LSU Game Analysis: Tigers Work Hokies Over

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When I started writing for this site three years ago, I knew there would come
a time when I eventually would have to write about a blowout game that went the
wrong way. Well, Saturday it happened. On a hot, muggy Louisiana night, the
sound of that locomotive heard for miles was not the local train heading through
Baton Rouge.

It was the Purple and Gold Express of LSU steamrolling the Hokies for a 48-7
victory in Tiger Stadium / Death Valley. The Hokies left Louisiana with their
pride bruised and feeling a bit embarrassed by their performance. They also left
with big question marks on both sides of the ball and a new kid at the helm.

As I walked out of the stadium, I remember thinking that it was going to be
no fun reviewing this one and finding something positive to write about. Well,
there may be a few positives sprinkled in here along the way, but there isn’t
much.

The good news is that it was just one game…one very surprising and unusual
game for anyone that has followed the Tech football program over the past 15+
years. Having spent the past couple of days watching, reviewing and writing, I
am certainly ready to move on.

But, as they say, the game needed to be analyzed and somebody had to do it.
So, without further delay, let’s hold our noses and dive back in…

Game Review — Defense

I think everyone (including LSU’s players, coaches, and fans) was surprised
by how easily LSU’s offense carved up the Tech defense. The numbers were
staggering…long drives, big plays, and almost 600 yards of total offense. It
didn’t matter whether LSU ran inside or outside, or passed in the flats or over
the middle — the Tech defense had no answer for any of it.

What
happened? Well, pretty much everything that could go wrong did. There were
numerous breakdowns — blown assignments, bad angles, poor gap control, and
missed tackles. Some players tried to do too much; others seemed dazed and
confused.

Many times, a play

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