Les Miles staff did not coach the game of their lives, but they did come up with a game plan to contain Manziel—something that only No. 2 Florida has managed to do this season.
Utilizing a three-man front was crucial to the Tigers success. It allowed an extra athlete on the field to contain the dual threat quarterback.
Offensive coordinator Greg Studrawa's play calling was questionable. Chris Rinaldi of Nola.com said it best:
Pass plays were called on first down when LSU was inside the 10 yard line; pass plays were called on 2nd down and 6, pass plays were called on 3rd and short, and pass plays were called with LSU leading by 5 with under 7 minutes to go in the 4th Quarter. Whenever it defied logic, pass plays were called. And, when those pass plays were called, they were always the short hitches and slants that have not been changed at any point in the past two years.
Miles decided to go for it on two short fourth downs and converted on them both Saturday. This was incredibly important because it gave his defense a longer period to catch their breath. However, the Tigers third down efficiency was horrid. LSU converted only 2 of 16 third downs in the game.
Miles is still among the best coaches in college football, but the play calling on offense needs to improve.