Over the past year, there have been legitimate questions about job security from LSU coach Ed Orgeron, and the questions got all the rage following a major loss to Kentucky last week that cut his record to 8-8 since the national championship. of 2019.
Those questions won’t be asked as often this week, as the Tigers defeated No. 20 Florida, defeating the Gators 49-42 on Saturday thanks to a record-breaking performance by Tyrion Davis-Price, whose 287 yards on the ground broke the Leonard Fournette’s school record. Davis-Price found the end zone three times and also averaged 8 yards per carry.
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The Tigers (4-3) were incredibly understaffed, defeating the Gators without the help of several starters, making the victory that much more impressive. It’s LSU’s second ranked win over Florida in as many seasons and, hands down, LSU’s best win of the season to date.
Among LSU’s key players against Florida were wide receiver Kayshon Boutte, cornerback Derek Stingley, Jr. and several other key members of the defensive and secondary line. Despite missing multiple pieces, the Tigers recorded four interceptions on the day after only having three all season and also recorded two sacks and forced two fumbles.
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Quarterback Max Johnson also dealt the ball in Boutte’s absence, throwing three touchdowns and finding seven different receivers over the course of the game. But the real star on the Tigers offense was running back Tyrion Davis-Price, whose 287 rushing yards broke Leonard Fournette’s school record. Davis-Price found the end zone three times and also averaged 8 yards per carry.
Entering the game against the Gators, Orgeron downplayed concerns about his job safety.
“My job is to come here to LSU and train to the best of my ability every day,” Orgeron said. “That’s what I’m doing. Out there, the talk about my job and all that, no one has told me anything that I know of, the head coach of LSU Tigers. I’m going to train as hard as I can today, one day at the time “.
However, Orgeron acknowledged that there is a certain standard for LSU that he and his team had not met lately.
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“I’ll say this and say it again, no one has to tell me the expectations of LSU. I know them, I was born with them, so I understand”, Orgeron said. “I understand this is not the LSU Performance Standard. I understand my job. I totally understand, I know exactly where I am and I’m going to work as hard as I can today and not blink. I promise you, I won’t blink for anyone.”
Who knows if a ranked win over the course of a lackluster season is enough to save Orgeron’s job in the long run. But at least for now, it seems to be enough to keep him around for another week.
However, things are not getting any easier for the Tigers, as their remaining SEC games are against Ole Miss, Arkansas, Alabama and Texas A&M.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.