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Tigers report: Strategy and personnel

Strategy and personnel · Inside slant · Notes, quotes

The defense did give up two big plays at the end, allowing Auburn to score the game-tying touchdown, but the defense also kept LSU in the game and gave the Tigers a chance to win.

Both quarterbacks, senior Marcus Randall and redshirt freshman JaMarcus Russell, did some positive things at times, but both quarterbacks also missed some opportunities to make big plays and failed to lead LSU to a score in the second half. "We had the ball in bad field position many times, and we missed opportunities to advance down the field," Russell said. "We just didn't come up with the plays. It could have put Auburn against the wall if we could have scored and put some pressure on them."

The LSU coaches continued to rotate both quarterbacks as evenly as possible. Randall led LSU to a 14-play drive and a touchdown on the opening series, but Russell played the next two possessions and Randall did not return until 5:42 remained in the first half. "We scripted 15 plays for both quarterbacks, and we tried to stick to that," Saban said. "We decided to start all over in the second half. We'll re-evaluate (the plan) every week." ... WR Skyler Green didn't play on offense but did enter the game for two punt return attempts. Green has been limited by a preseason ankle injury that continues to limit his availability. ... Injuries to key defensive players didn't help LSU down the stretch: senior CB Corey Webster left the field for the locker room in the third quarter with hip and back injuries but later returned to play. DE Marcus Spears took a helmet to the knee and left the locker room after the game with his left knee wrapped in ice. ... Kicking continues to be a problem for LSU. This time Ryan Gaudet missed an extra point in the first quarter that came back to haunt the Tigers when they lost 10-9. LSU kickers are now 7 of 10 on extra points this season and 3 of 5 on field goals. Jackson has missed two of nine PATs and Gaudet missed his only PAT. "It's not a problem in practice," LSU coach Nick Saban said. "We make them all week in practice. Chris makes them all week in practice. Now we've missed three in the games. ... I know the guys are capable. This is just a matter of focus, concentration and execution, and I know they'll do it."

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