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LSU Completely ‘Flips The Script’ From 15-0 National Title Of 2019 With 42-20 Loss To Kansas State in Texas Bowl

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Two years ago at this time, LSU was 14-0, No. 1 in the nation and just nine days away from beating Clemson for the national championship.

It’s just two years later, and the Tigers completed a free fall to an 11-12 record with a 42-20 loss to Kansas State in the Texas Bowl on Tuesday night. The loss drops LSU to 6-7 for its first losing season since 1999.

With a roster steadily depleting since the mid-season firing of coach Ed Orgeron, the Tigers took the field with just 45 scholarship players out of a possible 85 with a wide receiver, Jontre Kirklin, at quarterback and an offensive line coach on staff only since June, Brad Davis, as the acting head coach.

One of Orgeron’s favorite slogans since becoming interim coach in 2016 through his national championship on Jan. 13, 2020 was “Flip the Script.”

New LSU coach Brian Kelly, who replaced Orgeron after the regular season, did not coach the team in the bowl or in bowl practices. Neither did any of his new hires.

Kirklin completed 7 of 11 passes for 138 yards with three touchdowns while rushing 11 times for 61 yards. Kirklin found wide receiver Jaray Jenkins for a 23-yard touchdown with 20 seconds to go before halftime to cut Kansas State’s lead to 21-7.

The Wildcats (8-5) took a 14-0 lead early in the second quarter and made it 21-0 with 7:01 to go in the first half.

Kansas State poured it on with three consecutive touchdowns for a 42-7 lead with 10:15 left to play.

Tailback Deuce Vaughn shredded LSU’s defense with 146 yards and three touchdowns on 21 carries. Quarterback Skylar Thompson completed 21 of 28 passes for 259 yards and another three touchdowns.

Kirklin threw a 15-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Malik Nabers with 3:35 to go to get the Tigers within 42-14. He threw an 81-yard touchdown to wide receiver Chris Hilton Jr. on the last play of the game for the 42-20 final.

Written by Glenn Guilbeau

Guilbeau has been on the LSU beat since 1998 with multiple outlets in Louisiana, prior to that he had covered both Auburn and Alabama. He won first place for his game feature on LSU's upset at Florida last season from the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA). He was also named Beat Writer of Year, by Louisiana Sports Writers Association in July; placed in three Associated Press Sports Editors (APSE) categories – Beat Writer, Explanatory, Game Coverage – last spring. Guilbeau was also the FWAA first-place winner for columns in 2017 and was also the top overall winner in 2016 FWAA placing first for his game story, second in columns, and receiving honorable mention for features.

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  1. Kelly was able to shoot off his mouth during the game, with the aid of ESPN. He chose not to tarnish his reputation by NOT coaching the “leftovers” at LSU. So, all you recruits, be very wary of a man who left a winning program to move to Baton Rouge only for the money…

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