Jeremy Hill was absolutely unstoppable in the LSU week four victory over Auburn. He rushed for 183 yards and three touchdowns on the game. Saturday against Georgia was a different story. The LSU running game was completely non existent, gaining a pathetic twelve yards in first half and finishing the game with 77 yards, over 110 yards below their season average. If it had not been for Zach Mettenberger LSU would have been blown out of the game.
The grade could have been much worse with the stats that the running backs produced, but if you watched the game you would have realized there was not much that the LSU stable of running backs could have done. Les Miles continued to give the struggling running backs carries but there were not openings the entire game. The backs were constantly swallowed up at the line of scrimmage.
The offensive line was absolutely horrendous. Throughout the entire game, offensive line men were missing assignments, not firing off the ball, and not creating holes for the running backs to run through. In addition, the line allowed four sack for 27 yards, which comes off of the total rushing yards for the game.
Even with the o-line looking terrible, the running game was still disappointing. After Jeremy Hill’s dominating performance against Auburn, LSU was expected to dominate the running game. Some credit has to be given to Georgia though. They tore through the offensive line and made big stops in the back field. This is the same Georgia defense that allowed two of their three opponents this season to run the ball all over them.
The LSU running game was bad, really bad, but because of the lack of opportunity the backs had to succeed they still receive a C. The real culprit for the dismal rushing statistics was the offensive line. However, this is a team coached by Les Miles, a man who takes a great deal of pride in his offensive line. Expect the offensive line and rushing attack to be fixed soon.