LSU was thoroughly handled in its season-opening loss to Mississippi State on Saturday.
The sixth-ranked, defending national champion Tigers had no answer for Mike Leach’s “Air Raid” attack in the 44-34 defeat. Bulldogs quarterback K.J. Costello completed 36 of 60 passes for 623 yards and five touchdowns, and three Mississippi State players had more than 100 receiving yards.
Of course, the loss of 14 players from LSU’s 2019 team to the NFL Draft, Biletnikoff winner Ja’Marr Chase’s decision to opt out and Derek Stingley Jr.’s illness certainly didn’t help the Tigers’ chances.
None of that seemed to matter to Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry, however. Instead, the Republican (who’s up for reelection in 2023) attempted to take a cheap shot at Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards, blaming him for the loss because he didn’t allow fans to fill “LSU Stadium.”
Edwards announced Sept. 9 that attendance at Tiger Stadium — not “LSU Stadium” — would be limited to 25 percent of capacity amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
“This plan focuses on the health and safety of all those attending LSU football games, from the fans to the team to the workers,” Edwards said (via Baton Rouge TV station WAFB). “By reducing the capacity and taking a year off from tailgating, which puts LSU in line with other SEC schools, the plan allows for fans to be socially distanced in Death Valley.”
Per data from The New York Times, Louisiana had 165,152 confirmed cases of the coronavirus as of Friday — 11th-most of any state in the U.S. — and 5,444 deaths. Even if those numbers weren’t enough to convince Landry that it’s better to be safe than sorry regarding the virus perhaps the fact he tested positive for it in July would be. He was asymptomatic.
Landry, who received his law degree from Loyola University New Orleans, rightly drew criticism for his asinine tweet.
This is the rare tweet that unites people taking Covid seriously and college fans who think the virus is a hoax but LSU should stop making excuses. Amazing crossover appeal https://t.co/y4soxaFKFz
— Alex Kirshner (@alex_kirshner) September 27, 2020
Mississippi State would have drug LSU with 200,000 fans in the stands.
You think more people would have stopped Costello from curb stomping the LSU secondary?
Get out of here. https://t.co/8pdQFBk3pa
— Brad Logan (@BradLoganCOTE) September 27, 2020
This might be the first time I’ve ever heard someone from the state of Louisiana not call it Tiger Stadium.
— Peter Burns (@PeterBurnsESPN) September 27, 2020
Perhaps Landry should keep his politics out of football in the future.