When LSU beat Georgia twice last year on its way to a share of the national championship, the Tigers won by pressuring Georgia quarterback David Greene, recording sacks, batting down passes at the line of scrimmage and forcing turnovers.
This time around the Tigers entered the Georgia game ranked fifth nationally in both points and yards allowed but failed to finish the deal against Greene and the Bulldogs, recording only one sack, forcing no turnovers and giving the Georgia passing game enough time to pass for five touchdowns.
The result was a 45-16 road loss that gave No. 24 LSU its second loss in three weeks to a ranked SEC team and a sense of doubt that could carry over to this week's game at 12 Florida.
"I didn't see it coming," LSU cornerback Corey Webster said. "We made those plays last year."
Instead of making those plays, the Tigers (3-2, 1-2 SEC) allowed more points than any game since a 56-13 loss to Florida in 1996.
"This was a curveball to me," LSU coach Nick Saban said. "When things like this happen, you must dig deep down inside."
The Tigers also need to dig down on offense, where quarterbacks Marcus Randall and JaMarcus Russell were harassed constantly and sacked five times. Georgia limited LSU to 67 rushing yards and 314 total yards, and recovered three fumbles that led to two touchdowns.
"It will be interesting to see how we respond to this," Saban said. "Obviously we've got a lot of work to do."
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