The Florida Gators have arguably the best secondary in all of college football. Les Miles was fully aware of their talent, and didn’t give them an opportunity to prove it. LSU returned to their offensive style of year’s past and pounded the ball on the ground. LSU only passed on 30% of their plays. When the Tigers did throw the ball the LSU wide receivers did not perform at the level are accustomed to.
Grade for LSU Wide Receivers: D
The Gators defense did a great job slowing down the production of the best wide receiving tandem in the nation. Before the game both Jarvis Landry and Odell Beckham Jr. were averaging over 100 yards receiving a game. Beckham was averaging one touchdown a game, and Landry was even doing a little better in the touchdown department. The Florida defense stepped it up, majorly slowing down these two game-changers.
Landry was held to four catches for 58 yards. He dropped a couple passes which is extremely uncharacteristic for the normally sure-handed receiver.
He also didn’t have a touchdown grab. Before the game against Mississippi State Landry tied an LSU record with seven straight games with at least one touchdown catch. Now Landry has gone two straight games without a trip to the end-zone.
Beckham is one of the most explosive players in college football, but Florida did an excellent job containing him. They held him to over 100 yards below his all-purpose yards average. In doing so, Beckham is no longer the leader in the nation in this statistic.
Beckham did have one catch where he displayed his impressive agility making multiple defenders miss. However, he was limited to only two catches for 47 yards. This is coming after his 179 yard receiving explosion against Mississippi State.
None of the other LSU wide receivers had a single catch. The only other players to make receptions for LSU were three different running backs. All three players had only one catch apiece for a combined 47 yards receiving.
It was an off night for the LSU wide receivers earning them a D. However, it is not by any means a cause for concern. Les Miles knew the importance of establishing the running game against a team that loves to control the clock. There were not many pass attempts and they were all against one of the nation’s top secondaries.
LSU plays a banged up Ole Miss defense next week. Expect the LSU wide receivers to end the game with great performances and impressive statistics.