MOBILE, Ala. — If it seemed like Georgia football could never get up to speed in its 36-16 loss at LSU this season, it’s because the Tigers planned it that way.
LSU tight end Foster Moreau, one of 22 players on the South roster at the annual Senior Bowl all-star game, explained the Tigers’ strategy for handling the Bulldogs defense.
“We went fast, and we kept their cleats off the ground,” Moreau said, revealing that LSU sped up its tempo to keep Georgia off balance. “We tried to set up and make sure that we were ready before they could get ready.”
The plan worked to the tune of 275 yards rushing — more than 100 yards than any other opponent managed on the Bulldogs in the regular season.
Moreau also shared that LSU felt it knew precisely how Georgia was going to line up and scheme.
The Tigers, eager to bounce back from a road loss at Florida the previous week, worked efficiently on a game plan for Georgia to take advantage of an accurate scouting report on the then-No. 2-ranked Bulldogs.
“We had a great week of practice, and we had a really good game plan going in,” Moreau said. “We had a goo idea what the Georgia defense was going to throw at us personnel and scheme-wise.
“When it came down to it, we made the big plays when we had to, third-and-1 and the fourth-and-1 (plays).”
Indeed, the Bayou Bengals were 4-of-4 on fourth down conversions with quarterback Joe Burrow accounting for 89 yards on the ground when he tucked and ran.
Georgia coach Kirby Smart and his players and staff took full accountability for being out-coached and out-played in what proved to be a pivotal defeat that sparked great improvement during UGA’s bye week.
LSU, meanwhile, gained momentum in part because of the crowd that day, even before they arrived at Tiger Stadium for an afternoon kickoff.
“Taking the team bus from the team hotel to the stadium was even an experience in itself,” Moreau said. “Guys were hitting the side of the bus, and it gave us energy.”
Moreau, asked by DawgNation to give his opinion on how the College Football Playoff selection process played out, gave his honest take.
“Everyone is going to have a different option, I couldn’t imagine you losing a game and getting into the playoff, and being rewarded in that sense,” Moreau said, “Even through how well (Georgia) played and knew how to play against Alabama, something we didn’t, it’s just the truth.
“I couldn’t see *(Georgia) going over anyone at that point. At the end of the day, I think it ended up the right way.”
LSU tight end Foster Moreau