October 5, 2009
The bad celebration penalty didn't cost us the game. Here's what did: one first down in the first half, no threat of a running game, a missed field goal, terrible kick coverage, and missed tackles. LSU got kicked in the balls with 1:09 left in the fourth. They scored a touchdown in twenty seconds. We then got kicked in the balls with :49 left and threw a pick. LSU got it done. We didn't. The refs afforded both teams opportunities.
If you want to blame Willie, fine. Just remember that Rennie Curran, our best tackler, had Charles Scott at the line of scrimmage and couldn't close the deal. He was in position to make the stop and didn't. Don't blame Willie. Blame Rennie, who absolutely played his ass off, set a career high with 16 tackles, and is our best defensive player. Sometimes, the other guy makes a play.