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Jefferson's words prolong title loss

2/9/2012

BATON ROUGE, La. -- One month later, the sour taste of a historic 21-0 loss to Alabama continues to linger.

A month to the day after LSU became the first-ever team to be shutout in a BCS Championship Game, former Tigers quarterback Jordan Jefferson took to the radio to air out his grievances with his team’s performance.

Speaking in an interview with radio station WCNN in Atlanta on Thursday, Jefferson questioned the Tigers’ readiness to face Alabama in the Jan. 9 national championship game -- a talking point that has baffled LSU fans for the last 30 days.

"I definitely didn't expect for it to play like that. Alabama was a little bit more prepared than us,” Jefferson said in the interview. “There was a lot of things that we should've did different to catch a rhythm on offense.”

LSU declined comment on Jefferson's remarks Thursday night.

Jefferson's words don’t come as much of a surprise given the nature of Alabama’s victory. But for fans still reeling after watching the school’s most successful team fall to pieces on the grandest of stages, it’s hardly an assuring affirmation.

Jefferson’s own performance was a lightning rod for criticism in the aftermath of the beatdown. The senior completed 11 of 17 passes for just 53 yards and an interception -- a stat line that caused many fans to call for the more pass-oriented skill set of Jarrett Lee.

But Jefferson, for his part, said the LSU passing attack was included in the game plan. The Tigers just didn’t use it.

"Yeah it definitely always comes to mind and it comes to mind to our receivers and tight ends. We have great guys in those areas and sometimes we just wonder why we don't use those guys,” he said. “But we're not the one calling the plays. We still have to go out and execute what the coaches and coordinators are calling. We can't complain as players, but sometimes we do question that."

Those words seem to compliment the Tigers’ postgame assessment of the shutout. Directly following the game, LSU coach Les Miles acknowledged the swarming Crimson Tide defense limited his ability to call plays.

“We had a lot of calls from a quality game plan we couldn’t use because we couldn’t sustain the run,” he said afterward.

For a program that’s still trying to recover from one of its deepest wounds in recent memory, it has to feel like Jordan Jefferson just picked at the scab.