Georgia Bulldogs quarterback Aaron Murray (11) celebrates a touchdown in the first half against the LSU Tigers. Daniel Shirey-USA TODAY Sports

What Happened to the LSU Defense Against Georgia?

The LSU defense was completely non-existent against Georgia on Saturday. Georgia’s offense imposed their will on a LSU team that has been previously known for their defense. LSU has had a defense feared by opponents in recent years. They even reached the National Championship game in 2011 with an offense that was complete garbage. Things are different this year, the offense is finally performing at a high level, but the defense has completely disappeared.

Grade: F

The LSU defense was absolutely horrendous against Georgia. The Tiger offense was exponential, gaining 449 yards, including 372 yards through the air. The offense put up 41 points but it wasn’t enough due to the defense’s failure to show up.

The defense was constantly shredded, never stopping the Georgia attack. The defense allowed six yards shy of 500 yards and couldn’t stop either the run or the pass. Georgia was able to call any play they wanted and run it successfully on the LSU defense. Georgia gained 298 yards in the air and 196 yards on the ground.

Aaron Murray did not have quite the performance Mettenberger did, but he did has his way with the Tiger defense. He ended the day with 298 yards and four touchdowns. He did have one interception, when Anthony “The Freak” Johnson jumped up and caught an Aaron Murray pass on the line of scrimmage. Johnson’s interception was the lone bright spot on the day for the LSU defense.

Gurley sprained his ankle his ankle in the first half and was done for the day, but it did not matter because the LSU defense could not stop anyone on Saturday. Gurley left the game after picking up 73 yards on just eight carries. In Gurley’s absence, Keith Marshall picked up 96 yards on the ground. However, the lone rushing touchdown surprisingly came from quarterback Aaron Murray on a quarterback sneak, upping his total touchdowns on the day to five.

Giving the defense an F was easy with the performance they put on. LSU managed to lose the game despite scoring 41 points. The defense did not show up to play and it cost the Tigers a victory.

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