NEW ORLEANS — Brian Kelly’s debut as LSU’s head soccer coach did not lack for drama.
After rallying from 14 factors down within the fourth quarter Sunday night time towards Florida State — and needing solely an additional level to ship the sport into time beyond regulation — the Tigers noticed their comeback bid come to an abrupt halt when Seminoles defensive again Shyheim Brown blocked Damian Ramos’ kick to safe the 24-23 victory for Florida State.
It was the second blocked kick of the night time for Florida State, which blocked an LSU discipline purpose try within the first half.
However the Tigers’ struggles on particular groups weren’t restricted to the kicking recreation. In addition they did not discipline a pair of punts, each of which the Seminoles recovered.
“Mistake after mistake for us, particularly in the first half,” Kelly stated in providing his evaluation of the sport. “And, you know, obviously more mistakes in the second half.”
Kelly stated he was happy with the way in which his crew competed but in addition made it clear that “I’m not here to say we take any solace in a loss.”
“The reality is we’ve got some learning to do,” he added. “We’ve got to coach better, and we’ve got to play better.”
It was an inauspicious begin to Kelly’s tenure at LSU. He turned the primary Tigers coach to lose his debut since Gerry DiNardo in 1995.
Kelly — who spent the earlier 12 seasons at Notre Dame, posting a document of 113-40 — signed a 10-year, $95 million contract to hitch LSU in late November, changing Ed Orgeron, who was out lower than three years after profitable the nationwide championship.
Kelly remade the roster throughout the offseason, including a lot of transfers, together with beginning quarterback Jayden Daniels from Arizona State.
Down seven factors on the 2-yard line with just one second remaining, Daniels threw what gave the impression to be the game-tying landing to Jaray Jenkins, earlier than the blocked additional level. Enjoying behind a struggling offensive line, Daniels was 26-of-35 passing for 209 yards and two touchdowns with no interceptions. He additionally ran the ball 16 instances for 114 yards.
Florida State sacked Daniels 4 instances.
“Their front is very good,” Kelly stated. “They brought a lot of pressure. Their defensive ends were a challenge for a true freshman [left tackle Will Campbell] and our right tackle [Cam Wire]. They battled.”
LSU star large receiver Kayshon Boutte — a doable first-round decide in subsequent 12 months’s NFL draft — had a pair of drops and was held to 2 catches for 20 yards.
Boutte gave the impression to be visibly pissed off at factors throughout the recreation.
“Here’s a great player trying to make plays, maybe trying to do a little too much and trying to catch the ball before he had it,” Kelly stated. “I wouldn’t read too much into it. I think he learned tonight that he’s just got to let the game come to him.”
Within the first quarter, LSU misplaced its standout defensive deal with, Maason Smith, to a knee harm. The previous Freshman All-SEC choice returned to the sideline after halftime carrying a leg brace and was strolling with the help of crutches.
Florida State quarterback Jordan Travis evaded the LSU rush for a lot of the night time, finishing 20 of 32 passes for 260 yards and two touchdowns with no interceptions. He completed second on the crew in speeding with 31 yards on eight carries.
It was the Seminoles’ first win towards an SEC crew since beating Florida in 2017.
“What we learned is we’ve got to coach better,” Kelly stated. “We’ve got to have our kids coached in a manner where they’re ready. And I’m accountable for that.”