special teams
Auburn consistently has had elite special teams play, including one of the best kickers in America, Daniel Carlson. Unfortunately, the sideline photographers didn’t quite contribute to that success.
Oh boy. Have at it internet world. https://t.co/D0wKxioNzC
— Derek Tyson (@DerekTysonESPN) September 25, 2016
The errant kick returner later was identified as Ashley Ward, who works with Auburn photography. She was also a former intern with ESPN and WarEagle Productions, who gave a hilarious slow-motion take on the video.
— WarEagle Productions (@AuburnVideo) September 25, 2016
But don’t worry, Ward made sure to let us know she survived the muffed kickoff.
I'm okay!!! https://t.co/YGAJzBaVN9
— ashley ward (@AshLaWard) September 25, 2016