For the fifth time in nine seasons under head coach Les Miles, the LSU Tigers lost to an unranked team, and Miles was quick to take the blame.
"There's a number of reasons why we didn't win that game but in my opinion, it's me," Miles said. "I did not get it across to them, I made the points, I spoke the words, but I need to teach better. I challenge myself that way."
Ole Miss' game-winning kick turned a usually upbeat LSU atmosphere into a more subdued one this afternoon, with the Tigers (6-2, 3-2) no longer in control of their destiny. Still, the team won't let its coach shoulder the burden alone.
"The mood is definitely difficult, you got a lot of anger, a lot of frustration right now, with what happened, losing by three points in a game like that," defensive tackle Ego Ferguson said. "It was hard, it was a heart-breaker."
LSU's defense allowed 525 yards with Ole Miss converting 11-of-18 third downs.
Wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. Added, "It's a team sport, you know he's not out there playing, and we play for him and this university, and I feel like honestly, it's on us, it can never be on the coach, because we're out there, we're the ones executing the plays, and I don't blame him at all for it. It's a team loss, it's us, LSU as a whole."
The offense was shut out in the first half for the first time this season, as quarterback Zach Mettenberger threw three interceptions.
And with their second SEC loss, the Tigers' dreams of playing for conference and national titles have now taken a major blow, but the players did say today they're not ready to concede anything yet, stating that anything is possible in this crazy BCS.
"Everything that we've written down, everything that we've planned for is still there," wide receiver Jarvis Landry said.
Ferguson added, "I feel like if we win out, anything can happen, I feel like you've seen a lot of crazy stuff happen in the BCS before, so we shouldn't give up just yet."
The Tigers step out of conference play to host Furman for Homecoming this weekend and will then use their first open date before traveling to top-ranked Alabama on November 9th.
LSU is now 55-5 versus unranked teams under Miles.
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