LSU looks to rebound vs MSU

Last Saturday marked the first time that an LSU football team scored more than 40 points in regulation and lost, mainly because of the defense's poor play.

"Now that we lost that game, it's kinda like your first love," cornerback Jalen Mills said. "I mean, everything's going good, everything's going great, and then she breaks your heart."

Well, consider Georgia's quarterback Aaron Murray the "Ex" in that scenario, after he torched LSU repeatedly on busted coverages, making a prideful Tiger secondary look dazed and confused.

"There needs to be a comfort and a relax that all you need to do is play your assignment, and basically we would have had two touchdown passes covered extremely well," coach Les Miles said.

"Just a lack of communication," added Mills. "We have to do better with that, getting a play call through everybody on the whole defense. And I just can't really let my emotions get to me in a time like that, I mean I just have to keep my composure and play ball."

But the back four aren't the only ones to blame. Georgia also stymied LSU's D-line to zero sacks and zero quarterback hurries, something the Tigers will work quickly to improve.

"Well, it's always a concern when the team can have the success they did throwing the football," Miles said. "There's a couple ways to approach it. Certainly add guys and add numbers to the rush, or continue to prepare the guys that would be your best four pass-rushers to do the things that they're capable of doing and getting better at it technically. I think those are the things that we're really kind of focused on, both of those pieces, to get us a little bit more rush."

And even though LSU's defense gave up nearly 500 total yards of offense to Georgia, the Tiger "D" fully expects to bounce back this week against Mississippi State, and LSU's offensive teammates are showing their support.

"They're gonna come along, trust me," center Elliot Porter said. "I feel like they make us better. More than anyone, they make us better."

Receiver Kadron Boone added, "Oh yeah, I'm real confident in them, 'Chief' is going to do a great job with them, and that defensive staff is going to a great job. At the end of the day, we win as a team and lose as a team, only thing we can do is learn from our mistakes and move on from it."

LSU (4-1, 1-1) travels to Starkville to face the Bulldogs (2-2, 0-1) Saturday night at 6:00.