I thought the defense played great against Virginia Tech, considering how much it was on the field. Allowing a team a little over 200 total yards in a game is a terrific effort, and at one point in the 3Q, time of possession might have been in Tech's favor by over 12 minutes, and that's a lot. There were many plays where LSU handled Tech's OL and RB's easily. Of course, Tech's defense was doing the same thing. But other than a couple of long runs, a few good passes, and a QB scramble or two, LSU's D wasn't allowing much, and it was playing better than it did in any game last season IMO (including the Auburn game). The TD drives the Tigers allowed were shorter than most FG's. I'm pretty sure all 3 of Tech's TD drives didn't equal the length of a football field. With a few early completions by the offense, it might have been a very different game. But 3rd down conversions weren't to be found. The passing game was really out of synch, and there's no question the players and coaches will work hard to get it righted quickly. This loss will be a case where LSU will take a negative and turn it into a positive. The effort we'll see from the team now will be what everyone expects of a SEC champion.