BATON ROUGE – LSU had difficulty tracking down Louisiana Tech’s small, shifty running backs last Saturday night. The week before they had their hands full with Alabama’s Mark Ingram, who powered for 144 yards.
After stabilizing its run defense in the previous seven games, LSU has allowed a total of 354 yards in the past two, and that could spell trouble
Waiting for the Tigers in Oxford, Miss., on Saturday will be Ole Miss’ Dexter McCluster, who has rushed for 591 yards and five touchdowns in his past three games.
But LSU defenders say their recent troubles aren’t a trend, and that they are ready to get back on track against the Rebels.
“It was a little bit of a wake-up call, ” said linebacker Perry Riley, who led LSU with 14 tackles against Louisiana Tech. “We know we’re not invincible. If we let them, teams can come in and run on us. It definitely put us back in our place, told us we’re going to start from square one.”
The Tigers allowed Louisiana Tech to rush for 131 yards in the first half. Tigers Coach Les Miles called it a ” ‘somebody-else-will-make-that-play’ mentality.