Despite several special teams mishaps — including a fumbled punt deep in its own territory near the end of the game — the Tigers managed to drive 99 yards in 1:05 of game clock for the would-be game-tying score on the last play of regulation.
Except: Florida State's Shyheim Brown blocked freshman kicker Damian Ramos' point-after attempt, ending the game as a 24-23 victory in regulation for the Seminoles:
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Hindsight is 20/20, but the result of the game does bring up the question: Why did Brian Kelly Florida vs. Georgia Rivalry Jerseys not elect to go for the 2-point conversion — and the outright win — considering his team's special team woes in the game?
Reports from Kelly's post-game news conference indicate the first-year LSU coach did briefly consider going for the win, but considered the point-after attemp Michigan vs. Ohio State Rivalry Shirts Cal State Monterey Bay Otters clothes t to have a higher-percentage chance of success.
This is after the Tigers had their second Texas vs. Oklahoma Rivalry Shirts field goal attempt of the game blocked by Jared Verse, who transferred to Florida State from FCS school Albany. Video shows he came in relatively unblocked as neither Cameron Wire and Tre'Mo Fort Valley State Wildcats Jerseys nd Shorts got a hand on him:
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After the game, Kelly said LSU sought to remediate the blocking issues along the left side of the line. Indeed, video from the blocked point-after attempt shows Emery Jones and Miles Frazier took Wire and Shorts' positions along the line, respectively.
The issue with the second play was with tight end Mason Taylor, who blocked out instead of in, allowing Brown an unimpeded pa NCAA Crewneck SweatJerseys th to block the field goal.
Either way, those blocked kicks have cost Kelly a win in his first game as LSU coach — and given the staff plenty to work with for next week.