LSU Falls: Worst Coached Game Ever?

James KeenContributor IIJanuary 10, 2012

NEW ORLEANS, LA - JANUARY 09:  Head coach Les Miles of the Louisiana State University Tigers looks on from the sidelines against the Alabama Crimson Tide during the 2012 Allstate BCS National Championship Game at Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 9, 2012 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
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It's amazing how a coach can win an award and then turn around to coach possibly his worst game ever. That just so happened to be the National Championship game. LSU couldn't move the ball on the ground with the option in the first quarter, but continued to use the exact same gameplan for the remainder of the game.

Jordan Jefferson carried the ball 14 times for 15 yards. How long does it take to figure out that you need to change something? Jefferson seemed indecisive and afraid to throw downfield, averaging 3.1 yards per completion. He seemed to panic, turning an easy shovel pass into an interception in LSU's own territory. Jefferson finished the game with 68 total yards.

Million of fans at home screamed for Jarrett Lee to get his shot, but he never saw the field. Not once. They just continued to run the same boring option plays. Even in the fourth quarter. Option after option while the clock is going "tick, tick, tick."

LSU's defense was completely worn out at the half with the offense going three and out on all but one series on offense. Everyone expected LSU to come back out at the half with its usual "magic" to take control of the game. Les Miles is usually great at making halftime adjustments. Not this time. The Tigers stuck with the EXACT same gameplan.

Definition of insanity: Doing the exact same thing over and over and expecting different results.

I've never seen a game coached so poorly. For a coach like Miles to be known as a risk taker, and not try anything different to provide a spark for his team, just seems intentional. We all know it wasn't, or at least hope not, but that is the best way to describe it to make sense of it all.