Thomas McGaughey won’t have to run the film long to review the first in a slew of mistakes for LSU’s special teams.
One play, actually, might be all it takes before LSU’s special teams coordinator cringes.
The woeful night arrived when kicker James Hairston watched his opening kickoff bounce out of bounds, an omen of the struggles to come as the No. 13 Tigers slogged to a 48-16 victory over Furman.
Colby Delahoussaye, who had converted 51 consecutive field goals and point-after tries, missed one of each.
And Odell Beckham Jr. muffed his second punt of the season, setting up Furman on a short field as the Paladins used that miscue to pull within 20-16 in the waning minutes of the first half.
Two weeks before a visit to top-ranked Alabama, the breakdowns by the Tigers’ most consistent unit is troubling.
Hairston’s miscue exists as an outlier for a kicker whose 35 touchbacks rank second nationally.
Yet Delahoussaye’s inaccuracy registers greater cause for alarm.
LSU coach Les Miles said his place kicker had been “nicked” but not didn’t trip alarms that his accuracy would be askew Saturday.
Then he knuckled an extra point wide left after a Jeremy Hill touchdown run put LSU ahead 13-10 late in the first quarter for his first miss in 41 tries this season.
A drive later, however, Delahoussaye’s aim appeared properly calibrated on an extra point to make it 20-10 – except for a slight limp as he trotted off the field.