After sitting his first three seasons in Baton Rouge, Myles Brennan made his first start at quarterback for LSU Saturday in Tiger Stadium.
But the junior won’t be celebrating, after the Tigers fell to the Bulldogs, 44-34.
“First off, losing sucks,” Brennan said. “No one wants to lose. But we can’t blame anybody. We’ve got to fix our mistakes and move forward and that’s just point blank period.”
Brennan threw for 345 yards and three touchdowns against two interceptions in the loss. But the Tigers got off to a slow start while Mississippi State’s offense quickly established a record setting pace, as Bulldog’s QB K.J. Costello threw for an SEC record 623 yards to go with his five touchdowns.
“We got started slow as an offense, execution wasn’t there we just started slow and that hurt us,” Brennan said. “…We got going in the second half but we should’ve started a little bit quicker.”
LSU coach Ed Orgeron said he some inconsistency from Brennan at times on Saturday in addition to issues with other parts of the offense.
“I thought that he threw the deep ball well. I thought there were some guys that were open he had some pressure didn’t step up in the pocket and make the right reads,” Orgeron listed. “But, you know what, it’s all gotta start in protection. We got to protect. We’ve got to run the football better. We got beat up front.”
Brennan was sacked seven times Saturday night and threw two interceptions, the second coming as time expired. He shouldered some of the blame saying that he “probably” held the ball a little too long at times.
“Mississippi state had a lot of hole droppers as we call them,” he explained. “It was (line)backers just spot dropping. They were just dropping to certain spots of the field which was taking away my throw lanes.
“So certain play calls, there were guys directly in my throw lane and I’m not going to force the ball with the guy sitting right in front of my receiver. So that’s just things to look at and get better at and move forward.
Brennan said the he and the team will no focus on getting better in order to avoid a second loss.
“This is big boy ball,” he said. “It’s going to take a lot of fight and grit from start to finish. Not only from the quarterback position, but from the whole team. And we’re more than capable of doing that. The biggest thing right now is just keeping everybody upbeat and going and watching the film, correcting our mistakes and moving forward to the next one.”