What Brian Kelly said about LSU football's blocked extra point, FG protection woes

Nick Gray
Lafayette Daily Advertiser
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LSU football kicker Damian Ramos may be the one charged with the two blocked kicks in the Tigers' 24-23 loss to Florida State on Sunday in New Orleans, but he's not the player to blame.

Ramos' extra point attempt with no time remaining to send the game into overtime was blocked by FSU's Shyheim Brown, sending the Seminoles to a Week 1 victory. Brown came from the left side of the Tigers' protection, and it wasn't the first issue on that side of the protection on Sunday.

The Tigers diagnosed an issue with the left side of the line after Ramos' second-quarter field goal attempt was blocked by Florida State's Jared Verse. Verse wedged in between the blockers second-and-third from the left edge on the field goal protection and blocked the kick.

The blocked extra point came from the next gap to the left on the left side of the protection.

LSU football coach Brian Kelly said the Tigers made a protection adjustment after the first blocked field goal.

"As it relates to the field goal (extra point that was blocked at the end of the game), it came from the same left side," Kelly said. "We made an adjustment after the (first) field goal and made a switch in personnel. That didn't work either."

"That's on us (the coaches). We have to do a better job coaching."

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The blocked extra point was a stunning end to a potential 14-point comeback by the Tigers in the final minutes. Down 24-17 after a muffed punt, LSU recovered an FSU fumble on their own 1-yard line with 1:20 left, then orchestrated a 99-yard drive, culminating in Jayden Daniels' 2-yard touchdown strike to Jaray Jenkins with no time remaining.

"What we did well is we battled. I'm proud of the way we battled," Kelly said about the Tigers in his first game as coach. "Obviously what we need to do better is play with a sense of urgency for four quarters, which we did not. What we learned is that we've got to coach better. We have to have our kids coached in a manner where they're ready."

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