In order to return to the win column against the then-No. 2 team in the nation, Ed Orgeron knew his game plan needed to be more aggressive.
Leading up to LSU’s game against Georgia, Orgeron made an impassioned plea during the team’s weekly “Tell The Truth Mondays” meeting.
LSU was coming off a 27-19 loss at Florida in which the Tigers neglected to go for it on fourth down late in the game.
Orgeron, “pissed” at himself according to Sports Illustrated, vowed to his players things were going to be different.
Ed Orgeron: This was a total team effort. Credit our staff starting on Monday. Credit the players. They were not happy with the result of the Florida game, used it as motivation.
Said going for it on fourth down so much decided before the game. “We wanted to send a message.”
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That certainly was the case as LSU (6-1) upset Georgia (6-1) 36-16 and went 4-for-4 on fourth down-and-one attempts.
Three of the conversions were in the second quarter, with two on the same drive.
LSU converted a fourth-and-one on their own 38 yard-line on a sneak by Joe Burrow. Burrow scored a touchdown on another fourth-and-one and Clyde Edwards-Helaire ran for 16 yards on another attempt.
“We were going for it as hard as we can. Throwing out the kitchen sink, man,” Orgeron said to Sports Illustrated. “All week we talked about being aggressive.”
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LSU players were fired up by the speech and validated Orgeron’s faith by flawlessly executing the game plan.
“He told us: ‘LSU, we won’t back down for nothing. We’re going to take shots. Got for it on fourth. Send blitzes,'” linebacker Devin White said to Sports Illustrated. “He told us that on Tell The Truth Monday. He told the truth, and he did it.”
The risk taking success was a welcomed return to the Tigers’ roots. This was the most fourth-down conversions for LSU registering five in a 2007 win vs. Florida.
“He said, ‘We’re going to be LSU this week,'” tight end Foster Moreau said to Sports Illustrated. “A couple times last week, we weren’t LSU. ‘If it’s fourth down, we’re going for it.'”
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