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KJ Finds New Ways to Make Plays in Hogs' Ugly OT Win

LSU brought pressure and KJ Jefferson was running for his life most of the night

An ugly win is better than a beautiful loss.

Any coach will tell you that. Most fans will begrudgingly agree as they tend to over-analyze everything, particularly in the Lunatic Fringe.

After a 16-13 overtime win where Arkansas quarterback KJ Jefferson spent most of the game running for his life, he wasn't throwing the line under the bus.

"We just had to establish the line of scrimmage up front,” Jefferson said later. “They came out and we prepared for what they came out in. We knew they were going to blitz a lot. We had to establish the line of scrimmage up front. Just coming after halftime we just established the line of scrimmage and we just played our ball."

His scrambling was the most consistent part of the Hogs' offense.

"We didn’t block them," Sam Pittman said. "We were sitting there in man-to-man and we missed a ton of blocks. I’m talking about from the wide receivers and I’m talking about from the interior linemen.

"Basically, somebody’s got that back and we were trying to pick him with a lineman and we couldn’t get him picked."

In case you're wondering, they worked on it. LSU's players ended up being better than the Hogs' practice players, obviously.

"We did in practice, but we couldn’t get the guy picked and our edge blocking wasn’t very good tonight if I had anything ... I’m not going to say negative."

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After cornerback Montaric Brown intercepted a Garrett Nussmeier pass to start the overtime all Arkansas had to do was score.

They weren't taking any chances.

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"The main thing we had to do was protect the ball," he said. "We knew Cam was gonna make the field goal ... he had it in his bag."

They simply worked to center the ball as close to the middle of the field with Jefferson running to the right first, then to the left and centering it on the final snap.

“That was the main thing we have a certain type of signal or play call just for getting the ball to the middle of the field trying to help our kickers out get them a straight shot and making the field goal,” Jefferson said. “Coach Brown signaled it into me and I told the O-line we had to get the ball this direction and that’s what we did.”

Everybody had confidence in Little.

“When we knew we were going on defense first that was our whole mindset," Jefferson said. "We wanted to go on defense first and when Busta came away with the pick. I knew right then in that moment right there we were going to win."

,” Jefferson said. “Going out there when the offense rolled out there, the main thing we had to do was protect the ball, we knew cam was gonna make the field goal he had it in his bag. That’s just the main thing protecting the ball and giving him a chance.”

"There’s a lot of things we have to get better at, but we’ll worry about it tomorrow, I guess."

And get better in a hurry.

Alabama is next on the schedule and in Tuscaloosa next Saturday at 2:30 p.m. on CBS.


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