What BYU Cougars said about LSU after 27-0 loss to Tigers

NEW ORLEANS — BYU built its football brand on explosive offense. Jim McMahon. Steve Young. Ty Detmer. BYU was among the first programs in the nation to fully embrace a passing attack in an era when many schools were using the wishbone and other ground-based offensive schemes.

So it’s no surprise that the Cougars’ 27-0 loss to LSU on Saturday marked one of the worst offensive games in school history. BYU was held under 100 yards of total offense for the first time since 1974 and was shut out for only the third time since 1975.

Here’s what Cougars head coach Kalani Sitake and quarterback Tanner Mangum said about the Tigers after the game.

BYU coach Kalani Sitake

On matchup against LSU’s defense

“We thought we could have done better, but you have to give credit to LSU and Coach Orgeron and their program on how they run their defense. They play with great technique.

“They just didn’t give you much to move on, especially when it came to our offense. We couldn’t generate any momentum. We had 38 plays, I think, on offense. It’s hard for us to win games against teams that have really good game plans. I thought their game plan was really good.”

On the poise of LSU’s young defense

“They have some great coaches. The talent is there. This is a great compliment to their recruiting. Some guys have stepped in and played really well and did not show that they were inexperienced.

“I think that’s a huge credit to Coach Orgeron and their defensive backs coach [Corey Raymond], who does a great job with their group. Naturally, these guys just played well, and they showed some of the best defense I’ve seen in college football.”

On Matt Canada’s offense

“LSU did a great job getting that offense ready. They had a lot of different looks and were efficient on the pass game. They were in synch the entire game. On all three fronts, they outplayed us, and as coaches we need to look a lot at what they are doing.

“What they are doing as a team is something I would love to have as a part of our identity. They have smash-mouth football and use their talent appropriately. Overall, it is a compliment to Coach O and what he has done with that program and that coaching staff.”

BYU quarterback Tanner Mangum

On matchup against LSU’s defense

“It’s one of the best defenses I’ve seen. Just their size and strength and and speed. Up front, they didn’t budge an inch. We’ve got to have balance, and they stuffed the run. That’s tough.

“They are stout up front with very good linebackers to fill the hole. The secondary is very fast and very athletic with hardly any separation between our receivers and them. Those were very, very good players.”

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