When the LSU Tigers kicked off the season against the University of North Carolina two weeks ago, it appeared the 112th ranked offense from 2009 made little improvement. In game two at Vanderbilt, LSU QB Jordan Jefferson had the worst game of his career and it was not until the 4th quarter until the LSU coaching staff decided to keep the ball on the ground to run away with a 27-3 victory.
Going into Saturday's game at home against Mississippi State University, there was a lot of heat put on coach Les Miles. The LSU fan base has been split between what quarterback should start, but after the Vandy game there was growing support for back-up Jarrett Lee.
The Tigers were going into the game against MSU an 8 point favorite, however; ESPN's Mark May put the Tigers on upset alert and college football expert Phil Steele predicted MSU would beat the Bayou Bengals. At half-time LSU lead 12-0 with all twelve points coming from field goals. Despite the fact LSU's offense could not get into the end zone before half-time, they did show some improvement, it was nothing to be impressed with, but never the less, it was improvement. Also, I think it should be mentioned that three of the four first half field goals should be credited to special teams and the defense for providing the offense with great field position.
At first, it appeared that the MSU bulldogs would make it an interesting game by scoring a touchdown making the score 12-7 only trailing the Tigers by five. Then the Tigers added to their lead when Jordan Jefferson ran it in for a touchdown. The one thing I noticed was that Jefferson's confidence started to come back, but I have always contributed the fact he lost confidence to the coaching staff. LSU scored another rushing touchdown and their final score came from another Josh Jasper field goal, who broke the record for most field goals in a game by going 5/5. Jefferson finished the game completing 10 of 16 attempted passes and totaling 97 yards passing. He carried the ball 10 times for 40 yards and one touchdown.
Don't be fooled, the defense did have five interceptions and the offense's success should be credited to defense and special teams play through the entire game, but as mentioned, Jefferson showing signs of gaining confidence is a huge step forward. The offense is the one aspect of this team that will either prevent or allow this team to reach its maximum potential, but I think the only way to end this article is by saying that LSU's cornerback, Patrick Peterson is arguably the best cornerback in college football and because of what he does for the team's field position on special teams as a kickoff/punt returner, he should be mentioned in the same sentence with the word heisman.