Who got passing grades for LSU football in its loss at UCLA? Our report card has some D's and F's

Glenn Guilbeau
Lafayette Daily Advertiser

PASADENA, Calif. - Here is No. 13 LSU football's report card after its 38-27 loss to UCLA in front of 68,123 at Rose Bowl Stadium.

Offense: C

The Tigers put up 378 yards, and quarterback Max Johnson completed 28 of 46 passes for 330 yards and three touchdowns. But the lack of a running game – 48 yards on 25 carries – ruined LSU's chances from the start. The Tigers' offensive line was beaten to the punch throughout the night and could not protect Johnson.

LSU quarterback Max Johnson (14) is tackled by UCLA defensive back Obi Eboh (22) during the first half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Sept. 4, 2021, in Pasadena, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

Defense: F

LSU's run defense was putrid as it continually allowed large holes to be opened by UCLA, which got 117 yards on 11 carries from tailback Zach Charbonnet. The Tigers also gave up critical passes late and tackled poorly.

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Special Teams: B

LSU's special teams performed well enough to win, but it didn't matter. This game was won by UCLA on both lines of scrimmage.

Coaching: D

New defensive coordinator Daronte Jones and new offensive coordinator Jake Peetz looked like they were coordinating a major college unit for the first time, which they were. Ed Orgeron is the head coach, and neither side of the ball was prepared.

Overall: D

LSU has more talent than UCLA. We have heard for two years now how much talent LSU has and how highly-ranked its recruiting classes are. And this is not being illustrated on the field. The Tigers look just like last year's team – very average.